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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

73- The Devil's Deceptions

 

St-Takla.org Image: Portrait of Dr. Gachet, by Vincent van Gogh, 1890, oil on canvas, 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in) - Musée d'Orsay: Orsay Museum, Paris, France. Established in 1986 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, October 14, 2014 صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوحة بورتريه الطبيب غاشيه (دكتور جاشيه)، بريشة ڤان جوخ (غينسنت فان جوخ)، 1890، زيت على قماش بمقاس 67×56 - صور متحف أورسيه، باريس، فرنسا. الذي أنشئ عام 1986 - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 14 أكتوبر 2014

St-Takla.org Image: Portrait of Dr. Gachet, by Vincent van Gogh, 1890, oil on canvas, 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in) - Musée d'Orsay: Orsay Museum, Paris, France. Established in 1986 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, October 14, 2014

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوحة بورتريه الطبيب غاشيه (دكتور جاشيه)، بريشة ڤان جوخ (غينسنت فان جوخ)، 1890، زيت على قماش بمقاس 67×56 - صور متحف أورسيه، باريس، فرنسا. الذي أنشئ عام 1986 - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 14 أكتوبر 2014

9-The Devil's Deceptions.

Among these misleading are the false visions. Satan -so as to teach the people- “transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14). He can even perform false miracles as it was said about the lawless one at the end of time “According to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish.” (2 Thes. 2:9, 10). The prophet said that this will cause the great rebellion before the coming of Christ (2 Thes. 2:3). Namely the loss of faith due to these Satanic misleading which deceive the people.

Satan may deceive people with dreams and false prophecies, with ideas, misleading and innovations so as to destroy the faith in their hearts... he may even send them “false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders .” (Matt. 24:24). He may tell them “here is the Christ”. The Lord warned “If anyone says to you, `Look, here is the Christ!' or `There!' do not believe it.” (Matt. 24:23).

All this needs setting apart, as the prophet said “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;

because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1).

One of the main factors that weakens the faith is:


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