I’m very fond of Edin-Adahl. I have several of their songs on my FTP server. Not only was their music writing and arrangements very innovative, but Frank Adahl’s voice is a singularity, with a range and skill hard to match. He was also very skilled at music production, so their recordings more highly polished than most. Everyone noted that their Swedish lyrics often didn’t get properly translated into English. For me, the real hindrance is that some of their songs still reek of evangelical Christian mythology at times.
One song in particular is stained with such idiocy: “Let All the Earth Proclaim” from their 1982 Alibi album. Despite being such a fine rock worship anthem, it repeats the tired old notion that Satan viewed the Crucifixion as a victory and was ready to crank up the evil with Christ out of the way.
Nothing — nothing — in Scripture promotes that silly image. It arose from pagan European mythology that stands firmly on the false notion that Satan is a competitor with Christ, as if the two were foes of relatively equal power. This myth suggests that Christ won because of a trick God pulled on His Son’s behalf by raising Him from the dead. This nonsense is the whole story behind Carman’s much more famous “The Champion” from the 1985 album of the same title. It belongs to the highly heathenized Western Christian religion that ignores all the scholarship pointing out how utterly different the biblical cultural background was.
Let’s make something clear: At no time did Satan or any demon question the authority of Christ as the Son of God and superior to them.
Do you recall the Wilderness Temptations (Luke 4:1-13)? The whole point was to divert Jesus from His path into becoming a different kind of Messiah. The temptations were directly related to known Jewish rabbinical expectations of what the Messiah would be. It was a very materialistic and political body of expectations. While drawn somewhat from Old Testament prophecies, it was all the worst literalizing of Hebrew parabolic language. So Jesus was tempted to fulfill the false dreams of the rabbis and refused based on the existing written revelation.
Satan’s attempt bore the marks of a somewhat sarcastic “adviser” to his master. His claim to have the power to deliver the political situation into Jesus’ hands was accurate enough in a certain sense, but not as his choice of words seem to imply. It was a sort of over-the-top lampoon that he knew Jesus would not take seriously in the first place. That business of waiting to come back at “a more opportune time” to try again was how Satan viewed it, and we see it most vividly in the scene where Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Satan didn’t want Jesus to die on the Cross. That is, insofar as we can deduce he had any particular interest at all. However, it was his duty to tempt Jesus and to provoke men to crucify Him. Satan surely knew what it all meant. Why do you think he worked so hard very soon after to squelch the gospel message with Judaizers? Then he followed up by creating an entire civilization that denied a priori everything necessary to truly follow Christ.
It is that civilization, a blend of heathen European tribal mythology and Greco-Roman materialist philosophy, that climaxed in The Enlightenment as the foundation for all current Western evangelical and fundamentalist Christian religion.