Justice Scalia’s comment made headlines

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 20, 2016

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was known as a legal scholar with conservative principles.

Justice Scalia made headlines a few years ago during an interview when he said he believed there is a Devil. He went on to say Jesus believed in the devil, “It’s in the Gospels!” Scalia added that most of mankind for all of history believed there is a Devil.

Charles Finney warned, “If you don’t believe in the devil’s existence, just try resisting him for awhile.” The Bible describes the devil as a deceiver and father of lies. He’s sometimes called Lucifer or Satan.  Devil comes from the Greek word for accuser.  The last four letters of the name spell exactly what he is – evil.

“The devil made me do it!”  Comedian Flip Wilson used to say on his 70s television show.  He wasn’t the first person to say it.  Flip Wilson put a modern-day spin on what Eve said in the Garden of Eden.  When God asked her why she’d disobeyed His command, she answered, “The serpent deceived me and I ate” (Genesis 3:13).

Eating forbidden fruit gets us into many jams, according to a church sign I once saw. Each of us has a choice between good and evil. We must take responsibility for our own actions. Someone once said, “To avoid being tempted by forbidden fruit, stay away from the Devil’s orchard.”

The devil is a coward.  James 4:7 reads, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The devil cannot penetrate Godly armor. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” the Apostle Paul declares in Ephesians 6:10-11.

Our Enemy cannot tell the truth. “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). The evil one can’t be up to anything good. So “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus answered him with “It is written” and quoted the Word of God. Then the devil left Him (read Matthew 4). The devil cannot stand to hear you speak God’s Word.

The Wicked One can’t take you anywhere that God cannot go. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).