In killing Jesus, Satan though he had won. But in reality, when Jesus died, Satan cast out Satan. Jesus defeated Satan at his own game. Jesus died at hell’s gates so that He might ride through them in victory.
When religion reacts violently to evil, this may not be God judgment against sin, but rather, Satan casting out Satan. It may be that Satan casts out Satan to make it look like God winning, when in reality, Satan is using violent religion to consolidate and amplify his own power.
The devil is a murderer and a liar, and one of his primary lies is to tell us that God is a murderer. The devil himself is largely responsible for much of the violence that happens in the world, and he loves nothing more than to carry out that violence and then frame God for it.
In seeking to understand what is going on in the account of the flood and why the waters that came upon the earth, we must understand the ANE cosmology. The waters of the flood cause the world to revert the the chaos of a pre-creation state. The flood reveals cosmic warfare between God and Yamm, the god of chaos and storms.
Can a Christian be demon-possessed? Scripture indicates that a Christian cannot be demon-possessed, but this does not mean there is nothing to be wary of. Not all who say they are Christians truly are, so maybe those who are Christian in name only can be possessed. Furthermore, Christians can still be oppressed and influenced by demons.
In this ongoing series on why bad things happen in God’s creation, we must make sure to remember that Satan often causes destruction. One reason why bad things happen in this world is that Satan is seeking to destroy the things of God. Satan is a destroyer who destroys.
If you wonder why storms and destruction happen in nature, much of it is because the forces of nature are no longer under human control. The theology of nature is that God created nature, but it fell out of control when humans sinned. The powers of nature are unleashed.