Bust the Myths
If I imagine telling my children, especially the younger ones, about a red guy with horns and a pitch fork, it makes me feel a little uneasy. I’d rather spare them the nightmares. And that’s not how Satan looks anyway.
In Ezekiel 28:13-15 he’s described as an anointed cherub, a type of angel created by God, who was perfect in his ways until he sinned. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:14 that he now disguises himself as an angel of light.
When Satan wants to influence our lives and lead us astray, he won’t appear as a monster that would terrify even the least spiritual person. Instead, he shows up deceptively disguising himself as whatever will distract us from keeping our eyes on God.
So how do we share that with our children? We tell them the true story. He was once a key figure in heaven, but pride led him to seek elevation above God. We can give our kids the basics of the story without describing a horrific being.
Ezekiel 28:17 says about him, “Your heart became proud because of your beauty; For the sake of your splendor you corrupted your wisdom. So I threw you down to the ground; I made you a spectacle before kings” (CSB).
He wasn’t ugly or scary from the start. He was beautiful, and his attempts to tempt us often come through the things we find beautiful.
Remind your children that God has so much in store for them—success, education, companionship and so on. The enemy wants us to pursue those things apart from God, but the results are so much better when we wait on Him.
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