Tuesday, April 07, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
On his website, Chopra expounded on some of the ideas that he expressed during a debate on Satan that he participated in recently on ABC's Nightline. Chopra believes that we are headed for a global society, and that in such a society the concept of "pure evil" will not be needed:
The future appears to be global, and if we want to thrive there, the concept of "pure evil" has to be discarded.
Chopra also has no love lost for those who still hold to traditional religious beliefs about Satan. In fact, it is really hard to misinterpret this barb aimed squarely at fundamentalist Christians:
...it’s hard to remember a time when educated, free-thinking people reserved at least a tiny, secret corner where belief in Satan — or pure evil — resided.
So anyone who believes in Satan is a brain-washed idiot? Apparently so. According to Chopra, those who are enlightened are moving towards a more "positive" form of spirituality:
...a positive kind of spirituality has arisen that doesn’t need Satan.
So what does Chopra think of all those people who claim that they have seen Satan or have seen a demon or who have had a close encounter with hell? Apparently those people "sadden" him, but he does not give any evidence that their experiences are not real:
I came away from the debate saddened by the testimonials from fervent believers who claimed to have met the Devil personally or to have barely escaped the fires of damnation.
So does Satan actually exist?
The Bible says that he does.
At the very beginning of the Bible he is there tempting Adam and Eve, and at the end of the Bible he is there being thrown into the lake of fire for his rebellion against God.
Jesus spoke about Satan quite a bit in the four gospels. For example, in John 8:44, Jesus made it quite clear how He feels about Satan:
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.
So is Satan real?
Well, either Satan is real or Jesus is a liar.
You pick what you want to believe.
I believe that God does exist and that the Bible is true.
Why do I believe that?
Because that is what the evidence overwhelmingly supports.
If you do not know about the mountain of evidence for Christianity, then I would recommend that you check out this article:
God is very real, and if you do not know Him yet, then it is my hope that you will find Him today.