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Who is Satan?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
People's beliefs concerning Satan range from the silly to the abstract - from a little red guy with horns who sits on your shoulder urging you to sin, to an expression used to describe the personif...

July 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Chuck jr 2 Chuck Smith Jr Supporter Soul-shaper
I think that "adversary" or "accuser" (Rev. 12:10) gives a clear picture of Satan's role in the Book of Job--and throughout the Scriptures. Notice how Satan slips into the company of angels reporting to God, but he has a unique role. Unlike the "ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation" (Heb. 1:14), he is there to bring charges against those who are righteous. That he cannot form any complaint against Job that will stick--Job is "blameless"--he insinuates that Job's motives are mercenary and corrupt.

It is not so much that Satan worked with God or had any intention of cooperating with God--we see just the opposite when he plays out his hand against Job, 2:3--, but that God exploited Satan's evil designs to promote his will, reveal truth, deepen the spiritual life of his people, and do good (cf. Gen. 50:20).

Satan is also referred to as the "tempter" (Mt. 4:3), which is clearly his role in Genesis 3. Jesus said that Satan was "a murderer from the beginning" and "a liar" (John 8:44). 

So, yes, Satan is definitely the bad guy. Yet, at the same time, he is only a created being and no match for God, the Creator. Therefore, his evil is limited and unwittingly he constantly plays into God's hand. That is why, in their cosmic game of chess--so to speak--,no matter what move Satan makes, God overrides it and uses that very move to "destroy the works of the devil" and accomplish his own will (1 John 3:8).

April 11 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio Colin Wong Supporter Founder, eBible.com
The word "Satan" means "adversary" or "opponent" in Hebrew. In Bible context, it means the arch-enemy of God. Another common term used to describe Satan is "devil", which in Greek means "false accuser" or "slanderer". 

Satan is called Lucifer by name, (meaning "Morning Star" or "Day Star" in Hebrew) (Isaiah 14:12), a cherubim (or angel) who was cast out of heaven because of his pride.

Satan played a role in the Book of Job in proving that Job's faithfulness was not dependent on God's blessings. Job loved God, not what God did for him. In this regard, Satan's "work" glorified God even though it was not his intention.

Often times we go through trials and tribulations, not realizing that it is what helps us to grow and mature in our faith and our relationship with God. We should give thanks to the Lord, both in good times and in bad times, as Job did.

April 08 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Jamin Fratello
Well, in Job 1:6, it says that the sons of God came to present themselves, and Satan came also. It never says Satan was a son of God and like what Craig Smith Jr said, Satan means "adversary". In Job, Satan was just a man, not a devil. Also, in Hab.1:13, it says evil cannot go before God, so it couldn't have been a rebel angel. It was just a man who was jealous of Job. Also, this man told God to do these things, he didn't have the power to.

May 31 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Rachel R
Satan could be anyone, the person just has to be an adversary to something. For example, in 1 Chronicles 21:1-2 it says, "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer- sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. 
 -1 Chronicles 21:1-2". 
In Chronicles then, a satan made David number Israel. But in the parallel account in 2 Samuel 24:1-2, it says, "1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. 2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people." 
So here, it says that The LORD made David do it. So therefore a satan could be anyone.

