Satan Essay

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Some modern scholars say that Satan is not a real person. They claim that he was merely created in the imagination of men. But the Bible describes Satan as a real person who exists in the invisible spirit realm (Job 1:6). It tells us about his vicious and ruthless qualities as well as his evil actions (Job 1:13-19; 2:7, 8; 2 Timothy 2:26). It even records conversations that Satan had with God and with Jesus as recorded in Job 1:7-12 and Matthew 4:1-11. The word "satan" is actually not a name, but a title. The Hebrew word translated satan in English means adversary. The Hebrew term Satan is more generic than the word devil, at least by its etymology. The former expresses his character as an opposer of all good; the latter denotes more particularly the relation which he bears to the saints, as their traducer and accuser. I. His Origin The Bible does not address specifically the origin of Satan, yet there is adequate information to draw a logical, well-reasoned conclusion as to how he came into existence. Satan has not always existed. He and all the other angels were created by God back before time began (Psalm. 148:2,5; Colossians. 1:16). God invariably does not create evil; thus Satan was perfect when he was originally created by God, but was given a free will to choose good or evil: You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.( Ezekiel 28:15 – NKJV) The history of Satan is described in the Bible in Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. The passage in Isaiah is addressed to the king of Babylon, the one in Ezekiel to the king of Tyre; yet as we read these passages, we come to mysterious remarks that can apply only to Satan. In Ezekiel's lament, for example, the person he is describing was present in Eden (Ezek. 28:13). We conclude that these passages, like certain others in Biblical prophecy, are riddles with

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