Nearly every day, the Western world is horrified to learn of new atrocities committed by extremist Islamic groups, operating on the fringes of their religion. It is not just Christians and Jews who have suffered, other Muslims have been attacked, creating great strife within their own religious group. It is a hideous affront to all of humanity, regardless of one’s religious persuasion. All of this violence is instigated by Satan. He loves to pit religions against one another, hoping to persuade everyone that God does not exist or worse, He does not care. Yet, there is one unexpected consequence. Many Muslims have rebelled against these atrocities, some even accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In spite of Satan’s best efforts, God is prevailing.
Satan always goes too far.
…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:44 (ESV)
Christians know this life is a continual spiritual war. Satan will do everything possible to convince us that faith in God is futile. God does not answer our prayers. How can He possibly listen to and answer every prayer of every single being in the universe? If God is good, why would He allow so much pain and suffering in the world? For some, these questions are enough to cause one to reject God, but for others, God can use these doubts, the same pain and suffering in the world, to open their eyes to the Truth. This is not the world that God created for mankind to enjoy. All pain and suffering are the results of sin, man’s willful disobedience to follow God’s commands. Yet, God in His grace and mercy, provided a solution, a way to reconcile the spiritual separation from Him. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live as a man.
Take the time to examine the claims of Jesus Christ. He was tempted by Satan in every way imaginable but did not sin. He lived a perfect sinless life. By dying and being resurrected, Jesus showed us the way to salvation and eternal life by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In the time remaining before the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, Satan will wage a continual war for the possession of our souls. We do not have to listen or believe his lies.
Satan always goes too far because he knows he has lost. Jesus Christ has already paid the ultimate price and secured the victory of salvation and eternal life for all who place their faith and trust in Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.