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 devil even tempted Christ with the wealth of all the nations.

Why can the devil do this? Why does he have all this "wealth" to offer?

  • You have a very interesting question, however I'm not sure that it's a good fit for the site in its current form (it is a truth seeking question). You may want to reference scripture where the premise of your question comes from. Also, you may want to narrow your scope to a specific denomination as I believe, there could be denominational based answers - which means no single correct answer. I am going to -1 until the question is changed (or closed). – The Freemason Jul 16 '14 at 12:56
  • Do you not see this every day? Not a creature called “the devil” walking around making these offers, but people, organisations etc. (the devils servants). For we are the devils servants if we do the devils work, and gods servants if we do gods work. – ctrl-alt-delor Jul 16 '14 at 14:17
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    I'm not sure what to suggest for this question, as it is a bit off, but I think we should let it go for now and see what answers we get. I would hope to see a good analyses of the relevant scriptures and quick discussion of "selling one's soul." – fгedsbend Jul 16 '14 at 17:45
  • @fredsbend can salvation be lost? - rhetorical question – The Freemason Jul 17 '14 at 11:25
  • Tough to give a good answer when the question has been put on hold, but from the LDS perspective, who says the Devil has anything to offer in the first place? He is, after all, the father of lies (2 Nephi 9:9; Ether 8:25; Moses 4:4) – JBH Jun 29 '17 at 23:11

Here's the passage where Satan tempts Jesus in this way:

Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Notice how Satan is offering the kingdoms of the world, not the riches. Satan doesn't have banks of gold, but what he can do is lie and blind people to the truth.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ESV And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

He has a deceptive stranglehold on the evil rulers of the world and that is what he was offering to Jesus; or at least what he was claiming to offer.

Also, stories about people mystically "selling their soul" to the devil are pure fantasy tales and not in scripture, unless to "sell one's soul" just means to do evil and revel in it--a lot of that happens.


Simply put, he is the ruler of this earth and has great influence. Revelations mentions that he was casted out of heaven with his demons (fallen angels) and was bound to the earth. 1 John 5:19 states that the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one, otherwise known as the Devil, Satan.

  • Does "ruler of this earth" challenge the omnipotence of God? – The Freemason Jul 16 '14 at 12:48
  • @TheFreemason No, the devil can not challenge the omnipotence of God. (Job 1:7 and on, Satan asks permission to do things). The devil can only be 1 place at a time. Revelation 12:9, The devil and his angels are on earth and banned from Heaven. The devil ruled the earth for a time when he took mans authority over it in Eden, yet Jesus restored it to man (1 John 3:8). Also, the Devil knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12) – JREAM Jul 16 '14 at 18:59
  • @JREAM please do not think that I disagree with you. I am only stating that if Satan is the ruler of the earth, then how can God be omnipotent? You're either omnipotent or not. If God is omnipotent than Satan cannot be the ruler of the earth. – The Freemason Jul 16 '14 at 19:33
  • @the freemason, God is omnipotent and yet allows the devil a short season upon the earth. The devil is like a dog on a leash, he can only go as far as God will permit him – eliyah Jul 16 '14 at 22:07
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    @JREAM we'll need to break this into a separate chat. Lucifer is not Satan nor the devil nor an angel. "Lucifer" doesn't exist in the bible that I read - but it does in the KJV. Don't forget that there are Cherubs and Seraphs - which are not angels. Also, I agree with you and I ever said that angels are omnipotent. If God is omnipotent then the devil or Satan can rule nothing. – The Freemason Jul 17 '14 at 16:47

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