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Our command to love our enemies is intended for our human enemies, whom God also loves. God's love for us is shown through His sacrifice on the cross, and also in the statement that it is His desire that every man come to repentance. Satan, on the other hand, cannot come to repentance, and there is no hope for his redemption. A good answer with ...


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Good question with a simple answer: No. Categorically no. All mainline Protestants (and actually most branches of Christianity including Catholic and Orthodox) believe that they are radically different. "Categorically" different if I may overload that word. Jesus is God. Son of God in that he is the "son" part of the Trinity, but the very person of God, ...


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This is not necessarily a Catholic perspective, but I suspect the exegesis would pass muster. (Feel free to ignore if you wish) Faulty Premise #1: God is lying God did not lie. In the day she ate of it, she became subject to death. Her body (and Adams) began to decay, and went from immortality to mortality. Additionally, she and Adam were, in fact, ...


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Put simply, it doesn't. Satan will not be the punisher in hell, but among the punished. Satan is not any any sense the king of hell And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number ...


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The LDS theological view is that God, the Eternal Father, created all spirits, including Jesus the Firstborn, Lucifer, and all the rest of us, as His spirit children. Further, God is a separate being from Jesus and the Holy Ghost, who are all individual personages. These three beings constitute the godhead, which is different from the usual Trinity belief. ...


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The answer to the question regarding the first book of the Bible actually comes from the last book of the Bible: And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 NASB And he laid hold of ...


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No I don't think he was surprised at all. But that doesn't mean he wasn't disappointed. I'm sure he held out a false hope that things might go his way. Satan is not omnipotent and could not have known exactly what God was planning, but he would have known and been able to understand the prophecies as well or better than men and it was never any secret that ...


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The recorded three temptations of Christ mirror the steps Satan used to bring sin into the world in the first place: If you are the Son of God ... vs Genesis 3 Did God actually say ... Also, like with the first sin, it is related to food. Second: If you are the Son of God, jump off ... vs You will not surely die God didn't mean what ...


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Interesting question. In the Bible, this is strongly hinted at rather than directly stated. Here is the evidence: In Job 1:6 we learn that Satan was in heaven with other angels. One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. That Satan is (was) in heaven is also seen in Zechariah 3:1-2, Luke 10:18 and ...


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You know, this is a good question. Even though I understand the concept instinctively, I wasn't able to put it into words myself. The closest I can come in my own words is to give a bullet list of concepts that tie together to answer the question. The Bible speaks of several "gods", none of whom are the true God A god (idol) is anything (a being, a ...


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Unequivocally YES. One does not need to delve into the garden account or unravel whether it was a talking snake or a manifestation of Satan or any of that in order to say for certain that God created it. Everything outside the person of God himself was created by him. This includes every physical object and creature in the universe, the universe itself, ...


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I don't think there is any Biblical evidence of this. However, if we assume he can't, directly (which I suspect) then I'm sure he can indirectly, through a combination of body language, experience of humans and knowledge of specific individuals. Say for example you look twice at an attractive member of the opposite sex - you don't need to read minds to have ...


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If you mean the idea of Satan (aka "the adversary"), it is mentioned in the Bible, as others have referenced in comments. The particular image of a creepy guy with hooves, arrow-pointed tail, horns, red skin, and possibly a pointy beard, on the other hand, originated (to my knowledge) in the literature of Dante Alighieri -- specifically his Divina Commedia, ...


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The devil, Satan, Lucifer, is indeed mentioned in the bible. To use @Nathan Wheeler's comment, as it has some excellent verses: Luke 4:1-1 Job 1-2 1 Chronicles 21:1 Psalm 109:6 Numbers 22:22-23 Zechariah 3:1-2 Matthew 4:1-3 Luke 4:2 Matthew 12:24 Mark 3:22 Luke 11:15 Luke 10:19 John 12:31 John 14:30 John 16:11 1 Peter 5:8 2 Kings 1:2-4 The devil is first ...


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It makes more sense when you look at it from an eternal perspective. Yes, Satan and his followers cause us a lot of trouble in this life, but our life on Earth is not about our life on Earth. It's essentially a test, to see if we will be faithful and obedient to God's commandments. But that would be a meaningless question without opposition to provide a ...


