Satan and Other Angels Are Real

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Satan and Other Angels Are Real


Bob Norris - Conservative view For Sept. 10, 2016 By the Rev. Bob Norris I trusted Jesus as my personal savior in July 1969 and began my Christian life. I met my future wife one year later. We committed our lives to each other and to Jesus.

One day she asked me, "You don't believe Satan is real, do you?" At that time, I did not and told her from my liberal church background that I thought he was just an imaginary figure that we used to personalize evil. She just smiled and trusted my belief in the Bible to bring me to correct theology.

Not long after that, I was reading in Luke 4 where Jesus is tempted by the devil. As I read the account, the devil talked to Jesus. A nice trick for this imaginary being (as I had been taught in my liberal church background). Even worse, Jesus answered him back.

Based on the incorrect teaching I had received from liberal pastors, the Son of God, who is God the Son and our savior and lord, was talking to an imaginary individual. In the time it took me to read those 13 verses, I had changed my theology. Ever since, I have understood the clear biblical teaching that Satan and other angels are real.

Jesus clearly believed this and interacted with good angels and Satan's angels in many ways.

I told Judy my change in belief. She was glad, but not too surprised, as she knew my submission to God's word would bring that decision.

Christians for 2,000 years have believed in a separate order of beings called angels. Angels are not the spirits of deceased humans, but are spirit beings of an entirely different nature. Hebrews 1:14 establishes that angels are ministering spirits. Jesus makes clear in Luke 24:39 that a "? spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." In this one statement, Jesus establishes two facts. One is that in his resurrected body he has flesh and bones and can be touched. He was not a ghost or just a spirit, but material as well. …

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