I have conducted etymologies on every word in the Bible that can even remotely be associated with Satan or the devil (as we seem to understand it). I am willing to bet you a dollar to a donut that you are unaware of the first time this term “satan” is used in the Bible and who it is attributed to. Why would I place that bet? Because I have never heard a preacher teach about the subject and the times I taught about it came with an assault from “believers” calling me a liar, even though I can point out precisley where the term is first used and why.
When you realize this one little fact, you must begin to realize that the word means far more than your imagination and the fear mongerers are willing to admit or teach. Nor are you likely to realize that God is in control of Satan (whatever it may mean to you) which is obvious if you ever read Job.
You see, in the Bible, satan is used as an Adversary and in the first usage it is God who sends his angel to be the satan (adversary). The truth is that in Hebrew the word “satan” is not a proper noun, any more than the usage of the word “lucifer” is a proper noun. There is no mystical Lucifer who rebelled against God and any one who has truly studied the wording must understand that the lucifer they are talking about is a man… a king, actually.
Hebrew “Satan” (from Strong’s Concordance)
<07854> satan (saw-tawn’) from 07853; an opponent; especially (with the article prefixed) Satan, the arch-enemy of good:–adversary, Satan, withstand.
And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary <07854> against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. (Num 22:22)
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand <07854> thee, because thy way is perverse before me: (Num 22:32)
The point I am making here is that religious “teachers” teach more from a theolgical perspective, but not one from the etymology (orignal meanings) of the words used. In other words, even if one wants to say that the Bible is the “Word of God”, it has been so blatantly muddied that it is man’s theology that rules over honest translation/interpretation.
Check out the following film (although I do not agree with every word in it, it tries to educate people to the abuse and direct fear mongering used and is certainly man-made.
There may be a satan, but it sure as hell isn’t the dude with a pitchfork and horns.
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