Why Man Rejects the Knowledge of God

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Who is the ultimate source of all misinformation and disinformation—whether about scriptural or secular knowledge?

“. . . The god of this age has blinded [the minds of those who are perishing]” (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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The King James Version renders this same phrase: “the god of this world” Many modern Christians are decidedly uncomfortable with the reality of Satan and the biblical accounts of Jesus Christ’s encounters with deranged spirits, which the Bible calls demons. But sooner or later we have to come to terms with the truthfulness of Christ’s personal witness. He stated as fact: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18 Luke 10:18And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
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As a direct result of the deception described by the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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), how does the Bible depict the spiritual plight of the present age of man?

“. . . Jesus Christ . . . gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age . . .” (Galatians 1:3-4 Galatians 1:3-4 3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
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Again, the King James Version translates the key phrase as “this present evil world.” So the god of this world has blinded its inhabitants through his many deceptions (compare 1 John 5:19 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
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). Yet we are promised that divine deliverance is available to us.

Who are we talking about? Who is really responsible for this massive world-encircling deception?

“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world . . .” (Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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Satan is a fallen archangel. As the righteous Lucifer (meaning “Light-bringer”) he had been present at the very throne of God, but he turned from God’s way to a diametrically different way of life, and he was eventually consumed with vanity, jealousy and greed. Two chapters in the Bible deal with the devil’s origin and his subsequent rebellion against God (carefully compare Isaiah 14:12-15 Isaiah 14:12-15 12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on 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 you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
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with Ezekiel 28:11-16 Ezekiel 28:11-16 11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation on the king of Tyrus, and say to him, Thus said the Lord GOD; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. 14 You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the middle of the stones of fire.
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How extensive is Satan’s influence?

“. . . The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
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Most people assume that the world is a pretty good place or at least neutral in its influence. But the Bible reveals that Satan is the god of this age, and at this time this is his world. Tragically, his deception is so widespread that few realize the extent to which the world has accepted his disinformation and distorted knowledge (to learn more about his influence, be sure to request our free booklet Is There Really a Devil? )

How did Satan approach Eve (“the mother of all living”) in the Garden of Eden?

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 2 Corinthians 11:3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
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God revealed true spiritual knowledge to Adam and Eve. Then Satan, in the guise of a serpent, caused Eve to doubt their very Creator’s truthfulness. She persuaded her husband to join in the subsequent act of disobedience—eating the forbidden fruit. God had said, in effect, to Adam: “You should not have listened to the voice of your wife” (Genesis 3:17 Genesis 3:17And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;
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). Satan had misrepresented God! He lied to Eve about her ultimate fate. “You will not surely die,” said the serpent (compare Genesis 3:1-7 Genesis 3:1-7 1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. 4 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die: 5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
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In deceiving Eve, what assurances did the devil offer her?

“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5 Genesis 3:5For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
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This much of Satan’s manipulation of Eve is true. Their eyes were opened to the knowledge of good and evil. “Then the LORD God said, Behold the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil” (Genesis 3:22 Genesis 3:22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
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). This unfortunate trend of rejecting God’s instruction, established right at the time of our human beginnings, has continued unabated to the present day. The world is filled with both truth and error, both good and evil. The devil cunningly mixes right with wrong. Often people can’t discern the important difference. God has to reveal it. For that revelation, His Word is essential. It is the foundation of all true knowledge!

What was one of the reasons that Jesus Christ entered the world?

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself [Jesus] likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy [render powerless, New American Standard Bible] him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14 Hebrews 2:14For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
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Jesus Christ’s death provided the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He paid the death penalty for us and offers humankind the gift of eternal life. This act defeated Satan’s purposes and was the essential first step of salvation upon which more spiritual knowledge could then be added.