2 Corinthians 2:11b [Paul prayed long ago] “…that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”
The scary truth is everyone says they hate evil, but the real truth is evil rarely comes to us wearing a T-shirt that says in bold letters, “THIS IS EVIL, PLEASE HATE ME”. The great evils of our day are often cloaked in beauty or fun. The truth remains hidden from everyday perception. They come into our lives looking good or feeling good, so we think…they must be good. But under the surface evil is hiding deceiving you until you are hooked.
From the beginning of creation evil has often appeared in the guise of goodness. If something didn’t taste good, feel good, or look good…why would we do it or want it? These are the manipulations Satan uses, because he knows they work. Mankind is weak and seek comforting things, enjoyable things.
Indeed, Satan, that serpent of old, tricked Eve into believing that the transgression against God had benefits. She was convinced (by Satan) that God was holding back something from her, that if she ate from the forbidden tree, she would become wise like God. She looked (a second time) at the tree. It looked, “good for food, and pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise.” (Genesis 3:6)
A strategy of Satan has always been to fabricate stories and promises that soon turn into heartache and lead into darkness and shame. Just because something sparkles and catches the eye doesn’t mean that it is real. Just like costume jewelry, it needs to be tested, checked to make sure whether it is real or not (today’s costume jewelry in particular because the stones are made to look like the real thing). We are warned in the Bible to “…not believe every spirit but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)
Matthew 5:6 (NASB) “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.”