“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.”
― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Being an atheist I sometimes hear other atheists say ‘Is Satan evil?’. Well let’s analyse.
The earliest mention of a devil-like creature is the common serpent who tempted Eve.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
A common answer to the question whether God is evil is this exact verse. In this verse a creature who is assumed to be Satan attempts to tempt Eve to have knowledge. God had kept Eve and Adam ignorant like animals and it is commonly thought that the serpent wants to grant Eve and Adam knowledge and a conscience. God deems this improbable.
The next major chapter which features Satan is Job
6 One day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
Satan is seen talking to God in an agreeable manner, in an almost friendly way. God is also seen here to almost challenge Satan to defile Job. It is also implication that God treats Job as a servant, as a puppet.
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
In this verse God appears to allow Satan to torture Job’s family as if it’s nothing. Satan and God do not appear to have a conscience.
In the next verses Satan murders Job’s family and effectively destroys his life. With God’s permission of course. The death toll of this action does not outnumber the genocides that God has initiated.
The next large chapter with Satan is described in the gospels
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a]by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
An ironic verse due to the fact that Jesus has millions of followers. Oh and there is SatanxJesus Fan fiction.
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
God’s Angels or Satan Angel’s ?
This verse does paint Satan as an arrogant creature but that does not mean that God isn’t one.
The first three Commandments state:
- “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
- “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
- “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Keep in mind Christians are supposed to obey these laws.
After that verse, the only other verse which features Satan is this verse
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.
With the implication that Satan entered Judas before he betrayed Jesus. Yes, I am well aware of the Unfortunate Implications that come with this verse.
I am going to reject the mentions of Satan in Revelations as I was raised to believe that it is not to be taken literally and most of, if not, all of the symbolism had already happened in the past and it was merely a metaphor.
In Conclusion neither Satan nor God is a role model to worship. At least Satan’s death toll was in fact significantly smaller. These days, modern Satanists take Satan as a metaphor for the pursuit of knowledge and do not actually believe in Satan. In the end of the day none of this really matters because Gods do not exist, the world is merely just an anomaly our lives are as meaningless as the animals that we eat. So stop being on your computer and enjoy your life.
“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club