reply to post by Akragon
The devil can be found and described in many passages of scripture. It's where I get the story from. I'll share them now. I know we may never see eye
to eye on this matter, so I'll leave it dead with this post. Always do truely enjoy our chats Akragon, you're a smart cookie.
Genesis chapter 3 (the temptation in the garden) - we meet the serpent, whom Jesus will later in the book clearly refer to as the devil.
1 Choronicals 21:1 - Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel... (what we were just talking about, and proof that
sometimes, people took the word of Satan as God's in the OT)
Isaiah 14:12-22 - How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down
to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to
tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable
branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under
feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be
renowned. Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the
world with cities. For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew,
saith the LORD.
(here we see that he indeed wishes to be God, inpersonate him even if it requires the damnation of all. To Satan, it's all about him. Nothing else
Ezekiel 28:12-19 - Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full
of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the
diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes
was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy
mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore
I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart
was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee
before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic;
therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all
them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any
(this shows how God made Satan to be something wonderful, and how much it pains him how he chose to fall instead of fulfill his purpose as protector,
I'll dig deeper into the OT, see if I can find anything more there. Now, for what Jesus had to say on the matter:
(Matthew 4:1) Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
(Matthew 4:5) Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest
point of the temple.
(Matthew 4:8) Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the
kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
(Matthew 4:10-11) Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship
the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"  Then the devil left him, and angels came
and attended him.
(Matthew 12:26) If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can
his kingdom stand?
(one more post to come, ran outta characters. ^.^; )
edit on 24-5-2012 by Lasr1oftheJedi because: thing thought I couldn't make my own smily