Relating to "the Evil One," often called Lucifer, the Devil, Beelzebub, or Satan.

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Did Satan really not understand God's salvation plan?

I've always been told that when Jesus died on the cross, he ultimately defeated Satan and won victory over death. Satan was not aware of the secret plan and thought that he had defeated Jesus until ...
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Is there more than one Satan?

I'm remembering back to a conversation that I had with an individual who was adamant about the fact that Satan was a made up Angel. That instead of Satan being a singular object, satan was actually ...
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Does the Protestant Bible mention Satan punishing non-believers after death?

I have always heard people say that when you die and haven't accepted Christ and go to hell, that you're going to be punished by Satan, and we have this great plethora of contemporary culture showing ...
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Why is Satan often depicted as a human with goat like features? [closed]

I am trying to establish why the goat is usually used as a satanic symbol. For centuries, Satan has been depicted with goat like features, usually just the hooves, but sometimes with a goat head, or ...
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What does Satan look like?

Many people have seen the Classical depiction of Satan in paintings and statues, but what does scripture say about what Satan looks like?
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is there scriptural evidence for or against Satan “taking hold” of our minds or implanting/whispering thoughts?

Just looking for some solid theology here. There is a premise that I have seen repeated over and over in Christian circles and it typically revolves around the paradigm that Satan and demons have ...
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Did God replace Lucifer after the rebellion in Heaven? [closed]

I suppose this depends on whether or not you believe that the War in Heaven is yet to come or not. Assuming it is a past event: Did God replace Lucifer with Michael? If so was a third Arch Angel ...
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Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?

Although, I might already now have a provisional indirect answer to my original question ("What Caused Satan's Unbelief ...?") I have tried to reword that question, while simultaneously trying to ...
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Why do some Pentecostal preachers claim that Lucifer was a worship leader?

Here in Brazil, there are some Pentecostal preachers who claim that Satan (Lucifer) was the "Minister of Praise in heaven" or the "ruler of the Celestial Choir". I just want to know, according to a ...
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What biblical passage(s) reveal(s) what God says was the fallen angels' sin?

From this question: Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?, answers have attempted to find from a biblical-basis, how Satan became sinful. This ...
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According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, where does the Devil come from?

I had two ladies come over yesterday from the local Jehovah's Witness place. They asked if we knew where the devil comes from but left when my wife said we're Catholic. As a Catholic, I've got some ...
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Which order/choir of angels did Satan belong to before he fell?

In the Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas answers that Satan could have belonged to either the lower grade of angels or to the higher angels before he fell. According to Catholic texts, which of the ...
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What did the serpent look like?

The account of creation mentions the serpent being wise among all beasts. After the temptation God curses the serpent. "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this,...upon ...
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God creator vs. god small g the devil or satan [closed]

Does the bible refer to satan as god small g anywhere?
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why can the devil offer riches? [closed]

Often people talk about the devil offering one all these material things if one should worship him. People even believe that they can become rich and famous if they sell their soul, Why is this!? The ...
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Does Satan actually laugh?

I've watched a lot of horror movies and I can't help noticing Satan or any demons are often portrayed 'diabolically' laughing somewhere in the movie. But then, Satan is supposed to be our prosecutor* ...
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Are Lucifer and Satan different beings?

I have heard an interview where a Jesuit exorcist said that Lucifer and Satan were different beings. I'd always thought that they were the same. Are both Lucifer and Satan mentioned by name in the ...
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How did Paul know that Satan hindered his movements?

It took me by surprise that Paul sounds very certain that Satan blocked him from coming back to Thessalonica. How could he know that? And how do we know, from the scriptures, that he is not just ...
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According to the Bible, does sin give Satan 'Legal Access' to your life in any sense?

I was talking to a Christian friend recently, and she brought up this teaching that when you sin you give the devil 'legal access' (her words) to your life. The conversation was in the context of a ...
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Does a Christian have enemies outside of the world, the flesh, and the devil?

An often repeated phrase I hear is that "The enemies of the Christian are world, the flesh, and the devil." But I wonder, does God's word reveal to us that there are more enemies than those 3 that we ...
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What is the biblical basis that Satan is/was an angel? [duplicate]

I ask this question because I did not see anything that really answered the question. Also out of recommendation by fredsbend - but what is the basis for this? Don't get me wrong, first of all, as I ...
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Binding of Satan — for amillennialists

Revelation 20:1-3 states "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who ...
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Theology question: why hasn't God stopped Satan and his demons? [closed]

I'm just trying to find some theological or philosophical discussion of why God hasn't stopped Satan and his demons. Why not imprison them? Why not take away their free will? Why not annihilate them? ...
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Did Satan unwittingly create his eternal punishment by instigating the fall of man?

