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

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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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Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?

Although, I might already now have a provisional indirect answer to my original question ("What Caused Satan's Unbelief ...?") I have tried to reword that question, while simultaneously trying to ...
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Was Satan created to accuse, or has he assumed that role in rebellion?

What is an overview of Evangelical Protestant doctrines concerning Satan's intended job before he fell? That is, is it his divinely ordained office to act as an accuser in the same manner that the ...
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Does Satan have a physical dwelling place on earth? [closed]

I read some articles years ago before I joined Christianity.SE and I will like us to throw more light on the content. This article authoritatively states that Satan's dwelling place is in Turkey, ...
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Who were the 'synagogue of Satan'?

In the letter to the Church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3, John writes concerning the synagogue of Satan and those who claim to be Jews, but are not. Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of ...
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Can a devil use one prayer to prevent us from praying different one? (Catholic perspective)

We all know the importance of praying the rosary. But I have also been praying The Twelve-year Prayer of S. Bridget of Sweden. I noticed one very important thing. Anytime I got into a temptation it ...
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Where does the Old Testament mention “the devil”?

Yesterday, New York Magazine published an interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in which is he quoted as saying that he believes "the Devil" has given up taking possession of ...
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How are devout Christians viewed by other believers, when they are not delivered from “evil”?

If a devout Christian is not "delivered" in this life, how are they viewed by other Christians? For example, a black Christian pastor in segregated America, who truly loves the Lord, is killed by ...
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Could Jesus save Satan? [closed]

Could Jesus save Satan? Some biblical reference with explanation, would be helpful.
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Why is the sin of the fallen angels unforgivable? (Catholic catechism)

Referring to the fall of Satan and his angels, according to the Catechism: 393 It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels' ...
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What is/are the Hebrew/Aramaic word(s) for “devil” in The Passion of the Christ movie?

What is the word used for "devil" in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" during the scene where Christ is interrogated by the Sanhedrin? The word "devil" appears in the English subtitles ...
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Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself? [closed]

Many places in the Bible talk about a heavenly host or army of angels. Why does God use an army to fight against devil and evil spirits, when he is the powerful creator? Matthew 19:26 says, all things ...
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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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What traditions hold that Satan is not actually a person?

I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Satan is more of a term than a person. In other words, Satan is not so much a fallen angel, person, or being, but rather a designation for evil. Is this ...
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When and why did the devil, or Satan, really emerge as a force in Christian belief?

From what I understand, the devil is not a character who appears obviously in any part of the Bible. If this is true, when was it that Satan/the devil began to terrify people who called themselves ...
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How does the devil work? [closed]

In Christianity what are specific real life examples of how the devil works? Also, any specific examples of how the devil works in the Bible?
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What is the Biblical basis for considering Satan the author of evil?

Satan in Job seems to be characterized as a servant of the Lord and in Isaiah Lucifer is mentioned as a destroyer of cities. It's never really clear why evil exists. In a couple places in the Old ...
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Who was the target audience of the Book of Job?

The Book of Job is one of my favourite books in the Bible, especially for its lesson that even in suffering, you can still persevere and be a victor for Christ. So I'm wondering, was the Book of Job ...
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When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?

This answer explains that it happened after Jesus ascended, and might even be something that will happen in the "End Times", but this answer says that it happened before Adam and Eve sinned. What ...
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What is the Biblical basis against the omnipresence of Satan?

Many Christians pray and act as if Satan is right next to them all the time, tempting them to turn away from God, attacking them, etc., as though he were omnipresent... What is the Biblical basis ...
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How do we know that Satan, Lucifer, and Devil are the same guy? [duplicate]

Satan seems like God's prosecutor in Job. Lucifer is just the planet Venus that's used to describe king of Tyre. Then Jesus talks about the devil once in Matthew http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?...
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What is “the spirit of this world.” referred to by John-Paul II

The Wikipedia article on the "Prayer to Saint Michael" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_to_Saint_Michael) says that Pope John-Paul II referred to "the spirit of this world" when recommending the ...
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The Power of Satan over Believers and Unbelievers [closed]

In tormenting Job, Satan had to ask God for permission concerning what he could do (economic damage, family, health). Before sifting Peter, Satan had to ask Jesus for permission. Question: For ...
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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. ...
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Which order/choir of angels did Satan most likely belong to before he fell?

In the Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas answers that Satan could have belonged to either the lower grade of angels or to the higher angels before he fell. According to Catholic texts, which of the ...
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Why does Jesus refer to serpents positively in Matthew 10:16?

