How Real Is the Devil to You?
Topic: Use case statement in view
June 20, 2019 / By Leah Question:
HOW do you view the Devil? Do you think of him as a real person who tempts people to do wicked things, or does he merely represent the principle of evil? Is the Devil someone to be feared, or should he be dismissed as nothing more than a superstitious notion or a mythological unreality? Does the word “devil” refer to some abstract destructive force in the universe? Could the term simply be a symbol of the evil traits in humans, as many modern theologians claim?
Best Answers: How Real Is the Devil to You?
Joelle | 5 days ago
satan/the devil is a fallen angel, Created By GOD, along with all the other angels. He is real. His sole mission is to make sure you are consigned to The Lake Of Fire And Brimstone with him and his fallen angels. James 4 (Amplified Bible) 7So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
Revelation 20 (Amplified Bible) 11Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who was seated upon it, from Whose presence and from the sight of Whose face earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
12I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done [[b]their whole way of feeling and acting, their aims and endeavors] in accordance with what was recorded in the books.
13And the sea delivered up the dead who were in it, death and Hades ([c]the state of death or disembodied existence) surrendered the dead in them, and all were tried and their cases determined by what they had done [according to their motives, aims, and works].
14Then death and Hades ([d]the state of death or disembodied existence) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15And if anyone's [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
+++"Chapter 11 - Satan, His Origin, Work, and Destiny
I. THE ORIGIN OF SATAN
The existence of a wicked being such as Satan is, in view of our belief in God as being infinitely holy and yet the creator of all other things, presents this inescapable question: How are we to account for his existence?
Skeptics have imagined that the question, Who made the devil? offers an unanswerable objection to the Christian doctrine of God. But the Bible answers this question clearly and reasonably.
1. SATAN A FALLEN ANGEL.
We affirm this for the three following reasons:
(1) He is of the Same Nature as Angels.
The works ascribed to the devil make it impossible for us to conceive of him as being other than incorporeal. If he were material he would be limited by space; and therefore, could not carry on the universal works of wickedness ascribed to him in the Bible.
(2) He is the Leader of Certain Angels.
In Matt. 25:41 Christ uses the expression, "the devil and his angels."
(3) A Common Destiny Awaits Satan and These Angels.
In the passage just referred to Christ tells us that hell was prepared for both the devil and his angels.
We conclude that these angels of which Satan is the leader and whose punishment he shall share are the fallen angels mentioned by Peter and Jude. It seems clear, then, that Satan himself is a fallen angel.
The statement in John 3:44 to the effect that the devil "was a murderer from the beginning" need not be taken as standing in necessary conflict with the foregoing. The expression "from the beginning" need not be taken as referring to the beginning of the devil’s existence. It may, and we think does, refer to the beginning of human history.
II. THE WORK OF SATAN
1. ORIGINATED SIN IN THE UNIVERSE.
The foregoing Scriptures, which give a veiled account of Satan’s fall, point us to the earliest account of sin that we have in the Bible. We know that Satan fell before man did, for Satan solicited man to sin. "Sin was not a creation but an origination. It came into existence by the aid of that which had prior existence, namely, personality and the power of free choice. God created this being not as the Devil, but as a holy angel, who originated sin through disobedience and transformed himself into the wicked devil which he is today" (Bancroft, Elemental Theology).
2. INTRODUCED SIN INTO THE HUMAN FAMILY.
Gen. 3:1-16. There is a close connection between what we have noted from Isaiah concerning the devil and his method of seducing Eve. Satan was cast out of Heaven because he said, "I will make myself like the Most High." He deceived Eve by telling her that instead of dying as result of eating the forbidden fruit, she would become "as God, knowing good and evil"
3. POSSESSES AND CONTROLS THE WORLD.
Job 9:24; Matt. 4:8,9; John 12:31; 14:80; 16:11; 2 Cor. 4:8,4; Eph. 6:12. God owns the world (Psa. 24:1), but, as we read in Job 9:24, the world has been "given into the hand" of Satan temporarily; and Satan dominates it, subject to such limitations as God is pleased to impose. See Psa. 76:10.
III. THE DESTINY OF SATAN
The common notion that Satan is now in hell is not correct. The same is true of the idea that Satan shall ever be in hell as the one who inflicts torment on others. He will be cast into hell to be tormented. He now inhabits the heavenlies (Eph. 6:11,12), has access to God (Job 1:6), and is active upon the earth (Job 1:7; 1 Pet. 5:8). But finally Satan will be cast into hell.
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Originally Answered: How's come when I ask God to find me the truth he tells me Jesus is the Devil?
It's true. Demon means imaginary (god).
paul admits that jesus is his hallucination. other xtians at the time were the many hellenists who believed in god/man/saviors. some were dionysus xtians, others adonis xtians. paul was Greek and taught Greek mythology, and he believed jesus was a personal revelation by a new god. Greeks use the -os, sos, is, sis, us, sus ending to pay homage to zeus, and jesus pays homage to zeus.
The gospels were written many years after paul's death, AS IF they came first. paul never wrote of jesus life, ministry, miracles, or teaching. paul taught about paul.
Was jesus a demon? Yes, he was paul's imaginary god.
Just as muslims took the xtian old testament and gospels, mistranslated it, and mixed it with the book of Enoch to create the quran, xtians took the Jewish scriptures, mistranslated it, added hell and demons to create the old testament.
1. Judaism = parables teaching reality
2. (Judaism - reality) + (hell + demons) x paul + 0/jesus = xtianity
3. (xtianity - paul) x mohamed + book of enoch = islam
The Devil, in my Catholic eyes, is not a "threat" more than someone waiting in the wings for a chance to do evil. The only time to be afraid of the Devil is /after/ you've done something bad and have an urge to keep doing so. That's the Devil.
I believe that the Devil (or demons, whichever hellish creature) possesses humans, like in the case of exorcisms. That's (in my opinion) the only true "form" of the Devil, though I may be quite wrong. Who knows? I certainly don't.
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I think evil is real and has a definitive source... I'm just not so sure if that source is the devil or human beings. Sometimes its hard to tell the difference.
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The way you have described the Devil is correct. The Devil has place in mythology, superstition, and makes up the entity of evil.
To describe Satan's reality to me is through empathy, seeing through the eyes of murderers, rapists, and sadists. By comparison, atheists are harmless unless they take out their inner voids on others. Through my journey to come close to Christ, I have been taught to understand the Devil.
You are a human being (a combination of probabilities of colliding electrons, which in a way makes everything "physical" and "real," not entirely physical or real, by the way), who finds purpose in bringing meaning into other people's lives. Christ is also a person, and works (although you cannot see him, you can feel Him) to bring you the most meaning in life (through faith in him), and in the most reasonable way, bring the most meaning into the lives of important people around you.
The Devil does not have a body, but is a spirit, and has a bunch of demons who do his bidding. These demons work around the clock to get you to have less meaning in life, and to not give as much meaning to others' lives.
Murder, rape, sadism, masochism, (I would say even masturbation I always felt embarrassed, so I stopped), lying, stealing, bullying, are all examples of demeaning someone else's existence as well as your own.
The idea that people who bully others enjoy a stronger self image is untrue. Who would want to give a murderer the time of day to hang out? Bullies have a weaker self-image, because they give themselves a reason to not be given respect, which is felt, and makes them feel worth even less.
Lot of words; let's just say you don't need to know the devil is real, he makes himself obvious.
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