The Devil Hates Children
Since the dawn of time in this world, children have been at the forefront of the Lord’s holy and righteous concerns. No surprise then, that the Devil takes the opposite view. Part 1.
Recent TV images of baying crowds of young Irish people celebrating a supposed “right” to end the lives of unborn children has provided pause for thought. That some of those young people would themselves not even have been in this world had some of their parents had had the same “right” to take life seems not to have entered their heads!
Looking at those baying crowds in Dublin, and then thinking of the equivalent legislation in the UK and what this has done to our population and demographic, leads to serious contemplation. Someone is a “winner” here, but it is definitely not the baby in the womb in Eire. It is noteworthy that the land known as Eire is named after a mythical pagan goddess of questionable moral turpitude. Perhaps pagan roots are reasserting themselves?
Wilfred Wong in his Sword articles has drawn attention to the abuse of children in UK. We have only to think of BBC entertainer Jimmy Saville and all entailed in that appalling saga of abuse, neglect and whitewash.
In our world today many abuses are aimed at children: * deranged gunmen in schools – a “harvest” for the bullet, * abortion clinics “welcoming” terrified youngsters with open arms, * Boko Haram steal children and change them into “child soldiers”, * online games and online abuse targeted at the young.
To a greater or lesser degree, each of these abuses is about stealing-away the childhood of the victim –too young and weak to defend themselves, and not fully understanding the situations into which they are compelled. No wonder childhood mental disease is on the increase …..
At the very beginning, God revealed His good plan – His good pattern. In Genesis 1 God surveys all that He has made and declares it “Good” – a powerful and loaded word. In our terminology the word “good” should convey the idea of holiness. What has been created is perfect and in accordance with God’s good will. In Genesis 1:28 God tells Mankind to “be fruitful and multiply” – and this of course implies having children.
In Psalm 8 we learn the amazing truth that God establishes His power through children. Whilst it is a questionable translation, the old 1984 NIV captures the essence of this rather poetically: “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise”. Children are born into original sin with an inevitable propensity to rebel against God, and yet when born they are yet an unspoilt blank page, that the enemy is determined to spoil – as much and as quickly as possible.
Made in the Image
It seems that the devil hates children first and foremost because they are made in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 makes this clear “So God created man in His Own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them”.
We see today the ultimate betrayal of the Creation ordinance – and in this we are seeing something new, not experienced from the beginning of human history. Our modern culture is inventing “genders” seemingly by the day, and yet God’s word has already pronounced.
As Mankind grows towards his inevitable final and complete rebellion against God, the throwing back as it were into God’s face of His Creation ordinance, this seems to be an ultimate betrayal of our humanity. Ultimate rebellion by our societies and modern cultures will eventually and inevitably be met with an ultimate sanction from our Holy God. We have only to think of the Tribulation that is coming and the judgement that swiftly follows (Mark 13: 19-20, Revelation chapter 18) ………
Concludes next month.