As a born-again Christian raised in a family of pastors, the topic of the existence of Satan has always come up. I recently met a person who thinks Satan is not real, and his argument was very convincing. He was so sure Satan is not real because God is a forgiving God, and he already forgave him and gave him his position as an angel back. So, is Satan real?
According to the Bible, Satan is real. In Revelation 12:9, the Bible implies that when there was a war in Heaven, the dragon, who is Satan, was thrown down to Earth. Therefore, this is proof that Satan exists.
I invite you to join me in this article as we delve into the topic of the Existence of Satan. We will also uncover answers to questions such as whether God created Satan and how we can recognize Him today. We will also learn the Biblical evidence that shows whether Satan is real or not, so read till the end.
Is there biblical evidence that Satan is real?
There is Biblical evidence that Satan is real. One Biblical evidence is from the book of Job. According to Job 2:1-6, the Bible implies that God held a conversation with Satan, and Satan actually told Him that He had come from going to and fro on Earth when God asked Him where He had come from. Therefore Satan is real and able to wander around on Earth.
Also, we learn that not only is Satan real, but he also walks around the Earth evaluating the people of God. The Bible implies in verse 3 that God asked Satan whether he had considered His servant Job, who was blameless and turns away from all evil. Therefore, Satan is real and able to see all that we do and to know the righteous and unrighteous people.
Another evidence that Satan is real is from 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10. According to these verses, the Bible implies that those who refuse to love the truth and to be saved are influenced to be lawless by Satan, who uses lying signs and deceptions to accomplish what he wants. Therefore, from this verse, we learn that Satan is real and has an influence on Earth by deceiving those that are unrighteous.
Where does the Bible say Satan came from?
The Bible does not explicitly say where Satan came from. However, according to 1 Corinthians 8:6, the Bible implies that there is one God from whom all things exist. Therefore, since we all exist because God created us, it is believed that Satan also came from the creation of God but was first created as an angel. This is according to 2 Peter 2:4, where the Bible suggests that God sent the angels who sinned to hell and put them in chains of darkness. Therefore, according to the Bible Coalition.org, Satan is part of these angels since he is described to possess darkness and to rule hell.
Did God create Satan?
According to the Bible, God created everything, which includes Satan. However, God did not create him as Satan but as Lucifer, an angel. According to Colossians 1:16, the Bible implies that through Jesus, all things in Heaven and on Earth, rulers, dominions, invisible and visible, were created. In Genesis, we learn that God is the creator, so when this verse is talking about all things being created, they were created by God. Therefore, Satan is among the things that were created by God, but not as the evil entity he is today.
How does the Bible describe Satan?
The Bible describes Satan in different ways. From Revelation 12:9, the Bible describes Satan as the great dragon, the deceiver of the world, and the ancient Serpent. We also learn from 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 that Satan uses deception to accomplish his mission of making people follow his ways. Therefore, he is also seen in this verse as a deceiver of the world.
Also, According to 2 Corinthians 11:14, the Bible implies that Satan disguises Himself as the angel of light by deceiving people with good things that are false to try and make them follow his ways which are unrighteous.
How can we recognize Satan today?
You can recognize Satan today through the Temptations one is facing. According to the story of Job in the book of Job, we learn that Satan was the one tempting Job by making him sick and taking away all his wealth. In Job 2:6, the Bible implies that God tells Satan that Job is in his hand to do whatever he wants with Him. However, He tells Satan to spare his life. Therefore, God does not Tempt Job. Instead, he lets Satan do it. Also, from the story of Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-11, Satan was the one who tempted Jesus.
Though many people believe that God puts temptations in one’s life to grow their faith, James 1:13 contradicts that by reading, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” Therefore, Temptations are from Satan, and we can recognize Stan today when we are faced with spiritual battles.
Why do some people not believe that Satan is real?
According to Dr. Hal Cauthron, a New Testament scholar, when one says that Satan is not real, it means that are denying the reality of evil happening in the world. Therefore, some people do not believe that Satan is real because they do not believe in the evil that plagues the world. Dr hall suggest that most evil takes place through sinful actions; hence those who don’t believe Satan is real don’t want to admit that some actions are sinful.
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