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What does the Bible say about present-day demon possession?
Afraid Of The Dark
Dear Afraid Of The Dark,
Evil spirits are real, but they were cast out and their powers greatly reduced by Christ and the apostles. Demon possession ended not long after the days of Christ. Jesus made it clear that one of His jobs was to bind the devil and take His strength away by casting out his demons (Matt 12:28-29). When Jesus’ disciples had come back from their evangelism trips and related to Him that they had cast out many demons, Jesus told them that they were defeating Satan by getting rid of Satan’s demonic minions (Lk 10:17-18). When Jesus and His disciples cast out demons, they did it permanently (Lk 8:30-33) and bound Satan by their acts. We no longer have to deal with such overt attacks by the devil because he has been bound by Christ’s sacrifice (Rev. 20:2). Demon possession no longer exists; the devil must use subtler methods to deceive us now.
How was Satan created? Did God create him? If so, why?
Origin Of Species
Dear Origin Of Species,
The Bible never specifically tells us when or how Satan was created, so anything we tell you is merely a best guess. Here is how the logic goes:
- God created everything, both visible and invisible, earthly and heavenly (Col 1:16).
- If God created everything, He must have created Satan.
- Everything God made was originally good, and God wouldn't create something bad (Gen 1:31).
- Satan must have originally been created good.
- We know that, at some point, there were some angels that sinned and rebelled against God (2 Pet 2:4).
- Maybe Satan was one of those angels (this is where the information gets sketchy).
In short, we don't know much... but that is many Bible scholars’ best guess.
Who is the devil? Why was he cast out of heaven? What day did he leave heaven?
Dear Demonic Double-check,
The Bible doesn’t give us much information on the devil’s origins, and since the Bible is vague, we must also be vague. The Bible says that certain angels sinned against God and were cast down and reserved for judgment (1 Pet 2:4). The Bible never specifically mentions the devil as part of that crew of angels, but this may refer to him as well. The Bible says that the devil is the father of lies and murder (Jhn 8:44). The devil was cast out of heaven by God because the devil rebelled against God and sinned. Beyond that, we have very little information. We know that Jesus bound Satan when Jesus came to earth (Mk 3:22-27), and Jesus’ sacrifice cast him out of heaven (Rev 12:7-11). We also know that the devil will eventually be cast into the fires of hell with his angels (Matt 25:41).
Are Isaiah 14:12 and Ezekiel 28:12-13 really referring to Satan?
Dear Reference Research,
Neither verse is talking about Satan. The King James Version uses the word ‘Lucifer’ in Isa:14:12, and that has created some confusion because people often associate that name with Satan. Most other translations use the words ‘Morning Star’. The verse isn’t talking about Satan; it is talking about the Babylonian king (Isa 14:4). In Ezek 28:12-13, God is talking about the fall of Tyre and His judgment against the city of Tyre’s king. The key to understanding any verse is to keep it in its context. Both of those verses are couched within chapters that discuss the destruction of physical kings and their kingdoms.
My boyfriend calls me ‘Satan’ sometimes when he is angry with me. He also calls his mom ‘Lucifer’ because she has a mental condition and sometimes curses for no reason. So he said she is Lucifer for acting that way. I'm called Satan because I may say something that does not appeal to him, but I'm not cursing or name-calling. We are both christians so… I'm confused that he feels it is acceptable in the eyes of God that it is okay to freely use the word Satan towards my character. In the Bible, where can I find it that we should refrain from name-calling?
Thank you for your time.
Dear Disgruntled Girlfriend,
We feel pretty comfortable in saying that your boyfriend needs an attitude check – that is not the way to talk to people. God tells us to make sure our speech is “seasoned with grace” (Col 4:6). We are told to avoid all corrupt speech and to only say things that will edify the hearers (Eph 4:29). The apostle Peter commanded us to “refrain our tongues from evil” and “speak without guile” (1 Pet 3:10). Name-calling (especially referring to someone as the most evil being in existence!) is totally inappropriate. There is only one reference in the Bible to calling someone Satan, and that is Mk 8:33 when Jesus rebuked Peter by saying, “Get behind Me, Satan”. This was because Peter was commanding Jesus to not sacrifice Himself on the cross – a direct contradiction to God’s will (Mk 8:31-32). If the Son of God only used the term in the most extreme circumstance… we should be vary wary of ever using that sort of strong language.