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Antiochian Orthodox Christian, Computer Programmer and all around geek.


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comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
Hierarchy is a fact of reality; it is a fundamental and atomic property of existence and it cannot be reduced to anything else. You could say it different ways, i.e, that Satan was the greatest of the angels, the most beautiful, etc, and whether it is by his volition or not is immaterial, God created him knowing what he would be and become, first his greatest servant, and then his chief enemy. But God did not create him for the second.
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comment What traditions fully embrace the concept of a “local parish church”?
Indeed, overlapping geographical areas for reasons of race and ethnicity is considered heretical (hilarious for us Orthodox in the USA, amirite.) and called 'phyletism'. You cannot canonically have overlapping geographies for the reason of language or race or culture.
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answered What traditions fully embrace the concept of a “local parish church”?
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comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
The oral tradition states that Lucifer was the chief of all of the angels, the most beautiful angel, and the greatest and foremost singer of the angelic choir. Therefore one might accuse the 'accuser' of vanity.
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answered What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
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comment From a Fundamentalist viewpoint, what does it mean to “take the Bible literally”?
Good luck on this one! Without a single body of doctrine or creedal statement on the matter, it will be a long debate, methinks.
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comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
If you don't know its impossible, it changes the equation.
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answered Genesis 19. 8 Why should he protect strangers above protect his daughters?
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answered Is it possible to get into heaven, but then be cast out at a later date?
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revised Is it possible to get into heaven, but then be cast out at a later date?
fixing some sentences to make it clearer.
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comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
It means to be what Christ is; 'consubstantial', 'coeternal', 'ever existing', 'all powerful', with the Father. To be so is something one either is from all eternity or isn't; Satan, the angels, and all creatures aren't. Pride is, as was pointed out above, the source of this. Satan (Lucifer) was the most beautiful of the angels and the chief singer. Reminds me of some public personas.
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comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
One last point - it is believed that before the fall of Satan, the angels were not fixed in virtue, but existed in an intermittent state not far from our own state of flux. After this choice, to follow Satan or God, their virtue became fixed and their obedience (or disobedience) unchanging.
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comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
The hint is this: 1. Satan was driven out (as Christ says, 'fell like lightning') so he didn't leave heaven on purpose. 2. Satan, like other angels, does not have complete knowledge of everything despite how ancient they are. The fathers say that Satan thought God was merely older, stronger and wiser than everyone else, and did not realize that he belongs to a different order of existence, and thus is impossible to usurp.