For the past several years I have been studying intentional communities (www.ic.org) and trying to make a decision to live in one or not.  Intentional communities come in thousands of different types; but in essence; it is several people living together as a family, helping and supporting each other.

Back in 1982 I stayed for a few nights at Twin Oaks; one of the largest intentional communities that exist today. You can view their website at www.twinoaks.org

However, I have found that today, most of the intentional communities are into mental enhancement, yoga, spiritual awareness (which spirit?), and other beliefs that are based on eastern religions. Even so-called intentional communities who say they are “Christian” the majority are cultic in nature.  I am not saying there is not a true Christ-centered Christian intentional community that exists; I am just saying that they are extremely hard to find.

For example, I contacted an intentional community in Boulder, Colorado for more information.  The organizer of the group called to discuss his ideas with me on the telephone.  Immediately he pointed out that he followed the teachings of Buddha.

My immediate response was:  “I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Buddha is dead, he didn’t create anything, he didn’t die for me and he is ugly and fat like me.” (Note: I am very outspoken as you can see.)

Needless to say, my reply did not go over well.  But I have to give the guy credit for having some stamina to hang in there and give it another shot.  So he changed the subject and said:

“I am just finishing my masters in psychology.”

I replied:  “Congratulations.  My only exposure to psychology was when I worked for the Child Psychology department at Ohio State University back in 1991.  But all the patients were kids with behavioral problems.  My belief is to whip their tails real hard and bring them back to their senses.  Instead, people spend thousands of dollars on pills hoping to calm their child’s behavior.  This is nothing but a bunch of end time crap.”

This comment finally did the trick and generated the response I was seeking.  The guy said:  “It appears that we are not compatible in any way.”

I replied:  “Yes, isn’t it wonderful?  I couldn’t be happier to receive a phone call from a Satanic worshiper and be rejected as your friend.  It is evident to me you do not practice what you preach.  You claim to accept anyone with any religious belief into your community; but you discriminate against someone who loves Jesus Christ.  It is an honor to be rejected by you and a blessing not to have you in my life. Adios forever!!”

Boy, it sure felt good to hang up the phone and be rid of this person. Although my words may sound harsh, they were truthful and necessary to get the response necessary to end the conversation in a manner whereby I never would have to worry about the man contacting me again.  And perhaps, he will tell all of his friends (who are just like him) and they will leave me alone also.

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Satan has a kingdom just like God has a kingdom.  Principalities refer to levels in Satan’s kingdom. The Bible is about a King (God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit) and His kingdom (saved servants).  And because Satan cannot create anything new, he can only duplicate what God has already created.

There are many levels to Satan’s kingdom.  On the lower level you have demons who impersonate the dead and speak through people who channel at demonic gatherings such as seances.

Another level of demons are more demonic and tempt others to abuse and mame, while another level of demonic forces murder and torture others, and so forth.

Ephesians, Chapter 6, Verse 12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This verse in Ephesians clearly states that there is a spirit world that is invisible. Flesh and blood is what mankind has the ability to see in visual form. But this passage in the book of Ephesians tells us about another spiritual existence that we wrestle against. Unfortunately most people don’t acknowledge this spiritual world even exists. For those that do, their beliefs are often labeled as “cultic,” or “a strange phenomena.” The goal of Satan is always to make non-followers believe he does not exist and is a fairy tale character.  But ask any Satanist who belongs to the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California if Satan is real and they will tell you that he not only is doing well but how happy they are to worship him.

The following are some Bible references to help you in your study on this topic:

Jeremiah, Chapter 13, Verse 18

Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 38

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, not things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians, Chapter 3, Verse 10

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.

Colossians, Chapter 1, Verses 15-16

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

Colossians, Chapter 2, Verses 14-15

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Titus, Chapter 3, Verse 1

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.

Remember to always pray and ask God to guide your thoughts when you are studying His word. He wants you to understand the truth but you should always put forth the effort to show Him the desire of your heart is to love and worship Him, not look for fault and ridicule Him.  A mind filled with hate will only close doors in your understanding. I pray that you possess a Godly focus.

