Division: Jesus-style vs. Satan-style


#1

The way Jesus "divides"
Luke 12:51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division

The way Satan "divides"
Luke 22:31 Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat

How would you summarize the difference between how Jesus is a divider and Satan?


#2

Jesus divides when people aren’t yet ready to accept the Truth. Satan divides when people are willing to believe the Lie.

– Mark L. Chance.


#3

Let’s see.

Jesus divides by offering Himself to be freely chosen, which creates a fork in the road–we choose Him, or we choose not-Him. So Jesus appeals to man’s free will to invite him into freedom and fulfillment where his nature is healed and his supernature is delighted. Jesus invites, and supplies all the floats necessary to accept the invitation, so that man rises up to Him, leaving others behind.

Satan divides by offering a lie, in order to confuse a man’s choice, manipulate his already clouded intellect, and present to his unruly will some evil thing as if it were a good. So Satan seeks to use man’s bent but free will to further bend him into slavery. Satan deludes so as to oppress and force man to disintegrate into hell with him.

Jesus divides for man’s welfare. The division arises out of some men’s following the invitation to happiness, divided from those who freely fail to follow.

Satan divides for man’s destruction. The division itself is a goal of Satan–to divide men from God. There is no invitation from Satan–rather, a manipulation dressed as an invitation and calculated to appeal to the twistedness of human will.

sorry, kinda wordy for a summary… thanks for the good question!


#4

Another interesting thing that I just noticed is that Jesus’ division is external, while Satan’s is internal. Jesus is dividing person from person, while Satan is trying to divide the person himself.

Not sure if there’s anything to that, but I think it’s interesting…


#5

very interesting. If I may

Jesus integrates a man–within himself, with his fellow men, and with Him.

Satan disintegrates a man, dissolving all union within himself, with his fellow men and with God.


#6

Excellent thoughts. So let’s see…

JESUS - divides from evil to good
SATAN - divides from good to evil

JESUS - divides from self-love to neighborly love
SATAN - divides from neighborly love to self-love

JESUS - divides from solitude to one body, the Church
SATAN - divides from one body, the Church to solitude

JESUS - divides from Satan and damnation to God and salvation
SATAN - divides from God and salvation to Satan and salvation

Anything else?


#7

Jesus divides from falsehood
Satan divides from truth

from hate
from love

I guess I think we’re using the word “divide” equivocally–Jesus divides in the sense He unites, see. That is, He joins us to the truth which has the secondary effect of passively creating a division–the division is actually created by mankind’s two reactions to the one invitation.

Whereas Satan really divides without equivocation. His goal is division itself–dividing a man from God, from his neighbors, and even maybe especially from the man himself. The last thing Satan desires is to unite the man to himself, Satan.


#8

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