Jesus refers to Satan as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). So does Paul, several times (2 Corinthians 4:4). Paul also calls him “prince of the power of the air.”
this makes everything fall into place for me: earth is hell. Hell is not an allegory for some place you go after death. it is the here and now. Satan is not the lord of the underworld, as Hades, rather, the lord of this world we perceive, we live in.
I’m really not talking about a devil with horns here, or fire and brimstone. all that is, in my opinion, a kind of escapist mythology for the frightened people who can’t face the truth = that we are in it, and of it, and we participate quite frequently in it. I’m saying that criminalizing “evil” as some dark Halloween force is childish – and ineffectual.
this does not make the truth a bad thing, though. the world, with all its “bad”, is good! that’s the view that we can have if we grow up – instead of good and evil, the Asians called it yin and yang. nobody seems to have any problem with yin and yang. they wear t-shirts with the yin-yang symbol. no one wears t-shirts with Jesus-Satan! that is to say, the two must exist; one will not go away. I guess the trick is balance.
so, if this world has a satanic government, then your role becomes that of a rebel. not a conqueror – because , if you become the ruler of this world, then you take on the mantle of the great deceiver. in other words, you don’t want to ever be the ruler – the role of rebel is a fine an upstanding role, and should last you a lifetime. as long as there is anarchy in hell, life is good!
if Satan is the spirit of rebellion in the Kingdom of Heaven, the God is the spirit of rebellion in the Kingdom of Hell.