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Do Protestants believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?

Good question with a simple answer: No. Categorically no. All mainline Protestants (and actually most branches of Christianity including Catholic and Orthodox) believe that they are radically ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Satan was the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

The answer to the question regarding the first book of the Bible actually comes from the last book of the Bible: And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and ...
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Why do some Pentecostal preachers claim that Lucifer was a worship leader?

It is based on the understanding that some aspects of the Prophecy given by Ezekiel against the King of Tyre are more correctly directed at the demonic influence empowering that King identified to be ...
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What is the biblical basis of the "goats are evil" trope?

The Overall Significance of Goats in the Bible Goats in the Bible generally have a good significance. They were among the clean animals that could be eaten (see Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14:3-21), ...
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How do proponents of Apokatastasis deal with the "Everlasting punishment" texts in scripture?

Those who believe in Apokatastasis believe Revelation 20:10 is grossly misunderstood. The Greek says: καὶ ὁ διάβολος ὁ πλανῶν αὐτοὺς ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν λίμνην τοῦ πυρὸς καὶ θείου, ὅπου καὶ τὸ θηρίον καὶ ...
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Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?

That is exactly not the point he is trying to make. He is trying to say that it's our actions that show whether God or Satan is "our father" in a very figurative sense. He is saying "You are not the ...
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What is the origin of the belief that Satan tortures the unsaved in Hell?

There is no biblical support for Satan or any of his demons torturing people in Hell. Rather, the adversary, Satan is said to travel around the world (Job 1:7) and even to have access to God's ...
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What is the Biblical basis for considering Satan the author of evil?

While the Old Testament introduces Satan and portrays him as: Inciting David to sin by taking an unauthorized census (1 Chronicles 21:1) Accusing Job of only walking uprightly because of the many ...
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Why is the sin of the fallen angels unforgivable? (Catholic catechism)

Satan and all the fallen angels (demons) are completely consumed with evil and chose to do evil with all their intellect and sin against God, thus repentance is no longer possible for them. ...
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Where did Jesus' belief in the devil come from?

In Judaism, there most certainly is a devil, first alluded to in Genesis 3. The serpent mentioned that deceived Eve is known to be the devil, and we can specifically see a more direct reference to the ...
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For people who believe in Jesus and not the devil, what happened in the desert?

For people who believe in Jesus and not the devil, what happend in the desert? There are Christians who believe in Jesus, but not in a personal Devil. For example: the Christadelphians. Devil ...
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Renouncing the devil during baptism

Renunciation of the Devil in the Baptismal Rite is believed to be of Apostolic origin. The first explicit record of the use of this formula comes from Tertullian, where he says: "When we are going ...
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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?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that from the time of his rebellion until 1914 Satan was able to move about in the spiritual realm where Jehovah,Jesus and the faithful angelic host dwell, and in the ...
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According to Pentecostalism/Charismaticism, can Satan understand all tongues?

From experience, it is a relatively common teaching in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles that one of the benefits of praying in tongues is that Satan can't understand it (and can't stand it!). As ...
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Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?

Is there some way of understanding this verse to be not anti-Jewish, or are there Christians that do not accept this verse as authoritative? The particular Jews that Jesus was speaking to were ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

One prominent Reformed theologian, Louis Berkhof, has written that "[t]he problem of the origin of the evil that is in the world has always been considered as one of the profoundest problems of ...
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Was Satan created to accuse, or has he assumed that role in rebellion?

It is important to look at the context of Revelation 9:11. The Destroyer is released from the abyss by the star that fell from heaven. And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven ...
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Why does the KJV capitilise 'Devil' in Revelation but not in Luke?

This is more of an English question than a Christianity question, but the basic principles are: Capitalize Satan, Lucifer, Devil, Evil One, Father of Lies, etc., when used as a name or title of a ...
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What is the origin of the belief that Satan tortures the unsaved in Hell?

There are two pieces of the puzzle here: First Hell, and Second, Satan. The question is when were these two pieces first merged together. Technically speaking, the Bible never explicitly links these ...
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How does the LDS church back up the statement "I'm stronger than Satan"?

Frankly, according to the Bible Christians are NOT stronger than Satan, and that is not because he is a spiritual being and they are physical/spiritual beings. If anything, having bodies makes ...
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Prior to 1900 were there any depictions of Satan in Christian art as a woman/female?

Lucas Cranach the Elder (c.1472 – 16 October 1553), a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and , made the following woodcut in 1523.It depicts Satan as half serpent and half woman! ...
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What did Luther and Calvin believe about "Lucifer" in Isaiah 14?

Although Calvin and Luther most certainly believed in an entity called Satan, they deny that Isaiah 14:12 has any connection with the devil or that Lucifer is his name. In Calvin's commentary of ...
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According to Catholicism, is it possible for the Devil to kill someone?

Matthew 10:28, New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), says: "Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in ...
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Why does God not love Satan if He tell us to love our enemies to be as His Children (Luke 6:35-36)?

Here is my short answer. And please bear in mind, that when I (and others) disagree with some of your points, that is not us trying to "censor" you "just because you don't like my question". People ...
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Who was the target audience of the Book of Job?

Now the question of who is the target audience for Job is a tricky one, because there is the audience that Job intended, and the audience that God intended. Since the book is not addressed to a group ...
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According to the Catholic Church, whom does Jesus refer to as the “ruler of this world” in Jn 16:11?

The Greek word in John 16:11 is ἄρχων (archōn - see Strong's G758). The "Outline of Biblical Usage" gives: ruler, commander, chief, leader. The Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count ...
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Do any other denominations agree with the Jehovah Witnesses that Satan was cast to earth in 1914?

Yes, if you consider dissident groups of JW tradition. In my research I have found at least 3 groups that share this belief to a greater or lesser degree. These are: As Testemunhas dos Deuses ...
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