I’m sure the vast majority of people who’ve visited this blog have seen this picture in some shape or form. It’s certainly a striking concept, it’s well done artistically and in that case it has merit. However what it depicts is a gross distortion of scripture, the Word of God is quite imperative, Satan was defeated on the cross this is not an even battle.
Jesus is God and Satan is a Created Being
The first thing that is so very wrong about this artwork is that it puts Jesus who is God at the same level of strength as Satan who is a created being. Remember all of creation came through the Voice of The Father, God the Son, the Word, Jesus Christ. Therefore Jesus Christ is in a position of superiority over Satan simply because He is God and His very utterance brought Lucifer, who fell from Grace and became Satan, into existence.
To continue on that point just giving Satan large muscles and a frightful sneer isn’t enough to tip the scales a created being is always less powerful that the one who created it.
Take into the equation that Satan was soundly defeated when Jesus- The God Man- was at His weakest. When He was hanging on the Cross and had become sin for us so much so that the Father could not look upon the Son “although it pleased Him to bruise Him.” Christ was still more powerful in His death than Satan has been in his entire life!
Why is it that so many false religions inflate the power of Satan to such ridiculous proportions? Logic would dictate that those religions that do elevate Satan’s status so much are in fact under his control. And the frightening thing is that on the surface these false religions under his control look- on the surface at least- very similar to Christianity. In fact those not grounded in the Word of God can easily be deceived right into a false religion simply because it looks so right, and sounds so legit- even if it’s way off base.
A major problem of false religion is the fact that they look and sound so legitimate that it isn’t until you take the time to look into their claims and underlying principles that you realize that there are problems in the first place.
Satan may not fight fair- in fact he does not fight fair but the reason for this isn’t because he’s a dirty fighter (even though he is) but because he’s already lost the fight. Any religion that delves into making more of Satan than he really is, and glorifying him with greater power than he ever has had is a great danger. The writings of Ellen G. White when they (often) focus more on the forces of darkness bestowing them with much greater power than they have in reality- should be a warning sign to all to beware.
There is no fair fight. Christ is God…and He defeated the forces of evil on the Cross of Calvary to posit that the force of both parties is even close to being equal is false advertising. There is no tug of war or arm wrestling match simply because there’s no contest.
God is already the Victor through Christ!