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IBS | The Devil | Fallen Angels, Giants, Demons, & Aliens

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

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The Devil also referred to as Satan, is best known as the personification of evil and the nemesis of good people everywhere. His image and story have evolved over the years, and the Devil has been called different names in various cultures, including Beelzebub, Lucifer, Satan, Baphomet, and Mephistopheles, with various physical descriptions including horns and cloven hooves instead of feet. But this evil being—and his legion of demons—continue to strike fear in people as the antithesis of all things good.

Key Topics:

  1. The Devil in the Bible

  2. Names for the Devil

  3. The Devil in Other Religions

  4. The Devil and Hell

  5. What Does The Devil Look Like?

  6. The Devil and Witches

  7. The Devil in Modern Times

  8. Sources



The Devil in the Bible

Although the Devil is present in some form in many religions and can be compared to some mythological gods, he’s arguably best known for his role in Christianity. In modern biblical translations, the Devil is the adversary of God and God’s people. It’s commonly thought that the Devil first showed up in the Bible in the book of Genesis as the serpent who convinced Eve—who then convinced Adam—to eat the forbidden fruit from the “Tree of Knowledge” in the Garden of Eden. As the story goes, after Eve fell for the Devil’s conniving ways, she and Adam were banished from the Garden of Eden and doomed to mortality.

Many Christians believe the Devil was once a beautiful angel named Lucifer who defied God and fell from grace. This assumption that he is a fallen angel has often been based on the book of Isaiah in the Bible, which says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weakens the nations.”




Names for the Devil

Some biblical scholars, however, claim Lucifer isn’t a proper name but a descriptive phrase meaning “morning star.” Still, the name stuck, and the Devil is often referred to as Lucifer.

Names for the Devil are numerous: Besides Lucifer, he may be referred to as the Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Baphomet, Lord of the Flies, the Antichrist, Father of Lies, Moloch, or simply Satan.

The book of Ezekiel includes another Biblical passage Christians refer to as proof of the Devil’s existence. It admonishes the greedy King of Tyre but also refers to the king as a cherub who was once in the Garden of Eden. As a result, some Bible translators believe the King of Tyre was a personification of the Devil.

The Devil makes more appearances in the Bible, especially in the New Testament. Jesus and many of his apostles warned people to stay alert for the Devil’s cunning enticements that would lead them to ruin. And it was the Devil who tempted Jesus in the wilderness to “fall down and worship him” in exchange for riches and glory.


How Does the Bible Describe Satan?

Scripture is truth, not fiction, and God’s workers were careful to describe the devil as he really is.

How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! (Isaiah 14:12).

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

In Revelation 12:9, he is “the great dragon” and “ancient serpent.”

He is the “thief” of John 10:10 who comes to “kill and destroy.”

 

The Greek word for serpent (ophis) means “a snake, figuratively, (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan.” The dragon of Revelation 12:9 is a magnified version of the serpent. Drakón means “a dragon or huge serpent.”

 

How Does the Bible Describe Satan?

And Peter’s image of the “roaring lion” calls to mind both the devouring beast of the Book of Daniel and the Lion of Judah. Revelation 5:5 tells us that this latter Lion has overcome death, so we no longer weep.

This is Yeshua (Jesus). Peter’s prowling animal is the predatory devil over whom the risen Christ was victorious. Faithful believers in Christ have also had victory over that prowling beast.

The biblical Satan is in no way sympathetic; not an antihero but fully evil. Satan can alter his appearance to frighten his opponent, freeze the blood of his prey, and beguile the unwary.

He is the antithesis of Christ: fallen star, hungry monster, liar. Christ is the risen Star. He protects the believer by his Spirit. Christ is truth and light, not lies and darkness.

Satan could be compared to a lenticular picture. Viewed from one angle, one observes an attractive face. Move just a little to one side, and one sees only a skull; death; ugly emptiness.

When human beings fail to see people as Christ sees them, they see others in the temporal sense only.

The devil gives them what they want: an appearance of order and reliability, charisma and power, or wisdom and gentle beauty. Christians are vulnerable to Satan’s ruse too.


