Monday, October 30, 2006

Satan

Continuing on the line of heresies, I have recently read a short booklet by a man named Ralph Woodrow addressing three interesting topics from the Bible. One of the three is the question of whether Satan is in fact a fallen angel.

I've got to be honest with you, I didn't even know you could be an evangelical and believe otherwise. I figured the only people who disagreed with the premise would be those who didn't believe in Satan at all.

But Woodrow addresses the subject very carefully and methodically. Actually, this isn't surprising, as he shows the same care with every topic on which I have read his writings. He begins with the classic passages in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, and shows that they are much more naturally read as speaking of the humans to whom they are addressed, and that there is no need to read any reference to Satan into them. He then proceeds to argue that other passages typically used to speak of Satan as a fallen angel have preferred interpretations as well.

Now, I haven't done my own work on this yet. I will very soon, since I'm going to speak on angels and demons Sunday night in my Great Themes of the Bible series, but for now, it sure is an interesting thought. What if Satan was created by God to serve as the tempter? Would that change anything?

2 comments:

wally said...

What if Satan was created by God to serve as the tempter? Would that change anything?

N O !!!!

Satan is still Death everlasting

Barbara D said...

Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the concept of God sending His only son to die for us to save us from something He created to be an opposing force. Sounds counterproductive - why such great sacrifice to remove Satan's hold on the world if God unleashed him in the first place?

I look forward to Sunday night's service.