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(Fact:  The name “Satan” is mentioned 52 times in the 1611 KJV Bible)

Satan is called by many names; just like you are called by many names. For instance, my friend Sonya may be called by her given name, but she is also called: sister, mother and wife.

Some of Satan’s names are: dragon, that old serpent, beelzebub, the angel of light, the accuser, father of liers, god of this earth, king of Tyre, prince of the power of the air, son of perdition, Devil, Antichrist, and of course, Satan, among others.

The Bible also tells us about Satan’s dominion of devils:

Ephesians, Chapter 6, Verses 11-12 [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

How much easier can God make this to understand? However, many intelligent human beings will look you right in the eye and tell you that Satan does not exist but they believe in what Jesus Christ taught. That is an oxymoron and makes no logical sense.

Below are some additional Bible verses you can look up and study on your own. But always remember, before you begin studying the Bible you need to bow your head and ask God for guidance in understanding. Always allow God to be the one who teaches you and guides you, Never depend on sinful man to interpret God’s word for you.

Job, Chapter 1, Verses 6-7

[6] Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

[7] And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Than Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

This is only two verses of many in the book of Job that detail conversations and intervention from satan. There is absolutely no doubt, if you believe the Bible to be the true and inspired word of God, that God is talking to us about a REAL spirit that continually does evil. Read it for yourself. Don’t just take my word for it. Go to Job Chapter 1 and start reading this magnificent chapter for an eye opening experience.

However, if you do not believe the Bible is the true inspired word of God, you may dismiss the book of Job as nothing but a fairy tale. But if you believe certain parts of the Bible are fairy tales, how do you determine which part is telling the truth and which parts are not? Therefore, what do you believe in? How do you learn about God and form a relationship with Him? Philosophical thinking such as this does nothing but confuse God’s simple plan of salvation for the unsaved man or woman and I urge you to pray to God that your mind be opened for a better understanding of His purpose and will in your life.

1 Chronicles, Chapter 21, Verses 1-2

[1] And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel.

[2] And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

The scriptures above completely eliminate the belief that the “satan” referred to in the book of Job was a fairy tale. There is no playful story to be told here in Chronicles. This passage simply tells us that satan caused King David to take a census of his entire kingdom.

Why is this such a bad thing? Because God forbid David from taking a census because in doing so, David would have his ego inflated. Even David was not aware of the far reaches of his kingdom.  Yet, God loved him and wanted to protect him from committing sin; so he forbid it. Instead, God wanted David to be happy with what he already had and depend and trust God to supply all his needs. Since David had everything, what point could be gained by taking a census except to appeal to David’s ego?

But David listened to satan and took the census anyway. At the end of the census he discovered there were a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand (1,100,000) men (1 Chronicles 23:3) over the age of 30. Therefore, if only the men over 30 were counted, and there were over one million of them, there had to be at least that many number of women and probably twice that number of children; making an approximate total of 4 or 5 million people. Because there were not as many people living on the earth in that time, compared to today, a kingdom of 4 or 5 million would be huge and be able to dominate the earth. In fact, David’s kingdom was undoubtedly one of the largest on the face of the planet at that time.

Why would any writer telling about David’s kingdom even mention satan if he didn’t exist? What type of fairy tale could the writer be referring to? The fact is that satan is not mentioned as part of a fairy tale in the book of Job or any other chapter in the Bible. Instead, he is mentioned as tempting David and causing him to sin and go against God; the same God who had blessed David and placed him as King over Israel.

Here is another example of how satan is shown to be a real spiritual entity:

St. Matthew, Chapter 4, Verses 1-11

[1] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

[2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

[3] And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

[4] But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

[5] Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

[6] And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

[7] Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

[9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

[11] Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Notice the different names satan is called in these eleven versus. Jesus demonstrates that all these names refer to the same entity so we will not be confused. Jesus also clearly shows us that there are two distinct spiritual worlds. One is ruled by Satan and the other by God. You can always tell them apart, because Satan is always causing confusion and interjecting lies, but the spirits from God always help, minister, care for, love and do God’s will.