June 02 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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1340324413 Chris Eleam Chris Eleam
Who is Satan?
It is a very popular belief promoted by many modern-day scholars that Satan is not a real person. The claim is made that he is merely created in the imagination of men. These thoughts are nothing new because Satan's deepest  wile is to persuade us to believe that he does not exist.  Is Satan a real person? If so where did he come from? Is he the unseen power behind the problems relating to many of the world's problems we are experiencing today?
The Bible clearly answers these questions, describing Satan is a real person who exists in the invisible realm.  (Job 1:6) Satan's evil actions as well as his vicious and ruthless qualities are shown in the book of Job. The Bible also records conversations that Satan had with God and with Jesus, certainly no figment of anyone's imagination .—Job 1:7-12; Matthew 4:1-11. Where did this epitome of evil come from? It was long before man was created, when Jehovah God created his firstborn son who eventually came to be known as Jesus, other sons of God called Angels were created as well. And at this point of creation it is good to keep in mind that all of Jehovah God's creation was perfect and righteous, however one of those Angels would become Satan.
Satan was not his given name at the time of his creation Satan is a descriptive name which means adversary, accuser, enemy, these designations apply to him because of the course of action that he chose in opposition to God.  Recall that all God's creations were created as free moral agents having the ability to decide what course of action they should take, thus with Satan feelings of pride and rivalry toward God grew within the spirit creature. Wanting others to worship him he deviated off course. When God's firstborn son Jesus was on the air Satan even attempted to get Jesus to do an act of worship to him. Matthew 4:9. Christ Jesus referred to Satan the devil as the “father of the lie”, this can be seen in the fact that he implied that God was a liar when in fact he was a liar confirming Jesus statement about him that he“did not stand fast in the truth indicating that he once was an angel in good standing with God.” (John 8:44). This master liar told Eve that she could be like God whereas he wanted to be like God. And through his deceitful ways, he achieved his selfish desire. To Eve, he made himself higher than God. By obeying Satan, Eve accepted Satan as her god.
The rebellion against God's sovereignty began there in the garden of Eden. This once trusted angel made himself Satan—an adversary and enemy of God and man. The designation “Devil,” which means “Slanderer,” was also added to this wicked one’s description. This leader of sin eventually influenced other angels to disobey God and join his rebellion. (Genesis 6:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:19, 20) These angels did not make mankind’s situation better. Because of their imitating Satan’s selfish ways, “the earth became filled with violence which later God observed and brought the deluge to wipe out all unrighteousness.”—Genesis
A criminal may wipe his fingerprints from the crime scene in an attempt to leave no trace of his identity. However, when the police arrive, they realize that if a crime has been committed, there must be a criminal. Satan, the original “manslayer,” tries to leave no trace of his identity. (John 8:44; Hebrews 2:14) When speaking with Eve, Satan hid his identity behind a serpent. He is still trying to hide today. He “has blinded the minds of the unbelievers” so as to conceal the extent of his powerful influence.—2 Corinthians 4:4.
However, Jesus identified Satan as the criminal mastermind behind the corrupt world we live in. He called him “the ruler of this world.” (John 12:31; 16:11) “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” wrote the apostle John. (1 John 5:19) Satan effectively uses “the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life” in “misleading the entire inhabited earth.” (1 John 2:16; Revelation 12:9) He is the one whom mankind in general obeys.

June 16 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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A3659c4e23ff Ronald Ingram I am retired served in the Army
Satan or Lucifer or baal he is just one of God,s creatures who by his own free will decided he just did not want to be The Lord servant but he suffered from the worst case of delusion any creature of The Creator he thought he was God. What I do not understand how did he think he was going to pull off this deception,I wonder in his own mind he had to know that there would be HELL to pay. personally I look forward to the time when he gets all that he has coming to him

June 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Carol Cheung·
Revelation 12:9

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world - he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

June 09 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Image Noah Hinson Bible nerd and ex student of the occult and alchemy.
Satan is a Hebrew word that means, "The accuser" or "The Prosecutor". Satan isn't a name, rather it is a title. 

Although many would disagree, the Bible never actually gives a background story to Satan. All the chapters hat are used as back stories are taken horribly out of context. 

Satan first appears in Genesis 3 as a creature in rebellion against God. He wants humans to join with him in rebelling against the one true God, and tries to get them to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God doesn't want them to learn about good and evil, because he wants them to trust him and not define it for themselves. They ultimately give into Satan's temptation, and the earth fell away. 

Satan is the enemy of God. He traps people in their sin. God gave people free will to sin, and when Satan shows us false things about sin, we want it. Sin traps us and we can't get out of it. Jesus has provided a way through his death. 

In The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we see that Satan isn't just a serpent anymore, he is a ravaging dragon. This shows how much more sin has a grasp on the world. Despite this, Jesus defeats him by throwing him into the lake of fire. 

Satan is the ultimate enemy of God. We are called to resist his temptations and take refuge in Christ.

May 06 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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