The Devil in Alaska

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted September 12, 2016

A local assembly meeting in Alaska was in for a surprise when local resident Iris Fontana opened the gathering with an invocation to Satan. The opening prayer is typically conducted by Christian pastors, but after complaints were made that the prayers made some feel unrepresented by their local government, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to permit “other religious groups an equal chance to pray for assembly meetings.”

During her prayer, Fontana stated, “Let us stand now unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines born of fearful minds in darkened times. Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old. Let us demand that individuals be judged for their concrete actions, not their fealty to arbitrary social norms and illusory categorizations.”

Fontana is a member of The Satanic Temple, an American political activist organization based in New York City. It's interesting to note that the group “does not believe in a supernatural Satan, as they believe that this encourages superstition that will keep them from being ‘malleable to the best current scientific understandings of the material world.’ The Temple uses the literary Satan as metaphor to construct a cultural narrative which promotes pragmatic skepticism, rational reciprocity, personal autonomy, and curiosity. Satan is thus used as a symbol representing ‘the eternal rebel’ against arbitrary authority and social norms.”

However, if you take the Bible as the source of truth, you know that Satan is not just some mythical figure, but a real being who was the originator of sin and has become a deceiver. Before Satan sinned, the Bible explains that he was once a good angel. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:12).

The Bible also teaches that the devil was created with immense wisdom, a cherub who stood by the throne of God. But pride mysteriously arose in him such that he wanted to take the place of God, his very Creator (Ezekiel 28:17). After being cast from heaven for his sin and deceptions (Revelation 12:7–9), he came to the earth to convince people that God is untrustworthy and that humans should follow him instead.

Iris Fontana ended her invocation to the Alaskan assembly with, “Hail Satan.” It’s perfectly in line with the devil’s greatest wish to take the place of God in our hearts. In the last days, he will even work to force people to worship him or be killed (Revelation 13:15). Don’t be deceived by the father of lies. His misrepresentation of God is slanderous. The heavenly Father loves you more than you could ever know.

How did evil and the devil originate? Watch The Dragon’s Egg, presented by Pastor Doug Batchelor, for eye-opening answers.

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