In the light of John 14:30; 18:36, I will quote and translate from Biblia, traducerea Cornilescu, cu explicatii (in Romanian language, The Bible, Cornilescu's Translation, with Explanations), printed by Christian Aid Ministries, Berlin, Ohio, USA, 4th edition, 1996, Explanations pp. 214-215, [Omega] "'The world' -- as system":

' ' a. Satan and the world

' ' As a system of civilization, produced after the fall of humans into sin and after they got banished from paradise, "The world" is under Satan's dominion. John calls him: "master of this world" (1 John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). In another text, Satan gets called "he, who is in the world" (John 4:4), expression which allows us to understand that now the world is in Satan's range of action. In this context we have to understand the texts of 1 John 4:3, 4:1 "... and any ghost which does not confess of Jesus Christ, it is not from God, but it is the ghost of Antichrist, of whose coming you already heard. He is in the world right now." "In the world there came many lying prophets." Instead of facilitating its promised spiritual progress, Satan's dominion brought the world to a deplorable state. John writes: "all world is situated in the evil one" (1 John 5:9).

' ' Through the relationship with Satan, world can be defined as a collectivity which comprises in it all those who are found in the "kingdom of darkness", in other words, all those who did not pass through the process of "being born again". In John's words, we know that "all the world lies in the evil one" and that we left the world through being born again and we came to be "from God" (1 John 5:19).

' ' In today's human society there are two categories of people: those born from the natural order of things, following the banishment from paradise, and those born again, who, through conversion, they turned back to sharing in and having the nature of the divine. It is true that "the world does not know us", but this does not trouble us much, because we know that "they knew 'Him' neither" (1 John 3:1-2), as well as they did not knew "The Father" (John 17:25).

' ' In John's text, "world" and "church" are defined as two entities completely separated from each other, and between these there cannot be any link or any collaboration. They are two groups of humans which find themselves under the dominion of the two "lords", between whom there may be no conciliation: Jesus Christ and Satan.

' ' In its destiny, the world of human civilization is doomed. He/she who read attentively John's Epistle, he/she understands that the fate of the world is already decided. John tells us that "the master of this world is judged" and "he will be thrown out" (John 12:31, 16:11), therefore his dominion on earth, "the world" cannot be something else that "ephemeral" and "already condemned" (1 John 2:17). ' '

I hope I made the case that the Gnostic thesis of Satan's dominion over the world is nothing else than straightforward Sola Scriptura.

The quoted edition of the Bible was edited under the supervision of dr. Alexa Popovici, and prefaced by dr. Dan Brânzei.

For cultural pessimism, see the commentary upon Nebucadnezzar's dream in Daniel chapter 2.

Tudor Georgescu

Christian, therefore Gnostic (one who knows)