As we all know, Christianity paints a really bad picture of poor old Satan, but why does he always get the blame?
Imagine thinking that God is in control of your destiny. It takes away your right as a human to make decisions, and independent choices, but at the same time it takes responsibility away from your actions, as you can praise God, and thank him for his guidance when something good happens, or blame Satan when something bad happens.
”Consequently, if you believe God made Satan, you must realize that all Satan’s power comes from God and so that Satan is simply God’s child, and that we are God’s children also. There are no children of Satan, really.” – Anne Rice
If God is the ultimate creator of everything, then he created good and evil. This cannot be disputed. Satan is his creation, and he’s given him the power of evil, so why has he done this? Is it because Satan is the perfect scapegoat? Create an evil entity, give him his own domain, and blame everything that God chooses not to prevent on him. How convenient.
Who is Satan?
His name Satan (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן) means “adversary”.
The most common name used in many cultures is the Devil, but he also goes by the names Satan, Moloch, Beelzebub and Mephistopheles. The name Devil is derived from Greek (διάβολος) diábolos, meaning ‘Slanderer’ In most religions there is a Devil who is considered the ‘personification of evil’, but in the Abraham religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) he goes by the name Satan.
In Christianity he’s a fallen angel and is God’s and humanities’ nemesis. Christianity claims that he, and the fallen angels who follow him will be condemned in the fire of the final judgement which will happen when Jesus makes his second coming.
He’s often claimed to be the talking through the snake in the Garden of Eden. Many believe that the angels watched God’s creation and Satan was perhaps jealous and he took it upon himself to turn the first humans against God.
It’s also claimed that God punishes the snake for convincing Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge.
”Genesis 3:2-4: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
The snake told them that after they eat the fruit their eyes would be opened and they wouldn’t die. Did they die? No, they didn’t, and the serpent was telling the truth, despite Satan being often accused of king of deceit. Their eyes were truly opened and they discovered modesty and covered up their genitalia.
Was it not right for the snake to advise Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil to educate themselves as to what’s wrong and right, with them being the first humans surely they had to set an example for what comes after them?
Why did God put the tree there in the first place if he didn’t want Adam and Eve near it? I’ve heard theists say that it was to see if they could resist temptation, but surely one of humanities greatest virtues is their thirst for knowledge? But as we well know, God doesn’t like his flock thinking for themselves. This story proves in at least this instance that God lied, and Satan told the truth.
Why didn’t God kill him when he was still in Heaven?
It’s a great question, and the most obvious answer is in every fictional fantasy story there’s a protagonist and an antagonist.
As the book of Revelations states, Archangel Michael fought a rebellion against God by Lucifer (The Dragon) with support from angels and demons, but God was too powerful and cast them all down to Earth as fallen angels. The mutiny is said to have happened because Satan refused to bend the knee to God’s new creation. Humanity.
”You said in your heart… I will make myself like the Most High” Isaiah 14:13-14).
Others say that he wasn’t happy as he wanted God’s throne. From some of what I’ve read, despite being banished from Heaven, God still allowed him power, but he couldn’t use any of it without God’s permission, so if this is the case, how can he be blamed by Christianity for evil, when he has to ask God’s permission first? He has the power to kill, but requires God’s approval first. Many Christians say that the Satan is a major influence over sin, but considering God lied to Adam and Eve about death if they ate the fruit, and Satan needs God’s permission to act, and God created sin, then surely everything rests on his shoulders, not Satan’s.
So why has God put Satan on a leash? He convinced Adam and Eve to directly disobey God, and he declared war against him? I’ve researched this and I can’t find a suitable answer. The only conclusion is Christians need someone to blame when bad things happen. God was aware of the Holocaust, but he didn’t attempt to stop it. Why? Did he just want his worshippers to say Hitler was under Satan’s control?
I’m also under the impression that the Bible makes no claims that Satan is in control of Hell, just that he will eventually be banished there. In the early 14th century a very famous poem by Dante Alighieri called The Divine Comedy was written, and Dante claimed that when Satan was cast out of heaven and thrown to the Earth, the hole created by the impact led to Hell. Is this poem really where Christians get the idea of Satan being in Hell from? It wouldn’t surprise me as the Bible is a work of fiction.
Why do Christians say that every human is responsible for sin, and they deserve to be punished, but Satan gets away with his crimes? It’s almost like this conversation happened
God ‘If you accept that you’ve been a naughty boy I will give you your own domain, with a constant supply of virgins and sinners to torture, but I have one condition.
Satan ‘I’m listening’
God ‘I’m going to take the glory for all the nice things like butterflies, sunny afternoons, love and romance, beginning of life. But you’re going to take the blame when anything bad happens. Hitler, Stalin, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Buddy, Piers Morgan – That’s on you! Deal?’
Satan – ‘Deal’.
I guess we will have to wait until Satan releases his autobiography to hear his side of the story.