You could be making a simple intellectual mistake. Thats very easy to do.
Of course, I can do erring easily, but in this case I can't see my mistake, while it seems to me your attitude implies several ones.
This simply makes no sense. Jesus said that they *are* children of the devil.
Yes, they are for what they do
(they wish evil), not for what they've been created. Just in the verses you quoted. Romans 5-6, too. Everywhere. If it wasn't such, it would mean:
1) it wouldn't be God alone who is the Creator
1.1) satan would be able to create, too, so he would be called a creator, as well as God would be called a
creator and not the
1.2) satan wouldn't be able only to seduce and deceive, he'd have real power;
1.3) it would amount to equal power of God and our eternal archenemy, whom we renounce (through our godfather) at our baptism;
1.4) it would imply an error of God, since not all of us would be created in His image, some of us would be delivered to our archenemy not for what we do of our free will, but for what we are;
2) we would be placed under the power of satan hopelessly, both before and after the incarnation of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ;
2.1) one would have to wonder why Son did incarnate as Jesus Christ, died and have resurrected, if not to free us by defeating our archenemy by conquoring death as the single and only thing over which satan does have power?
2.2) it would divide men in two camps, one of which would be damned for what they are, without the hope for repentance, while the other one would be destined for salvation, no matter what they do and how grave their sinning would be;
2.2.1) if 2.2. applies, why do we have free will?
220.127.116.11) if we (at least those of us in wrong camp) don't have free will to resist devil, (and reason to distinct evil from good), how come we (they) are created in the image of God?
It seems to me your conclusions are in disharmony with the consequences of three fundamental notions about God - His Goodness, Omnipotence and Justice.
If every man is your brother then you are in Satan's family. I am personally no longer "in Adam" but am "in Christ." ...hink of all the most wicked sinners. You are saying that you are in their family.
I'm baptized in Christ, too, that's why Orthodox Christians are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Heterodox Christians are my ill brothers (illness, desease) since I dare not calling them brothers, while those not being baptized are still my brothers and sisters in Adam.
And I am among the sinners and nothing but sinners. They are my family. Though I'd refrain from calling us "wicked". Perhaps weak of our own, but strong of Holy Spirit. We call ourselves Church.
Now, would you point to my mistakes placing me into the satan's family?