For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world.” – 1 John 2:16 (ESV)

Today I finished reading James Cantelon’s book Theology For Non-Theologians. I’d give it a thumbs-up, definitely worth checking out. I agreed with a lot of what he said in the book, disagreed with some of it, and don’t fully understand other parts of it, as I mentioned in my post about sovereignty and providence. In the last chapter, Cantelon discusses the problem of Gnosticism in today’s world and Satan’s role in regard to “worldliness” in this way:

“People are giving too little credit to themselves as creatures of God and too much credit to Satan, as though he were not himself a creature but an equal of God…he can’t make your choices for you. You make your choices for you. Satan is a defeated foe. Jesus made sure of that.” (p. 256)

I’m sorry if this sounds really naive, but here goes…my question is, how much of a role does Satan play in the type of world that John talks about in the above verse ? Are we giving him too much credit ? How responsible are we for the choices we make and this type of “worldliness” that’s created ?

4 thoughts on “Worldliness

  1. micey

    I think we definitely can give satan too much credit. he is the ruler of this world… if you are not born again, you serve satan… he is a deceiver and a conniver… once we are born again, he loses his power, but i think he’s able to keep tormanting us with his lies… i read a neat analogy… Jesus came to set the captives free and the prison doors were flung wide open, but you’re still sitting in your cell because the devil is whispering lies into your ear about not being good enough, God would never take you back… once we are born again, we are free to choose to sin no more through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us… to keep sinning and then blame it on satan is a cop out… it’s like the guy who can never own up to the stuff he’s done wrong… satan has no control over whether or not we sin once we are born again… make sense?

  2. blessed1

    I think the less credit we give him the better. I don’t even like taking the effort to type his name. But that aside, when you’re not serving the Lord and his son, Jesus…you’re serving someone else…willingly or not. When you’re in it for yourself, and not for the purpose of living your life for God then Satan is whispering in your ear daily.
    Thankfully God is there every day for us to retreat to and rest in. For those that choose Him, there are still struggles with the deceiver. There will still be stumbling blocks, but the ones that are wise enough will turn their eyes toward God for guidance.

  3. Joe

    Thank you both for visiting and your comments 🙂 John Piper said something once that stuck with me that once you are born again, you are “totally safe” in Christ…not sure that’s the exact quote, but…

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