Summary: God tells us emphatically in the Bible He is not ruling the world but Satan, the Evil One, is: 1 Jo 5:19 ....The whole world is under the rule of the Evil One.
God tells us emphatically in the Bible He is not ruling the world but Satan, the Evil One, is:
1 Jo 5:19 ....The whole world is under the rule of the Evil One. TEV
Luke 4:5-6 Then the devil...showed Him (Jesus) all the kingdoms of the world, and ...said “...this (the world) has been delivered to me...” Jesus didn’t refute it:
Jo 14:30 (Jesus) ...The ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
Rev 11:15 (it is not until the very end of this age that) ...The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord...(God gets them back from Satan) KJV
How did Satan get to be the ruler of the world? It was in the Garden of Eden when Adam rejected God’s words and acted on Satan’s words. By virtue of that sin Adam died to God spiritually, and put himself under the rule of Satan. And Satan’s sin nature, that is, the nature of disobedience to God, infected Adam’s human nature and has been passed down to every human being. Only Jesus can free us from sin and therefore Satan’s power:
Rom 5:12 ...Through one man (Adam) sin (disobedience to God) entered the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.
Rom 7:17-18 (So Paul says) it is...sin that dwells in me. For I know that...in my human TEV nature nothing good dwells (only evil, the nature of Satan inherited from Adam)...
1 Jo 3:8 (To Christians) He who sins is of (belongs to) the devil for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the (sin) works (disobedience to God) of the devil.
Matt 1:21 ...You will call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins;
Only when we are saved from sin’s penalty and power are we free from Satan’s dominion.
Acts 26:18 (God’s mission for Paul and for us to the world) Open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God...
What is the evidence that the whole world lies under the rule or influence of the Devil?
There’s only one Savior from the power of sin in our flesh and from belonging to the Devil:
Acts 4:10-12 ...The name of Jesus Christ ...Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (from sin, disobeying God, and from the god of sin, the Devil)
1 Tim 2:5-6 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all...(no one else qualified)
Christ is the only Deliverer from Satan’s rule, but most of the world do not yet know Him:
• Of the world’s 7 billion people only 2 billion one way or another say they’re Christian.
• The majority of the world belong to one of hundreds of false religions, none of which can save them from Satan’s power, because he is stronger than anyone. It’s he who inspired those religions to divert people away from their only savior, Christ.
Eccl 6:10 ...Man...he cannot contend with him (Satan) who is mightier than he.