A popular minister whose sermons are broadcast on radio and television claims the Bible teaches that God has allowed Satan to be in control of this world until Jesus returns. He gave specific passages like Satan being labeled the “prince of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) and argued that when Satan tempted Jesus in the desert and offered him the kingdoms of this world, Jesus didn’t argue or say anything about the world being Satan’s. Christians will use all types of excuses to keep themselves out of today’s religious-moral-cultural battles. One of the most diabolical excuses is to claim that Satan is the rightful god of this world.
On Saturday, my wife and I went to see Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage, which is a strange mix of UFOlogy, panspermia, the destruction of Earth by fire (2 Pet. 3:10), the Edenic Tree of Life, and determinism vs. randomness. Cage’s character, John Koestler, is giving a lecture to his astrophysics’ class at M.I.T. when he presents the conundrum of determinism vs. randomness.1 When the class asks him what he believes, he picks randomness. “There is no grand meaning, there is no purpose.” He ends the session with “I think s**t just happens.” The perfect summary of an atheist’s worldview.
We briefly summarized the latest Barbara Walters ABC News Special, “Heaven: Where is it and how do we get there?” Since nothing of substance was really accomplished by the show, and no burning questions were addressed or even attempted, we will need to look at the main premise of the show and form our own analysis.
Last night, ABC News aired a two-hour Barbara Walters special entitled “Heaven: Where is it and how do we get there?” Since I missed the first twenty minutes of it, and I only took notes on the last hour and a half, this will be something of a “preliminary” report. I will do some more research on this and write a fuller analysis next week.