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Does the bible refer to satan as god small g anywhere?


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This question appears to be off-topic because there were no capital letters in the Biblical manuscripts written in the original languages. This question is thus invalid and unanswerable. – Dan Feb 11 '14 at 21:26
But Daи, couldn't this question be answered according to English translations of the Bible? He didn't actually ask about Greek manuscripts. And, the word "god" is an English word, after all. – Simply a Christian Feb 11 '14 at 22:18
This question appears to be off-topic because it is too broad and does not show any prior research or effort. – fredsbend Feb 11 '14 at 22:38
In Greek, the word Theos means something like 'having a unique ability', and yes it is used to refer to many things, including God and even Satan, see:… – Blankman Feb 12 '14 at 1:59
Theologically, this does seem like a fair question that could have been easily answered with a "yes". it may not be written particularly well, but the question, if I understand it, is valid. – David Feb 13 '14 at 14:18

Your question is essentially nonsensical. I hesitate to even point you in a direction of the handful of places where Satan is referenced in interesting ways because if you take this as a direct answer to your question as asked, you will be misusing the data.

Many of the references to Satan in the Bible are oblique. Most of the Old Testament uses the term Satan as a position or role. In other places the effects or works of all the enemies of God are personified under the name. Exactly which references refer to one specific being who is a fallen angel and the chief opposer of the True God is hard to say and much disputed.

Further complicating your query is the simple fact that capitalization in the original languages of the Bible was not what it is in English today. In no case is Satan considered divine in the sense that God is. He is an underling, a corrupt fallen angel but an underling. The idea that there are two divine beings, a good one (God) and a bad one (Satan) pitted against each other is a popularr image in secular culture but it is foreign to historical Christianity.

Those disclaimers aside, the following verse is usually understood as a reference to Satan or at least to a pattern exemplified by him and happens to use the term 'god' (although not in a complimentary way!)

2 Corinthians 4:4 (HCSB)
In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Don't use this answer or verse to say that the Bible references Satan as a god. It does not. But a miss-understanding of this text (not taking into account the factors above and other considerations) is likely behind anything that would answer you with a simple yes.

Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. see:… – Blankman Feb 12 '14 at 1:58
@Blankman That translation takes considerable liberties with the original text, reading a specific doctrinal understanding into the text that might not have been gotten out of that text alone. In doing so it masks the complexities of answering a question like this. – Caleb Feb 12 '14 at 12:20