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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Excerpt from Divided Desire: Chapter 5 - The Mirage Connection

But there is more to a desert than meets the eye. Beyond the physicality of it, there is a spiritual dimension to deserts that sets them apart from other places. Since dryness, death, and decay are such common facets of desert life, deserts attract spiritual evil.

And no, I am not yet talking about the human heart. I am still talking about a literal desert.

Yes, deserts attract evil spiritual beings. This may sound too farfetched to a western mind in this Pseudo Modern Age that will accept only scientific or empirical answers. But this is something beyond science, and is a reality even today in the global village. We may not be privy to such a reality, because again, our connections to and from the global village severely hamper objective spiritual insight. What I’m talking about is not part of the New Age Spirituality taught by the likes of Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Rhonda Byrne. The fact – beyond science, empiricism, and New Age Spirituality – is that evil spiritual beings are attracted to conditions where hopelessness abounds and death waits to sting like a scorpion.

In making such a statement, I am not trying to assert a favorite assumption. This fact is founded upon what the Bible has to say about the very subject. And where else can we turn for the truth on spiritual matters – psychology, philosophy, pop culture? Let me offer two texts from the Bible that state matter-of-factly the reality of spiritual evil in areas of hopelessness. Mind you, this is ancient text, but text that is highly relevant to us today, because of the truth it contains. Truth never becomes irrelevant. Trends become relevant and irrelevant in cycles, but the truth never does. Truth remains eternally unchanging. Here are the Biblical texts that speak to the matter.

The first text is found in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 4, the first verse. It reads,
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
The same Jesus who would later say, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil, the leader of all evil spiritual beings. This is the same Devil – the slithering salesman from the Garden – who sold the forbidden fruit to Eve and tempted her. Understandably, in the Garden, the Devil himself came in spite of the abounding life of the garden. The master of all evil spirits managed to creep into a scene abounding with life and sow the seeds of death. Thereafter, conditions that produce the fruit of these seeds have become a magnet for the minions of the Devil – the evil spirits under him.

Copyright, 2013, Kenny Damara. This article is an excerpt from the book Divided Desire.

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