A response to a conversation between me and Drew:
addressing this website: http://www.christadelphians.com/biblebasics/0603demons.html
22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25 Knowing their thoughts, a he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Matthew 12)
Ahead of time, this is just my thought process. I know it’s long you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. I’m not trying to defend myself: Does the Lord who casts out demons place them inside of people? By no means, a kingdom divided against itself is laid waste.
Does the Lord allow demons/the decisions of men to affect us physically? Yes, but who sinned the blind man or his parents that he may be blind? Neither. We cannot explain away sickness as demons that come from a result of sin, but that the fallen nature of the world/physical universe has caused everything that God created/put in order to go towards disorder (2nd Law of Thermodynamics) has to be taken into account.
God is the source of all power. As in Job we also see that the Lord allows Satan to do certain things.”Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10 Evil in Job comes from the permission of God, but not from Him. It is by His power though that He allows any entity to do anything. He allows us to sin and has provided the power for us to do so.
This is perhaps the only other point I agree with the website about. “They (Israel) served their idols; which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and daughters unto demons, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan…Thus they were defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions”.Psalm 106:36-39 Yes idols are demons, and demons are something, but where did they come from. Did they come from the musings of a depraved people longing to please their own sinful desires? Yes. But does Satan exist? Are there angels and is Satan a fallen angel?
I think we are both correct, but I do not agree with the website on a lot of points. Just to be the devil’s advocate, HA!, or the Lord’s according to the website. There is a power opposing God, it is either the evil inside us or the one called the prince of this world, but God is the source of the power. Does this make God evil? No, He has given us a choice that true love may result. Do we have a choice? Yes. Does the Lord know who will choose Him? Yes. Did He predestine us? Yes. Though the Lord may do things that seem evil in our eyes (discipline) it does not make Him evil because everything that He does is automatically righteous, and everything that opposes Him is automatically evil. The source of the evil is not a question of power but of choice. Who did God create and what did they choose? Did we create Satan by using the power God gave us and through our own choice?
“17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30)
I am using a human argument. Shall we continuing sinning that grace may increase, as some errantly accuse us of doing? By no means. *sorry had to do that.* If Satan is a human invention, he would be easy enough to defeat by social science. The only thing that defeats Satan is the grace of God. Let us choose the Lord and not ourselves, let us choose the Resurrection and the Life. Love.