Why Satan Is More Successful than the Atheists

It seems that atheists have become more militant of late in trying to persuade others to join them in their non-belief of God. While some might be convinced to convert to the atheists’ faith (atheism is most certainly a faith because it is rooted in the belief, not the provable fact, that there is no God), most will reject their teaching. If the goal is to get people to forfeit their chance at salvation, Satan is far more successful than the atheists are.

Why is Satan more successful? He has a more appealing offer than the atheists have. Case in point: I recently read an article about the Atheist Agenda group at a college in Texas. The group set up a table on campus and promised to give free pornography for anyone willing to give up a Bible in exchange. The article noted that this event which started in 2008, attracting lots of attention early on, has barely been noticed this year. The reason is simple: Very few people will surrender their Bibles and embrace atheism (or at least consider it), in exchange for free pornography.

The atheists offer an either/or proposition. You can either have the Bible or you can have pornography You can either believe in God or reject God. Satan is more successful because he does not offer an either/or proposition; he offers a both/and proposition.

Satan does not make anyone choose between the Bible and pornography. He offers both the Bible and pornography. He is perfectly content for you to read and study your Bible, attend Bible study classes, and listen to Bible sermons being preached if you are also viewing pornography. Why? It is because pornography, regardless of how much one studies his Bible, will bring about damnation. Satan knows this better than many do, even though Jesus taught it in the Sermon on the Mount:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell” (Matthew 5:27-29).

We can be sentenced to hell on account of the actions of our eyes and heart. Jesus’ illustration is meant to make us realize the seriousness of lusting after a woman (which is exactly what happens when pornography is used). As unthinkable as it is to gouge out our own eyes, it would be far better than being cast into eternal punishment. Satan says you can keep the pornography. Jesus says you must be willing to do whatever is necessary to remove that temptation to lust after a woman.

Satan does not make anyone choose between believing in God and rejecting God. He allows you to both believe in God and reject God. How is that possible? Notice what James wrote:

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:19-20, 24).

Obedience is necessary for salvation (Hebrews 5:9). Disciples are to be taught to obey all that the Lord commanded (Matthew 28:20). If Satan wants men to be lost, it is very difficult to convince them to deny the existence of God – even the demons believe in God! But as long as Satan is able to convince people to not obey God, then it does not matter if they believe or not; they will be lost. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

Atheists are trying to convince people to give up their Bibles and their belief in God. Satan is not doing this and knows that he does not need to do this. He just needs to convince people to keep their Bibles, but not follow the Bible. He can allow people to believe in God, just as long as they are persuaded not to obey God. As long as the atheists are offering their either/or proposition, they will never turn away as many souls from serving God as Satan will.

Satan leads many down the path to destruction while convincing them they are still on the path that leads to life (cf. Matthew 7:13-14). Do not be deceived!

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  1. Carlos Raymer says

    Thanks Andy, for your good work for our Lord and His word, we need more men who will teach and defend His word, satan work in many ways and many men, Billy Graham is leading men a difference way than Jesus taught in John 14:6, not teaching all of what Gods word say is just as bad as not teaching it at all, 2nd Timothy 2:17-19. Thanks again.
    Carlos Raymer

  2. Thanks, Carlos. I appreciate your support.

  3. Douglas Ross says

    I see atheism as an immature belief system. As exemplified by the Texas atheists, “porn for bibles” stunt, it seems that many misguided “intellectuals”, and others, are playing like misbehaving children with matters of eternal destiny. Your article, however, takes the focus off these ignorant atheists and places it back where it belongs, amongst those who profess to believe in the word of God and yet do not follow. Great job!

  4. You’re right, Douglas. They’re making a mockery of spiritual things. But those who claim to value spiritual things, yet show by their actions that they value carnal things, are no better off than those who deny the existence of God.