The Devil in Other Religions

Most other religions and cultures teach of an evil being who roams the earth wreaking havoc and fighting against the forces of good. In Islam, the devil is known as Shaytan and, like the Devil in Christianity, is also thought to have rebelled against God. In Judaism, “satan” is a verb and generally refers to a difficulty or temptation to overcome instead of a literal being.

In Buddhism, Maara is the demon that tempted Buddha away from his path of enlightenment. Much like Jesus of Christianity resisted the Devil, Buddha also resisted temptation and defeated Maara. In people of almost any religion or even in those who don’t follow a religion, the Devil is almost always synonymous with fear, punishment, negativity, and immorality.


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The Bible Says Jesus Was Real. What Other Proof Exists? Hitler’s Teeth Reveal Nazi Dictator’s Cause of DeathThe Devil and Hell Perhaps the most lasting images of the Devil are associated with hell, which the Bible refers to as a place of everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. Still, the Bible doesn’t state the Devil will reign over hell, just that he’ll eventually be banished there.

The idea that the Devil governs hell may have come from a poem by Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, published in the early fourteenth century. In it, God created hell when he threw the Devil and his demons out of Heaven with such power that they created an enormous hole in the center of the earth.


What Does The Devil Look Like?


In his poem, Dante portrayed the Devil as a grotesque, winged creature with three faces—each chewing on a devious sinner—whose wings blew freezing cold winds throughout Hell’s domain.

The Bible doesn’t describe the Devil in detail. Early artistic interpretations of The Divine Comedy, featuring shocking images of the Devil and his demons inflicting almost unimaginable human suffering, only emboldened people’s thoughts about Hell and the Devil.

And by the end of the Middle Ages, the Devil had taken on the appearance of the horned, trident-wielding figure with hooves for feet and a long tail, an image that has endured to modern times.



The Devil and Witches

Fear of the Devil is at least partially responsible for the witchcraft hysteria of Europe and New England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Protestants and Catholics alike accused many people of practicing witchcraft and making deals with the Devil. The Puritans in New England’s early colonies were petrified of the Devil. They believed he gave powers to witches who were faithful to him. This fear gave rise to the infamous Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts.


The Puritan’s strict lifestyle, their fear of outsiders, and their terror of the so-called “Devil’s magic” led them to accuse at least 200 people of witchcraft between 1692 and 1693—twenty of the accused were executed.



The Devil in Modern Times

Religious translations are often controversial. There’s usually some degree of dissent in interpreting early texts, and texts about the Devil are no exception. Even so, throughout history, the Devil’s reputation as an evildoer hasn’t changed much. Most Christians still believe he’s literally transformed the world and is responsible for much of the world’s corruption and chaos.

Not all religions shun the Devil, though. People of the Church of Satan, known as Satanists, don’t worship the Devil but embrace him as a symbol of atheism, pride, and liberty, among other things. Another type of Satanist, theistic Satanists, worships the Devil as a deity. They may practice Satanic rituals or even make Satanic pacts.

There’s no shortage of Hollywood films featuring the Devil. He’s been played by some of Hollywood’s elite such as Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, and Al Pacino. And after Mia Farrow’s character gave birth to Satan’s offspring in the horror-flick Rosemary’s Baby, expectant mothers who saw the film wished they hadn’t.

Given the immense draw of the classic battle between good and evil, it’s likely that the Devil’s influence is here to stay, and he will continue to influence religion, literature, and pop culture worldwide.

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Sources A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials. Smithsonian.com. Devil Worship in the Middle Ages. Loyola University New Orleans. Jewish Concepts: Demons and Demonology. Jewish Virtual Library. Puritans' Beliefs on Satan and Witchcraft. Gettysburg College. The Buddha’s Encounter with Mara the Tempter: Their Representation in Literature and Art. Access to Insight. Is “Lucifer” the Devil in Isaiah 14:12? – The KJV Argument against Modern Translations. Bible.org. A Satanist on Why Everything You Think You Know About His Religion Is Wrong. The Independent. Theistic Satanism: The new Satanisms of the era of the Internet. TheisticSatanism.com. AuthorHistory.com Editors https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/history-of-the-devil





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