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Are there real evil spirits in the world?

Evil Spirits

Evil spirits are real fallen angelic beings that are behind all the wickedness, suffering and pain we see in the world. Before the creation of our world, God created perfect angels with the freedom of choice. But Lucifer, the head of all angelic beings rejected and opposed God’s authority (Ezekiel 28:12-17; Isaiah 14:13, 14). Then he led many angels (Revelation 12:3, 4) and caused a rebellion in heaven. God had no choice but to cast out Lucifer and his angels because His evil aim was to usurp God’s. After his expulsion from heaven, Lucifer was called Satan, meaning “adversary,” and the devil, meaning “slanderer.” The angels who followed Satan were called demons or evil spirits.

Sometime after the fall of Lucifer, God created humans and also gave them the freedom of choice. He created Adam and Eve in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). But Satan tempted them and they fell for his lies and he became the ruler of this earth (John 12:31). But God in His infinite mercy, planned a way of salvation to men because they were deceived. The Son of God offered to die on behalf of humanity and thus atone for their sin. Every person that believes in Jesus as a personal Savior and walk in His path will be saved eternally (John 3:16). Through Christ’s death, Satan lost the ruler-ship of this earth (John 12:31).

For this reason, Satan hates humans that God loved to death. And since he can’t hurt God directly, he directs his hate against God’s children (John 8:44). He will take every measure to destroy the faithful so that they end up in hell with him (1 Peter 5:8). But God has provided all the grace necessary so that His children may overcome the evil spirits (Ephesians 6:11). God grants His children through His Spirit daily power, wisdom and knowledge (1 Corinthians 15:57). They receive this help as they meditate on His Word and pray (John 15:4). By God’s grace they become empowered to resist all the temptations of the devil and his angels (Luke 19:19).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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