Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20.
Just when it seemed that primetime television could not get any more satanic – Fox television (the “conservative” network) is set to make a show that celebrates Satan himself. Lucifer, a new drama series from Fox, follows the life of Satan as he lives in Los Angeles attempting to solve a murder and use his powers to start helping people. The fact that a show like this could even be made much less air on a major network is another sign of just how far society has turned from God and the Bible. And certainly how easy the hearts and minds of many people are open to satanic deception.
Below is the trailer for the show:
And here is the show synopsis:
“Lucifer is an American television series that is set to air on Fox, and it is a loose adaptation of the comic book character created by Neil Gaiman for the comic book series The Sandman and its spin off comic book series Lucifer written by Mike Carey, both published by DC Comics’ Vertigoimprint.
Based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, the TV series centers on Lucifer who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.”(source).
Creating Sympathy For The Devil
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.- John 8:44.
The clear aim of the show is to change the image of the Devil from the Biblical description. As stated in the passage above, The Lord Jesus Christ called Satan a “murderer from the beginning” and “the father of lies.” It is deception that Satan initially used in the Garden of Eden to lure Adam and Eve, the first two human beings, into sin:
Now the serpent was more [subtle] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. – Genesis 3:1-6.
The book of Revelation confirms that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was the devil: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9). Satan deceived Eve by telling her the exact opposite of what God had commanded Adam: that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would “surely die.” Casting doubt about God’s Word has been one of Satan’s main weapons in his efforts to destroy humanity. In the Lucifer TV series, the Devil only tells the truth. Most of his power over people is demonstrated by his ability to tell them the blunt truth about themselves and their desires. And on top of his honesty, the Lucifer of the TV show wants to help humanity. As one review of the pilot wrote: “Believe it or not, a creature who brings evil and temptation sometimes may do nice things, such as help to investigate a murder, save human life, and refuse to accept any human soul even if they are willing to sell it to him.” This is precisely the type of lie Satan wants to plant in their hearts and minds of humanity.
Satan’s Hatred of Humanity
The book of Job, one of the oldest books of the Bible, provides insight into the Devil’s hatred for humanity. In the book Job, a wealthy and powerful patriarch who a true believer in God. He lived a Godly life of faith and raised his family to worship God:
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. – Job 1:1-5.
Job not only provided for his ten children, he set a Godly example by offering sacrifices on their behalf and seeking God’s mercy for any sins they may have committed. He was a man who “eschewed” or wanted no part of evil behavior. And Job would have his faith tested as he was the subject of a challenge between God and the Devil.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. – Job 1: 6-12.
This is one of the most remarkable passages in the Bible. It records a direct conversation between God and Satan. And it reveals a great deal of information. First off we see that Satan is not in Hell. This is a grave misconception. Satan does not live in Hell, nor does the Bible ever record him being in hell. As written above, he travels “to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Satan has free access to travel all over the planet. 1 Peter 5:8 confirms this: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
We also learn that Satan has access to Heaven. As the “sons of God” – a title for the angelic beings are standing before The Lord in a heavenly assembly – Satan is right alongside them. God asks the Devil if he had considered tempting Job into sin and Satan responded by detailing the protection and blessings The Lord placed upon His faithful servant. God put a “hedge” of protection around Job that kept the Devil and his minions away from this God-fearing family. And then Satan moved to his true agenda – to accuse Job of not truly loving God or having faith. The essence of the Devil’s accusation was that the only reason that Job worshiped God was because of all of the material wealth that he enjoyed. And that if that was gone, Job would curse God “to His face.”
This revealed Satan’s intent – as was the case in the Garden of Eden he wants to corrupt humanity and expose all people as evil before God. Revelation 12 describes him as “….the accuser of our brethren… which accused them before our God day and night.” The name Satan in Hebrew means “adversary.” When given access to Job, his hateful, wicked agenda was further revealed:
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:13-19).
With permission granted to attack Job if he so chose, the Devil did not hesitate to destroy everything Job held dear in life. The thousands of sheep, oxen and camels which provided so much wealth and success were stolen and killed. Satan tempted different groups of people to rob Job and also used fire from Heaven and a windstorm to kill Job’s livestock and children. The abilities of Satan to actually harm people should not be underestimated. The book of Ephesians refers to Satan as “the prince of the power of the air.” The Devil hated Job and since God would not allow him to physically harm him, he wanted to ruin his life. Though Job had done nothing to him personally – in a moment the Devil killed all of Job’s ten children. He wanted to hurt Job deeply. This is who Satan is – a being who wants to destroy humanity.
Though he had taken everything of worldly value from Job – he had no power to take Job’s faith. This was proven by Job’s reaction to all of the devastating news about the destruction of his household:
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. – Job 1:20-22.
And this reveals the heart of a true believer. A Christian understands that this world is fallen and corrupted – specifically because of Satan’s deception of Eve in the Garden. It was Satan who plotted humanity’s fall. Sin plunged the world into a downward spiral depravity and gave the need for redemption. Job understood this and that is why he still praised God. Because he understood that his soul being saved for eternity was more important than any earthly wealth. Having his children die and go to Heaven was far more important than them outliving him as unbelievers. And thus the challenge between God and Satan continued:
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. – Job 2:1-9.
Permitted to harm Job short of taking his life, Satan covered Job with gruesome, ulcerous, sores all over his body. As if murdering his family and destroying his wealth was not enough, the Devil wanted to harm Job so badly that his appearance would be frightening to others. And why? All out of pure hatred and a desire to do evil. To show that Job did not really have faith when times were hard in his life.
