Why To Be Saved Part 1: Does Satan Exist?


In this series, we will briefly cover the history and future of the universe, according to the Bible, broken down into these eight steps.


1. God Created Angels.

2. Satan and Other Angels Rebelled Against God’s Authority.

3. God Created Mankind and Gave Them Authority Over the Earth.

4. Mankind Gave Satan Authority Over the Earth.

5. All Human Beings Were Born into Spiritual Slavery.

6. Jesus Christ Lived in Perfect Obedience to God’s Authority and Made Payment for the Sins of Mankind.

7. Human Beings Who Put Faith in Christ Realign Under God’s Authority.

8. Jesus Christ and Redeemed Men and Women Take Authority Over Earth. Fallen Angels and Unredeemed Men and Women Separated For Eternity.


In this first video, we’ll cover steps 1 and 2.


One. Before God created mankind, He created a race of beings called angels. There are different categories of angels. For example, some are warriors (Revelation 12:7), some are given charge over a new convert (Matthew 18:10), some worship before God’s throne continually (Revelation 4:8), some deliver messages (Luke 1:19). Some rank higher in authority than others (Daniel 10:13).


Two. According to the Bible, one angel named Satan was initially full of wisdom, perfect in beauty, and completely blameless. However, he chose to become evil, was filled with violence, and wanted to displace God. Therefore, Satan was banished from heaven (Ezekiel 28:12-19, Isaiah 14:12-14). Thus, Satan became the ruler of his own kingdom in opposition to God’s kingdom (Matthew 12:26, Luke 11:18). Many other angels also rebelled and likewise received worship in place of God (1 Kings 11:4-8, 2 Kings 17:16, 21:3, and Acts 7:39-43, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6).


While this narrative may sound fantastical, it’s worth noting that a fairly large percentage of people believe in the existence of evil spirits and many even believe they have experience them. Likewise, large percentages of people also believe in the existence of God and guardian angels.


YouGovAmerica, 10/21/2019, “Many Americans Believe Ghosts and Demons Exist”

USA Today, 10/28/2021, “2 in 5 Americans Believe Ghosts Are Real and 1 in 5 Say They’ve Seen One, Survey Says”

New York Times, 10/28/2021, “Many Americans Say They Believe in Ghosts. Do You?”

Newsweek, 10/21/2019, “More Than 45 Percent of Americans Believe Demons and Ghosts Are Real: Survey”

Gallup, 6/29/2016, “Most Americans Still Believe in God”

ABC News, 9/18/2008, “Most Americans Believe in Guardian Angels”

CBS News, 12/23/2011, “Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Believe in Angels”

Pew Research Center, 4/25/2018, “When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Mean?”

Time, 9/18/2008, “Guardian Angels Are Here, Say Most Americans”


For a transcript of this video, you can go to my website, danielbecklessons.com.





Why To Be Saved Part 2: Who Controls the Earth?


In this series, we are briefly covering the history and future of the universe, according to the Bible, broken down into these eight steps.


In this second video, we’ll cover steps 3 through 5.


Three. When God created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, He gave them authority over the earth. In Genesis 1:28, God told them to fill the earth, subdue it, and rule over it. Likewise, Psalm 115:16 says, “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.”


In the original Hebrew, the language used Genesis 1 is completely unique in the Bible and there is no consensus on how it should be interpreted. In fact, there are over a dozen different views, ranging from literal to quasi-literal to purely symbolic. Here are three examples from the more literal end of the spectrum.


One view is the six days of creation in Genesis 1 were literal twenty-four-hour periods, but God created everything with the appearance of age. He did this, they say, not to be misleading, but because it was logically impossible to create everything in six days without the appearance of age. For example, the first humans, animals, plants, rocks, and soil all had to be in a mature state for an ecosystem to function properly. Otherwise, there would have been nothing but a bunch of seeds and embryonic cells scattered on barren, still-cooling volcanic rocks with no nurturers, no food supply, and no way to survive.


Similarly, the sun, moon, stars, and planets all had to initially exist at certain stages of development to provide appropriate heat and light, to compose a functioning solar system, and to be visible from the earth. Likewise, since landmasses and geological features have time associated with them, creating dry land in one day required the appearance of age. Advocates of this view compare the creation event to Jesus’ first miracle of creating wine, which would have had the appearance of age since wine is aged by definition. 


A second view is that the six days are symbolic of six much longer time periods that correspond roughly to mainstream natural history. 


A third view similar to the second was proposed by MIT nuclear physicist and orthodox Jew Dr. Gerald Schroeder in his book, Genesis and the Big Bang. He says that while the universe is about 15 billion years old from the perspective of earth, it is just over six days old from the perspective of where the Big Bang originated since time passes differently depending on where you are in the universe. He also points out that all animals appear fully formed in the fossil record on days five and six, from the Big Bang’s perspective, just as Genesis 1 describes. Therefore, he proposes Genesis 1 is told from the perspective of the Big Bang’s origin. Afterward, the perspective shifts to earth. 


