On one level, I can empathize with the feelings of nonbelievers, in that there are a fair number of believers out there presenting a wide range of interpretations of the Bible, and determining which ones are real and which ones are not is a daunting task for many. The unbeliever will typically resort to the only defense mechanism that they believe they have, which is to completely shut out all biblical messages. A defense mechanism of this sort is similar to a situation where people (in general) put up proverbial "no salesman allowed" signs, in an effort to block out all telemarketers or salespersons. Thus, when a telemarketer calls, the answer is "no" even before the salesperson delivers the sales pitch.
As one can see, spreading the Gospel is indeed a difficult task in a world so diametrically opposed to anything that reaks of truth...God's truth in particular! Most people, it seems, would rather believe (as real) everything they see and hear on CNN, MSNBC, and BBC. There are too many who would rather "suspend disbelief" in a movie theatre while viewing the latest Hollywood toxic trash films on the market. The opportunities for mindless "soul crushing" are numerous and plentiful. Pick your poison!
When I look at the current times, as well as the people of these times, I often wonder what anyone finds attractive in this world! The only thing I see is decadence at all levels of society. In my own case, I associate or have associated with people of all levels from poor to middle class to multi-millionnaire class! This is due to both my work experience and life experience. The people at the top flaunt their wealth (in many cases) and live extremely "self-oriented" lives while the poor engage in their form of decadence often seeking ways to extract public resources (using socialistic means) and otherwise drinking the "koolaid" the establishment provides for them to feed off of.
By this point, you can probably see that I am a good bit weary of this world and of the cultures (sub-cultures) within. I so much want to see sanity return to this world, and yet, I know the reality is that sanity (on a broad scale) will never become the reality of this world. Bible prophecy (eschatology) indicates the fact that sin (insanity) will remain (and further escalate) as the way of the world until the end of time! The Bible indicates that this is the case, and the evidence that I am seeing points congruently in that direction...i.e. a continual downward spiral.
To those who are satanists (or unbelievers), we are living in your heyday. Followers of Satan have rewards (in this world) that many believers do not. BTW, how do I define a "satanist?" To me, a satanist is anyone who does not believe that Jesus was (and is) God come in the flesh. We are either for Jesus or we are for Satan. Very simple. This verse says it all:
""He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Matthew 12:30 NASB)Many nonbelievers that read this verse are turned off by it. No one likes being told "either you are with me or you are against me!" Yet, when Jesus made such a statement, you had better believe that He meant every word that he spoke. God has proven through His Word that what he says he will do, he does in fact do! Notice the congruency. On the other hand, Satanists (for some reason) have more fear of Satan, as they view him to be the more powerful one. That is why so many people choose to follow Satan. Most people want to be on the winning team, and will choose sides dependent upon who they perceive the winner to be.
Satan's illusion of superior power over God is just that...an illusion. This verse pretty much sums up the current and future status of Satan and his followers:
'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET "'? (Matthew 22:44 NASB)Jesus overcame the world when he bore the weight of the world's sins at his crucification and arose three days later to sit at the right-hand of His Father in Heaven. He is clearly the winner over death, evil, and sin! Figuratively speaking, Satan (and his followers) are a footstool to Jesus through the dominion of His Father - God.
Why then do people remain unbelieving satanists? I believe it is simply for the reason that they have no concept of the consequences of not following God's Word or His ways. People think that remaining indifferent to His Word or being adamently against His Word will offer no consequences whatsoever! In other words, these people have no fear of God! Rather, they have a greater fear of the things of the world such as fear of not being socially accepted, or fear of government, or fear of just about anything of less significance than God.
When people do not fear God, they choose not to follow His Word or His ways. And, when we have a society full of these people, we can expect nothing but sin, insanity, and decadence. I say to the Satanists, fear God more than you fear Satan. You may soon understand why I am saying this!