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Great Iterviews of Jesus (1 of 15)
With a Murderer and Liar
Clarence E. Macartey
A murderer and a liar-that ought to settle the much-
debated question as to the personality of Satan. You
could hardly call an influence, an idea, an
imagination, a figure of speech, or a personification
a murderer and a liar. But that is what Jesus called
Satan. Jesus said that he was a murderer from the
beginning, that he is a liar and the father of lies.
Either Christ Himself was a great deceiver or Satan is
a personal power in rebellion against God, although
under the government of God, and the great and subtle
tempter and adversary of men's souls. When men see so
much of evil and woe in the world, you can understand
how they might debate about God, but the woe and sin
and wickedness of the world certainly are all on the
side of the existence of the Devil.
Carlyle took Emerson through Whitechapel, the terrible
slums of London, happily not so terrible today, and
then asked him after seeing those slums if he had any
difficulty in believing in the Devil. In his brief but
profound parable of the wheat and the tares Christ
said, "An enemy hath done this," and then went on to
explain that the enemy who is always sowing the tares
where the wheat has been sown is the Devil. Men
lightly dispose of Satan by calling him just an
imagination of the mind, a figure of speech, a
personification of evil. But what we want to know is,
who is doing Satan's work in the world, mixing the
fatal draught that poisons the hearts and brains of
men? Who is it that dogs the steps of every toiling
saint and digs pitfalls for his feet?
"The tempter came," says the evangelist. He is always
coming. Standing in one of the great limestone caves
in Bermuda, you can hear the flow of an underground
stream. Those waters, ceaselessly flowing, have eroded
the cavernous depths with their vast, resounding
chambers and fantastic decoration ...
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