Dualism, as a philosophy and a religion, has hovered over Christianity from the beginning. Dualism teaches that the universe is the staging area, the combat zone, for two equal and opposite beings who struggle with each other eternally.
Though Satan is a dangerous foe, many make the mistake of attributing to him power that he does not possess. Satan is not omnipotent or omnipresent. Nor does he have the power to actually perform miracles, though he can counterfeit them.
The Bible teaches that Satan is a finite spiritual being. In short, he is a created creature. He’s more powerful that we are, but he is in no way as powerful as Almighty God.
There are two primary myths about Satan that he continually props up. He loves spreading disinformation about himself. His marketing team has done a masterful job of convincing people that only one or the other of these false narratives is true.
Myth one, is that Satan is a ridiculous myth. As a mythical figure, he can be lots of fun and funny Disney type characters like a ghost or goblin, or a harmless foe who wears red flannel underwear, has horns and a long tail. Myth two, is Dualism, the belief that Satan is every bit as powerful as God and is an equal force on equal footing.
What I find interesting is that Hollywood, those producing TV programs and movies, actually seem to totally buy into either one or the other of these positions. Think about the TV shows or movies that you’ve seen that includes Satan as a part of the cast. He’s either depicted as a harmless foolish and funny character that everyone with a sane mind knows does not really exist. Or he’s depicted as an evil and all powerful force that is almost impossible to stop.
Christians who have studied God’s Word, however, know better. We are fully aware that Satan is real, and we know that if we’re not paying attention he can reap havoc in our lives. That’s why Peter warns us to be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
But, we also know that as a created creature, Satan is totally subject to God, and not a match for God’s sovereignty and power. For greater is he that is in us, than he who is in this world!
“He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:2