God is omniscient and therefore nothing that happens takes him by surprise, and so that Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil must have been something that God expected. And ...
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If Satan is not a fallen angel, created by God, then where did he come from? How was he created? [closed]

If Satan is not a fallen angel, created by God, then where did he come from? How was he created? LDS theology holds that Satan and Jesus were both spirit children of Heavenly Father. If traditional ...
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Can Satan understand all tongues

This question is geared towards Pentecostals and Charismatics (although all views are welcome), can Satan understand the tongues that are spoken by a person that is speaking in tongues as uttered by ...
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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Satan is more of a term than a person. In other words, Satan is not so much a fallen angel, person, or being, but rather a designation for evil. Is this ...
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Is the enemy a creator relatively the same as God and creator of what?

To what degree and in what manner is the enemy a creator (extent/limitations) and how can we defeat him in this life - during our everyday routines? . Here are a few relevant things I have found so ...
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What is meant by the punishment for Satan in Genesis 3?

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat ...
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Does Ezekiel 28 speak of Satan (as “king of Tyre”)?

Ezekiel 28 speaks of the king of Tyre. I've heard it both taught and refuted that this refers to Satan. I also just recently saw an answer making this assumption. Does the passage refer to Satan?
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According to the Protestant faith, was God grieved when He cast Satan out of Heaven?

Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 both describe Satan's rebellion and being "cast out" of heaven. This question here on this site has plenty of references about the actual "events": When did Satan get cast ...
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Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose? [duplicate]

There was war in heaven (oh yes there was) and Satan lost his place in heaven when he was defeated. What biblical reason is there to show Satan's reasoning behind fighting with God (despite the fact ...
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Are bad things in life Satan's doing or God testing/punishing me?

I've always wondered this. God likes to test us and Satan likes to hurt us. Are the two the same or even related? I've kinda had the view that Satan is God's mercenary. So when God says "this city ...
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When does the fall of Lucifer from God occur?

At what point in time and creation did Satan (Lucifer the former arch angel) along with all the other angels who followed him fall from God's glory and caste out of the heavenly realm? Also which act ...
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When and why did the devil, or Satan, really emerge as a force in Christian belief?

From what I understand, the devil is not a character who appears obviously in any part of the Bible. If this is true, when was it that Satan/the devil began to terrify people who called themselves ...
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Are there female devils cited in scriptures?

I have understood that Satan and other devils are all male entities. Question: Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
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Are Left handers servants of the devil? [closed]

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was ...
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Why did Satan fall to Earth?

He could have fell to Mars, Venus, or GJ667Cc. I understand that he needed to be cast out of heaven, but why to Earth where he has caused more trouble? Are there any apocryphal books which describe ...
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Since Satan was defeated by Jesus on the Cross, why is he still allowed to vex us today?

In the Revelation it says that Satan was overcome by Salvation, and yet he continues to vex Christians today. I know that at the great white throne judgment he will be cast into the lake of fire, but ...
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What does it mean that Satan is “god of this world”?

In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul refers to Satan as "god of this world". What does it mean that Satan is god of this world? 2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the ...
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Did God create the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

If God created everything in the world then did he also create the serpent who tempted Eve? Why would he do this? Why would he create something to contended with himself and tempt others to disobey ...
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When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?

This answer explains that it happened after Jesus ascended, and might even be something that will happen in the "End Times", but this answer says that it happened before Adam and Eve sinned. What ...
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Why was the devil given power over death?

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 ...
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Did God create Earth as a temporary place of confinement for Lucifer and his Angels?

I have often wondered if Earth was created not for man, but as a place of temporary confinement for Satan and his demons. That idea was provoked by, Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan ...
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According to Jehovah Witness Satan was cast to earth 1914

In my discussion with some Jehovah Witnesses, they claimed 1914 was the year referred to in revelation and that Satan came to earth. According to their belief, this is why from 1914 the world has ...
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Fall Like Lightning from Heaven [closed]

Why did Christ not say cast Satan like lightning from Heaven and instead used "saw fall"? This seems to imply that Satan voluntarily fell like lightning from Heaven instead of being cast by God from ...
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If Satan fell because of sin, then was there sin in heaven at that point?

Assuming that God cast Satan out of heaven because of his sinful pride and attempt to dethrone God, then doesn't that mean that there was, at that point in time, some sin in heaven? This seems like it ...
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Can Satan read our minds? [closed]

I come from the assumption that God can read our minds. That we can pray silently and that God will hear our prayers. However, can Satan hear our prayers as well? Can he hear our other thoughts? I ...
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Should we love Satan since he is our greatest enemy?

Jesus asked us to love our enemy Mat 5:43-44: 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute ...
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If Satan is not omnipresent and supposedly wanders around like a roaring lion, how can he tempt and interact with all humans? [closed]

There are millions of human beings and there is no way that Satan can interact/tempt all of us in a one-on-one relationship. So how does Satan perform his evil works? I know that I am a sinner and ...