The Devil Didn’t Make Me Do It
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The Devil Didn’t Make Me Do It

I know some people who really think they are important enough to be personally tempted by Satan himself.  What an ego!  Since only God is everywhere present that is saying a lot about just how important those persons think they are.  The truth is even if Satan was dead we wouldn’t get any better.  We are sinners just as he is and we are really good at tempting ourselves and blaming it on someone else.

This is part of the mindset that invents conspiracies.  Recently I listened to someone go on about how the United States faked the moon landing in the 1960’s.  Do they really think the Russians, with whom we were having a space race, would have allowed us to get away with a fake?  Nothing would have made them happier than to have exposed us as frauds.  There were thousands of people involved with the moon landing.  Surely there would have been one whistle blower in the crowd.

While it might be amusing to invent conspiracies and be the center of attention at a party as we espouse our fantasies, it is important to know the difference between what we make up and what is real.  Peter certainly knew that many conspiracists would make up theories to mock the resurrection of Jesus.  In II Peter 1:16 he wrote, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”   And John wrote, “We touched the Lord of Glory with our own hands.”  Peter died a horrible death for Jesus.  Do we really think he would have endured that for a made up story?

Written by Roger Bothwell on August 13, 2013

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