I wrote this as a response to an article posted over at the American Vision website. See the article here:
Indulge me for a minute in a little speculation:
God, being totally “other” cannot be struck by any created thing. That includes Satan.
Satan must have “struck” against some other aspect of God’s creation then, (the whole Eden drama.)
Therefore, while God is Satan’s primary victim, man is legally a secondary victim of Satan, and therefore, (according to the whole Lex Taliones thing…see Gary North’s “Victims Rights“) Adam gets to bring the covenantal lawsuit against Satan; and the rest of us saints, get to “judge the angels.” (1 Corinthians 6:3)
Why judge the angels if they haven’t sinned against us personally somehow? (I don’t see how such a thing could be justified legally.)
It’s my contention that the elements of causation in life are far more complex than we realize, having to do with interactions between spirits, (not Jack Daniels…but rather angels.)
For all Job knew, it was a tornado that killed his family. He couldn’t’ possibly realize that there was an element of spiritual causation involved. (See Vern Poythress’ lectures on demons. http://www.monergism.com/directory/link_category/Audio-and-Multimedia/Speakers-Lectures-and-Sermons/Vern-Poythress/ )
I say all that to say this:
I see no legal or eschatological reason to suppose that Demons do not have the power to affect the world in such a way as recorded during the time of the witch trials. (I’m specifically thinking of Cotton Mather’s “Wonders of the Invisible World.”)(1)
Speculation about the actual “magic” of Jannes and Jambres aside; the Bible clearly teaches that spirits give humans supernatural abilities from time to time.
Gary Bates argues for these illusions on a pragmatic basis in his book “Alien Intrusion.”
Anyway…I just wanted to throw some of this out there. I’d hate for Satan to be let off the leash one day only to be met by Christians who don’t believe he can affect the world.
Talk about easy pickin’s.
(1) It may be possible to discredit the Salem trials, or other specific trials on some historical or empirical basis, but my point here is that many of the claims are not outlandish or beyond the realm of possibility in the Christian worldview.