The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. --Genesis 6:5-8
Thinking about Noah, it struck me when I read a post on Run With God were one of Jeff's readers suggested that when we experience "bad luck"/evil/chaos than that means someone else is experiencing good because Satan's powers are finite.
Okay, a thought like this makes me think of an Ethan Hawke/Julie Deply Before Sunrise conversation about old souls/new souls and re-incarnation. Does this concept mean that the larger the world population the more dilute Satan's power is because He and his minions can only concentrate on so many people at a time?
Some people would assume that the population of the world pre-flood could have been as much as 5-17 billion people based off Biblical geneologies and a number of assumptions. And if this is the case, and the bible would read "that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time." (Genesis 6:5, emphasis mine).
I would propose that even if Satan's power is finite, than it's about as finite as the one might count the number of oxygen molecules in the universe is finite.
I think it's unhealthy and dangerous to focus on completly knowing and understanding Satan/evil/demonic forces. It'd be like meeting Jack the Ripper, Ed Gein, Charles Manson, or Jeffery Dahmer and wanting to get to know them better. A fascination with evil is unhealthy and dangerous in my opinion. If you know it's bad, run!
I guess that's what makes me a little unsettled about upcoming films that place Satan in the role of protoganist like War in Heaven, Paradise Lost, and I, Lucifer.
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