Questions tagged [satan]

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

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If something is unequivocally evil outside hell, can it be considered God's punishment?

If something is unequivocally evil outside hell, can God ever be considered to be its author, not just allowing it? Allow me the judgment that some event is unequivocally evil: can it be considered ...
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Do any denominations teach that angels have, or do not have, free will?

With minor variations, most Christian denominations generally believe that: Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Serpent, etc. are all the same being. Lucifer rebelled against God. One third of the angels ...
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Do any Christian denominations or groups teach about Satan's common tactics to pierce through the spiritual armor of a Christian?

In Ephesians 6:10-20, the apostle Paul teaches an important mystery: all Christians are in spiritual warfare against invisible evil forces from the kingdom of Satan. And just like soldiers have to ...
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What is meant by “Selling one’s soul to the Devil”?

I've become very interested (by it I mean curious) about "selling one's soul to the Devil" in the past few weeks. You probably have heard the most popular examples of this: Robert Johnson, ...
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Has any Christian Apologist ever published arguments for the existence of Satan, demons and their ongoing influence over human matters?

Christianity does not have a clear and unambiguous definition. Rather, I see Christianity as an umbrella term that includes a variety of multiple branches, with many shared beliefs, but also not ...
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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 can Satan/the Devil be in a Jewish story (the “Book of Job”)?

How can Satan/the Devil be in a Jewish story (the “Book of Job”? I'm confused. I thought that Jews, and even the entire Old Testament, didn't have any concept of Satan or the Devil? I thought this was ...
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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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Is there a sound doctrine or biblical explanation why Satan is called “the ape of God”?

I encountered this word in the book entitled "The Devil", I forgot the name of the author. It was Tertullian who called Satan the "ape of God" but offered very little explanation. We know from the ...
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Is Satan capable of love?

Is Satan capable of love? It does not matter what name we give to the leader of the fallen angels: Satan, Lucifer or the Devil. What I desire to know is if the leader of the fallen angels, commonly ...
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According to the Catholic Church, whom does Jesus refer to as the “ruler of this world” in Jn 16:11?

We read in Jn 16:7-11 (NRSVCE), the pre-crucifixion message of Jesus to his disciples: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for teaching that Lucifer wanted to become the “firstborn son” of God through Eve? [closed]

In a recent article written by Peter Kwasniewski he wrote the following: The devil hates priestly celibacy because, like consecrated virginity, it is a charism and way of life most intrinsically ...
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Does the Bible explain why wouldn't God be merciful to the Devil?

The message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God is that God is all-forgiving, and loves his children equally. That, from what I understand, means that no matter how sinful you are, your God loves you and ...
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According to universalist Christians, is ill-will directed towards the devil virtuous?

Having heard of the arguments put forth by Origen regarding universal salvation to an extent that includes even the devil, I have recently been considering the inverse, that is, the possibility of the ...
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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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What is the biblical basis against the personhood of Satan and demons?

In recent conversations I came to the realization that not every Christian necessarily believes in the existence of Satan and demons as 'personal beings'. Instead, some view Satan and his minions as ...
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According to Catholic exorcists, does the Devil hate Catholic Church prayers said in Latin?

According to Catholic exorcists, does the Devil really hate Catholic Church prayers said in Latin? I just attended a talk by the exorcist for diocese of San Jose, Fr Gary Thomas. He is the subject of ...
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When did satan (SH7835) obtain the second meaning of superhuman adversary?

For Strong's Hebrew number 7854 (Satan) the Brown-Driver-Briggs' notes give these meanings: (1) adversary, one who withstands (1a) adversary (in general — personal or national) (2) superhuman ...
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Is Satanism a denomination of Christianity?

Since Satanists worships the Christian Devil, would that be a Christian denomination or a religion in and of itself?
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Does Satan still masquerade as a angel of light among Christians? [closed]

I was reading in 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15, For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of ...
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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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Do any other denominations agree with the Jehovah Witnesses that Satan was cast to earth in 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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What type of angel was the Morning Star?

I've read in various places that Lucifer was 'Chief of the Seraphim,' 'Cherubim that covers,' and 'Archangel of the Crown'. All accounts say he was God's greatest angelic creation, but what kind: ...
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According to Catholicism, who is the leader of devils?

We come across many verses in the Bible - both Old Testament and New Testament, where the name of devil is mentioned. For instance: Is 14: 12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the ...
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Why does Satan collect souls that are subservient to him according to mainstream Christian scriptures? [closed]

Pardon my ignorance, I'm by birth a non-christian and just trying to learn...keeping up with the philosophy of this stack-exchange forum. According to Christian, Gnostic/Book of Q or other Abrahamic ...
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According to full preterism, who is 'the dragon' and what are the differences between 'the dragon' and 'the beast'?

