“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” – C.S. Lewis
I was sitting in a prayer service when a friend of mine stood up and said, “Satan isn’t a roaring lion devouring people, he is a mouse. With God on our side, he is nothing.” And it struck me as odd in several ways. Was this a direct revision of 1 Peter 5:8 (Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. A caution to church Elders to beware during the persecution of the church.)? Was this just an “off-the-cuff” point to inspire fellow Christians of our assured strength in God? Is this just me being a prick and being stuck in a whirlwind of internal dialogue, taking more time on a topic than anyone else cares to consider? But in my deliberation, I kept falling back upon the question I have asked myself and have taught on before, “Who is Lucifer?”
He has been called, “The Father of lies”, “The Great Deceiver”, “Lord and Savior”, “The first rebel to be so successful as to win his own kingdom”, among other names. But as Christians we become enamored with Lucifer when we speak of spiritual warfare and the fight against “not flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers,” citing the full armor of God as our defense in this cosmic struggle. But this all becomes weird and strange when you read through Ephesians and realize Ephesians 6:10-18 (the often cited proof text of Christian Spiritual Warfare) has nothing to do with spiritual warfare. Instead, it is commenting on our resources as Christians to live-out the Christian life as a unified body through the love of God (Ephesians 1-3 works to establish this thesis).
Just as those who are new to Plato only remember the analogy of the Cave, Christians new to Paul only remember the Full Armor of God. The error in quoting The Analogy of the Cave as Plato’s thesis concerning knowledge is to overlook Plato’s explicit comment that he has exhausted all of his proofs and now will end with an attempt to paint an inadequate picture. The Analogy of the Cave isn’t his thesis – It’s his last attempt to paint an inadequate picture of quite a complicated theory. With Paul, he has given his case to the Ephesians in the first six chapters, he then concludes with The Full Armour of God. Like Plato’s Cave, The Full Armour of God isn’t Paul’s thesis, it’s his illustration of the case he has already presented.
Where are we to go from here?
As Christians we have an odd affinity with speaking about Spiritual Warfare that is confounded with an almost equal inadequacy in knowing our role in spiritual warfare, misquoting texts, and possessing almost no knowledge concerning who is Lucifer, his dominion, or his authority. We are, to cite the over-used cliché, having Christians bring knives to gunfights.
And so we must begin where anyone would begin. We must ask, “Who is Lucifer?” And by asking this question I believe we begin to take the first steps in the great maxim, “Know thine enemy.” But even to invoke this expression is to possibly invoke confusion. We do not here mean, “Do as thine enemy do,” we do not here mean, “Worship thine enemy,” we do not here mean, “Forget he is thine enemy.” We mean, “Know thine enemy.” It is to take our blind-folds off and ask, “Who is our enemy so we may know how to respond?”
This series will encompass three central parts: Who is Lucifer, What is the Occult, and How are Christians to Respond? The first part will be sub-divided into two sections. Section A will ask the questions, “Who is Satan as a Person and an Angel”? Section B will deal with the question “What are his powers?” The second part will cover the Occult (The Satanic Bible, Book of Shadows, Daemonology, etc.), their affinity with symbolism and teaching, and why people are often drawn to them. And the last part will cover how Christians ought to respond; Why we must understand how the Bible presents Lucifer’ How we are to respond with Power, Prayer, and Authority; And how we can do so with Love and Assurance in God.
Is Satan a Mouse?
May I offer a resounding no? The Bible clearly makes Lucifer out to be much more than merely a mouse. However, if we must call Lucifer a mouse (As I am aware that there are certain battles not worth dying over), then at least allow me to paint this mouse in the correct light. This is the mouse that ate all the children of Job, took all his possessions, and left his wife telling him to “curse God and die.” This is the same angel who tempted Adam and Eve in the very beginning. This is the angel who, in disputing the body of Moses, could not be rebuked by Michael the archangel. He is the psychopath who, knowing full well the nature of God, asked Him, “Will you worship me?” If we are to call Lucifer a mouse, may I at least suggest we add the words of the werewolf, from C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian, as Lucifer’s own:
“I’m hunger. I’m thirst. Where I bite, I hold till I die, and even after death they must cut out my mouthful from my enemy’s body and bury it with me. I can fast a hundred years and not die. I can lie a hundred nights on the ice and not freeze. I can drink a river of blood and not burst.”