Faith
Wednesday April 17, 2013
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
The Bogeyman Will Get You

The Bogeyman Will Get You is a symbolic expression used by some adults to scare children into choosing right over wrong. Many parents use this supernatural figurehead to discourage their little ones from going astray and doing so, referring to him as the devil.
Looking back brings memories of Sunday Schools that used like measures. In conspicuous places, you could find firry pictures of the devil in red flannel underwear. And with pitchfork in hand, you see him inviting little children to join him in hell.
Scaring innocent children with Satan will not get the job done. Filling their lives with Christ is better than posters implying that The Bogeyman Will Get You.
Misleading youngsters into thinking that Satan is the ugly Bogeyman in hell is also confusing and misleading. Even though sentenced to hell, Satan’s sentence is yet to take place.
Furthermore, Satan is not ugly. Insinuating to children that he is will only stop them from recognizing who Satan is. They need to know that he is God’s most beautiful creation, full of wickedness and evil.
Learning of Satan’s beauty begins in Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) where you learn that prior to becoming Satan, he was the Archangel Lucifer:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Falling from Heaven nails down the time when Lucifer began to serve God as Satan. Recognizing that Satan and Lucifer are one, Ezekiel 28:2 (KJV) shows this Son of Man, Lucifer, viewing himself as possessing God’s beauty and authority:

Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Satan’s ego matched his beauty!
Ezekiel 28:14 (KJV) shows God recognizing Satan as once having been His Anointed Cherub:

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Scripture mentions two of God’s Angels being cherubs, Lucifer and Michael. Ezekiel 28:17 (KJV) shows Lucifer having more beauty than he deserves; beauty ends up spoiling and consuming him:

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Showing Satan to be an ugly Bogeyman is simply wrong! Children need to know that Satan and Lucifer are one, beautiful and bright ones. Ezekiel 28:18 (KJV) shows Satins’ beauty and multitudes of iniquity leading to him being sentenced to hell:

 


 

 

 


 

 

Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Devoured and brought to ashes is hell.

Ezekiel 31:8 (KJV) takes you back to the Garden of Eden where Satan’s beauty is first observed:

The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

Tree is a figure of speech representing man. Christ is The Tree of Life and Satan the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; branches represent the arms of this beautiful one. It is interesting to note that not another of God’s creation holds a light to Satan when comparing beauty and brightness; Christ addressing Peter in Luke 22:31 (KJV) shows one of the things that Satan does with it:

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Implying that The Bogeyman Will Get You stops your children from seeing the beauty and brightness that Satan possesses; it also positions them to be sifted as wheat.

Do you recall the times when you heard Satan’s beauty addressed?
Is it now time for your children to be given the Truth about Bogeyman Satan?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com