Dr. Gerald Schroeder, 1991, “Genesis And the Big Bang: The Discovery of Harmony Between Modern Science and the Bible”


Four. Adam and Eve chose to obey Satan and disobey God (Genesis 3). In so doing, they realigned themselves under Satan’s authority (ex. Luke 4:6, 1 John 5:19). This is why when Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth, he said, “…all this domain and its glory… it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” (Luke 4:6) This is also why the apostle John wrote in 1 John 5:19, “…the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”


Five. As a result of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were separated from God’s presence and forced to live in a creation now under a curse (Genesis 3:17-19, 24, Romans 8:20-22). Romans 8:20-22 says:

“…the creation was subjected to futility… in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.”


Also as a result of their disobedience, every person born into the world thereafter was subject to sin and death, both by choice and environmental influences (Romans 3:23, 5:12-19). Romans 5:12 says, “…through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…”


For a transcript of this video, you can go to my website, danielbecklessons.com.






Why To Be Saved Part 3: Jesus Christ: Fantasy or History?


In this series, we are briefly covering the history and future of the universe, according to the Bible, broken down into these eight steps.


In this third video, we’ll cover step 6.


Six. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived in perfect obedience under God’s authority as a representative of humanity. Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 says God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf”. 


As a final act of obedience, Jesus made payment for the sins of mankind by undergoing execution on a cross so that God might be both perfectly just in His condemnation of sin and perfectly merciful in extending forgiveness of sin to all who receive it as a free gift. Ephesians 1:7: “In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”


The famous Roman non-Christian Historian Flavius Josephus worte in Antiquities of the Jews (book 18, chapter 3, section 3) in A.D. 93: “At this time [of Pontius Pilate] there was a wise man who was called Jesus. His conduct was good and he was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and die. But those who had been his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.”


Flavius Josephus, A.D. 93, “Antiquities of the Jews” (Book 18, Chapter 3, Section 3)


The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are recorded in the four gospels attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Most non-Christian scholars assert that these gospels were originally anonymous and their authorship was forged nearly a hundred years later to bolster their credibility.


This theory was popularized in the late 1800’s by two German scholars (Adolf von Harnack and Theodor Zahn) who believed the gospels were folklore rather than literal events. However, there are massive problems with this theory.


First, there are no original sources to support it. Every single early manuscript in existence ascribes authorship to Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.


Second, by the time the gospels were allegedly named in the late second century, all four had circulated throughout Rome, Syria, Africa, Egypt, France, etc. It makes no sense that they would have remained anonymous while circulating for nearly a hundred years since the churches would have needed a way to differentiate between them during gatherings. And even if they did somehow remain anonymous that whole time, they would have eventually been named independently of one another in different communities around the world, resulting in a diversity of titles, as we have seen with many truly anonymously documents from antiquity.


Third, if authorship of the gospels was forged to bolster their credibility, as the claim goes, it makes no sense that the two of the four gospels would be attributed to non-eyewitnesses.


Fourth, all of the earliest Christian writings by authors who either knew the apostles firsthand, or were one generation removed, were unanimous and unambiguous that the gospels were indeed authored Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  


Fifth, in the first few centuries after Christ, even pagan writers such as the Greek philosopher Celsus, who attacked the gospels as fiction, still accepted that the gospels were written by their namesakes.


The only purported evidence for the anonymity theory is that the gospels share some material in common. For example, advocates ask why it appears that Matthew used Mark’s gospel as source material for portions of his gospel since Mark was not an eyewitness and Matthew was. However, multiple early church fathers explicitly stated in their writings that Mark was a disciple of the apostle Peter and his gospel was based on his memory of what Peter told him. Therefore, since Peter met Jesus before Matthew and spent more time with Him than Matthew, it’s not at all surprising that Matthew chose to incorporate some of Mark’s gospel into his. 


Brant Pitre, 2016, “The Case for Jesus,” Ch. 2-5


Some argue that the apocryphal gospels, such as the gospels of Thomas, Judas, and Peter are accurate, unflattering records of Jesus that the early church rejected to save face. However, both the early church fathers and virtually all modern Christian and non-Christian scholars agree that these gospels are forgeries that were falsely attributed to apostles long after they were all dead.


Some people argue that the Bible has changed over time. And they’re right. There are countless minute textual variants amongst the thousands of early surviving manuscripts. The vast majority of these variants are inconsequential grammar or spelling changes. Regardless, by comparing all the manuscripts we have, both Christian and non-Christian scholars have thoroughly mapped out all variants in existence and can easily trace back to the original content. Furthermore, the early church fathers quoted the New Testament over 36,000 times in their writings and virtually the entire New Testament as it was originally written can be reconstructed and corroborated from their writings.


There are other reasons trust the accuracy of the New Testament. For example, the book of Acts, which was written by the same author as the gospel of Luke, includes over 80 details that have been confirmed by historical and archeological research into numerous cities or regions across the ancient Roman world. For instances, it describes ship port locations, prevalent languages, pagan religious customs, political hierarchy structures, location of landmarks, and identities of high-ranking officials. The gospel of John also includes dozens of historically and archeologically confirmed details such and landmark locations, regional topography, and religious customs and hierarchy. In fact, the New Testament writers included more than thirty historically confirmed people in their writings.


