The devil is the title given to a supernatural being who in mainstream Christianity, Islam, and some other religions is believed to be a powerful, evil entity and the tempter of mankind. He is commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. He has many names, but in many other religions he is more akin to a trickster and even, as in the Old Testament, a servant of God who, as in The Book of Job, found it necessaryto ask the permission of God to obtain the right to test Job. Modern Christians and Jews who concern themselves with the devil consider him to be an angel who along with 1/3 of the angelic hosts (now demons) rebelled against God and are condemned to the Lake of Fire. He hates all Creation, opposes God, spreads lies, and wreaks havoc on the souls of mankind. The word ‘devil’ is not d + evil. It comes from the Greek diabolos meaning slanderer because it derives from words meaning ‘pulled apart’ or ‘separated into opposites’, thus preventing unity or oneness. This supports the idea that, like Seth and Horus, Christ and Satan were brothers, representing the opposites of good and evil, which perhaps explains why Christ turned his back on Satan, for if they ever joined together, there would be no need any longer for either of them and Christ’s sacrifice would be unnecessary. As I stated earlier, the Old Testament describes Satan, meaning the Adversary, as a servant of God whose job it is to test mankind. Sometimes he is the obstacle itself, sometimes the ‘prosecutor’, with God as the Judge, as in Job. Here Satan has no power to make evil unless man does evil. Satan had to ask God’s permission to test the faith of Job. Throughout the Old Testament it is God who exercises sovereignty over both good and evil.
“I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah). (more…)