Monday, June 20, 2011


The Amityville Horror: A True Story is a book by Jay Anson. It is also the basis for a series of films. The book is said to be based on the real life paranormal experiences of the Lutz family, who moved into the home where six murders had occurred. Without spending time describing the "events" that are reported to have taken place, suffice it to say that if true, what the author attributes to ghosts, the Bible describes as the work of demons.

For you who have enjoyed reading the book or seeing the movies about the "true story," I have a suggestion: try reading the Bible. It contains a far more serious "horror story," and, God forbid, you may be one of the characters it describes. I am speaking of the horror of living in the "village of enmity." Actually, it is more a world than a village, or better yet, the population of that world. According to Genesis 3:15, there are basically two families which populate our planet: the children of God, and the children of the serpent (a.k.a. the great dragon, that old serpent, the Devil, and Satan - Rev. 12:9). The children of God have believed Him, and He has declared them righteous (Jn. 1:12: Rom. 4:3; Gal. 3:6; Jam. 2:23), and those who do not believe Him are the children of the devil (Jn. 8:44). "Enmity" is defined as the attitude one enemy has for the other, and since God loves those who hate Him, that which divides man from God is totally found in the heart of man.

Some might say, "I don't hate God," but the Word says otherwise (Lk. 16:13; Jn. 15:18, 23-24; 1 Jn. 4:20). They may say, "I believe in God, so I am obviously a child of God." I wish that that was all it took, but if it was, then the devil would be a child of God (Jam. 2:19). No, we either love God or we hate Him; there is a huge difference between acknowledging that God exists, and believing He loved us enough to sacrifice His only begotten Son for our sin (Jn. 3:16; 6:29). There is a difference between believing He exists, and believing what He has said (Ps. 138:2; Jn. 1:1, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:18-23; etc.).

The horror is two-fold. First, those who go through life without faith in Jesus Christ, miss out on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and therefore, do not experience His fruit (love, joy, peace, etc. - Gal. 5:22-23). They spend their lives separated from the abundant life Jesus promised His followers (Jn. 10:10). What they do experience is a lifetime of difficulties sent by God in order to bring them to Himself; God does not want any to perish (2 Pet 3:9). It is His love that uses life's circumstances to bring man to salvation.

The other horror is that, should a man fail to accept the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9), he faces an eternity of torment. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:10, 14-15). Chose your reading material wisely.

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