In the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects,” the protagonist made this statement:
Brilliantly delivered by Kevin Spacey, I have never forgotten the line and profound reality. If you asked, most people would say that they believe in some sort of higher power or as I do, in an all-powerful and loving God; but ask how many believe in the Devil and the response will be quite different. The Barna Research Group released findings from its nationwide survey of adults’ spiritual beliefs and found:
“Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.”
From the Article: “Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist,” 4/10/2009
4 out of 10 people believe that the Devil “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” In the past 10 years, there has been an enormous increase in the amount of Hollywood offerings focusing on the Devil, demons and other evil incarnations. It is ironic that people will go in droves to watch about the Devil and his unseen activities on the silver screen, but then turn around and say that he does not exist. Sadly, I would say that the “trick” is working quite effectively.
Much like Kevin Spacey’s deceptive portrayal of an ineffectual and innocent crippled man in “The Usual Suspects,” Satan’s activities are not obvious; he comes in unassuming forms and in unexpected ways. That is why we need to “Be self‑controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV84)
This haunting picture is a great reminder…People think they have all the time in the world to live their life however they wish, indulging in anything and everything. Maybe tomorrow or next year or sometime in the future they will change. In Matthew 24:36 (NLT) Jesus gives some insight about the end times:
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”
No one knows the hour when the end will come; or to put it plainer, when YOUR END will come, so don’t wait, “get right with God” and accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the redemption of your soul.
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