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Monday, March 1, 2010

Is Satan a real person?

The Scriptures portray Satan the Devil as a real person. The Devil is a spirit creature and therefore he is invisible to humans for the same reason that God is invisible to human eyes. “God is a Spirit,” says the Bible. (John 4:24)

Long ago, one of the perfect spirit sons of God acted upon an improper desire and made himself Satan the Devil. The Bible explains the process: “Each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death.” (James 1:14, 15) (See: How did one of God's spirit sons become Satan the Devil, and what was his motive?)

Some contend that Satan is simply the "personification of the evil." However, the biblical evidence showing that Satan is a real person include the instances where Satan actually CONVERSED with others. (Genesis 3:1-5) God Himself talks to Satan at Job 2:1-7 and Jesus does too at Luke 4:3-12. Satan cannot be the "personification of the evil" since God and Jesus do not have any evil at all in them.

Another instance showing how Satan is a real person is the account at Rev. 12:7-9, where Michael and his angels actually waged war with Satan and had him "hurled down to the earth". This would make no sense if Satan was merely the "personification of the evil".

For more, see:
How Real Is the Devil to You?

Is the Devil Real?

THE DEVIL - More Than Just Superstition

Satan—Myth or Sinister Reality?

Who Is the Devil?

Does the Devil Make Us Sick?

Who Really Rules the World?

The Source of Evil Exposed!

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