George Smith Theo201_D20_201120 Short Essay # 4 Angelology and Satanology What is religious or ethnic dualism? It asserts that there are two mutually hostile forces or beings in the world, the one being the source of all good, the other the source of all evil. The difference between this and what the bible says about God and Satan is this the bible doesn’t clearly say Satan is the source of all evil and at the same time it does say that God is the source of all good.
The Bible clearly a state that Satan was an angel of God in Isaiah 7 and then he rebelled against God so that alone shows that it’s a contradiction of religious dualism in the sense that Satan is not the source of all evil and in Ezekiel some theologians think that he was talking about the Kings of Babylon and Tyre when in reality he was talking about Satan. So both these passages refer to Satan’s past. What are some common objections?
Some say these passages fail to take into account the fact that these prophecies far transcend any earthly ruler and second it ignores the close connection Satan has in scripture with the government of the satanic world system, of which both ancient Babylon and Tyre were an inseparable part. How do I respond to that? I think that both passages are referring to Satan and his past. I believe these passages describe how he rebelled against God and the beginning of the consequences he would face.
Satan or the devil a high angelic creature who before the creation of the human race rebelled against the creator and became the chief antagonist of God and man. That statement alone shows that God didn’t create evil. Satan made a choice to rebel against God and do his own thing which caused other angels to follow him. Satan caused the fall of the human race as the “serpent”. What are Satan’s limitations? He is only a creature limited and permitted to have power by divine omnipotence and omniscience.
He works in tempting and accusing men, ousted from the heavenlies and is to be confined to the abyss for a thousand years. Just by this list of things shows that he is second to God and he will never be equal to God and anything he tries to do will fall way short of what God can and will be able to do. Can someone blame Satan when he/she yields to temptation or commit a sin? They can if they don’t accept responsibility of what they done. They cant put all blame on Satan for everything they do wrong.
I believe eventually you have to be responsible for your actions or the thought process that will get you to commit a sin. In conclusion to this essay I can say that this will challenge you to think about Satan and where he come from and how the Bible describes him. So Satan is not the source of all evil and you cant blame him for every sin you commit and the reason why your thinking about it. Bibliography 1)- – Elwell, Walter A. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001. 2) Isaiah 14: 12-14 NIV 3) Ezekiel 28: 12-15 NIV 4) Genesis 3 NIV