In some passages from the Bible there exists sentences such as: Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He ...
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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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Are Satan and Lucifer the same entity/being? [duplicate]

I’m highly confused about this. Whenever I search up something about the princes of hell or just satanism in general (out of curiosity), they always say something like Satan, ___ , Lucifer, ____ as if ...
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Why does church tradition teach that one third of the angels fell with Lucifer when no verse supports that

The verse used is Rev. 12:4, but the context takes place in the midst of the great tribulation and not before Adam sinned. Daniel 8:10 seems to confirm that the stars that the dragon flung down were ...
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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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If Satan is unable to become incarnate will he possess and control the Antichrist

While doing research into the Antichrist, I came across an article that suggested Satan will possess and control the Antichrist, the first beast that comes out of the sea. Revelation 13:5 says that ...
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Is there a biblical basis for Satanists and/or Pagans giving sacrifice as depicted in pop culture and modern media? [closed]

I've read enough in the Bible to know that some misguided Jews have given Yahweh both human and animal sacrifices. In fact I remember reading that one of the son's of Adam giving sacrifices and the ...
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Is choosing to commit sin a possibility in Heaven?

According to the Bible 'sin' by definition is anything that is against God! Which is why God cannot commit sin [Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2], not that He doesn't choose to commit sin. This is because God ...
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According to Catholics were Adam and Eve aware that they possessed immortal souls before Satan told Eve that she would not die?

Eve's comment to Satan in Eden seems to indicate that she and Adam believed that eating of the forbidden tree would result in absolute death. They likely had witnessed the death of animals and would ...
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Satan and language [closed]

How developed is satan’s ability to use human languages? Can he construct new words? Can he write a novel or scientific paper? How can one identify devil or demonic writings other than using the Bible?...
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Is there Biblical justification for asserting that Satan directly causes natural evil? [closed]

Believers tend to assert about how God is completely sovereign over everything, including earthquakes, diseases, floods etc. These events are what people would consider natural evil, in contrast to ...
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How do JWs reconcile the belief that Satan was cast to earth in 1914 with Job 1:7 and Job 2:2?

Based on this other question, Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the events depicted in Revelation 12:9, 12 happened in 1914. The text in these two verses says (from KJV here): 9 And the great ...
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According to Catholicism, do evil spirits need bodies to manifest themselves to people?

Can the Devil and his followers communicate to people without the intermediary of someone in a bodily form? I would appreciate a response that quotes Scripture, Tradition and examples of the ...
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According to Catholicism, is it possible for the Devil to kill someone?

We read in the Book of Job that the Devil received permission from God to torment Job, and that God obliged the Devil to spare his life. The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your ...
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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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Why does Christianity have Satan as well as God? [closed]

Just as a little background: I study religions as a hobby but I don't really worship them, although they do dramatically affect how I perceive the world. I like to read scriptures. I have read the 5 ...
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The bronze snake in numbers and the serpent Lucifer [closed]

In Numbers 21:4-9, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a stick to heal the Hebrews' snake bites, as per God's instructions. They don't worship it, but they are to look at it in order to live. Why did God ...
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Do you think Satan needs Jesus’ love and forgiveness as much we do? [closed]

Would the devil’s acceptance of Jesus as the Sovereign will accelerate the return of His coming?
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How do devils know what God permits in their doings? (Catholic perspective)

Exorcists often say demons can do many supernatural things. For example, transform/move possessed objects and so on. But they say only if God permits them to do so. From what I know the devils are ...
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Does the Roman Catholic Church consider other religions evil, demonic, and satanic? [closed]

Does the Roman Catholic Church consider other religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam evil, demonic, and satanic?
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What is meant by the punishment for Satan in Genesis 3? [closed]

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 all ...
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Eating a specific fruit that God didn't permit was an act of disobedience, agreed, but?

I understand that eating a specific fruit an apple in Heaven that God disordained eating was an act of disobedience... true agreed. But what I do not understand is that since Adam and Eve were both in ...
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According to Catholicism did God conspire with Satan to kill Job’s children? [closed]

Did Satan and God have a conversation in which Satan says he wants to bring harm to Job’s family and then God provides Satan with permission to do so. And then Satan kills Job’s children!
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What is the role of Lucifer in the Heavenly realm?

Lucifer means "bearer of light". Would this means that he bear Jesus who revealed himself as the Light or the scriptures are speaking of a different light? Scriptures, Church Fathers and Saints teach ...
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How does praying the rosary becomes a spiritual sword that can slay the dragon?

Fr. Donald Calloway make the following statement: The rosary was forged in an age of chivalry. It is a spiritual weapon, a heavenly sword, fashioned by the hands of a Divine Craftsman. All ...

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