Interesting title, eh.
I guess this is one of the questions that everyone has to answer at some point along their faith journey, whether atheist, agnostic, or spiritual enthusiast. Sure each of our sacred texts tell us what to believe regarding this character, but which one is correct? Is there a Satan, Lord of the Underworld, Prince of Darkness, Lucifer, etc…? How do we know?
I am not sure I have an answer for that, but I will try in a second to see if I can come up with some interesting support. One point I would like to make is that if you are a Christian then you need to understand that Satan is not God’s evil brother or the opposite of God. This is a misconception that I believe a lot of Christians make. By having this mindset we create some theological quagmires. First, if Satan is God’s evil equal then who came first and who created Satan? If we say that they both came into existence at the same time (think Yin and Yang or Dualism) then it would stand to reason that neither can exist without the other. That would mean that evil will always be present. (Evil, the word, is another great topic that I might delve into at some point). Second, if we make Satan this all-powerful creature then is God truly able to squash him or reign on his parade (get it, substituting rain for reign, as in rule over! ha!)? After all, wouldn’t their powers void each other out? Third, do you really want to believe that Satan and God are equal? Isn’t that like wishing your nightmares were real?
Okay, enough about that. What evidence is there that Satan exists?
How about that creepy feeling you get when all the lights are out and you are in any building, even a church?
What about the ability of man to imagine creatures that are horrendous and commit unimaginable acts? This is a strange argument, but C.S. Lewis uses the same argument for the existence of God. If Satan exists, then wouldn’t he be just as bad as we could imagine him to be? If he did not exists then we would not be able to conceive of the idea of Satan.
The Cochroach, see my previous blog
Demonic possession. I know this one can be argued from a naturalist standpoint as well, but I simply cannot believe that people are diseased with some unknown bacteria or virus that causes them to say and do some of the crazy things that have gone on.
3 video example from youtube.com In India demon possession supposedly happens quite a lot. Some would say there are reasons for that (like maybe the fact that they have thousands of gods to worship). I only saw two and then decided it was worth adding.
Well, time for bowling and dinner. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Boris the Illusionist