Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Who is the Enemy?

"Ray, I saw the (TV) episode and I want to congratulate you on a job well done. However, I'm deeply concerned about the metaphor of a war you use in the show . . .in a war, you have enemies, and I think it's counter-productive to think of fellow human beings as enemies." Kaitlyn

I can understand why you are concerned about the "metaphor" of a war. However, there is nothing metaphoric about the battle in which we find ourselves.

I wonder if you are concerned about the structure of the Salvation "Army." They are a Christian organization that was originally structured by "General" William Booth to remind their "soldiers" that they involved in a very real battle. The war in which we are involved is with the demonic realm. The world loves to use Christian phraseology, such as "He had his demons," but Christians see demons as being more than figurative. The Bible says that we "wrestle" against them (see Ephesians 6:12). This is why the Bible exhorts us to "fight the good fight" of faith, and to endure hardness as a “good soldier of Jesus Christ."

The battle is a spiritual battle and it is for your life. You aren’t the enemy, but you have been taken captive by him (see 2 Timothy 2:26). Satan has blinded your mind (see 2 Corinthians 4:4). That’s why we can tell you that God offers you everlasting life and you don’t even see what’s being offered. Absolute blindness.

So don’t be concerned about us seeing you as the enemy. We love you and are consumed with concern for your eternal salvation. There’s nothing more important than where you will spend eternity.