The Bible presents the truth about human existence and the universe in which we find it.
1 Created Universe
The physical universe was brought into being by the self-existing, uncaused and limitless God who can create “out of nothing.” That Creator is the 1st and the rightful King of the physical universe, and He dwells in a realm (e.g. dimension) apart from time and space, commonly called eternity or also known as the 3rd Heaven. Biblically speaking, the first heaven is our earth’s sky or atmosphere, the second heaven is beyond our atmosphere (stars and galaxies); but the 3rd Heaven is a realm, of which our physical realm is a mere silhouette. The 3rd Heaven is thus ‘parallel to’ or ‘above’ us (i.e. not accessible by non-spiritual means; see CARM).
Humankind originally fit within the universe as a Divine agency. We were initially designed by the Creator to be a regent race on earth. However, mankind’s current nature and ways are not now as the Creator originally intended. In the beginning, we ordered, protected and prospered all life on earth in accordance to the essence and ways of the Creator. It pleased God to put his own life and likeness into original mankind. Part of this life and likeness is “free will,” which would allow for “un-programmed” relational joy and genuine love between God and humanity, especially as mankind went about the assigned co-regency of earth. Free will also would allow mankind the choice to go against the Creator; that is the risk of genuine relation. All earthly ecosystems, creatures and vegetation were under the rule of mankind, just as mankind was under the good rule of the Creator.
Mankind was not the only sentient race brought into existence by the Creator. Whereas mankind was made according to the life and likeness of the Creator (a Spirit), yet having a physical existence; in the unseen dimension or realm—the 3rd Heaven—God had also created spirits who originally existed only in non-physical form but could apparently interact with and perform duties in the physical dimensions too. These created spirit beings are called angels. They also were created with free will. Humanity was created a little lower than angels in power and form (authority, ability). Whereas the physical realm cannot reach the 3rd Heaven by non-spiritual means, angels can go freely back and forth between the physical and spiritual (eternal) realms. Originally, all angels were to serve God’s plan for all creation, including His original intents for mankind, just as mankind was to serve God’s plan for the earth and its creatures.
If the universe, especially earth, is a kingdom…and it is, then God is its original and rightful King.
God is the 1st and rightful King but Lucifer is the pretender king, or 2nd king. One of the highest, if not the highest of created angels—Lucifer, originally a guardian angel—used his free will to rebel against God in pride. Given his power of choice, he desired to be served and worshipped instead of serving and worshiping. He wanted to rule over all as God rules. Instead of serving God by guarding and helping to guide other angels and mankind, he seized control of mankind through subtle trickery, and 1/3rd of all angels followed him in the diabolical mutiny. Thus, he became That Old Serpent, the Adversary, the Devil, Satan, the (Great) Dragon, Beelzebub–Prince of Demons.
Other names for the chief of the fallen angels that reflect his pretended rule are the ‘prince of the power of the air,’ and ‘the god of this age.’ When Lucifer tempted and deceived the original representatives of mankind (Adam & Eve), humanity disobeyed God’s command and mankind was no longer regent of earth. Humanity had been usurped by Lucifer. Thus, Satan became the god or ruler of this present, evil age—the age which precedes the rule of God in the 1000 year age to come. The Devil does now rule in a certain sense over all of the kingdoms of earth but only until God’s plan to destroy the works of the Devil is fully consummated.
Lucifer has great power, albeit ‘created’ power, unlike God’s; and Lucifer mainly works in deceptive ways (ex. illusion, remaining hidden or covert, fear, slight, lies, appealing to those who are like him). Satan, and the evil angels which followed him, spiritually promote the confusing and convoluted barrage of false religions & ideologies, social & economic systems and the kingdoms of mankind through appealing to the human race he ensnared. The appeals of the Dragon are all very subtle and very crafty. If one worships any other ‘god’ or belief structure besides the Creator God (as revealed in the Bible), then that one serves one or many of the demons of the Devil, and by proxy, the Devil himself. If one lives for wealth, power or pleasure, then that one serves Satan by natural default as god of this age. If one insists on his or her “own way” of life, then that mirrors the way of the Devil. If one denies God’s existence, choosing man-made origin theories instead, then that one is deceived and believing lies promoted by the Adversary, the Devil,… who seeks to blind the minds of the disbelieving.
The metanarrative of the Bible deals with God’s promise to restore mankind to Himself and to rightful regency on earth via the Son of God, the Serpent Crusher, the Last Adam, a.k.a. Jesus Christ. For God to be judicious and fair, this restoration must happen within the original rules with which God created angels, mankind and the universe,… being free will, hierarchy of being and power, good and evil, cause and effect (action/consequence), time and space, life and death. None of these can be violated. What is more, the Devil and his minions are used by God at strategic times and in incontrovertible ways to bring about God’s ultimate plan for humanity, even on the individual level. Nothing can stop God’s breaking through the plans and ‘power’ of the present evil age or its ‘ruler.’ It is a kingdom of darkness, but God is the One, true Light.
Mankind was originally designed with the life and likeness of God, the Creator. But, at obedience to Satan, we took on the nature of him whom we obeyed–the Devil. At that time, humanity became the children of the Devil in nature, capable of doing “good” but only from a self-serving, corrupted nature which stands apart from and in opposition to the Creator. Satan’s nature is proud and selfish, demanding its own way and demanding sacrifice of others for its gain, full of lies, deceitful, given to excess instead of moderation and modesty, defiling and abusive, insatiable in desire, discontent, accusatory, killing, stealing and destroying, terminal “life” dwelling in darkness.
God’s nature is selfless, sacrificial in love, merciful, full of truth and grace, peace, life dwelling in light, hating every false way. In order to rid one’s self of the nature of the Devil, one must experience what Jesus calls a “new birth.” Jesus preached against the “heart” or nature of mankind, out of which evils come. When one sees that he has sins, he is supposed to say, “Yes, God is right. I have a sinful nature. I repent (change mind and sides) against my fallen self. I trust Christ to give me a new birth.” God’s plan is to give each individual to the option to disown the fallen family of the Devil by being adopted as God’s child through a new birth in nature, which only Jesus Christ can offer.
The Supernatural Remedy for a Supernatural Problem
The supernatural worldview of human existence, as found in the Bible, is that all humans have a fallen self (devilish sin nature). One must see the need to renounce sinful self and all demonic ideologies before he can have any reason to trust Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sin & for the new birth. A new, spiritual birth is needed in order to replace a sinful, devilish nature. The heart (nature) must be made new; and when it is made new, then one is transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. By his selfless death on the cross and via his resurrection, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God judiciously dealt with Sin (nature) and also sins (offenses). Therefore, repent toward God… agreeing that He is God, not you or Satan; and believe on Jesus… that He is the Chosen One (Christ) to take away sin. If you call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be saved.
One day, the rightful King will come to claim his kingdom, as it has been foretold from the beginning. Be prepared. The time is near.