Does Satan (Devil) Really Exist?


"A good deal of skepticism has been expressed about Satan.  Those who take the Bible seriously are obliged to believe in Satans existence, since the Bible unmistakably refers to the demonic.  Nonetheless, it is objected by skeptics and atheists that belief in a sinister evil power in the universe is outmoded and supersticious.  Some evidence for the personality and reality of Satan is direct.  In total, it is sufficient to establish existance of a personal Devil.  Once the authenticity and Divine origin of the Bible are established, the existance of Satan follows.

Nineteen of the twenty-seven New Testament books refer to Satan  (and four more to demons).  We gain alot more informed understanding of this sphere of rebellion against God.  The personal encounters and conversations of Christ with Satan and demons made it evident that Jesus believed in a real, personal Satan.  Jesus made twenty-five of the twenty-nine references to Satan found in the Gospels.  Indeed, Jesus carried on an extended conversation with Satan during his temptation.  Matthew 4 and Luke 4 describe a personal encounter between Satan and Jesus.  Mark 1:12 and Hebrews 4:13 refer to this confrontation.  To deny the reality of a personal Satan in these passages is to impugn the integrity or sanity of Christ.

The existance of thousands of false religons and cults testifies to the existance of a great deceiver.  Paul wrote:  "The Spirit clearly says that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come from hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron," (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

Another evidence of the reality of a personal devil is the universal, powerful and persistent nature of the temptation to do evil.  What else accounts for the heinous crimes committed by seemingly decent people, from David to the present.  Even law-abiding people (who pass for what we call "good") show that they are not good by feeling the urge to do things totally out of keeping with their character.  And this includes Christians.  The universal temptation to sin, even by godly people, is best explained by a sustained, personal attack.  Evil does not fit the impersonal force category under which it is often placed.  Gravity and magnetism are impersonal forces, but they do not personally allure.  Evil by its very nature interacts with intellect and will."
(Geisler, N. L. 1999. Baker encyclopedia of Christian apologetics. Baker reference library . Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Mich.)



            Satan In The Bible


Serpent------------------Genesis 3:1-14
Lucifer-------------------Isaiah 14:12
Cherub-------------------Ezekiel 28:14
Energized David------------1 Chronicles 21:1
Afflicted Job-------------Job 1:7-2:10
Opposes Israel------------Zechariah 3:1-9
Tempter-----------------Matthew 4:3
Prince Of Demons----------Matthew 12:24, Acts 10:38
Incites False Doctrine-------1 Timothy 4:1-6
Perverts God's Word--------Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:10-11
Demon Possesion------------Matthew 12:22-29
The Adversary-------------Zechariah 3:1
Behind Judas--------------John 13:2, 27
Caused Ananias To Lie-------Acts 5:3
Blinds People---------------2 Corinthians 4:4
Harm Christians------------1 Peter 5:8
Leader Of Demons----------Ephesians 6:11-12
Works In Unsaved----------Ephesians 2:2
Father of the Unsaved------John 8:44, Matthew 13:24-43, Romans 9:7-9, 1 John 3:4-10
Does Miracles-------------2 Thessalonians 2:9
Liar---------------------John 8:44
Prince Of The World--------John 12:31, 14:30
Blinds People---------------Luke 13:16
Fallen Angel---------------Matthew 25:41
Sows Tares---------------Matthew 13:38-39
Snatches The Word Away--- Matthew 13:19
Bound In The Millenium-------Revelation 20:1-3
Enemy--------------------Matthew 13:39
"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."
Isaiah 14:12-15
"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...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."
Ezekiel 28:14-15,17
Dr. J. Vernon McGee: The Fall of Satan.