Questions tagged [satan]

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

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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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Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose? [duplicate]

There was war in heaven (oh yes there was) and Satan lost his place in heaven when he was defeated. What biblical reason is there to show Satan's reasoning behind fighting with God (despite the fact ...
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Satan being allowed in the new Paradise on Earth

I recall reading a scripture from the Bible with two JW's that said in the new Paradise Satan would be allowed. I questioned that with them and they smiled and said "yes". Can you tell me in what book ...
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Are there any Christian sects that believe the Old Testament was written (inspired) by Satan or that these scriptures are evil in some way?

I wonder that if there are Christians that interpret the Old Testament as something so false/deceitful that it may be the work of the Devil himself in an attempt to lead humanity out of God's true ...
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When Friday asks “Why God no kill the devil?” is Robinson Crusoe's response in line with Anglican theology?

In Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe, the titular character rescues a man from captivity and, since they initially can't communicate, decides to call him "Friday" because that was the day ...
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Where does the communication between God and Satan take place? [closed]

In the book of Job, it is stated many times that Satan questioned (in His presence) the righteousness of God's servant Job and challenged Him to put Job to the test. Does this imply that Satan can ...
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Was Jesus' time in the wilderness the only time that He encountered Satan on Earth?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, ...
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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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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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Is the enemy a creator relatively the same as God and creator of what?

To what degree and in what manner is the enemy a creator (extent/limitations) and how can we defeat him in this life - during our everyday routines? . Here are a few relevant things I have found so ...
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What should be a Christian attitude to the Church of Satan? [closed]

I've been recently watching documentary on LaVey Church of Satan and, I caught myself in a feeling that I actually envy a bit as those people were evidently having good and harmless fun and anyway had ...
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How could Satan be cursed to crawl on the ground, yet walk before God in Job?

In Genesis 3:1 we find a serpent. Supposedly Satan inhabited the serpent, or the word should be translated Shining One (NIV). At any rate, God curses the snake in 3:14: "On your belly you shall go, ...
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According to Catholicism, it it possible for Satan and/or his satellites to roam the earth, while still being in hell?

According to Catholicism can Satan and his satellites, roam the earth for the destruction of souls, while still being in hell? Do demons on earth 🌎 take their own form of hell with them or does God ...
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Wouldn't evil have already existed on Earth before Adam and Eve?

We all know the story of Adam and Eve causing the first original sin by eating from the Tree of Life. However, Lucifer became Satan before Adam and Eve were even created, he was casted down to Earth ...
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Has there been a paradigm shift in the `image' of devil? [closed]

I am intrigued by this conversation between God and Devil in the Book of Job: "One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to ...
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What particular action that is in excess to God's Permissive Will did Satan commit in the Garden of Eden?

Reading God's judgement on Adam & Eve and Satan would allow us to see and understand that Satan had done something in excess that merited not just a punishment but a "curse". We can see ...
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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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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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Did Satan unwittingly create his eternal punishment by instigating the fall of man? [closed]

God is omniscient and therefore nothing that happens takes him by surprise, and so that Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil must have been something that God expected. And ...
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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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How do eternal security believers explain these 2 scenarios? [duplicate]

I'm an eternal security believer but I'm struggling with how I should reconcile this with these two scenarios: Lucifer falling from Heaven, losing his standing before God and becoming the Adversary ...
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Does the Bible say that the Devil was an archangel? [duplicate]

Did the Devil's expulsion from heaven occur before Jesus came to earth? Does the bible say that the Devil was an archangel?
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Is it moral or immoral for Satan to punish souls for immoral acts? [closed]

Satan, to my understanding, punishes souls in hell as a result of their immoral acts on earth. It also is my understanding that the concept of Satan represents pure immorality (evil). Does that ...
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Where did Jesus' belief in the devil come from?

In Jn 8:44, Jesus tells some people that their father is the devil. I have read that in Judaism there is no devil, so I was wondering where did Jesus' belief in the devil come from.
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Does the Bible list any “miracles” specifically accomplished by the Devil?

Also, could you consider the Devil moving Jesus to the top of the Temple as such?
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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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Did the Devil pre-exist human beings?

We see at Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made." We go on to read at Gen 3: 14: "The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have ...
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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 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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Is it a common view among Christains that Satan is the lord of this world?

As I drove past a church (not sure the denomination) on a country road, the sign out front read "Satan is the lord of this world. Be careful!" Is this a widely accepted view? If so, how do we explain ...
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If the Devil is the Great Deceiver, how would I know that he's not deceiving me through Christianity? [closed]

I've always been a devout Christian, but I once had a terrifying thought while reading the Bible, and I'm scared I'm going to go to Hell. At one point I began to question why God killed so many ...
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Is Satan's kingdom here on earth?

Reading Matthew 12:26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? I cant seem to pin point where is his kingdom? Evil men dont seem to be united?
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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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Was Satan/Lucifer the angel of music before his fall?

While I was searching in Youtube about music backmasking I found this video and there (a few minutes starting the video), the narrator says: [...] The angel [Lucifer] was head over the music in the ...
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Can the devil be considered guilty?

Not trying to be devil's advocate or anything, but I am curious about what most denominations and Christians believe about how the devil became evil. To go based off these two assumptions: The wages ...
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If Lucifer was top perfect creature, how could he fall? [Catholicism]

Since God's creation is good/perfect, how could a creature as good/perfect as a top angel actually fall, according to Catholicism? What is the mechanism of corruption that can corrupt a perfect being? ...
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Job and the Heavenly Host

In the beginning of the Book of Job we are presented with a scene in heaven. In Job, the heavenly host is said to have assembled before God: "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to ...
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Could Satan have created the “World”? [closed]

According to Genesis 1:31, all that God created was good. However, not only in the human realm, but also in nature, there is much that seems violent and evil. Darwin, for example, could not conceive ...
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Are sinners in Satan's kingdom?

OK, people seem to agree who is in Christ's kingdom. But if there is a Satan's kingdom. Are non-Christians or sinners part of his kingdom? what does that say about rich evil politicians? Does the ...
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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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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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Is God cruel if he allows Satan to hurt us? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with my faith. We have had multiple hits that have me wondering why a loving God would allow this to happen? I'm hear over and over that it's the devil doing it or it is God doing it ...
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Was satan a worship leader? [duplicate]

I've heard it claimed that Satan was the worship leader for God's choir. I cannot find any scripture in the Bible that mentions Satan was in worship in heaven and was closest to God. What is the ...
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What did Luther and Calvin believe about “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14?

To many Christians Lucifer of Isaiah 14 (not to be confused with Satan) is considered a visually beautiful, Rock n' Rolling cherub who fell from heaven to deceive mankind. And according to a few ...
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When does the fall of Lucifer from God occur? [closed]

At what point in time and creation did Satan (Lucifer the former arch angel) along with all the other angels who followed him fall from God's glory and caste out of the heavenly realm? Also which act ...
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Is Satan's name Lucifer, Satanail, or Samuel? [closed]

In a few different English versions of the Bible, Isaiah 14:12 begins with something like: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! (KJV) I thought, however, that Jesus was ...
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Does the Southern Baptist Convention consider other religions evil, demonic, and satanic?

Does the Southern Baptist Convention consider other religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam evil, demonic, and satanic?
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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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How was Lucifer created? [closed]

Was Lucifer created by God or was he already there in the beginning like God? I don't think the Bible really explains any of this.
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What is the purpose of Satan's fall from a reformed perspective? [closed]

Did God, in His omnipotence, allow Satan to fall from grace have something to do with His allowing Adam and Eve to fall which provides first hand knowledge to the elect angels / elect humans in a way ...