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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 21st, 2002, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Believe In Satan?


He has many aliases . . .

Angel of light
The tempter
The evil one
Prince of demons
Satan = The accuser
The devil = The slanderer
Belial = The wicked one
Beelzebub = Lord of flies
Apollyon & Abaddon = Destroyer
The great dragon
That ancient serpent
Prince of the power of the air Thief
Roaring lion
The adversary
The father of lies
Prince of darkness
Prince of this world
The god of this age
The angel of the Abyss
The oppressor of the saints
The sower of discord
The enemy of all good
The spirit that works in the children of disobedience

His biography . . .

Satan is an angel (Job 1-2). God made him before the world began (Job 38:4-7). Satan was very powerful (Revelation 12:3: "ten horns") and very wise (Revelation 12:3: "seven heads"). But he became the first sinner (1 John 3:8). Apparently at one point in the past (or possibly future) he led a rebellion in heaven against God (Revelation 12:7). In Satan’s fall, he drew a vast number of angels with him (Revelation 12:4, 9). Some of the fallen angels are loose and some are bound in a place called the Abyss (Luke 8:31). The loose ones we call "demons". Of the bound ones, there are two kinds, permanently bound (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6) and temporarily bound (Revelation 9:1-11). Satan and his demons now wage war against God’s kingdom (Revelation 12:17). Some people think that Satan lives in hell, but hell is where Satan and the wicked will be sent at the last judgment. Satan now dwells on earth (Job 1:7). At the Second Coming of Christ, he will be bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). After the thousand years, he will be set free for a short time and will go out to deceive the nations (Revelation 20:7-9). The devil’s final end will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10), which was prepared by God for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

His limitations . . .

Satan is not self-existent. He is created.

He is not sovereign.

Satan rules a domain of demons, but he does not rule beyond the bound of that confinement of rule which God has given him.
Satan never has cast off the government of God, since the rebellion totally failed. He has been exiled to the earth and the domain around it (Ephesians 2:2).
Satan’s chain stretches just so far and God allows him to go that far and no farther. He operates completely within the sphere of God’s allowance (e.g. Job 1:12; 2:6).
God even uses Satan to His own ends (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Satan is not omnipotent (all-powerful). He is powerful, yes, but not all powerful (1 John 4:4).

Satan is not omniscient (all-knowing).

Satan is an angel and angels don’t know everything (1 Peter 1:11-12).
There is no indication in Scripture that Satan can read our thoughts. But he’s pretty good at predicting our behavior, because he’s an expert on human nature.
Satan is not omnipresent (everywhere at the same time).

He’s fast, but not omnipresent.
Being a creature who dwells on earth, Satan cannot be in more than one place at a time. Job 1:7 makes it clear that Satan roams here and there.
But he is the head of a network of subordinate devils who make his influence practically worldwide (Matthew 12:24).

Satan has the whole world of unbelievers under his control (Matthew 4:8-10; John 14:30; 1 John 5:19).

Unbelievers belong to him (1 John 3:8,12) and are his children (1 John 3:10).

Satan has the power of influence and blinding. He blinds the minds of the unbelieving (2 Corinthians 4:4). He prevents the gospel from entering their hearts (Matthew 13:19; Luke 8:11). Satan speaks through fortunetellers (Acts 16:16), cult leaders (1 Timothy 4:1-2), and false preachers (2 Corinthians 11: 13-15). He seeks to deceive about his existence, his purposes, his activities, and his coming defeat. He is the deceiver of the whole world (Revelation 12:8). His ultimate deception will be in the anti-christ (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

Satan can control a person’s body. Demons can cause muteness (Luke 11:14), mental disorder (John 10:20), violent action (Luke 8:26-29), and crippling (Luke 13:11,16). In these examples Satan caused people to be handicapped although there was nothing physically wrong with them.

Satan influences governments and nations. Daniel 10:12-13,20-21 gives us a glimpse into the spiritual realm of angels and demons and how they affect nations. The "prince of the Persian kingdom" (v.13) is apparently a demon exercising influence over the Persian realm in the interests of Satan. The archangel of God named Michael finally overcame his resistance. Likewise the "prince of Greece" in verse 20 is also a demon.


Satan's principle activity is as accuser. The word satan means "slanderer, accuser." Satan accuses us before God (Job 1-2). Satan also slanders us before men. He tries to make sure that any good work done by Christ's church receives a bad name. Satan and his demons also accuse us to ourselves. He wants to make us feel guilty.
Satan tempts believers to . . .

disobedience (1 Chronicles 21:1-7).
lose faith in God (Luke 22:31-32; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:16).
lie (Acts 5:3).
immorality (1 Corinthians 7:5).
be preoccupied by the world (1 John 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:10).
be proud (1 Timothy 3:6).
discouragement (1 Peter 5:6, 7, 10).
He also tries to create doubt (Genesis 3:1), persecutes the Church (Revelation 2:10), hinders our service (1 Thessalonians 2:18), infiltrates our ranks—and so confuses the world as to what a Christian really is (1 John 4:1-6; 2 Peter 2).

but . . .

Jesus cast out demons as evidence of His victory over the prince of demons.

The truth is that "his infernal majesty" is bound and is powerless before the Son of God (Mark 3:27).
Christ has defeated Satan (John 12:31). He defeated Satan and all spiritual forces of evil at the cross (Colossians 2:14-15). Satan has fallen from the heavens (Luke 10:18). He is cast out of heaven and into the earth and no longer has the ability to accuse us before the Father (Revelation 12:10, 12-17).
Christians do not need to fear Satan, because . . .

Satan can only do to believers what God permits him to do (Job 1:12; 2:6).
In Christ we have been delivered from Satan’s power (Colossians 1:13; Acts 26:18).
We have the promise that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Christ keeps us safe and Satan cannot lay hold of the believer to harm him (1 John 5:18).
Demonic powers cannot separate us from God’s love in Christ (Romans 8:37-39).
Those who are in Christ can overcome Satan (Revelation 12:11; Romans 16:20; 1 John 2:13-14).

Greater is the One who is in us than Satan who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
We can resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7).
The weapons that we have been given can pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
If we use the armor of God, we have God’s promise that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11,13).

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I believe in SANTA

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Satan is also a man made diety. A clever way for religious zealots to control the masses.

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I don't so much! There was a lit critic who didn't believe in hell, because, he was like, what the fuck is the point! I mean, if humans want to believe that they mess up in life, accidentally, then burn in hell for all of eternity, go ahead! But screw that, I won't! LOL! Have fun in believing in such a crap your pants scary thought. Just found it kind of interesting, so I don't really believe in a Satan so much anymore.

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I just found that, so I put it in there
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Where is the option for " I am satan"
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I believe in Satan and her name is Britney Spears

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I don't believe in Satan.

Any thoughts that I have on God ( I explained this in another thread) - is that if I Do believe anything, my idea is that there is some being of some sort that created everything.

That means they created all that is evil, and all that is good.

Thus, there is no need for a separate creature to govern all that is evil.

That, and like Mrs Guga said - why do people want to believe that if you make a few so called mistakes in this life, that you are eternally punished? That's a sad thought, and not one that I intend to put faith in.
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Originally posted by Josh


indeed i do believe in safan, if's a disgrace if you don'f

Men när natten är ljus - I ditt sjuttiotalshus
Och du är ånga, spår av ett moln
I en dröm om att fly till någonting nytt

Och du håller så hårt och när längtan blir svår
Så är jag din, din, din att ta med
Att ta ut, att ta in i någonting nytt
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