1. Lucifer is not Satan’s name:


The word “Lucifer” comes from a transliteration of the Latin Vulgate for Isaiah 14:12-15 (which is speaking directly about the King of Babylon, not Satan). This transliteration was left without translation by the KJV. Most modern versions of the Bible have changed this, but it is now deeply ingrained in modern tradition.

On top of this, “Lucifer” means “Morning Star.” Christ is called the “Bright Morning Star” in the book of Revelation.

Satan always wants to mimic Christ! Can you say, “Hey, jealousy!” or does that date me?

2. The X in “Xmas” Does Not Mean “Secular Christmas”:


The “X” in “Xmas” is actually derived from the Greek letter Chi (Χ), which is the first letter of Χριστός, Christ in Greek. This abbreviation has been used by Christians since the early days of the church as a symbol of Jesus Christ. The usage of “Xmas” instead of “Christmas” is not a modern attempt to secularize the holiday or remove “Christ” from Christmas, but rather, it’s a continuation of a long-standing Christian tradition.

Don’t tell anyone, but whether they say “Happy Xmas” or “Merry Christmas,” they are still proclaiming the Name of Christ!

3. The Upside Down Cross is Not Satanic:

The upside-down cross is commonly misunderstood as a satanic symbol, when in fact, it originates as the Petrine Cross, symbolizing humility and the martyrdom of Peter the Apostle. According to Christian tradition, Peter requested to be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ. Thus, the inverted cross represents a deep respect for Peter’s humility and sacrifice, rather than any association with Satanism!

So, next time the cross on your wall turns upside down, fear not. The Lord is with thee. !

4. 666 May Not Be the Mark of the Beast—It May be 616:


The number 666 is identified in the Book of Revelation as the Number of the Beast, often associated with Satan. However, some early biblical manuscripts list the number as 616. This discrepancy likely arises from gematria, an ancient practice of assigning a numerical value to a word or phrase. The interpretation of this number has varied, suggesting it may symbolically refer to an individual or empire embodying evil, such as the Roman Emperor Nero, rather than a literal mark of allegiance to Satan. This variation underscores the complexities of biblical translation and interpretation.

Do you know what this means? Your 666 tattoo may not be as cool as you think!

5. “Easter” is a Pagan Festival:

It’s a bit late for this, but here it goes. The word “Easter” is commonly thought by many to have derived from the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Ēostre, who was associated with spring and fertility. Therefore, many people refuse to call it “Easter” and only say, “Happy Resurrection Day.” This connection of the word “Easter” with the pagan goddess was first made by the Venerable Bede, an 8th-century English monk and scholar, in his work “The Reckoning of Time” (De Temporum Ratione). Bede claimed that Ēostre was honored with festivals during the month of Ēosturmōnaþ (roughly corresponding to April), which was named after her. He suggested that the Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, which took place during this time, came to be known by the name of the festival.

However, it’s important to note that outside of Bede’s writings, there is little to no direct evidence of a goddess named Ēostre or a festival specifically dedicated to her. Some scholars have debated the accuracy of Bede’s claim, suggesting that he may have inferred the existence of Ēostre from the name of the month or that the goddess’s worship may not have been widely practiced.

In most other languages, the name for the Easter festival is derived from the Hebrew word “Pesach” (Passover), reflecting the timing of Easter during the Jewish festival of Passover. For example, in Spanish, Easter is “Pascua”; in French, it’s “Pâques”; and in Italian, it’s “Pasqua”. This naming convention ties the Christian holiday more directly to its biblical roots, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion and death, events that occurred during Passover according to the New Testament.

So, where someone says that “Easter” is a pagan holiday, ask them to prove it on the spot . . . I bet they can’t!

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Satan has been a liar from the beginning. Keep your wits keen. It makes sense that he would take the dough of Christianity and twist it and turn it, introducing the yeast of confusion. He loves us to fear things that are not dangerous and touch things that are corrupted. After all, he does present himself as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14).

Also, it is Revelation, singular; not Revelations, plural (Jason James). Satan just wants you to think it is a multiplicity of revelations. 😃

Can you think of any I left out?

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

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