Even Job’s wife gave into sinful temptation when she told him in verse 9: “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” The one closest to him was so frustrated with the pain and suffering they had endured she mocked Job for still trusting and believing in The Lord. And after all, how could Job still believe? How could he possibly think God was “for him” or that there even was a God when he lost all of his children and suffered so much tragedy? How could God possibly be “good” and “fair” if Job had such a horrific turn of events? Well, this is precisely what Satan wants all people to think today. Casting doubt against God and His Word is Satan’s main weapon in turning people over to evil and luring them away from ever believing and trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.
Also note that Job’s wife did not say “God doesn’t exist! Forget about this religion business!” She urged him to “curse God.” And that goes to the heart of many unbelievers today. For many people who are atheist or agnostic or some combination thereof, it is not an issue of not believing God exists, their position is a result of a deep-seeded resentment of The Lord. Turn on the television to listen to a Christian skeptic and often they accuse God of being “cruel”, “vengeful”, “sexist”, “racist” or “violent.” But then their conclusion is that God is not real, so they are one hand criticizing God while at the same time asserting that He is imaginary. This is of course an illogical position but it does not stop many people from expressing it every day [Beginning and End previously reported on pro-abortion protesters even chanting “Hail Satan” at Christians and protesters storming a Christian conference yelling their wish that Mary “had an abortion.”]. And this is the temptation that Satan provides. Because of the sinful nature of humanity, we are naturally at odds with God.
Romans chapter 8 says: “Because the carnal mind is enmity [at war] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Since we are naturally predisposed to be have harsh feelings towards The Lord, it only takes a small temptation to make us question, mock and even express hatred towards God. Many people who have suffered loss, the death of a loved one or who are suffering from a disease or debilitating condition often feel the urge to express rage towards God. Wondering “why me?” or “Where was God?” in the midst of a tragedy is a natural reaction for our fallen, sinful nature.
When pushed by his wife to give into his grief, Job demonstrated his faithfulness yet again: “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:9-10). Job remembered that God did something for him so wonderful, loving and powerful that no person, tragedy or evil cold ever take it from him – God saved Job’s soul. The book of Romans again informs us that:
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. – Romans 5:5-9.
Despite our harsh feelings, doubts, skepticism and even hatred towards God, the Bible and Christianity, God “commended” or proved His love for all people by sending Jesus Christ, His Son, to die for all people on the cross. Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice to take the punishment for all the sins that humanity has committed. The very thing that caused the void and separation between humanity and God was going to be resolved and put away for ever by the shed blood of Christ. By serving as a sacrifice for all people, Jesus Christ earned the power and authority to reconcile all those who believe in Him back to God. It is by trusting in Christ that a person is no longer “enemies” with The Lord and can be redeemed from their sin and freely forgiven.
Understanding the true nature of Satan and the true nature of God is how a man like Job can maintain his faith through an earthly tragedy. Satan wants to cast doubt about God so people will live their lives for themselves and their own lusts, curse God, die and go to Hell and the Lake of Fire (which is where the Devil’s ultimate place of punishment will be). God wants people to know Him and realize how much He loves humanity. The Lord wants people to be aware of their sin and disobedience and recognize that only a loving Father would continue to freely forgive children who disobey Him daily. And for all people to realize that the world to come, where Jesus Christ will rule and those who believe will never die – is far better than this sinful, corrupted world where Satan has temporary authority to tempt and deceive.
In today’s world, where many people are not as familiar with Biblical Christianity, the doors to deception are wide open. In the Lucifer TV series, the Devil is spurned to good behavior after a conversation with a pop star who attributes all of her success to selling her soul to the Devil. Lucifer quickly informs her that she in fact did not such thing (aside from one “favor” he granted her early in her career). The singer is later murdered and Lucifer wants to help the police solve the crime. So from the onset, the Devil becomes a sympathetic figure.
In the show Satan runs a popular nightclub. He is good looking, well-dressed and cool. Always the gentleman, he is just as ready to help a woman in distress as to have a kind conversation with a small child. He becomes so concerned for humanity that his own demonic consort, Maze implores him to “stop caring!” so much about people. When a rival angel appears on the scene – it is only to inform Lucifer that “the Father” insists Lucifer return to Hell – implying that God will not allow Satan to turn from his wicked ways. So Satan wants to help people and God wants him to stop. And beyond passing references, there is of course no presence of The Lord and no mention of Jesus Christ on the show.
Tune Out Lucifer
Many television shows have tried to cast doubts about God or place the Christian faith in a bad light. But few have ever made Satan a hero, much less the main protagonist. Lucifer is trying to do just that. And in this age, where many have given into the temptation to doubt or reject God, a show like this can be a smash hit. The Bible says: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3). The Devil will use any means to corrupted the hearts and minds of people, turn them from God and to himself. Ultimately, Satan wants to be worshiped as God, something that he will achieve in the last days before the Second Coming of Christ. And pop culture has been a major weapon in his arsenal to achieve this. Do not be deceived. One Million Moms, an advocacy group that seeks to remove inappropriate content from the media, started a petition to have Lucifer cancelled from Fox’s 2016 schedule.
Pray for the Fox network to cancel Lucifer before it even airs. And for those people who would make a show celebrating Satan. It is very easy to say “it’s just a television show!” but when it comes to someone’s eternal destiny, it certainly is not. If you are a Christian, reject shows that want to change the image and “brand” of Satan himself while casting God in a negative light. And if you are not a Christian understand that there truly is a battle being waged for your heart, mind and ultimately your soul. Take the time to know God from the Holy Bible, not a TV show or movie – and understand that God does truly love you and wants you to be reconciled to him. And rather than lead you to sin and Hell – He wants to free you from it for eternity.