Ah! The Serpent!
I am going to ask the reader to set aside everything you think you know about Satan, the Serpent, Lucifer, the Old Dragon, etc. and take a journey with me as I seek to explain how the church could be wrong in its doctrine of Satan.
To begin, remember why Jesus taught in parables? This goes back to the plan of God; the reason He created in the first place, the nature of Adam (Scripture clearly states that nothing we can do can change the color of one hair from black to white, nor add one cubit to our stature), more on this soon, what it means that Jesus came as a man, the second Adam, the Covenant of Works, the creation account, why Timothy was admonished to study to show himself approved, the rules of logic and Biblical interpretation, the meaning of these three words: personification, disambiguation, and abstraction; and I am certain there are other items, but these will certainly keep us busy for the short term. So here goes!
What is the plan of God? The plan of God is the blueprint for His method of bringing mankind into fellowship with Him. The Acme of that plan was the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is by and through Him alone that any one of us can come into fellowship with the Father, becoming a co-heir with Him in eternity. Can we judge the worthiness of His plan? Are we competent to sit in judgement of the method by which God has chosen to bring us into fellowship with Him? If we ask, “Is this the best of all possible worlds by which God’s plan might be accomplished?”, we are entering into the very epicentre of the world of Theodicy: to answer the question ‘if God is good, why is there evil in the world?’.
In order to remain at least somewhat humble, not sitting in judgement of God, and accepting that God is indeed Light and Life and in Him is no darkness at all; that Jehovah, God, the Father of Jesus Christ, is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent; that He is holy above all else and the infinite source of all that is good, then we must accede to the fact that the world in which we exist is, beyond doubt, the best of all possible worlds by which His plan can come to fruition!
There are no accidents from God’s point of view. God is sovereign. That means nothing happens that is beyond His power to control, whether we like what is happening or the way it is happening, or not! On a TV show dealing with Sodom and Gomorrah, the narrator gave a false dichotomy: he said we could believe Biblical account or we could accept that it was probably a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere and rained fire and brimstone down on them. In the account of Jehoshaphat and Ahab it says an archer fired his arrow at random into the air and it found a nitch in Ahab’s armor and killed him. God had control of the arrow and used it to His purpose, He also has control of each and every item in the universe from the sub-atomic to the Galactic cluster and more. It is not difficult to believe that a meteor did exactly what was required in bringing judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah.
So, as far as God’s plan is concerned, I believe he supernaturally controls His creation in ways we cannot even imagine. What we must do is trust that ‘all things work for the good of those who love Him’.
And God said let us make man in our image…