Thursday, May 13, 2010

Know Your Adversary: Part 2 of The "Fact File" on Satan

 
Welcome, back Academicians!  
In the previous post, we defined some terms and began our examination of Satan by determining who Satan really is. To quickly summarize those points:  
  • Satan is a created spirit, a created person. 
  • However, Satan is a different kind of created person: he is an angel, an angelic being. 
    •  Satan is a person with mind and will, but no body, who is still subject to God (just as all created persons are).
    • Satan is a being with intelligence superior to human beings (he has existed longer than us).
  • Before rejecting God and proclaiming himself to be more important than God, Satan was known by the name Lucifer (meaning "Light-bearer").
  • His rebellion against God mutated Lucifer into the contradiction of a "light-bearer" -- thus the name, Satan (meaning "Adversary").
  • The greatest enemy human beings have, is Satan.
  • Satan is the original terrorist bent on obliterating his perceived enemies: you, me, the whole human race.
2. WHAT ARE SATAN'S POWERS?
  • He has invisibility. (Because he is a non-corporeal, i.e., an angelic being without a material body.)
  • He can acquire knowledge of our every move -- Satan is extremely perceptive. He's been observing us human beings since Adam and Eve.
  • He has a piercing intelligence, more brilliant than brilliant human beings like Einstein, Socrates, Shakespeare (because Satan has existed longer than individual human brainiacs) -- but Satan is NOT more brilliant than Almighty God.
  • Satan is a brilliant psychologist who has had a "practice" manipulating human "patients" since the creation of the first man and woman.
  • Satan knows every human weakness, passion, sympathy, sin that we are capable of.
  • Satan can transgress into and influence our imagination and thought processes -- to plant ideas, concepts, images, illusions, distractions, fantasies, hallucinations.
  • Satan can attack our minds and/or our emotions.
  • Satan never eats, tires, sleeps, grows weary; he has no human needs.
  • Satan's total energies are completely centered on himself, and on gaining control of human minds, wills, and imaginations -- in order to destroy us.

3.
WHAT ARE SATAN'S LIMITATIONS?
  • Satan is NOT God's equal.
  • Satan could never be and will never be on an equal footing with Almighty God.
  • Remember, Satan is an angelic creature created by God. He is eternally metaphysically inferior to God.
  • Satan is NOT omniscient! He does not know everything (read 1 Corinthians 2:8; Luke 4:3 ; Matthew 24:36). God alone is omniscient; God knows everything.
  • Satan is not omnipotent (all-powerful) like God is. However, Satan has a fantastic talent in his power of persuasion over human beings.
  • Satan is not omnipresent like God is, however, no one is out of Satan's sphere of influence because he is not bound by the limits of space and time.
  • Satan can infiltrate minds and emotions. 
  • We know that on very rare occasions, and only with God's permission, Satan has taken a human form (note: I wrote the word, FORM, meaning "appearance": Satan is NOT a human being and cannot become one, and cannot beget human children (the film, Rosemary's Baby, was a great horror flick - but had totally mixed up metaphysics!). 
  • Satan can use other people to affect, influence, tempt and confuse us.
  • Satan has persuaded many people to feel terribly frightened of him by deceiving them into believing that he is as powerful as God. This is one of Satan's most effective lies!
  • Satan is NOT God's equal.
  • Satan is NOT as powerful as God.
  • Satan does NOT have God's kind of powers.
  • Satan is merely a creature, like you and me.
  • Satan can contact and touch us only through our unredeemed powers (any of our skills, talents, gifts, abilities, mental faculties, intelligence, feelings, etc. that we have not given over to Jesus Christ and to serving God's Kingdom).
  • Whatever powers we keep offering to Jesus and using for Jesus CANNOT be touched by Satan.
  • Satan cannot "see" (perceive, discern) our deepest thoughts. He cannot penetrate our thoughts during prayer, so he takes great pains to keep us from praying!
  • Satan cannot force our wills to sin. "The devil made me do it," is a cop-out. It is we who freely choose to sin against God, the Church, and each other.
  • No matter how great Satan's temptations are, we can always fight him. YOU are the person responsible for your sins. Satan may only be there to help you into sinning.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, in Paragraph 395:
The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God's reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries - of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but "we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him."
To Be Continued ...

    Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

    Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
    Hey, Mister Academician! Why not take a moment and visit their website?

    Don't Fall Asleep During "The Academy's" posts!