Wickedness is the opposite of righteousness; just as darkness is the opposite of light. Everything undesirable, leading to death, is represented in wickedness. However, without confusion, there is no danger with wickedness. Of necessity is being aware of what wickedness entails, as compared to righteousness. With truthful data, it is possible to avoid wickedness.
The fiery furnace is a utility for smelting iron to produce required products. But that does not mean the burning fiery furnace would not be dangerous when carelessly handled. This is scientifically factual, as sustained in natural laws. This shows another dimension in that Satan’s wickedness is not represented in extreme wickedness, but in-between righteousness and wickedness.
Satan is often caricatured demonically. Children’s stories are often illustrated with representations of Satan as a fierce-looking, red-eyed ogre, presumed as sucking blood from humans. This is premised on falsehood, although true that Satan is associated with wickedness, affecting humanity.
As a Spirit being, Satan cannot be seen physically, except through the effects of his works. Physical illustrations cannot accurately portray his personality. There has to be a deeper understanding, before, concluding on matters of Satan’s physical appearance. He is scripturally portrayed among religious, but untruthful people:
“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NIV).
The apostle Paul accurately described Satan’s ministers, mistaken for true Christianity. They use the same trick, used against our ancestors, Adam and Eve. The purely ugly things do not necessarily portray Satan’s character. The critical datum, describes Satan as falsehood, as opposed to truthfulness. Jesus always described Satan for what he truly represented.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?” (John 8:42-46 NIV).
Satan’s native language is uttering falsehoods, twisting God’s word for something else. The definition of “native” embraces the source of origin. A liar cannot be from God, but from Satan whose native language is falsehoods. The degradation of humanity describes the extent to which humanity has fallen.
To highlight the description of falsehoods, there is a gradual consideration. In the lower gradient would be found falsehoods, not as aggravating to the extent of calamities in war, for instance? Yet language provides many instances of permissive communication, using falsehoods to cover up sins.
Suppose you schedule a meeting for 8 o’clock, the following day. The business associate, with whom to hold the meeting gives a wishy-washy response, like; “I will try to make it.” He may indeed come as scheduled. But, only on rare occasions are such communications trustworthy. The “trying” aspect grants no guarantee that the meeting would materialize.
One would be unwise to assume the intended business meeting would materialize. Any failure in government, or any other corporate organization, can be attributed to wishy-washy arrangements. Successful businesses subscribe to the concretization of promises, according to arrangements.