Satan is the ultimate reflection of a pride that desires to take God’s place and receive the worship that rightfully belongs only to the One true God, our Creator and Lord (Isa 14:12- 14; Ezek 28:11- 19;
1 Tim 3:6). Satan’s desire is to lead people into willful separation from God.
Animism’s Dark Deceptions
Let us now take a more detailed look at the three basic beliefs of animism.
A. Supreme Being
Animists acknowledge a “supreme being” who they believe rules the universe. However, their beliefs about this “being” are vague and unformed. He is thought of as distant, uncaring and uninvolved in the daily existence of a person’s life.
Yet animists, like all people, still face difficult situations and decisions in life. They feel the need for guidance, healing, or help in work or other practical necessities. Since they believe that God will not help them directly, they seek answers and help from the “spirit world”, which includes demonic spirits, household idols, the spirits of dead ancestors, and other forms. Demon spirits respond to this seeking, and use it as a means to lead people into deception, bondage and death.
By contrast, the Bible reveals that the One true God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – is actively at work through His Holy Spirit in the hearts and daily lives of His people. He is loving, compassionate and deeply concerned with mankind’s condition and needs (Matt 6:31, 32). God’s Spirit brings: conviction (John 16:8- 11); His comforting presence (John 14:16); assurance of salvation (Eph 1:14, 15; 2Cor 5:5); great peace (Rom 15:13); and much, much more. God, through His Holy Spirit, will lead Christians into all truth and glorify Jesus in their midst (John 15:26; 16:13, 14). He will empower them to be witnesses to all the world and to move in anointed ministry (Acts 1:8; 2: 16-21).
B. The Spirit World
Animists strongly believe in the presence and activity of spiritual forces in our world. It is important to note that spiritual activity DOES take place in the world today. There is the presence and working of the Spirit of God and angels as described in the Scriptures (Ps 91:11; 104:4; Heb 1:4; 13:2). There is also the presence and working of demon spirits (Eph 6: 12). But there are NO other spirits present – not of ancestors or any others.
Luke 16: 19-31 teaches that there are fixed boundaries in the spiritual realm that do not allow for those who are dead to enter back into the realm of the living. Those who attempt to communicate with ancestors or others in the spiritual realm are actually communicating with demons who are masquerading as people who once lived. Once a person has died, that person can no longer communicate with those who live in this world.
Demonic forces will always seek to deceive people and lead them away from the truth and away from a genuine relationship with the One true God of Scripture (John 8:44; 2 Cor 11:3). Demons will deny that Christ came in the flesh (1 John 4:2, 3) or even use false signs and wonders (Matt 24:24; 2 Thess 2:9) to coerce people into putting their trust in the demonic realm instead of in God. By contrast, the Spirit of God will always lead people to faith in God, confirm the truth of God ‘s Word, and seek to bring glory to Jesus Christ (John 16:13,14).