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 ?