The devil at the dawn of Christianity bore little resemblance to the ruler of hell, the antichrist and agent of evil that he is known as in present day. Satan makes few overt or implied appearances in the Old Testament. For the important role of God’s greatest adversary, early Christians had to flesh out great parts of Satan’s story in order to develop him into his present, fearsome persona. The Christian story of the Devil is heavily influenced by earlier Greek mythology, and early Christian writings about the Devil co-opted local mythology in order to gain new converts and discredit popular pagan beliefs.
Loki has a very different perception of him by the people who worshiped Paganism. Loki has also been used to personify different events that have happened in the Pagan religion. This insight on how Loki, as well as other Gods, relayed messages and lessons for the people of the Pagan religion is very interesting and intriguing. In the Nordic Religions in the Viking Age book written by Thomas A. Dubois he talked about this in detail. A detail about Loki’s presence in Pagan religion he explained stood out to me, it went as followed “This approach became particularly pronounced in Christianity, distinguishing the Christian devil from the more ambiguous demons of pagan tradition, the trickster/demon Loki, for example, the ill-willed but occasionally marriageable giant
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?”
Loki is a complicated Norse pagan god associated with both the trickster archetype, and the devil. He helps the gods out of countless predicaments, yet he ultimately leads to their deaths. When most think of Loki, his monstrous children and role in Ragnarok come to mind. Recently, he has entered the collective consciousness due to his role as a villain in the popular Marvel movie, Thor. His changes in behavior can be explained by the influence of Christianity on Norse pagan religion. Loki had originally been an ambivalent trickster character, but eventually is portrayed as being like Satan. Rather than paganism influencing Christianity, as was common in other cultures, Christianity influenced Norse paganism by drawing parallels between the two mythologies. Loki’s portrayal began as a trickster god, became a parallel of the devil as Balder became increasingly Christ-like, and his modern representation is a mixture of the two opposing portrayals.
John Milton’s Paradise Lost is an epic poem that describes the fall of Satan and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. Satan is the protagonist of Paradise Lost and has several characteristics in which readers may identify with him. Throughout the poem, Satan is not only a tragic hero but also the key character that drives the plot and portrays many flawed human qualities. As an angel fallen from the high esteem of God and a possessor of hubris that leads to his downfall, he represents a tragic hero but also a character in which readers may identify with.
In (Revelation 12:3) Satan appeared as a 7 headed dragon that had a crown on every head. He became so jealous and full of pride that he threw a rebellion against God. Isaiah 14 says “ I will raise my throne above the stars of God.” (Isaiah 14 12-15 NIV). A war broke out in Heaven, Michael and his angles fought Satan (Revelation 12:7). This next verse proves that Satan is truly evil, It says “Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.” (Revelation 12:4 NIV) That clearly shows that he wants nothing good for us and wants to destroy us. Hell was originally for Satan only, but in Genesis God gave us the choice to live in eternally in heaven or go to hell. The
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Satan deceives all in his presence, even the fallen angels whom he claims as his "peers", whereas, God is not capable fabrication. Pride is also another example of an attribute to the Father of Deceit and in veracity the most influential attribute to Satan's character. His pride leads him to avenge war in heaven and to return to Earth to deceive Man: "New war, provok't; our better part remains/To work in close design by fraud or guile/What force has effected not: that he has no less/At length from us may find, who overcomes/By force, hath overcome but half his foe." Satan cannot back down from God without a fight. Even though he admits that God was the "Potent Victor", he claims that God may have won the battle, but not the war. Satan must fulfill his pride by retaliation.
Are Christians brainwashed? Most Christians who have argued with someone on a topic whether it be on homosexuality, abortion, evolution or any other subject chances are they have been accused of being a "brainwashed Christian" which according to the accuser, is logic enough for the Christian's standpoint is to be ignored,
With the death of Christ, Satan’s power over mankind was shattered (Heb. 2:14). His position in that spiritual courtroom came to an end, and Satan was forcibly removed from it (Rev. 12:7-9). Now, Satan uses his craftiness to deceive humanity so that it will carry out his will instead of God’s. From time to time, he is successful, but the Lord always turns the accuser’s plans against him (Rev. 12:13-17). And, in the end, Satan will suffer eternal punishment for what he has done (Rev.
The devil's primary strategy is to disguise his activities so that it appears that someone or something else is to blame. Have you ever wonder what is really like behind the scenes of your of life? The Apostle Paul had it right, he knew what was behind it when he wrote, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12). It’s important we understand what the real root of the problem is - its Satan and no one other but
As Christians, we should be lights for Christ and show His love through us. We often forget how many people can look up to us so we should watch how we live our lives. We are called to be set apart and not conformed to the world. Lies and deception are major sins in our world today. No one can trust each other or keep their word. They lie to others and break their promises. Christians should not live as promise breakers but promise keepers! Jesus is our perfect example as a promise keeper. He always keeps his promises and never deceives us. He promised eternal life to those who believe and accept him and eternal life they shall receive! We should keep the promises of others and gain their trust. Jephthah kept his vow for "a vow was a solemn
Satan again reverses roles, portraying himself as good and God as evil. Many people fall for this lie. For example, many see Satan as noble liberator in the garden of Eden but judge God as a stingy jailer – instead of seeing God as providing an idyllic environment, while selfish man just had to have one more tree despite the abundant orchards! Man, imitating Satan, said "I will be like God" and rebelled against his benevolent Creator – a Creator Who in turn humbly took the form of a man to be crucified for the willful sins of His own creation so that a way of redemption could be open to all by simply trusting the Rescuer. To regard someone as 'evil' that dies on your behalf is the height of deception.
The question is that is it possible to prove the existence of God in a strictly scientific? Answer is incredibly straightforward that there is no individual in the world who could come back with a solid proof whether God exists or not. One of the primary difficulties is the lack of a general characterization of the existence or nonexistence of which is required to be proved. First of all, for the benefit of further narrative, I would like to give the most general definition of "God" as far as possible including all possible variations. Consider our world as a great computer stylish game or a social network. For such a system may well be the one who designed it, created, wrote and performs systemic organization (Everitt N.p.). If you doubt the presence of Facebook creator and administrator of this network, it will look at least strange.
Satan’s attack is immediate and does not wait for one to receive some understanding of God’s Word, but angrily promotes an attack full of lies and deception. He immediately attacks letting the babe in Christ hear “God can’t save you”. He continues to bombard the babe in Christ, creating more and more doubt that God only wants what is best for you.