@Lakshmismehta yes, thank you very much for expounding. I think that we oftentimes do ourselves a disservice by not fleshing out not only our thoughts, but also the subjects that we’re looking at in and of themselves. Sometimes we may come to the same conclusion as before the examination, but usually there’s so much more to unpack.
In regards to spiritual warfare and the influence of Satan and his cohorts, we are not always influenced by Satan and his cohorts. We have our own fallen hearts that lead us astray plenty enough each day. This is where I think many believers fall short. We want to say everything that we perceive as wrong is Satan/demons. While that can be the case in some instances, that’s not always the case. And for those who believe in the methods of deliverance Churches and so on, everything is a demon or sin. A genetic mutation is a demon, a child born blind has been afflicted by a demon or sin, food addiction is a demon, MS is a demon and so on. And for me, that is overlooking a few teachings that the bible points out to us: 1) we live in a fallen world - there will be natural disasters, accidents, and so on in this world because perfection no longer exists in creation; 2) we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) - while our bodies are spectacular creations, so intricate and astounding craftsmanship of God’s hand, they are delicate and require great care and attention at times and can be compromised, again because perfection no longer exists; 3) we are born the way we are or go through many of the things we go through not because of either sin or demons but for God’s glory (John 9:1-3, also pay attention to v. 4). And even more, we can’t/don’t definitively know what the cause of many of our afflictions are. That is beyond our comprehension and knowledge no matter how we choose to label our experiences and decide what the cause/source was.
That takes me back to Job. Job wanted to know why. Though he hadn’t sinned with his mouth, he hadn’t blasphemed or denounced God, I believe that there was a part of him that thought like so many of us, “I’ve done everything by the book! Why is God doing this to me! This isn’t fair! I want my audience!” It also didn’t help that the general belief was that if a person suffers any type of affliction, they have sinned and God is displeased with them - which his friends eventually started conveying to him. An area where Job fell short, but not sinned, was in his all too narrow view of God. Though we can’t understand the full depth and expansiveness of our Heavenly Father, we tend to fall way too short in acknowledging just how ‘enormous’ He is, and we don’t stand in awe of His being enough. I’m not talking about His ability to do miracles and give us things, but just His being and how incredible it is. It was Jobs fate to experience this at that appointed time and under those circumstances. The ultimate cause was of God’s purpose, that we know for sure. We also know that nothing happens outside of His plan no matter how circumstances look. If we know these things which also leads us to act in the name of Christ and act from His power and not our own, I truly believe we’ve girded ourselves rather well for spiritual warfare, and that girding rests on the foundation of a proper perspective of God, salvation (which includes deliverance), the gospel, who we are in Christ, and the importance of God’s word at the very least.
I’m enjoying this exchange by the way.