Answering Media Questions About Jesus and Satan
This statement has been expanded since it was originally released on 12 December 2007.
Like other Christians, we worship Jesus Christ as the divine Son of God. Satan is a fallen angel, diametrically opposite from Christ in every attribute. As the prophet Isaiah wrote, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!”
The Apostle Paul wrote that God is the Father of all. This means that all intelligent beings were created by God and are His spirit children. Christ alone, however, is the only begotten Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind.
Jesus Christ represents all that is good, true, virtuous, merciful, just and godly.
Lucifer is the adversary of everything that Christ stands for. He embodies all that is evil, false, immoral, and devoid of any trace of goodness or divine light.
He is the enemy of God and of every human being who seeks to follow Christ.
There’s an endless roster of ecclesiastic sermonizing against Oil Can Harry. Some of the more recent, and mind you, these are verbally dispensed with few if any smiles, in an almost funereal gravity and in full assertion that Harry is no laughing matter.
O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One – Apostle Ballard
Withstand Every Temptation of the Devil – W. Rolfe Kerr
Satan’s Bag of Snipes – Richard C. Edgely
Dare to Stand Alone – President Thomas S. Monson
So here’s my guy … and as Lietta and I discussed my latest tactic for internally responding in my own knee-jerk way to the tossing around of Satan like ketchup and mustard at a barbecue. The following is the internal image I will attempt to cultivate every time some sober-faced or tear-stained testifier preaches about The So-Called Evil One: