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Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)
TITLE: Conversation wtih Satan
By Rhonda Burns
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"Really! You truly anticipated that you, as a created angelic being, could actually overthrow the true Creator of the Universe. Are you nuts? What possible scenarios did you conjure up that would throw all constraint to the wind on a hunch that you could actually win? Oh, I know you were beautiful to look at and you really knew how to rock the music in the heavenlies, but come on! Yes, I understand that you had a fair amount of heavenly host willing to follow your self-deceived instructions. But that crowd only served to feed your delusion and coddle an onslaught of arrogance. At the risk of seeming rude, may I just state the obvious: Being trapped in the insidious lies of your own inner thinking is never a good springboard to mutiny. You were destined to fail.
Let me ask. Did you ever cleverly pen out a pros and cons list? I know when I have major decisions that could alter the future of my life; I like to carefully weigh the options. I tend to play out both scenarios on paper and see which one rises to the top. I could be wrong, but maybe, just maybe if you had put the facts out there in the open, you would have seen the many errors of your flawed thinking. Let me show what it could have looked like Ready? Here goesÖ.
At the top letís put the title:
Weighing the Odds of Overthrowing God
Now, letís list all the pros to that decision. Umm, my mind is coming up a little blank. You got some help for me here?
Nothing yet. Okay, letís go to the cons first then.
1. Will be thrown out of Heaven.
2. Will be known as the Father of lies.
3. Will be in a constant spiritual battle
4. Will be unable to touch Godís people.
5. Will fail at destroying Godís plan.
6. Will be thrown in the Lake of Fire to suffer for eternity.
Okay, thatís enough cons for now. Letís stop there and go back to the pros list. Hmmm. Nothing is coming to me still. Could really use your help. Surely you had some pros weaved into the dark recesses of your sly little mind way back when. Only a fool would endeavor such a giant power play without counting the cost and believing that the fruit of his labor would deliver an enormous pay day. Nothing coming to you? Well I know it was a long time ago but surely a mastermind like you would never forget the intricate positive details of an overthrow of this magnitude.
Oh donít give me that look. I know you think youíre big and scary! Yes, I know you have strong powers and cause a lot of evil in this world. No need to brag about the people you confuse and cause to stumble. I get it. I really do. I too have felt the touch of your hand reaching out to kill, steal and destroy. But, I canít put any of that into the pros column. You see, I know the end of your story. More importantly I know the God who created you and will one day cast final judgment on you. I know the One who fights my battles so that I no longer have to be afraid of you. Your very shadow shrinks in the presence of His true Light.
So you see, you are in quite a predicament. Maybe a little try at reasoning through the pros and cons of your sinister plan would have saved you an eternity of damnation. Just sayinÖ.Ē
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