But the reasons don’t stop there. The disciples also included embarrassing details about themselves and Jesus, and they included many difficult sayings of Jesus.


Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, 2004, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist,” Ch. 9-12


Further, one of the most important pieces of evidence for the gospels being authentic accounts is their many divergent details. True eyewitness or secondhand witness accounts never perfectly match. If they did, it would only prove that the witnesses had collaborated or been coached.


This point was highlighted the nationally renowned cold-case homicide detective Jim Wallace, whose solved murder cases have been featured a record six times on NBC’s Dateline. Wallace was a devout atheist until age 35 when he was provoked by a Christian friend to investigate Jesus’ death as a cold murder case and the gospels as witness accounts. Wallace set out the debunk the gospels as inauthentic, but instead converted to Christianity.


J. Warner Wallace, 2013, “Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels”


For a transcript of this video, you can go to my website, danielbecklessons.com.






Why To Be Saved Part 4: Will I Be Judged?


In this series, we are briefly covering the history and future of the universe, according to the Bible, broken down into these eight steps.


In this fourth video, we’ll cover steps 7 and 8.



Seven. Jesus Christ’s payment for the sins of mankind created a way for human beings to escape out from under Satan’s authority and realign under God’s authority (Acts 26:18, Colossians 1:13).


Acts 26:18 says Jesus chose to die on the cross “so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.” Likewise, the apostle Paul explained in Colossians 1:13:

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”


Eight. In the future, Jesus Christ will return with God’s people from every generation to take authority over the earth (Daniel 7:27, Matthew 5:5, Revelation 2:26, 11:15-18, 2:26). However, Satan, fallen angels and all humans under their authority from every generation will be eternally separated from God and His people (Isaiah 24:21-22, Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50, 25:31-46, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10, Revelation 19:20, 20:10-15).


The prophet Daniel wrote: “Then the sovereignty, the dominion… of all the kingdoms under… heaven will be given to… the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him… those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”


For a transcript of this video, you can go to my website, danielbecklessons.com.






Why To Be Saved Part 5: How Can I Be Saved?


In this series, we have briefly covered the history and future of the universe, according to the Bible, broken down into these eight steps.


In this fifth and final video, we’ll discuss appropriate next steps a person can take if he or she believes the Bible is accurate.


If you are reading this and have not yet put faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and restore you into relationship with God, you can do so right now. God sees you, hears you, knows your thoughts, and is present with you right now. You can speak to Him. Let me walk you through three steps.


First, acknowledge your need for God’s forgiveness. Second, put your faith in Jesus’ payment for your sins on the cross and in God’s mercy rather than your own moral performance to save you from His just judgment. You can say this to God out loud right now from your heart:


“God, I know I am a sinner. I know I need your forgiveness. I know I can never save myself from your just judgment with my best attempts at moral performance. I believe You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for my sins because you love me. I receive Your free gift of forgiveness and eternal life with You. Thank you for saving me.”


If you prayed that prayer, congratulations! We now belong to the same wonderful family! You have just entered through the narrow gate.


Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14:


“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”


As Jesus said, the path to eternal life is both a narrow gate and a narrow way. The narrow gate is the initial decision to give your life to Christ, which you just made. The narrow way is walking in relationship with Jesus Christ for the rest of your life. This is step three.


To follow the narrow way, there are three things you cannot do without: Prayer, God’s Word, and God’s people.


Prayer is talking to God. Do this often, every day if possible. Common elements of a prayer time include praise (thank God for who He is, what He has done, and what He means to you), entreaties (ask God to help you become the man or woman He created you to become), confession (ask God to forgive you if you are aware that you have sinned recently), and intercession (pray on behalf of others who need God’s help).


God’s Word is the Bible. He has given it to mankind to reveal who He is and what He had done. Read at least one chapter often, every day if possible. Start with the gospels and continue through the New Testament. Pray for God to give you understanding as you read.


God’s people are Christians. Immediately find a church nearby to attend. Pray for God to guide you to the right church. It should be a church that believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God and teaches directly out of it every week. Then introduce yourself and develop relationships with men and women who have walked with God for years who can help you on your journey.


If you are afraid that you might stumble back into old sinful patterns, don’t worry; you will.

If you are afraid you don’t have what it takes to remain faithful to your commitment to Christ for years and decades to come, don’t worry; you don’t.


If you are afraid that Satan is much more powerful than you and you aren’t strong enough to overcome him, don’t worry; you aren’t.


The only thing you need do is keep turning back to God! It does not matter how badly you stumble, how far you fall, or how long you stray. God will never, ever, ever give up on you or stop loving you. Just keep turning back to Him. Keep turning back to prayer, His word, and His people. If you do this, He will bring you safely into His heavenly kingdom no matter how difficult the narrow way becomes. It will be His accomplishment, not yours because He loves you, and “love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8).


For a transcript of this video, you can go to my website, danielbecklessons.com.