Since There Is No Devil, There Need Be No Christ Either

Passturd Meercat Markkk Downey, Klhumper of Klunt


From: kkludd [mailto:wildlifeart@excite.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 16:11
To: Holy_War@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Holy War: What Tempted Jesus?

To many judeo-Christians Matthew 4 is a literal interpretation of
their preconceived superstition of a supernatural god whom they call
Satan, devil, serpent ad nauseam.  The personifacation of the myriad
vices and virtues are a common practice among pagan cultures.  The
fairy tale of Jesus encountered this nefarious diety emanates from
the traditions of man not the Bible.  Those who always believed their
Sunday school teacher, cry incredulously, 'what else could it
possibly mean?'

Well, if we let the Bible interpret itself rather than man, we often
find the context and principle of a subject.  Matthew 4 is the first
place in the New Testament where the word 'devil' is found.  If we do
not understand what the devil is, it is likely that our understanding
of Jesus Christ will be skewed as well.  If this story was just a
duel between the Son of God and some royal spook, then Christ being
our example would set the stage for the rest of us to be tempted by
the same type of evil.  However, this simplistic scenario falls short
of what Jesus is to us. 

Jesus was made a man, just like His Israelite brethren.  It was
necessary for Christ to be tempted just as we are.  If Christ was
made as we are, then He would be tempted by the same feelings and
desires that we do.  What is it that tempts man?  James I:14 tells us
it is when we are drawn away by our own lust and enticed.  Lust here
is synonymous with desire.  The Bible further elaborates as to the
basic elements of temptation in I John 2:16 by saying that 'the lust
of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life' are the sum
total of all the rotten, corrupt evil that is in the world.  There is
absolutely no reference to any evil god, which could posssibly be
responsible for these desires leading us into sin.

Now comes the temptations of Christ which parallel the aforementioned
elements in Matthew 4.  If anybody has ever fasted, especially for 40
days, you know that physically you feel hunger and your mind turns to
meat and potatoes.  The first temptation was the thought to turn some
stones into bread ie lust of the flesh.  The second temptation was
the thought to cast Himself down from a pinnacle of the temple and
let angels take charge of bearing Him up ie the pride of life.  The
third temptation was the thought to become ruler of the world ie the
lust of the eyes.  Jesus, knowing who He was and what He was, could
have obtained power over men at that time, but that would have
precluded His sacrifice at Calvary.  We can easily identify the
politicians today who have been drawn away from God by their own
greed for wealth and power and thereby enticed to sin on their own
volition.  Jesus was tempted like we are.  Otherwise, if His flesh
offered Him no temptation, what glory would there be that Jesus
resisted His own desires as man and was without sin to the end.

Satan or the devil of pagan folklore is not what Jesus told to "get
thee hence" or is what departed from Him.  It was all the desires of
the world which He overcame for our example.  I John 2:16 very
clearly corresponds to Matthew 4 and it would be disingenuous to say
that it is merely a distortion.  The transliterated 'satan' would
serve our people far better if we finally translate the word and let
the Bible interpret itself.

Pastor Mark Downey


1. To understand Meercat Markkk Downey, you first have to understand that Downey is really nothing more than a little pussy-whupped dolt