Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Devil and Were Afraid to ask. Podcast: Live At Hales Segment 3 of 3

DEVILGustaveDoreParadiseLostSatanProfile From the Bible's snake slithering on stage in the Garden of Eden to the Apostle Paul's warning that we are in spiritual warfare against principalities and powers, and from Flip Wilson's comedic "The devil made me do it" to George Lucas' Darth Vader swayed to the dark side, the devil is part of the universal human story. Sometimes our interest is lighthearted and other times obsessive. CS Lewis warned of these extremes saying, "there are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel and excessive and unhealthy interest in them." Tonight's subject is "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Devil and Were Afraid to ask." Our guests are Dr. Bryan Burton, theologian and pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church and Bill Hogg a theologically trained cultural gadfly

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14 Responses to “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Devil and Were Afraid to ask. Podcast: Live At Hales Segment 3 of 3

  1. What is the distinction between the devil and sin? If we are inherently sinners (as in original sin) do we all inevitably have the devil within us?

  2. Why is there an absence of discussion of Satan by Jesus? It seems like if He didn't emphasize it than we shouldn't either. Do we give him too much emphasis or not enough.

  3. Will you comment on the passage in Isaiah where it talks about Satan or Lucifer as a fallen angel who was so beautiful but he wanted to userp God and was subsequently thrown out of heaven?

  4. The passage that was talked out on the show and the one that seems to be asked about here is from Isaiah 14:12
    "How you have fallen from heaven,
    O morning star, son of the dawn!
    You have been cast down to the earth,
    you who once laid low the nations!"
    The "you" that is mentioned contextually is speaking of the King of Babylon from verse 14:3-4
    "On the day the LORD gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:"
    However, some do debate that this passage may also be speaking about Satan.

  5. If Satan is the bringer of death/illness, how do you balance that perspective with the dangers of a "health/wealth" gospel?

  6. What do we know about Satan from strictly Biblical sources?

  7. What is the link between Satan and hell? Should Satan/hell be seen as a King/Kingdom or is there a better image? A more theologically sound image?

  8. What of those individuals and communities who use Satan as a weapon to condemn others or enforce norms? Also, how does one determine the difference between real demonic discernment and fake accusations (the Salem trials and the condemnation of Disney for example).

  9. What is the extent of the devil's influence over us? Can he read our minds? What "control" does the devil have over us? Is it different for Christians versus non-believers?

  10. The demon possessed boy whose demons the disciples could not cast out – why couldn't they? What difference would the prayer/fasting that Jesus said was needed make?

  11. You mentioned our current understanding of the devil/hell is based on Dante's speculative theology. What was believed before then?

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