How Sin Began
enter upon a more exalted, more glorious state of existence.
Cast Out of Heaven
With one accord, Satan and his host threw the blame of their rebellion wholly upon Christ, declaring that if they had not been reproved, they would never have rebelled. Thus stubborn and defiant in their disloyalty, seeking vainly to over- throw the government of God, yet blasphemously claiming to be themselves the innocent victims of oppressive power, the arch-rebel and all his sym- pathizers were at last banished from Heaven.
The same spirit that prompted rebellion in Heaven, still inspires rebellion on earth. Satan has continued with men the same policy which he pursued with the angels. His spirit now reigns in the children of disobedience. Like him they seek to break down the restraints of the law of God, and promise men liberty through transgression of its precepts. Reproof of sin still arouses the spirit of hatred and resistance. When God’s messages of warning are brought home to the conscience, Sa- tan leads men to justify themselves and to seek the sympathy of others in their course of sin. Instead of correcting their errors, they excite in- dignation against the reprover, as if he were the sole cause of difficulty. From the days of righteous Abel to our own time, such is the spirit which has been displayed toward those who dare to condemn sin.
By the same misrepresentation of the character of God as he had practiced in Heaven, causing him