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Originally posted by scientist
That's a bit of a misunderstanding. Sophia is not exactly "the one God." She is a feminine quality of "God," but also the lowest emanation. The other main tenant of Gnosticism, is that people aren't flawed, trying to become perfect like God - but rather that people are inherently flawed, as God (or rather the demiurge)...
Originally the Hebrew noun satan in the Bible meant simply an adversary, someone hostile. Thus, for example, in I Kings 11:14, "The Lord raised up an adversary (Satan) for Solomon in Hadad the Edomite". In later books of the Bible, the noun came to mean a supernatural being in the heavenly entourage who accuses man before God. This role of Satan is made explicit in the prologue to Job (1-2), where Satan challenges the sincerity of Job's piety. Both here and in Zechariah (3:1, 2) Satan can act only within the limits set by God and is totally subordinate to Him. It has been suggested that the concept of a heavenly accuser of man grew out of the desire not to ascribe evil to God (compare II Sam. 24:1, where God makes David take a census of the people, with the later I Chr. 21:1, where David is provoked by Satan). In the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the role of Satan is greatly enlarged, as it is in the Talmud and Midrash. Whereas previously he was subservient to God, he now incites man to disobey the will of God. Accordingly, he acquires the name Mastemah (Enmity) in the Book of Jubilees. In the Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs he is called Belial; in. the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Angel of Darkness. This development in the concept of Satan may have been due to Persian dualism. He is the subject of many folk beliefs and is also referred to in the liturgy. However, in Kabbalah he is often replaced by other names for the prince of evil.
Originally posted by ...and justice for some
talking about satan and apex has 666 points.... nice lol
[edit on 22-9-2008 by ...and justice for some]
Originally posted by sir_chancealot
You will know them by their fruits.
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.
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.