The Devil and the Details
The Bible is absolutely true. However, the truth in the Bible is revealed to born again Christians, only to the extent, to which, we choose to listen to the revelation of that truth, through the voice of the Holy Spirit. Science works the other way around. In science, the more a fact is proved by our five senses, the more it can be believed. The devil understands the bible and science a lot better than most of us. He should, because he is more cunning, and he is a totally spiritual being, who has been around much longer, than we have, to better perfect his planned deceptions. You may have heard the statement, “The devil is in the details”. This statement is always true when we Christians apply our interpretation of Bible truth to situations we face, using only the resources of our natural intellect. When we do this, we are putting a hangman’s noose around our neck, and then trying to prevent Satan from kicking the crate out from under our feet. Guess what. He will kick that box out from under us every time.
Never has the devil been in the details more than in the Church’s interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis. These scriptures are very hard for most Christians of today to understand, in part, because the Church has allowed itself to be pressured into coming up with a rebuttal to Satan’s cunningly devised fable called evolution. The theory of evolution is a strategic lie, which was not spun, through Darwin, to discredit God directly. The Devil lost that battle a long time ago to a man named Jesus, who also just happened to be God. No, this lie, like so many others dealing with the interpretation of scripture was spun to entrap the Church, because the Church represents God’s authority in the world, during this age. Satan gains power and control each time he gets the church to misquote God’s word, as he tried to do with Jesus, in the desert. This is really what the theory of evolution is all about. It is about Satan gaining more power and control, by getting God's people to react to his cunning lies, in error, more than it is about spreading the lie, itself, to the world. He can do that with one hand tied behind his back. All those who are not born again, who promote evolution are just pawns. What they believe or do not believe doesn’t matter, because they are enslaved to the prince of this world and will say and do anything he wants them to say or do at any time. (1 John 5:19) As the accuser of the brethren, Satan’s main thrust here is designed to get Christian apologists to respond to one lie with another lie. Simply put, each time the Church misinterprets the word, Satan gains more power and the Church of Jesus Christ is weakened.
To be more specific, many bible teachers teach against evolution by saying that the Sun and Moon where created on the fourth day of creation. However, the bible does not say that. The bible says God made the Sun and Moon on the fourth day. The word for made in the Hebrew is “asah” which has many meanings, none of which has anything to do with creating. The word for create in the Hebrew is “bara”. Definitions of “asah” are: appoint, have charge of, maintain, provide, commit, govern, advance, accomplish and trim. These definitions are very much in context with the rest of the scripture in Genesis 1:14-17, which is describing the positioning of the sun and moon, for the bringing about of seasons and more even distribution of light. Again, by the very Hebrew definition of “made”, the Bible is not saying they were created on this particular day. This is just one of many places in scripture where false teaching runs ramped. Can’t you see Satan in your mind’s eye, sitting back, waiting to spring his trap on God’s teachers and pastors, discrediting their ministry more and more, each time they misquote the Bible? When we interpret God’s word in error, Satan’s trap is sprung, as he tricks us into exchanging one lie for another. A Christian's credibility is a function of how much truth he can walk in and it is impossible to walk in truth while believing a lie. Satan knows this. He is a master chess player. Praise God, though, for the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth. Satan won’t get me to stick my neck into this particular noose, but what other nooses has he set for me?
Here is another grand argument among Christians where “The devil is in the details”. It is the argument of “New Earth” versus “Old Earth”. Moses mentions the relativity of time in the fourth verse of the 90th psalm? If we can believe what the bible says there, concerning God's observation of His creation and time, it makes the argument of “new earth theory” versus “old earth theory” a very foolish argument among Christians, no matter which side you choose to support. Moses says a thousand years in the sight of God is like yesterday when it is past. Simply put, this is saying time is non-existent. How can there be an old or a new, when time does not exist? Moses goes on to say that in God’s sight, in the same instant, in which time is non-existent, it is also a watch in the night, which is a few hours. Unless time is relative, how can it be both? Obviously, Moses is saying time is relative. Therefore, if time is relative, the length of the days mentioned in Genesis, by that same Moses, could have been anything. It could have been days like the twenty four hour periods of time we perceive or it could have been billions of our years. It could have varied from one day to the next day in Genesis, depending on the density and velocity of matter as it expanded outward from the point of creation. This makes the argument of “New Earth” versus “Old Earth completely ridiculous. Can you see Satan Laughing all over the place, when he gets Christians to turn against each other by starting foolish disagreements like this?
Having said this mouth full, in which I am sure at least eighty percent of those Christians reading this have had their eyes glazed over by now, in summarizing, the final message I would like to get across to other Christians is this. Focus on your personal testimony in Christ, not your intellectual Christian resume. If, by the power of the Holy Spirit, an intellectual nugget falls your way, as it has me, where true science will always merge with faith, so be it. I will still only know in part, but my personal testimony was completed the day I was born again and will only grow stronger all the days of my life. No devil in the details there. No Christian will be around on this earth long enough to be led into all truth. It’s not good to think more highly of ourselves than we should. It will take a face to face meeting in the presence of our Father for us to see as we are seen. Therefore, sticking to our personal testimony, as a witness for Christ is usually safer, especially for new Christians, because it is always more truthful, since it is based on events, which are, in turn, based on recollections of things God has done for us personally. When we argue the truths of the Bible through the word of our testimony, we tend to maintain a firmer footing on the path of truth. If we yield to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, while using our testimony, the devil looses the battle every time. The Holy Spirit understands the wiles of the enemy and will show us exactly what to do to overcome his attacks in every situation we face. As we learn to obey the Holy Spirit's direction, we start winning battles, which adds to the power of our personal testimony. That testimony, as it grows, becomes a stronger and stronger weapon to be used against the enemy in future battles. You may say to yourself, I get tired of hearing a Christian repeat over and over his or her personal testimony. Guess what. If you have ever said that, you are not alone in your thinking. Every devil out there is thinking the same thing. (Revelation 12: 9-11)