[quote=love-bias]After all that I’ve experienced and thought about, (sigh) I’m finding it so hard to believe these days that Satan is really this supposed “huge galactic enemy” of good. No, instead I’m finding myself coming to the conclusion that “Satan” is actually very low in intelligence, and is rather stupid because if “he” were high in intelligence, then he would see and experience the ultimate fell-good sensations: LOVE! Surely love literally breeds intelligence. Maybe it’s like a “staircase,” you know?
Yes Catholic exorcists are truly battling real forces, this is true: but these are demons! And consider this: in order to qualify as a “demon,” mustun’t you literally and entirely hate and reject all order whatsoever? There can be no such thing as a “demonic order,” therefore!
I simply don’t understand how any evil whatsoever, even a supposed “fallen angel,” could somehow be smarter than a Catholic. Or Saint, whatever. Isn’t being Catholic or a Saint the smartest and HIGHEST of all intelligence-things one could ever climb upto?
For those Catholics who’re paranoid about somekind of “great enemy” seducing the nations, I only wish to suggest that the biggest enemy is your own self. I believe this is more “scary” than all ideas of an “evil underworld lord.”
But I’m not arguing, and I don’t intend to. I simply would appreciate all your thoughts on this matter. This can be fun. I’ll just be hanging around; and I’ll “chime in” from time to time: I won’t put anyone on the defensive–if I do, may the moderators suspend me or something.
Satan was/is God’s highest created being and thus is more intelligent than any person and is probably more intelligent than the rest of the angels. But wisdom does not necssarily follow intelligence, for his decision to rebel against God was surely the most foolish decision of eternity.
All angels were created within a highly structured order by God. There are angelic principalities and rulers whom the Apostle Peter referred to as angelic “majesties”. This order exists for both angels, who remained faithful to God, and for demons, who were fallen angels who followed in Satan’s rebellion. So demons actually have a highly structured order. Even on the earth, they are ultimately working to bring a highly structured order so that all mankind will follow a single leader imposed on mankind by Satan - that leader is the anti-christ.
People who have experienced demonic encounters first hand, can absolutely attest to their intelligence, which greatly exceeds our own mental abilities. At least most do. There are some that seem less intelligent, even simplistic. Demonic abilities and power, like humans, seem to vary quite a bit. But let’s not forget, they are immortal, so they’ve lived since the beginning and have seen and heard everything. Our existence is extremely limited by comparison.
That’s one of the reasons we should never attempt to tackle them in our own strength. We need to respect them and only approach them clothed in Christ Jesus.
Being like Jesus and obtaining a level of holiness, like the Saints, is not a function of intelligence, it’s a function of wisdom and obedience to God.
Jesus warned us that Satan roams the earth looking for people he can devour. If Jesus identified Satan as the Prince of this world and as the enemy of our soul, it would behoove us to treat him that way and not dismiss him as insignificant.