Truth or a lie?

In the gospels we read the story where Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and had an encounter with satan. There he offered the world and cities to Jesus saying they were his to give to him if he bowed down to him.

I have been wondering this week about this verse and how many believe from this verse that the world belongs to satan and somehow Jesus has wrestled the world back from him. The problem is that I believe this train of thought has some foundational problems.

Firstly satan is the father of all lies…and so the question to ask is if he was telling the truth to Jesus or telling a lie…or maybe a partial mix…which seems to be his forte.

If Jesus had bowed down to him – well yes then perhaps the world would have then belonged to satan…however Scripture clearly tells us that God made the world through and in Christ and that nothing was made that Jesus didn’t make…. this means satan was mocking his creator with a form of double entendre.

Just a thought—what do you think?


About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to Truth or a lie?

  1. Hi Craig.

    If what you’re saying is truer, wouldn’t Jesus have refuted him on that point in his response? And why is satan referred to elsewhere as the god of his world?

    • Hi Sarah.

      Jesus did rebuke him…think about what Jesus said…”It is written that you will bow down to the Lord your God and worship him only!” In other words Jesus was saying you should be bending the knee to me. 🙂

      I don’t think the context of the “god of this world” allows for us to say that satan owns the world… rather I believe the context is in that the world follows satans ways more then it does God’s ways.

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