Is Satan Real? Watch Oprah!

Yesterday at Bible study we started a new study by Andy Stanley, Charles Stanley’s son.  The title is Twisting The Truth.  In it he made this this statement when referring to satan (I just don’t like to dignify the name satan with a capitol letter), “He will not tip his hat to his existence.”  I thought, boy, is that so true.  Secrecy, darkness, hiddenness is where he thrives, just like cockroaches.  He hides wherever he can twist the truth, keep something hidden, wherever anything has a lie embedded in it.  One of several good examples he  used was of the concentration camps in World War II.  Hitler intuitively knew what he was doing to the Jews was wrong enough to lie about and keep it hidden from the bulk of the Germans.  No matter how Hitler cloaked his ‘cleansing’ and ‘purifying’ process as something good, of course it was sheer wordless, nameless horror.  

One point Andy was making yesterday is that if we are to accept all of Jesus, all of who He is and what He teaches, then we cannot gloss over one of several scriptures like John 8:42-44.  “Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here.  I have not come on my own; but he sent me.  Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (NIV)  Jesus was speaking to the Jews who could not hear him because of their own preconceptions.  Since Jesus had a Jewish mother, he was speaking to his own people.

Oprah is doing a 3 part series on sexual abuse.  She began in Februray with a no-holds-barred show with four admitted child molesters.  Yesterday, she did another ‘unspeakable’ subject…mothers who are rapists and molesters.  Some really brave men spoke up.  I heard these men’s stories and one common thread was the silence that was demanded of them.  A child keeps silent for a variety of reasons and whatever they are, they are good ones for the place and time the sexual violence was occurring.  These men were getting the emotional cancer out of them by not only telling their story to a trusted friend or therapist, but in person to the world on the Oprah Winfrey show no less.  Such courage!!

I am thinking that God must be loving what Oprah is doing and satan must be hating it.  The following is from her website about her show April 12, 2010: “After Oprah aired her no-holds barred conversation with four admitted child molesters in February 2010, letters, emails, and phone calls started puring in. “We were overwhelmed by the response to that interview,” she says.  “So many victims and parents–and even molesters–came forward.”

“That’s exactly the reason why I wanted to do these shows,” Oprah says.  “To get people to step out of the shame, to come forward, to tell somebody.”

Shame.  Oh yes; in my opinion that is one satan’s favorite weapons.  It is more powerful than most of us realize.  Oh! Shame and fear.  Well, there is quite a list. 

Is he real?

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