There are certain expressions, quotes and sayings that have become synonymous with Hollywood films. Whether its “show me the money” in Jerry Maguire, “how about them apples” via Good Will Hunting or “you can’t handle the truth” from A Few Good Men, these scenes seem to transcend time. While these classic lines are proclaimed by fictional characters, one of these phrases is a touchy subject for demons.
You believe that God is one; you do well [to believe that]. The demons also believe [that], and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]! – James 2:19
On the surface, demons are spiritual entities associated with the devil and evil. According to the Bible, one third of the angels in heaven exercised their freewill, backing Lucifer’s plot to exalt himself. This coup against God the Father was immediately exposed, resulting in their expulsion from heaven. Upon falling to earth, these fallen angels have aligned themselves with the devil, aka Satan, formerly the archangel Lucifer. This former angel of song uses a plethora of sneaky methods to hide that which is true. Corruption, deceit and lies are sown to delay the inevitable, the wrath of God.
Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, “Legion”; because many demons had entered him. 31 They continually begged Him not to command them to go into the abyss, Luke 8:30-31.
While Jesus’ earthly brother explains why demons believe and fear God, a first century doctor goes into further details on this subject. The Bible refers to the abyss as the regions of hell, a bottomless pit, a place of eternal suffering without ceasing. This fact serves as a clear and present danger for fallen angels. Demons can’t handle the truth because hell is their eternal destiny. From their perspective, the more souls they can drag down with them, the better. In view of this spiritual reality, test everything you hear with the Bible so that half truths will be exposed and the truth will set you free.
by Jay Mankus