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The Devil is a supernatural being that slanders and accuses. The word “Devil” comes from the Greek word diabolos, meaning “slanderer” or “accuser”. The Devil and Demons are looked at as associated with one another because a “Demon” is a spirit and a “Devil” is a Being, both use injury and harm=EVIL. The name is commonly given to fallen angels, Lucifer, their chief, Matthew 25:41, are quoted as, “the Devil and his angels” (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/o4764a.htm). Secular scholars believe that Zoroastrianism introducted angelology and demonology, as well as the fallen angel Satan as the ultimate agent of evil.
The book of the Holy Bible Apocalypse 12:7-9 states:
- “7+Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, 8 but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 The huge dragon, the acient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth and its angels were thrown down with it.”
The Catholic Church describes the Devil and the other demons as spiritual or angelic creatures created by God in a state of innocence, and that they became evil by their own act (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04764a.htm), several names for “the Devil” are:
- Baphomet-Devil Being with a Spirit (Demon), associated with the Knights Templar
- Old Scratch, The Stranger, Old Nick- “the Devil” referring to ones “Character”
- Old Hob
- Prince of Darkness
- Prince of the Air
- The Adversary, Accuser, Prosecutor
- The Ancient Serpent
- The Cruel Serpent
- The Old/Crooked/Coiling Serpent
- The Antichrist
- 666 or 616
Judeo-Christian beliefs for descriptions of names for “the Devil” are:
- Beelzebub-ba’al Lord of the Flies (Flies symbolized as “evil”)
- Belial,Beliar, Bheliar-without “Master”
Judaism describes “the Devil” as:
- yetster harah
Christianity describes “the Devil” as:
- Morning Star
- angel who rebelled against God
Islam describes “the Devil” as:
Zoroastrianism describes “the Devil” as:
- Angra Mainyu
- “twon” offspring of Zurvan, ‘Time’
Buddhism describes “the Devil” as:
- Mara-he is a tempter
Paganism does not recognize Satan or “the Devil” outright, but has been identified with witchcraft and the influence of Satan.
Catholic Bible Press (1969). The New American Bible. Catholic Bible Press. Nashville, TN.
Klein, Peter (2000). The Catholic source Book. Brown-ROA. Orlando, Florida.