Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Dominion of the Devil Widely Overlooked

And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to Him, “To You I will give all this dominion and its splendor, for it has been given over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. If You, then, will bow to me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’” (Luke 4:5-8)

All the kingdoms/dominions/areas of earthly authority have been given to the devil as his possession to give it to those whom he wishes. And he gives it to those who bow down to/yield/follow him. 

If the world's system and the government support of that system are said to belong to the devil, does that mean that the zeitgeist found also in the primary schools of training also belong to the devil? 

In other words, not only the public school system that trains one in the religion of self and practical atheism, but the university which, if not under the kingdom of God/the Church, from which so many students and professors desire approval, falls under the dominion of the devil and the appointments therein are also given by him to those who will carry out his agenda.

Of course, this does not mean that there are no Christians in the universities. As in all of the devil's kingdoms, God has scattered His children within it in order to be lights in dark places.

But I say this for a point to ponder, because so many assume that academics/schooling is neutral ground and objectively carries out its work. It may on a human level believe such, but if it is true that an institution that functions with such authority within the world really belongs to the devil, then it must be true that one cannot merely trust the expression of the zeitgeist found within it. Instead, he should see it for what it is, and become a skeptic of it (judging it by God's Word) rather than a skeptic for it (judging God's Word by it).

In short, "What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?" They are two different kingdoms fighting it out. We should both live together in order to fight the data out, as God uses the defiance of the world toward His truth in order to sharpen His people in their understanding of the truth. Who would pursue the truth, or be challenged to do so, to much depth without the devil's institutions compelling him to do so? So it is good to enter the university understanding that one is entering a world that is hostile toward him seeing the Word of God as the standard for life and thought. It is bad for him to enter if he is unaware that the head of that institution is the serpent who wishes him to question God's Word in order to ultimately reject it.

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