“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.” 1
Recognition of the scientific inadequacy of the chance hypothesis doesn’t guarantee goodness. But it does provide a preview of the “Big Picture.” Science and religion exist inextricably commingled. Objective analysis of the two disciplines, opens doors to the mother lode of abundant living.
The same Bible that describes the origin of life on earth, traces a glimpse of an all-consuming, cosmic spiritual battle. No person reclines passively as a bemused spectator in a box seat on the fifty-yard line. Every human being plays a supporting role in the cast of the spiritual war, now playing center stage in the Theater of the Universe.
The truth about God is revealed in the miracle of His Creation; the life, words and ministry of Christ; the transforming influence of His Spirit on human hearts; and the insightful testimony of the Bible. Scripture paints a picture of a once perfect creation, marred by a “War in Heaven,” a raging spiritual conflict between good and evil, ultimately infecting earth with the curse of the death virus.
Deaths from war, starvation and disease are casualties of the raging spiritual conflict between good and evil on a universal scale. Far from small-time intellectual jousting, diametrically opposed perceptions of life offer a stage for a crucial battlefield of that great controversy. Satan, onetime Lucifer and heavenly light bearer, has declared war on the Most High God. Humans live on the battlefield, born to be combatants. “We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.” 2
More than providing religious insight or a substantive record of creation week, the Bible describes a “Big Picture” scenario that gives meaning and purpose to life, with a future owned by mankind. The Old and New Testaments combine to expose intellectual dead ends while offering answers that bypass presumptive superficialities. The Scripture warns of “a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” 3
Accusing God of tyranny, Lucifer, the insidious adversary, vested with a charismatic presence and infatuated with his own malignant pride, stirred doubts, resentment and rebellion in the hearts of other angels. Satan and his band of deceived beings were banished from the presence of God and confined to earth, unleashing evil’s fall-out of pain, death and devastation on an idyllic environment that once radiated peace and ecological perfection.
“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth and his angels with him.” 4
When Satan was cast from God’s presence, Planet Earth emerged as center stage for the cosmic theater featuring a life and-death-spiritual war performed before a universal audience. In Satan’s jealous rage against God, the father of lies set out to scar a pristine creation.
Earth became a combat zone pitting good versus evil!
The Genesis narrative describes the cunning deception of the devil, the fallen Lucifer, determined to mar the Creator’s idyllic handiwork and to recruit humans to join his rebellion. Satan, the all-time con artist, focused his energy on corrupting a perfect ecosystem and convincing the first humans of God’s alleged tyranny.
Adam and Ever were created as free moral agents, with freedom to respond to and to accept God’s love.
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