According to Jewish thought, ha-Satan (lit. "the Adversary") is simply the Prosecuting Attorney, if you will, in the Heavenly Court. His job is to
"accuse" people day and night. Does this mean that the rabbis believed Satan to be a REAL being? Well, ... not exactly....
The rabbis taught that Satan, the Evil Impulse and the Angel of Death were all one in the same. What does this mean?
The rabbis taught that the Evil Impulse isn't evil in and of itself, because WITHOUT IT we wouldn't engage in business, build a home, marry or begat
children. Basically, the Evil Impulse - that is to say, our "Id", if you will - is nothing more than the Sex Drive (i.e., self-procreation) and our
Survival Instinct (i.e., self-preservation) and these two clearly walk hand-in-hand. The Good Impulse (Heb. "Yetzer Ha-Tov") is basically one's
Our Sex Drive only becomes EVIL when self-procreation is turned toward selfish-sexual gratification, via the Agent of the Flesh (i.e., that "Old
Man"; the "Id", etc.), without due regard for (or the consent of) one's partner per the established laws of the land and/or the Law of G_d, etc.
(No, I'm not saying that sex is solely a procreative act).
Further, our Survival Instinct only becomes EVIL when self-preservation becomes selfish-proclamation - "Me! Me! Me! My needs, wants, desires before
(and/or in place of) those of others!", etc.
So, in answer to the question.... Yes, Satan is real; howbeit, a REAL part of the human psyche. In short, Satan is that little voice in your head
that accuses you day and night. Satan is that little voice in your head that tells you how worthless you are. Satan is your internal Critical Parent
Ego-State, if you will. This is why the Apostle Paul writes that YOUR heart will accuse or excuse you come Judgement Day. You needn't worry about
G_d judging and condemning you.... You'll do that yourself ... if you continue to allow your "Id" to govern your life.
According to the rabbinic literature ... the ultimate victory over the Evil Impulse won't come until it is removed from the human equation
altogether, which will occur after the Resurrection. Hence, it is the destiny of Satan (i.e., your "Id") to be thrown into the Lake of Fire (i.e.,
the garbage dump, if you will).
The historical Yeshua (aka Jesus) validates this rabbinic concept in his own teaching about life in the post-Resurrection Era.
Luke 20: 34-36 - "The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the
children of God, being the children of the resurrection."
Yeshua (aka Jesus) is pointing out that in the post-Resurrection Era our Survival Instinct and Sex Drive will be removed. Why? Because one who is
truly immortal doesn't need to protect themselves from death and one who is truly immortal need not procreate in order to perpetuate one’s self by
I could go on and on, but ... I doubt anyone read this far.