It seems that most places in the bible where serpents are referred to they are a reference to Satan/the devil. Yet in Matthew 10:16 Christ says "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of ...
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How can panentheism be reconciled with Satan?

Some Christians hold that the universe or creation are part of God (panentheism). More often than not, God is said to be both immanent and transcendental in relation to the universe. How can those be ...
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What was the explanation for why Catharism identified the Old Testament God as Satan?

According to the a Wikipedia article on Catharism (a Gnostic Christian movement in the 12th to 14th centuries): The idea of two Gods or principles, one being good and the other evil, was central to ...
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Is the main battle of the enemy for the mind? [duplicate]

Pastor stressed in the last sermon, the main battle between us and the enemy (Satan), is for the mind. If it is, what hope is there for people with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar, ...
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According to Biblical Literalists, who is Satan? Where did he come from? What is he? And what will happen to him?

According to Protestant Biblical Literalists: Who is Satan? Where did he come from? Where is he going or what will happen to him? I'm interested in answers with citations from the Bible.
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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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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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What does the curse on the serpent mean? [closed]

When God cursed the Earth He also cursed the serpent. Genesis 3:14 NASB The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every ...
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According to Pentecostalism/Charismaticism, can Satan understand all tongues?

This question is geared towards Pentecostals and Charismatics (although all views are welcome), can Satan understand the tongues that are spoken by a person that is speaking in tongues as uttered by ...
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How will Satan rage in the hearts of the children of men? (LDS perspective)

The following passage from The Book of Mormon teaches that people will be strongly influenced by Satan in the last days, which Mormons believe are happening now. Are there scriptural references or ...
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How have Churches interpreted handing people over to Satan?

In Paul's letter to Timothy, Paul mentions that Alexander and Hymenaeus were handed over to Satan to 'be taught not to blaspheme'. What is an overview on how churches have interpreted handing people ...
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What is the biblical basis that Satan is/was an angel? [duplicate]

I ask this question because I did not see anything that really answered the question. Also out of recommendation by fredsbend - but what is the basis for this? Don't get me wrong, first of all, as I ...
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Since Satan was defeated by Jesus on the Cross, why is he still allowed to vex us today? [closed]

In the Revelation it says that Satan was overcome by Salvation, and yet he continues to vex Christians today. I know that at the great white throne judgment he will be cast into the lake of fire, but ...
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Is to ignore Satan also to underestimate the potential he has to assault the Christian? [closed]

I've often thought that, once indwelt by the Holy Spirit and saved by the grace of God, Satan has nothing against me. But, is to ignore Satan also to underestimate the potential he has to assault the ...
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Do God and Satan Celebrate Earthly Triumphs?

Many people talk about "A Never-Ending Battle Between Good and Evil". The Bible mentions specific interventions by God and Satan to influence earthly events. 'The Binding of Issac' stands out in my ...
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Fallen Angels worshiped in ancient civilizations?

Ok, so I am doing research for a fictional book and in my research I have come across the names of 2 fallen angels (book of Enoch) that take advantage of mankind and allow man to worship them like god....
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Are some people pursued by the “enemy” relatively more than others? [closed]

My pastor made a general statement (or whole sermon;) and said something to the effect that the more the enemy knows you are in alignment with God the more he tries to knock us off course. So, more ...
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Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan?

Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan? So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to ...
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What does the chaining and locking of Satan in the bottomless pit for the millennial reign accomplish?

In my study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, I am puzzled by the chaining, and the locking of Satan in the Pit for the millennial reign of Christ. This question: According to premillenial view, What ...
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Why was the devil given power over death?

From Hebrews 2:14-15, Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death - that is, the ...
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Did Lucifer have any chance? [closed]

When Lucifer defied God he must have thought he stood a chance of winning. Did he? And if not how is it he didn't realize that?
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According to Catholicism, does God actively cause suffering in Hell?

I was wondering what is the official ontological explanation of the Catholic Church in regard to souls (of humans and fallen angles alike) suffering in Hell. I do not know whether God actively ...
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Biblical basis for two aspects of the Gap Theory

According to the Gap Theory there was a large gap in time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Two aspects of the theory are: Rather than Genesis 1:1 being a summary for what follows, it is a ...
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What is the biblical basis of the “goats are evil” trope?

Having spent some time cuddling and playing with goats, which are delightful creatures, I have to ask: What is the biblical basis of the association, common even among Christians, of goats with Satan ...
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Why did Satan fall to Earth? [closed]

He could have fell to Mars, Venus, or GJ667Cc. I understand that he needed to be cast out of heaven, but why to Earth where he has caused more trouble? Are there any apocryphal books which describe ...