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From Hebrews 2:14-15,

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

I'm sure I've seen this mentioned elsewhere in scripture as well, but what I don't recall is why. Is it ever stated why Satan was given power or control over the death of humans?

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IMHO, this is more of a hermeneutics question as you have to understand what Judaism understood of death and the devil at the time to have a complete answer. – The Freemason Jan 15 '14 at 14:01
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Goodness exists. Evil is not an object, it exists only as the negation of Good. Evil cannot create, it is a name for destruction. For instance, punching a stranger is bad because it would negate his happiness and his comfort (somewhat!)...but neither the fist, the motion, nor his face exist as evil objects. (Augustus felt this way- and the very great Mr CS Lewis agreed). The sum of all goodness is in God. Lucifer rebelled against God, so rebelled against goodness, so rebelled against creation. His is none-creation. His, therefore, is death. All who follow Satan follow true death because they have removed themselves from 'being'. All who follow God die to be raised in a perfected creation of goodness.

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Would it be fair to summarize this as because death is bad, it can't belong in God's dominion as He is only good? – Yuck Jan 15 '14 at 17:58
Well, death is only bad if it's 'true death'- God created our existence and He holds existence as holy; He wants us to live forever. However, our sin was rebelling against His Creation; to remove our sin's 'debt' (to weighty for us to move ourselves) God took the fall Himself by becoming a man (Jesus) and dying for our sins. Of course He died (and from that point, we died) only to be ressurected, having chosen to follow God/Good/Creation and, because our sins were removed, able to live forever. – Sehnsucht Jan 15 '14 at 18:35
So death is used by God to create ultimate Good (God alone can bring creation from Darkness). Utter emptiness and nonexistence are the Devil's because he chose to rebel against Creation. – Sehnsucht Jan 15 '14 at 18:36
Right, sorry, when I say death I meant the death that is association with Satan. Not earthly death followed by resurrection through Christ. – Yuck Jan 15 '14 at 18:36
I would say everything is God's dominion but 'everything' exists. I suggest the term 'death' is objectifying an abstract: nothingness/lack of anything. We often do this (see death as the Grim reaper or some personification) as 'nothingness' is impossible to imagine. Even the void of 'space' exist...the colour black (my favourite) EXISTS. God created and owns existence. What He doesn't own is what ISN'T anything, because that's nothing to own. He doesn't lack it because it's not anything. Satan's all for it because he hates existence but the Devil has no dominion because he owns Nothing. – Sehnsucht Jan 15 '14 at 18:50

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