When Heaven, Hell, and Man Battle for the Soul

Original image courtesy of Bernat Casero, via Flickr Creative Commons

Original image courtesy of Bernat Casero, via Flickr Creative Commons

1 Peter 5:8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whohe may devour”

Hollywood tends to bombard us with images of Satan. No really, it does. Several actors have portrayed the Devil in several ways. Most notably: Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled, Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate, Robert Hughes in the Twilight Zone episode, The Howling Man and many others. Hollywood, for some reason, loves to have human actors play as the Devil.

At the same time, the gilded pool of celebrities also has had actresses and actors play God, angels, Jesus or hybrids of some kind — demigods and the like.

Often the movies are portrayed in such a way that Satan can be seen as misunderstood or ‘not quite so bad’ as depicted in the movie with Nicholas Cage called Drive Angry (which in my opinion was awful but if you liked it, more power to you). There’s a scene where the Accountant says something to the effect of (and I paraphrase) “He [The Devil] isn’t a monster” or something like that. Honestly, the movie didn’t leave that much of an impact on me.

But when it comes to spiritual warfare, we are not talking about a mischievous child playing pranks. We are not referring to a misunderstood literary character. We are talking about a being who sole mission is to distract, mislead, and convince you to turn away from God. By any means necessary.

In times past, the Devil had been portrayed with a pitch fork, horns, and red skin. Now, he is portrayed as a suave, calculating but quite irresistible person. There is a contrast between these two images that I find interesting: With the ‘pitch fork’ Satan, the visual image of Satan showed itself distinctive from man. The more modern image is the one that is more frightening…because it isn’t distinctive. As a matter of fact, the image of Satan has morphed into one people seem to readily accept and believe than their belief in God.

And this…is the battle in spiritual warfare…when the enemy is so subtle, so cunning, you don’t even know he’s the enemy.

In my opinion, this is the problem. When Heaven, Hell, and Man battle for the Soul we need to know who is the enemy, who is the soldier, and who is the commander.

With me to talk about this is Frank Lattimore, author of the debut novel ‘Freedom Fight’ as we go into spiritual warfare.

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