exquisite communication skills, such as Satan, it shows how great of a leader he is. While this battle of good vs. evil is still taking place, Satan is a hero to his angels and will remain one for as long as he lives.
Satan’s definitions include the advocate of God, a personification of evil, the fallen angel, a spirit created by God, and also the accuser. People see Satan differently, some know of his existence, others think of him as just a myth, and there are those that just ignore him. John Milton's Paradise Lost tells of Satan's banishment from Heaven and his gain of earth. He and his brigade have plotted war against God and are now doomed to billow in the fiery pits of hell. Satan is a complex character with many different qualities. God is a character who we, as Christians, know about but do not completely understand. We also do not completely understand Satan. Some may think they know Satan but when asked “Is Satan divine?”
Elaine Pagels seeks to clarify ongoing questions with Christians and Satan and how Christians managed to create such a demonic figure in The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics. Pagels aims at taking a very complex subject and making her readers understand how Christianity developed along with Satan. Pagels gives several examples from many different time periods. This paper will aim at summarizing main points on how Satan was created. As well, how Christianity used Satan to demonetize Jews, Pagans and Heretics. Further, a brief opinion on if Christians had not developed Satan how would western history be different today. Satan continues to be one of the most recognized figures in today’s culture, considering out how this figure came to be is complex yet fascinating.
“Satan is a portrait of rebellion gone wrong, but not of the wrongs of rebellion” (Bryson). Cromwell later diminished, and Charles II was bestowed to King of England, while Satan is still trying to destroy all of God’s creations, and diminish their good moral, and qualities.
Satan is so high in his own esteem; he cannot bear to be a servant and must be a leader, as he says in Book I, “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n” (line 263).
The devil has one main goal, to turn us away from God and instead make us his slaves. He will do everything he possibly can to achieve this goal. In Screwtape letters, Wormwood used the patients relationship with his mother to distract him. Not only is it wrong to ruin a relationship between a family member, but out of all things screwtape had to choice that. Wormwood almost had his own devil who was Screwtape. Screwtape would tell him what to do and Wormwood obeyd. In the Bible it warns us Christians to watch out for the devil's schemes. This is why the Bible commands us to “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). As a follower of Christ, we have to stand our ground. We could have so much tossed at us by the devil such as persecution, temptation and many more.
hrough the spirit of lust, Satan’s attempt to distort God’s sacred sexual presence within humanity had managed to monopolize a multitude of sexual venues. Distinctly the most powerful opponent of Jesus was the evil spirit of lust and its ability to possess and control the majority of people. Yet, due to Christ’s intervention a new found revelation caught fire, awakening God’s sexual presence once again. The battle that Jesus Christ undertook with Satan and his numerous advocates gave those who believed, a new dawn of understanding that God’s spirit would protect and save them. Trusting that, unlike pagan superstitions and beliefs, Christians would obtain a new found spiritual possession of strength and endurance through the spirit of Christ;
Because of the strict rule of God in this situation, Satan's rebellion is made to seem heroic. He is standing up against the rule of a tyrant, and helping and encouraging others to do the same. Part of the reason Satan in considered such a good leader in this story is because of his ability to persuade his followers through his
This article is about a student named Gabby (which is not her real name) that attended Everest Institute a branch of Corinthian College to obtain her certification in the medical field to better her life. She graduated top of class and was asked to the “Ambassador” for the school. You would think that an accomplishment like that would enable Gabby to find the job that she would coincide with what she has achieved. However, one year later she is currently working with a temp service in the medical field making less than what she was making as a call center representative which was her occupation before she decided to make a career change. By attending the school she has been
Satan has a relationship with his “evil” followers much like a king to his noble subjects (or God to his followers). This is especially evident in lines 436-459, when Satan appears like a commoner until he ascends his throne and is suddenly clad in glory. The hundreds of thousands of demons are all condensed around the capital of Hell, waiting with bated breath for “their great adventurer from the search / of foreign worlds,” “whom they wished beheld, /
Ancient Greek civilizations mentality is what got them through life by their way of thinking. Even though Greece’s geography isolated the civilizations, it allowed them to see the world by providing the civilizations with the Mediterranean Sea. The geography divided Greece up into city-states that made them strive to do better than each other, which we know today as competition. This allowed for art, politics, literature, athletics, inventions, and new ideas to come about. Greece’s dry and rocky climate allowed for the civilizations to find two cash crops known as grapes and olives. Grapes and olives is what led to Greece civilizations trading around the Mediterranean Sea. This boosted trade, allowed settlement (colonization), and allowed new ways and ideas to come about. When the Persians tried to defeat Greece, Greeks not only
In 490 BC, Greece defeated the Persian invaders at the famous Marathon. And in 480, Persian warriors suffered heavy losses in the Salamis. These battles have confirmed the mighty military power of Greece. Under the reign of King Alexander the Great of Macedonia, the Greeks had extensive expansions to Egypt, Persia and India. His conquests led to the settlement and dominance of the Greeks in many remote and influential Greek cultures that were more widespread than ever. This period is called the Greek Period. Later, when the Roman Empire was established and became mighty, Greece became a Roman province but the cultural influences of ancient Greece were maintained and developed.
The earliest Greek civilization thrived around 4,000 years ago. Some of the things that they had we still use today, such as art, science, math, literature, and politics. The Greeks were known for their great intelligence, military strategies, and their architectural skills. All Greek's spoke the same language. This was done to make trade easier and to be able to communicate between different parts of the country. Even though everyone spoke the same language the Greek language had three different dialects which were Aeolic, Doric and Ionic. These three different dialects came about from the three tribes around the country. All Greeks believed in the same gods, who were a big part of their culture. The Greek government was not a monarchy
In a way, Satan's rebellion is reminiscent of Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave." It can be argued that Satan has come to realize that he has other options and has the option of breaking free from ignorance. "The allure of free will is where the attractiveness and power of Satan's character lies" (Zeng). Satan is an individual who wants to break others from their ignorance and will do so by appealing to their reason and encouraging them to make their own decisions (Plato). Moreover, Satan did not force Eve to eat the Forbidden Fruit as Eve contends before eating it, "Our reason is our Law" (Milton Book IX line 654). Additionally, Satan is not described by Milton as someone that forceful, but rather is repeatedly referred to as "The Tempter" (Book IX, line 665).
1 Corinthians 1:18-25, in many ways offers a measuring stick for what true wisdom and power is, according to Scripture. While the believers in Corinth are looking for, and claiming to have, true wisdom and power, Paul addresses the issue and makes it clear that true wisdom and power are found in Christ and in the message of the cross. In no uncertain terms, Paul states that the wisdom of the world is lacking and is unable to save “those who are perishing.” But, the so-called foolishness of God has the power to save those who believe, and is found only in the cross of Jesus Christ. While Jews and Greeks alike are searching for that which saves, Paul makes it clear that salvation is not found in the wisdom and power of