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In "Satan: A Biography" (Cambridge Press), Henry Ansgar Kelly puts forth the most comprehensive case ever made for sympathy for the devil, arguing that the Bible actually provides a kinder, gentler version of the infamous antagonist than typically thought.
"A strict reading of the Bible shows Satan to be less like Darth Vader and more and more like an overzealous prosecutor," said Kelly, a UCLA professor emeritus of English and the former director of the university's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. "He's not so much the proud and angry figure who turns away from God as [he is] a Joseph McCarthy or J. Edgar Hoover. Satan's basic intention is to uncover wrongdoing and treachery, however overzealous and unscrupulous the means. But he's still part of God's administration."
When it comes to the Old Testament, Kelly insists that Satan's profile is considerably lower than commonly thought and significantly less menacing. By Kelly's count, Satan only appears three times in the 45 books that make up the pre-Christian scriptures, the best known being in the Book of Job. On each occasion, Satan is still firmly part of what Kelly calls "God's administration," and his activities are done at the behest of "the Big Guy." But his actions aren't evil so much as consistent with the translation of "devil" and "satan," which literally mean "adversary" in Greek and Hebrew, respectively
Similarly, a passage in the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus reports having seen "Satan fall like lightning," has been misinterpreted, according to Kelly. "Jesus saw the fall in the past because he had the vision the day before he describes it to the apostles," Kelly said. "But Jesus is referring to a future fall [of Satan] from his position as God's attorney general."
This is not to say, however, that Kelly contends that Satan is likeable.
"Jesus doesn't like him, and Paul doesn't like him," Kelly explained. "He represents the old guard in the heavenly bureaucracy, and everyone longs for him to be disbarred as the chief accuser of humankind."
Originally posted by andy1033
I am saying that the people who run this world on our level, worship satan(devil or what ever you call it). So by there actions you should know if what they follow is the right way.
So for one second just accept that they are devil worshippers or whatever, do you think there actions represent something that you should follow?
Originally posted by mapsurfer_
Judge only your own actions. A safe bet, because you really cannot control anyone or anything other than yourself.
[edit on 22-9-2008 by mapsurfer_]
Originally posted by sir_chancealot
Who are the great Satanists that have started hospitals, orphanages, helped the poor, the sick, the widows, etc.? Anyone have a list?
If not, think about why not.
Satanism is a religion based on the reality that man is an animal, like all others. They choose to separate themselves from a society where natural behavior is suppressed and the strong support the weak.
God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference
Originally posted by scientist
By definition, they do not do charity, as it is opposite to a central idea of Satanism.
regarding the actual entity known as Satan.. I still havent been convinced that Satan is anything other than God's "bad side" which first came to light in the Book of Job.
Originally posted by Good Wolf
You're assuming that there isn't room for charity in an animal. Dolphins Have been known to protect other animals from sharks so much that they become 'shark-repellent'. They do this completely selflessly, and they are animals. So if they can do it and they are animals then why can't Satanists?
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
The devil as a concept makes no sense.
How can there be an omnipotent god who allows a devil to exist?
And more importantly, who is the devil? Is he also omnipotent? Can the devil be saved by god, or converted to good? If not, doesnt that mean that he is incapable of good and should therefore not be maligned since he doesnt have a choice.
You see... it just makes no bloody sense.