essay 4

Submitted By zbuck23
Words: 1166
Pages: 5

In this paper I will be discussing about dualism, showing how the biblical definition of Satan contradicts the common knowledge of today’s society. Showing how the origin of Satan means that God did in fact not create evil but Satan did. Religious dualism is defined as (Elwell n.d.) The belief that there are two mutually hostile forces or beings in the world; one being the source of all good the other the source of all evil. This concept is contrary on what the bible teaches about God and Satan. Satan was originally named Lucifer the morning star, God gave Lucifer so much knowledge and great things but the problem was that he wanted to be God. Isaiah 14:12 says “how you have fallen from heaven morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth.” We see here that god cast him out of heaven and onto the earth. Job 1:6 says “now there was a day when the sons of god came to present themselves before the lord, Satan also came among them.” When we look at this verse we can see that Satan came to Jesus as a subordinate not an equal. In job there is an instance where Satan needs Gods permission to tempt job. Verse 1:12 says “And the LORD said to Satan, Behold all that he has is in your power only do not lay a hand on his person so Satan went out fro the presence of the Lord.” In Colossians 1:16 it says “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities all things have been created through him and for him.” This verse is inclusive it leaves nothing out that God did not create; clearly saying that the only reason Satan is here is because God made him. In Isaiah 14:12 many people believe that this refers to the king of Babylon however, I personally do not. I find it hard to believe that this verse mentions the morning star and talks about the fall and it not refer to Satin. Ezekiel 28 right in the beginning says “ say to the ruler of tire” this right there tells me that it is not talking about Satan. Although I can see the parallel and how and it could be used as a great example of Satan as they seem to be almost the same situation. We see in chapter 28 how it talks about Tyre saying in his heart that he is a God this was the same problem Satan had that he wasn’t good enough being the morning star reflecting Gods light but wanted to be light. The two common objections to these two passages is first with Isaish14 some would say that this is talking about the Babylonia king. My argument to this would be where it talks about the morning star falling. Then Ezekiel 28 the flip side of the argument would say that this is talking about Satin. My only defense to that would be when it talks about in verse two of Ezekiel 28 it says to the king of Tyre. But even then its not a position I would be able to agree well my stand point on the issue would have to be in the middle and say that it is talking about both the king and Satan their to closely matched to not be. If we look at the origin of Satan it is very easy to see that God in fact did not create evil but Satan did. When we look and see what Satan did he wanted to over throw God we see he wanted to be the light so he was thrown down to earth. In turn this affected us humans because we were subject now to deal with temptation. Because God created free will so that we can truly choose to love him and not be robots he let satin go and temp us so we could prove how we truly love him. But Satan got the best of us in the garden of Eden bringing us to where we are today. From a biblical point of view we can see where Satan’s limitations are in job 8 we see that Satan must ask permission to do things to Job and his family this shows one area where satin is limited and needs permission to do something. We also know from our past lessons that Satan is not omnipresent meaning he can’t be everywhere at once like God. Can someone blame Satan when he/she is attacked? I believe that humans are