For one to be like God, he must desire to be holy. No one can be like God; however, one can desire to be holy like Jesus. Satan took God’s word and twisted it by telling Eve to go against God’s will. Because Eve was misled, her goal became corrupted and led to sin. Everyone should have noble goals and aspire to become holy.
If Satan truly had no free will, then nothing would be his fault, as he alleges. God tells Jesus that humanity can find grace because Satan deceives it into falling, (3.130-2). But, if Satan is deceived into falling, can he also find grace? Works Cited: Milton, John. Paradise Lost.
God gave Adam and Eve the option to fall into the temptation Satan offered them in order to give them free will, to test their faith and know that they had true intentions and faith in His word to not have to know what would happen if they took the fruit. They had a relationship with God and knew Him, not just of Him, yet they turn their back on His instruction and go against his teachings for Satan, the first opportunity they get. “So will fall He and his faithless progeny. Whose fault? Whose but his own?
An antichrist might be an individual who completely follows God all the time, but does not accept Jesus as Christ because they have been misled. When a soul has been misled the Christian community should not fear and treat the person as if they were the devil, but instead the Christian community as suggested by David Jackman, needs to hear God’s truth. “Historically this has provided the Christian church with motivation for mission” (70). This passage tells us the belief systems that have been crafted through the schism, may have some truth in their teachings. Christians do not even need to reintroduce “the appalling horrors of the Crusaders” (Jackman, 70) by trying to abolish anyone who goes against God.
One of those is an adversary. The dictionary tells us that an adversary is one’s opponent in a contest, conflict or dispute. I believe that Satan is in constant conflict with God. We read in Luke 8:12 that, “the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved” (NIV). He wants what God has and will do everything in his power to tempt God’s people to come to his way of thinking.
A great conflict arises on the topics of freedom and happiness between Christ and the Grand Inquisitor, who is ally with Satan. The Grand Inquisitor explains to Christ how rejecting the three temptations has guaranteed human beings the choice of free will. The three temptations offered to Christ was the bread, the miracle and the power. In the first temptation, Christ did not accept the request to turn stone into bread. Christ believed that people should live by the word of God and instead of a material security like bread.
Throughout Paradise Lost, written by Milton, there are many primary motivations that consequently guide Satan in his actions, revenge, power, and lastly, praise of his own followers. First, Satan is guided throughout Paradise Lost by the revenge he wants God to deal with. He decided to go against the lord and live in the dark place where the damned go. Satan must live with the fact that he was one of the highest angels in heaven, but it still was not good enough to become a ruler along with god. He got mad, and lost his spot that he once held.
In everyday life, there is a common perception of who the devil is. The devil is perceived as the worst of the worst, the most evil and the perfect example of how one should not live. However, in John Milton’s Paradise lost, there is a perception of Satan being the hero of mankind. This is an interesting point, considering the general perception of Satan. Satan being the evil, deceitful, manipulating, and pride filled fallen angel from grace.
12:31-32 KJV). Those verses have been used by certain people to teach that there is a sin, which may be committed against the Holy Spirit and once committed, it will bring the condemnation of hell upon the guilty person and nothing can be done to change his destiny. Jesus told those trouble makers that sin committed against God the Father could be forgiven. They could sin against God the Son and find forgiveness. But, if they were to sin against God the Holy Spirit, there is no forgiveness.