That question always was an enigma to me. Let us go into Scripture and see the times that Satan thought that he could either take God’s place or make the Son of God worship him.
12 Shining morning star,
how you have fallen from the heavens!
You destroyer of nations,
you have been cut down to the ground.
13 You said to yourself:
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will set up my throne
above the stars of God.
I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,
in the remotest parts of the North.
14 I will ascend above the highest clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
The five “I’s” basically means that he thinks, somehow he has convinced himself that he has the power and intellect to dethrone the God who has infinite knowledge and great power.
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
Here, Satan believes that by twisting Scripture, he can deceive Jesus. He believes this because he did it once with Adam and Eve who were both without sin. As you can see, Satan puts Jesus in the same category as regular men. The only reasonable conclusion for his delusional thinking is seeing the Son of God in a human body and perceiving His ability to sin even though that is impossible.
The reason why I believe Satan has this mentality is his blindness to God’s character and misunderstanding of who God really is. He thinks that God has a weakness and he is determined to find it but in vain will he look.
Why do we have so many cults and false religion? Because they have a wrong view of the person of Jesus Christ. They mold and shape God into their image and way of thinking. They do this through other sources making them inspired, not that they really are, but they make it be in their hearts.
The Word of God is the Anchor of the Truth. It grounds the soul in righteousness to obey God’s will. Any deviation will drift the person into deep deception, thinking he/she is serving Christ but in reality, they are serving Satan.
Let us not misunderstand who God is but we must strive to know the Living God of the Bible for the sake of our souls.