reply to post by gerg357
Alot of the issues you raise have to do with the vast misconceptions and revisionist teachings found in many churches.
Satan in the Bible is subordinate to G-d, as can be seen in the Book of Job.
It can also be seen in Job that Satan still operates in the Heavens.
It is also clear from Job that the conflict is between Humans and Satan.
Alot of the errors, rise from people relying poor translations and interpretations of texts. Sometimes things are just taken out of context.
Example, things commonly taken out of context:
The Serpent in Genesis
The King of Babylon in Isaiah
The King of Tyre in Ezekiel
Most of these false traditions can be found to originate in the dark ages in the Catholic Church and influenced by various pagan myths. Milton's
Paradise Lost and Dante's Inferno further confused people.
In the Christian testament Paul echoes some of the same ideas about Satan found in Job, that he still operates in the Heavens and that humanity
struggles against him.
These kinds of contradictions and inconsistencies between the text and practiced beliefs can cause people to lose faith and become atheists. I can
totally understand that point of view. For some reason people prefer to ignore what is written and basically make up their own religion borrowing
elements from the Bible. I can understand how that can make people lose faith.
So your going to have a very hard time getting any accurate answers about Satan. The best you can do is to do the research yourself. Meaning study the
Hebrew and Greek texts. Disregard things like Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost. Stick with the Greek and Hebrew orginal texts of the
Bible. It also helps to ignore the more recent inventions of verses and chapter numbers. The Bible was not written in verses and chapters like that.
Reading it in such a manner causes people to take sentences out of context. So ignore them.
Don't be afraid of a little historical research while your at it, so you can place the writings into the context of the time and place they were
written. The books of the Bible were written by many authors over hundreds of years in different places.
In some ways what you find will be disappointing, in the sense that most Churches, especially in America, have essentially made up their own religion
that borrows elements from the Bible. Some of the American protestant churches are the worst offenders. The Greek and Ethiopian Orthodox come much
closer, but are still plagued by some errors that orginated with Imperial Roman interference in the early church.
You will be surprised by Judaism though, which has been far more consistent over time not only in its beliefs and practices, but also that those
beliefs and practices are consistent with the texts.