The devil is no longer a passenger on the coach…he is given authority to drive it.
Lucifer the fallen archangel (the devil) accomplishes all of his destruction and death by only using his “mouth” just like in Paradise when he convinced Adam and Eve that they could become God by eating the apple! In reality he has NO authority upon man. He can not make man do ANYTHING. This is because the greatest gift from God to man (and his angels) is their FREEDOM, the freedom to choose!
Demons are only allowed (by God) to sit at the “edge” of men’s hearts (like the snake on the tree in Paradise) and “whisper sweet nothings” known in Greek as logismoi (successions to commit sin) that involve the weaknesses of each and every one of us that he knows very well. Demons usually prefer those with expansionism priorities and expectations who are wealthy who can achieve the most harm who have a need of fame and glory just like he did! The invisible human heart (soul) is very visible to the body less battalion of Lucifer and his demons are working very hard (lying according to each persons passions) in order to bring humans down to sin, in order to show God that humans are lower that demons, in order to show that human greed and ungratefulness is worse than theirs. As time goes by and man enjoys the fruits of apostasy from obeying the devil and denying God by the fulfillment of their ill begotten passions, they come to a point that they no longer have an authority on their own personal will for they begin to be submitted entirely and without question to the will of the devil! The devil is no longer a passenger on the coach…he is given authority to drive it.
It is known through the Old Testament that Eosforos (Lucifer) was Gods archangel, He was the most beautiful of the angels and he was the most knowledgeable. Angels were created by God before creation and before man. His ungratefulness and greediness was shown when he decided that he could put his throne over the throne of creator God who created him. Lucifer and the other angels that followed him were send way from the presence of God because they were repent less. (Judah 6) “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”. Their inner attitude of the fallen angels toward God and humanity is now known (reflected) on their outer bodies for all to know for all to visually see. Doesn’t a goat “bully” or “push” around with his horns other goats in order to dominate the entire herd? The fallen angels choice of attempting this blasphemous and distorted act of betrayal resulted to the withdrawal of the Grace of the Creator God having as consequence their inner ugliness and ungratefulness to be now known on their outer bodies for all to see. Be sure, an Ant blowing at the sun in order to try to put it out, is a good resemblance of the “power” of the devil against God! The word devil comes from the Greek word “diaballo” which means ~distort~ and in this case the word devil means to distort the truth. The devil has no authority on the will of man he merely looks to exploit the weaknesses of each person (Power Gold, Fame Sex) in order to get people to sin. Adam and Eve did not have to obey Satan they disobeyed on their own free will! They disobeyed because they wanted to. The devil is considered to be a Fool because he dared think he could put his throne over the throne of his creator God! The devil does not work free for those he collaborates with who are those who have the same passions of expansionism fame and power that he had that transformed him in an animal like existence as we know him today. At that moment of death the devil will show up and ask from God TO GET PAID for his SERVICES RENDERED during these people lives. He shows up with all and he accuses hoping to take the soul home. This is why his other name which is Satan means “the Accuser”! His SERVICES will be PAID with an EXCHANGE of the person’s eternal soul. This is what the devil is working for; these souls will be his precious trophies for ALL TIME to come! Those Baptised, those becoming Holy are “out of limits” from the hands of devil who can not possibly get close even if he wanted to because of the presence of the Holy spirit with in!
Saint Nicodimos the Athonide is very lucid when describing the general “picture” of the Holy and the unholy (those accused) the moment of Resurrection.
The Holy Fathers teach that all those that attracted the Grace of God with their deeds belonging to Lord Jesus Church (His Body) will resurrect with the body of the new Adam (New Creation) in other words with Lords Jesus Glorious Body as seen 11 times in the New Testament before ascending to His Father. His body and the bodies of those united with Him are described by the Holy Fathers to be: soft, light, beautiful, glorious, transparent, bright, warm, and spiritual
The bodies of the unholy (the likeness of the devil) will have a surpassing difference to those of the righteous ones there will be tough, heavy, ugly, foul, dark, evil stiff and unrefined”.
Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century -history of patriarchies-
A Word About Church History
Scholars estimate there are over 2600 groups today who lay claim to being the Church, or at least the direct descendants of the Church described in the New Testament. Repeat: 2600! But for the first thousand years of her history the Church was essentially one. Five historic Patriarchal centers Jerusalem; Antioch, Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople formed a cohesive whole and were in full communion with each other. There were occasional heretical or schismatic groups going their own way, to be sure; but the Church was unified until the 11th century. Then, in events culminating in A.D.1054, the Roman Patriarch pulled away from the other four, pursuing his long-developing claim of universal headship of the Church in violation of [Ephesians 4:5] that specifically points out ONE CHURCH for the Salvation of man. Today, nearly a thousand years later, the other four Patriarchates remain intact, in full communion, maintaining that the Greek Orthodox apostolic faith of the inspired New Testament record which is the Orthodox Church and her history as described herein, from Pentecost to the present day.
Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically but THERAPEUTICALLY. http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/the-foundations-of-orthodox.html