Barna: Minority Believe Satan is Real

Yesterday I posted a bit about my thoughts regarding the depravity of man, and touched on some insights given by Lewis Sperry Chafer in his book Satan, regarding the latter’s motivations and methods of operation, motivations which did not include trying to get men to commit gross sins like cannibalism and tortuous serial murders, but if anything would be trying to keep them from doing so. His primary goal is to take God’s place by acquiring the worship of God’s creatures, and proving that he can do just as good a job as God can. In fact, a better job.

In order to accomplish that, he has been willing, as Chafer pointed out, “to be ridiculed by the world as a being without reality… an imaginary fiend, delighting only in the torment of unfortunate souls; making his home in hell,” a metaphor, as it were, for “all that is cruel and vile.”

I have observed that he has had success in this area amongst the general run of people.  In fact, I noted in my post on What the Night Knows, this very fact was addressed by Koontz himself through the words of one of his characters. This character, a priest to whom the novel’s protagonist goes for help, informs us that the idea of demons and such is merely part of the silly superstitions of the past, that they do not exist, and that, in a world “of nuclear weapons, we don’t need Hell and demons, succubi and incubi and hungry vampires on the doorstep. We need food banks…thrift shops, homeless shelters and the courage to express our faith in social action.”

Indeed, we do live in the age of science where the immaterial and spiritual is supposedly not allowed to intrude on our rigorous scientific experiments. Only physical and material evidence will be accepted as proof of the True and the Real. Which in itself is clearly the handiwork of Satan. Because even if that view means he has to work in the shadows, disallowed as the powerful and brilliant creature that he is, it also means his nemesis — The One True God — is disallowed.

Thus I should not have been surprised by the results of a survey on worldview among Christians done by The Barna Group in 2009. Barna is  one of the leading research organizations investigating trends in Christianity and religion in the United States today, and their survey revealed that “just one-quarter of adults (27%) are convinced that Satan is a real force.” 

Okay, but that includes unbelievers, who have been blinded by the very creature they’re being asked about, so that shouldn’t be too surprising. But among born-again Christians it would be a different matter, right?

Sadly, no.

Despite much clear scriptural evidence for the existence of this greatest of all creatures to come from the hand of God, this one who rebelled against Him, and took at least a third of his fellow angels into rebellion with him,  less than half of self-identified “born-again Christians” believe he is real.

 A mere 40% of them.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  ~2 Co 4:3,4

We know that…the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.   ~I John 5;19

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5 Responses to “Barna: Minority Believe Satan is Real”


  1. 2 Kyle June 19, 2012 at 4:43 am

    “Oh, my job keeps getting easier, ’cause no one believes in me anymore”

  2. 4 Loren Warnemuende June 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Sounds like we’re playing the game Satan wants us to, huh? Frightening. Interestingly, this morning I was able to share the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert. My audience was a group of 4th grade VBS kids, and the theme was “true power.” It was so exciting to be able to share with them the truth that the Son of God, who could still storms with a word and rise from the dead, warded off the greatest of all tempters by using God’s Word through the help of the Holy Spirit. And these are the very same tools that we are given. How easy it is for us to forget that.

    Karen, my husband and I still look at your Legend of the Guardian King books as ones that really helped us clarify and define how the spiritual battle exists. Thanks again for being a voice of truth.

    • 5 karenhancock June 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Oh yes, Loren, he’s really got a lot of people right where he wants them.

      You are so right about us having the same tools to defeat him as Jesus did — the Word of God and the Filling of the Spirit.

      And thanks for the kind words about Legends of the Guardian King. I appreciate the encouragement.


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