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#108504 - 09/07/16 08:08 AM From what to who.
Gira Offline

Registered: 08/12/15
Posts: 46
Loc: Oro Valley, Arizona
A world with Satan is different than a world without.

So here's a timeline of his evolution in the bible. Starting as just a thing; obstructor, accusor, etc. Eventually being acknowledged as a tangible, independent entity.
And continuing beyond that some classical references that helped with shaping his modern day image, like Milton's.
Even the saints were known to imply comedy,
by ridiculing the enemies of the saints.

#108507 - 09/07/16 06:34 PM Re: From what to who. [Re: Gira]
Czereda Offline
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Loc: Poland
It seems that Satan is a dark side of Jehovah who gained separate life later on. People couldn't bear the thought that their God is beyond good and evil, that he has a light and dark side, that he is One. And when we look at Jehovah, he was far from an all-benevolent God. With God becoming perfectly good, the dark side of every human being became demonized and subsequently condemned and rejected. We have this polarized, black and white picture of the world.

In Milton's "Paradise Lost" Satan is all too human. He's not totally evil character, he has feelings. We can almost feel his suffering and pity him as he weeps while seeing happy Adam and Eve in Paradise and recalling his past happiness and glory. There is also a passage in "Paradise Lost" where the devils wish God showed mercy and killed them instead of sentencing them to eternal torment. We could say that Satan is a prisoner of his own pride, quite counterproductive pride, as it eventually causes his suffering and defeat. Still as a true rebel, he chooses independence even at the price of God's ruthless punishment.
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