Questions tagged [satan]

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

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What is the Biblical basis for saying Lucifer is an angel?

Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer was one of the angels or an archangel?
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Should we love Satan since he is our greatest enemy? [closed]

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 you, ...
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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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What denominations, besides JWs, hold that the Star of Bethlehem was sent by Satan?

I looked up information about the Star of Bethlehem on Jehovah's Witnesses website and it looks like their point on it was that it was actually created by Satan in an attempt to kill Jesus. Now of ...
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Are Lucifer and Satan different beings? [closed]

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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Do Protestants believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?

Many, many times, I've seen or heard "Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers". Technically, it's true. Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are sons of God, and by dictionary definition, people can ...
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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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Did God create the serpent in the Garden of Eden? [closed]

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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What is the origin of the Devil's red pointy costume and pitchfork?

So, biblically, Satan comes as "an angel of light." and yet, in the popular imagitation, he is usually wearing a red costume with a pointy tail, a sharp beard, and a pitchfork. When and how did this ...
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The voice of God vs the voice of Satan [closed]

I listen to heavy music and I have had people tell me on numerous occasions the vocals sound like the voice of Satan, even when the band is clearly Christian (see For Today if you are curious). Movies ...
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Is there any scripture or literature exploring why God chose not to annihilate Satan? [closed]

For that matter, why aren't we annihilated if we reject Jesus? Particularly if there is no posthumous "second chance?" For the record, I resonate with C.S. Lewis' notion that, perhaps, the "doors of ...
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Did Satan really not understand God's salvation plan? [closed]

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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Why is Satan called the prince of the power of the air?

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of ...
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What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?

It's said that Satan is a very smart creature. Satan, and 1/3 of the other angels, chose what seems to be a very foolish fate. Knowing that God is all-powerful, we ask, what could have compelled ...
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Does God lie? And does the devil tell the truth?

The Bible quotes God assaying: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, ...
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According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?

What does the LDS/Mormon church teach about the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer? Are they beings on the same level or of the same origin? What are their natures? What texts are used to teach ...
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Why did Satan tempt Jesus in the desert?

In Matthew 4:1-13 and Luke 4:1-11, Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and tempted by Satan. Of particular interest is the first temptation. Luke 4:3-4 (NLT) 3 Then the devil said to ...
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What is the origin of the belief that Satan tortures the unsaved in Hell?

There's a thought that Satan (the devil) tortures the unsaved in Hell. For example, a brief search revealed a website wherein a member posted the following: I think of Satan more of a psycopath ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Satan was the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

This seems to be the generally accepted belief, and it's taught to children in Sunday School in many churches, but is there biblical basis for it? Here's the actual text: 1 Now the serpent was more ...
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What is the theory that there is more than one “Satan” called, and what is its basis?

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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How do proponents of Apokatastasis deal with the “Everlasting punishment” texts in scripture?

For those who don't know, the doctrine of Apokatastasis is an ancient form of Universalism which states that everything God has ever created will be saved and glorified, including the Devil and his ...
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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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Can Christians be demon possessed? [closed]

Can somebody who is a born-again, saved Christian through faith in Jesus Christ be possessed, controlled, or otherwise manipulated by the devil, demons or any other spiritual force of evil? Are there ...
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How could God be around Satan? [closed]

One of the explanations when I was first coming to understand why Jesus' sacrifice was necessary was something along the lines of: Sin separates us from God. God can not be around sinners, so with ...
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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 Ezekiel 28 speak of Satan (as “king of Tyre”)? [closed]

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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How do JWs respond to Jude 9 in light of Matthew 4:10?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are one in the same. However, in light of these two verses: Jude 9 (NIV): But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing ...
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When did Lucifer's fall take place? [closed]

Was it the act of seducing Eve to eat the apple that was his downfall, was he already fallen before that, or was it after?
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What is the biblical/logical basis for rejecting the “physical” interpretation of Christ's being the Only Begotten Son?

Is there any verse in the Bible or a logical construction disproving the "physical" position on Christ's being the Only Begotten Son? I had a conversation with a Mormon and he told me that Lucifer ...
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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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Why do people interpret “Lucifer” as being Satan in Isaiah 14?

In almost every case I've heard Isaiah 14:12-15 quoted or preached about, I'm told that these are the words of Satan in his rebellion against God. Isaiah 14:12-15 (KJV): 12How art thou fallen from ...
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For people who believe in Jesus and not the devil, what happened in the desert?

Some Christians believe in God and Jesus, but not the devil. If so, what is their explanation of the temptation of Christ in the desert?
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If Satan fell because of sin, then was there sin in heaven at that point? [closed]

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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Why was the Angel Michael fighting the Devil for Moses' body? [closed]

I get this from the book of Jude. I know the meaning of the chapter as a whole it's just that this verse stuck out. Does anyone have a clue on this event? Here is the verse for reference. Yet ...
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What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?

Does the Bible give us any indication about what Satan's own view of the Scriptures and their authority as divine testimony is? Does the way he uses it or the way he responds to those who use it tell ...
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Did adherents of apocatastasis in the early church believe that the devil and his demons would be restored?

While reading a fascinating answer on universalism and apocatastasis, I found 1 Corinthians 15:28 quoted as evidence for the idea that all people will ultimately be restored/saved: When all things ...
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What does Satan look like? [closed]

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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Was Paul advocating killing a man because of sexual immorality?

1 Corinthians 5:5 (NIV) 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Here we have Paul referring to a man that was ...
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Why is Satan commonly believed to rule in hell?

Satan (Devil, Lucifer and all these not exactly the same meaning names) is often told to rule in hell, tormenting the damned souls and so on, while in the Bible I could not find anything more than the ...
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Who is the “Seed of the Serpent” spoken of in Genesis 3? [closed]

In Genesis 3, God curses the serpent Satan in the following words: The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of ...
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Prior to 1900 were there any depictions of Satan in Christian art as a woman/female?

Are there any Christian symbolic depictions Satan in art as a woman? In Christian art, Satan has often been depicted as a man (male) or some evil looking monster out of man's imagination of what the ...
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Of what nature is Satan?

Recently, a good friend of mine posed the question: What (or who) is Satan and how do we know? I answered him, saying that Satan is an evil angel because this is what I've been taught since I was ...
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According to reformed theology, does Satan know who the elect are (during their time on earth?)

Reformed theology believes in the doctrine of election. Question: Does reformed theology say anything about whether Satan "recognizes" the Elect while they're on earth?
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According to Baptist theology why doesn't Satan surrender?

We know that Satan is at war with God. This is a root cause of the Fall (depending on your perspective). We also know that God is omnipotent, while Satan is not. This means that Satan is doomed. ...
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What is the origin of the account of Lucifer found in Milton's Paradise Lost?

In Paradise Lost, Milton describes how Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast into Hell as a result. I've always wondered about the origin of this account since as far as I know, it's not mentioned ...
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What is the bottomless pit? [closed]

In chapter 9 of the revelation we learn that: Revelation 9:1 and 2 NKJV Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless ...
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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 is ...
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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". According to a Pentecostal ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

Under Calvinism, men under grace are guaranteed to choose God and be saved. If God's holy influence is so convincing, that it is impossible for free thinking creations to choose against it, why did ...
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What is the significance of adding “fiery” to Ephesians 6:16?

Ephesians 6:13–17 (NLT)  13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. ...