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CARROT - How did satan became the god of this earth?
JOEL - Paul refered to satan as the god of this world:
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the flight of the glorious gospel of
Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."(2 Cor.4:4).
Notice the word "god" is in lower case letters. Although Christ is the true God of this world, Satan has at times been called
this because of his role as ruler of darkness of the world:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."(Eph.6:12.)
Satan would like to think he is the god of this world, but he only is so in the context that "worldly" people follow him and
allow him to rule over them.
According to President John Taylor:
"earth is not Satan's inheritance; it is the Lord Jesus Christ's, he is the rightful owner and proprietor. If Satan be indeed
the God of this world, and rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience, he is only an usurper. It is not his rightful
dominion, for all things were created by Christ, and for Christ, whether they be principalities, or powers, or thrones, or
dominions, all these were created by him, and for him, and he only has a right to rule; but Satan has subverted the ways of
God, deceived the human family, introduced misery, and confusion, and blighted this beautiful creation with his contaminating
curse. As an usurper, it would be unjust to permit him to rule; it would be unjust to the government of God, for, if God has a
right to rule, no other power can have that right, unless it is delegated, and if delegated, still the right is vested in the
power that delegates." (Pres. John Taylor, Government of God)
Elder Harold B. Lee said that the coming of Christ as the Son of God "seemed to have intensified the hatred of the forces of
evil. So powerful was Satan that the Master, you recall, spoke of him as the prince of this world. Said he, '. . . the prince
of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me'." (John 14:30) (CR1965Oct:128)
Satan's role as the so-called "god of this world" began the moment he was cast down to earth with the third part of heaven. He
was given the power to bruise our head(Moses 4:21) and rule as a god, but only as we allow it. And as the world ripens in
iniquity, satan's power to rule becomes even stronger.