Also notice that in the previous passages, satan quotes scripture to Jesus. I bet you didn’t know that satan knows the Bible better than we do. And he will do everything he can to twist God’s Word to confuse you or cause you to believe a feeling you have is from God. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book and Satan continues doing it today on a daily basis, even to God’s saved children.

Other Scriptures Referring to Satan

Psalms, Chapter 109, Verse 6

Set thou a wicked man over him; and let Satan stand at his right hand.

Zechariah, Chapter 3, Verses 1-2

[1] And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

[2] And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

St. Matthew, Chapter 12 Verses 22-28

[22] Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

[23] And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

[24] But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

[25] And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

[26] And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

[27] And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

[28] But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Again, Jesus specifically tells us that devils, beelzebub and satan are all part of the same kingdom.  Yet, many religions today water him down and refer to him as “bad karma” or “your inner demons.” This makes satan not appear to be a real entity and spirit; but the Bible shows him in a completely different light in comparison to the man-made view.

St. Matthew, Chapter 16, Verses 21-23

[21] From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

[22] Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

[23] But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan; thou art an offense unto me; for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of man.

Notice that this scripture clearly tells us that satan is an actual spirit. Satan’s spirit entered Peter and caused him to say what he did to Jesus. What did Peter say? Peter wanted to defend Jesus from others who would make Him suffer.

This provides us with a very valuable lesson.  Even though Peter loved Jesus and his words were said out of love for him; still, preventing Jesus from fulfilling his purpose by suffering and dying on the cross was only an act of satan. Jesus recognized the satanic spirit and rebuked it. Notice, Jesus did not rebuke Peter, just the satanic spirit.

St. Mark, Chapter 1, Verse 13

And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

St. Mark, Chapter 3, Verses 22-23

[22] And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

[23] And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Because of this Bible verse, some people will argue that Satan is just a fairy tale since the word “parables” is used. But if you refer back to Matthew, Chapter 12 you will find that Jesus used parables when he was talking about a “kingdom divided against itself” not satan himself.

St. Mark, Chapter 4, Verse 15

And these are they by the wayside, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

St. Mark, Chapter 8, Verse 33

But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan; for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

St. Luke, Chapter 4, Verse 8

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

St. Luke, Chapter 10, Verse 18

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven.

Note: Jesus said this because he was emphasizing the fact that he was God manifest in the flesh through Jesus Christ. He is talking about the fact that he was around when Satan fell from heaven, which was before the creation of Adam and Eve.

St. Luke, Chapter 11, Verse 18

If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

St. Luke, Chapter 13, Verse 16

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?

St. Luke, Chapter 22, Verse 3

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

St. Luke, Chapter 22, Verse 31

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan, hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen they brethren.

St. John, Chapter 13, Verse 27

And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

The Acts, Chapter 5, Verse 3

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

The Acts, Chapter 26, Verse 18

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Romans, Chapter 16, Verse 20

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

1 Corinthians, Chapter 5, Verse 5

To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians, Chapter 7, Verse 5

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

2 Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verse 11

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devises.

2 Corinthians, Chapter 12, Verse 7

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

1 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, Verse 18

Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, Verse 9

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.

1 Timothy, Chapter 1, Verse 20

Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy, Chapter 5, Verse 15

For some are already turned aside after Satan.

The Revelation, Chapter 2, Verse 9

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

The Revelation, Chapter 2, Verse 24

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depth of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

The Revelation, Chapter 3, Verse 9

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The Revelation, Chapter 12, Verses 7-9

[7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

[8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

This scripture co-relates to the Old Testament in Isaiah, Chapter 14, Verses 12-17, which says:

[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

[13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

[15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

[16] They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

[17] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

The Revelation, Chapter 20, Verse 7

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.

Fact: The name “satan” is mentioned 52 times in the 1611 KJV Bible. Do you actually believe that God would make this many references to satan if he did not really exist or was nothing more than a fairy tale?  Wise up!  Think about it:  Who would benefit the most by convincing you that satan does not exist? Perhaps that person is the deceiver, old satan himself. Therefore, you may want to rethink your logic because your eternal soul depends on it.

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