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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Is it true that the Devil was created by christians as a scare tactic?


well apparently the christians did this to get people to come to church. More people in church=more money. This was during the time

17 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    First they give you an aliment (you are bad) and then they give you a cure (believe what we tell you, don't ask questions, put something in the collection basket). And you are good.

  • 1 decade ago

    Although Jews believe that Lucifer was an angel they don't believe that he was evil. His job was to test people so that they were capable of being juged. Religious historians actually believe that the Christian idea of Satan came from a "bad angel" that originated in Zoroastrianism, which is spoken of in the book of Enoch, which was not considered worthy to be incorporated into the Bible. That is why the story of the war in heaven and the fall of Satan is not in the Bible. Also many Jews believe the concept of a satanic dominion to be insulting to G-d because the idea of anything having power or influence in the universe other than G-d is wrong and smacks of polytheism.

    Source(s): History Channel/Torah/Talmud
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Bible doesn't tell us exactly what the devil looks like; the pictures you see of him (with horns and a red suit and so forth) simply come from the artist's imagination. Similar pictures have been around for hundreds of years, however, and were meant to warn people about Satan. Satan is evil, and even these pictures should warn us not to have anything to do with him.

    Satan, the Bible says, is totally evil—and yet he can disguise himself so people don't even realize who he is. In fact, the Bible says that sometimes "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14, KJV). Satan's goal is always to stop God's work. He tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross for our sins, and he will try to keep you from God.

    Satan is real—but don't concentrate on him. Concentrate instead on Jesus, because He is stronger than Satan, and by His death and resurrection He defeated Satan. The Bible says, "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work" (1 John 3:8). Ask Jesus to come into your life today because God loves you and Jesus wants you to walk with Him every day.

  • jeni
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago


    Gen.1:1,2 [ Earth and all exist ]; Gen.1:3-35 [ Earth is prepared ]; Gen.1:26 [Man ];


    How old was the world, or serpent [ called dragon or Satan the devil Rev.12:9 ]; when he lied and devieved Eve in Eden?


    How old is the world, or Satan as he is here with the sons of God?

    Jude 9;

    How old was the world, when Satan was here with Michael and body of Moses?


    How old was the world, or Satan when Jesus age 30 faced him in Roman Empire #6?


    How long will Satan be the God of this world, Eze.28:13-15; The cherub angel anointed over Eden? John 8:44; Caused every death to offsprings of Adam.


    How old world at Isaiah, as Lucifer means day star, compares world leaders to him?


    How old is world, when Michael and holy angels cast Satan and unholy angels down to fulfill Gen.3:15 the oldest prophecy how old, Matt.22:42-44; Acts 2:27-35; these prophecies how old?


    How old is world, when Satan has a short time to Rev.20:1-6 [ NO Satan ]; but he still has another 1000 years to be how old?

    Source(s): Bible.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually "the devil" is a concept in Judaism.

    There are two components of the human soul, the "Yetzer Tov" and the "Yetzer HaRah." Literally the potential for good and the potential for evil.

    In Gan Edan, before Adom and Chavah ate the fig, the soul was pure. But man (women too:-) has free will that is to say the choice to listen to the Yetzer Tov or Yetzer HaRah.

    This is why we say "Follow your heart and your soul will guide you."

    Source(s): I learned this in Yeshiva.
  • 1 decade ago

    The Devil predates Christianity but almost every faction of the Hebrew faith gave the Devil only a minor and subservient role to God. . They Counted God as the Ultimate source of everything. With the Christians also came the splitting of God into multiple parts. An apparent abandonment of strict monotheism and a concession to the Pagan roots of the Christian Faith Suddenly God was the One plus his Son plus some sort of universal spirit resembling the Stoic's universal heat. They also split Good and Evil at this time making God all good and only good and setting Satan up as their God of Evil and only evil. Before this Satan's role was only to test Gods servants with temptations. Some aspects of Satan still reflect the earlier view, like his ability only to affect those who the Lord allows him to, the restriction of his movements, his relegation to serving god by punishing the sinners in God's penitentiary(Hell)

    Yes I know, bring on the thumbs

  • 1 decade ago

    No. it was hell that the religious leaders created to sow fear. Satan the devil is real but he is not how medieval artists illustrated and he is not in hell.

    Revelation 12::7 And war broke out in heaven: Mi′cha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

    12 On this account be glad, YOU heavens and YOU who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to YOU, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.”

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What Christians? I never heard of a true christian. Scare tactic? Are you scared? The christian religion is written by progressive jews and was written to scare you into giving up your money.

  • morris
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    That is wrong. The bible clearly tells that Lucifer was a high ranking angel that led a revolt against God. Lucifer and has followers were cast out of heaven and have made it their goal to corrupt men of earth.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    Source(s): Middle eastern tales and legends.
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