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#1 & #2: Who is he? Where did he come from? Satan was/is the highest created angel, with God from the beginning, along with the other angels (Ez. 28:13). Sometime before the creation of mankind, Satan convinced 1/3 of the angels to rebel against God, ultimately with God and the remaining angels winning (Rev. 12:3-9). After this occurs, we know that Satan ...


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I think the only answer anyone can really give is, "No one knows." The most obvious reading is that before this, serpents walked upright, and that got changed them that day as a sign of the degradation of Satan. It's also possible that the intended meaning is that serpents always looked pretty much like they do now, but with this incident God used the fact ...


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Apparently, anything he likes, including an angel: 2 Corinthians 11:14: ... Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Assuming Satan is an angel, then he can probably take on any appearance, at least that of a human: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 ...


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Neither. You're asking the wrong question. Earthly and fallable court systems work one way. As omniscient maker of the universe and its sovereign King, God is not required to work quite the same way. We use the imagery of a courtroom to talk about the last judgement, but it is just imagery. The actual proceedings are a little different. For one thing, ...


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In Dante's Inferno, that may have been the case, however, in the Bible, that is absolutely not the case. Satan was never given dominion over hell. In fact, Revelation 19 and 20 tells us Satan will be bound and thrown into the Abyss for 1000 years. After his release, he will be cast into the Lake of Fire with Death, the Grave, the Beast and the False ...


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Christ is God's begotten son, which to relate it to human terms means he was born of God. Lucifer, on the other hand, is a fallen angel who was created by God as were the other angels, just as man was. Colossians 1:15-17 NIV 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things ...


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The Hebrew word satan means "accuser" or "adversary". It can be used in a general sense rather than as a proper noun. This does not mean that all occurrences of the word refer to a generic accuser. For example, Luke 10:18, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven, is clearly referring to a specific individual. But in 1 Kings 11:14, Then the Lord ...


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The name "Lucifer" appears only once in the Bible, in Isaiah (KJV), where he alludes to the tale (which we can assume is already known to his Jewish audience at that time) of the great Lucifer having fallen from heaven, being cast down and looked upon with contempt, in order to draw a parallel to the king of Babylon and his kingdom's impending fall. Lucifer ...


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It is based on the understanding that some aspects of the Prophecy given by Ezekiel against the King of Tyre are more correctly directed at the demonic influence empowering that King identified to be Satan himself and the influence the KJV has had on the formation of Pentecostal doctrine. Consider: 12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of ...


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A Lutheran pastor I know addressed this question for me years ago. He said that Satan cannot read or control the thoughts of Christians. He further said that Satan can implant thoughts into our mind, but it is up to us whether we allow our minds to linger upon the thought. I believe he cited demon possession as an exception to this, but Christians are ...


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If you listen to LDS teachers or read their doctrines you will see the very conscientiously worded phrase "the only God and his Son" rather than "God and his only Son." It's the same set of words but the dots are connected differently. The difference seems to hang on the word "only". What does it connect to? It appears that the operative phrase in John ...


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It's actually both. Bear with me; I'll explain. In the first half of Ezekiel 28:1-19, Ezekiel seems to be referring to a human man. Ezekiel 28:1-10 (ESV)  1The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord GOD:     "Because your heart is proud,    and you have ...


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From a purely Biblical perspective, there is nothing in God's word that promises that we will not suffer. In fact, it teaches the opposite. From a tract put out by Living Waters Publications: It is true that God loves you, but you decide if His plan is "wonderful." If you have heard that happiness comes through Jesus Christ, you may like to think ...


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Paul's sentiments towards the nation of Israel give us a good model. Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. Romans 10:1 ESV Our desire and prayer to God for the Church of Satan should be that they may be saved. According to the Scriptures, they are living a lie, they are deceived, and they are blind to the ...


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There are a number of points amillennialists disagree on: the nature of the millennium, who takes part in the 'first resurrection', what the 'first resurrection is, etc. But the main point of disagreement is when the thousand years of Revelation 20 begin: 1. Millennium begins at the cross (c. 30 AD) Perhaps the more well-known variation of ...



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