Who is Satan? - Does he really exist?
The concept of Satan goes back to Adam and Eve when they were put out of the Garden of Eden, allegedly for eating from the Tree of Knowledge, after succumbing to the temptation of the Serpent, aka the Devil or Satan. These are just three names for an imaginary entity which does not exist, never has done and never will.
What then is the story about Adam and Eve succumbing to temptation and committing "Original Sin", for which all evil in the world is now blamed, and for which Christ is supposed to have died, so that we should be absolved of the responsibility.
Are we still living in the Middle Ages?
If Adam and Eve were indeed created, and many staunch evolutionists now agree that Man could not have evolved to what he is today, then the story of the Garden of Eden could be true. Man was created.
But Eden was not an idylic, green fertile valley between the Tigris and the Euphrates, as many believe and the evidence of what Eden was, is in the Bible, in the book of Genesis and in the Book of Revelation.
At the beginning is The Garden of Eden and at the end is The New Jerusalem. From their descriptions in Genesis and the Book of Revelation respectively, they are one and the same object and the latter is definitely a large craft descending from the sky.
Read the descriptions for yourself:
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.......
Notice that the tree of knowledge of good and evil is not mentioned in the New Jerusalem, because it was a pure concoction in the Adam and Eve story
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
A tree which would give you the knowledge of good and evil must surely be an invention of the composers of the Book of Genesis, because what would be the purpose of such a tree, and why would children, which Adam and Eve must have been, be exposed to the risk of being contaminated by it.
To say that God put it there to test Adam and Eve is utter nonsense! Does any parent deliberately expose their children to the risk of uncontrolled access to the internet just to see if they will be obedient? No, you protect children until they are old enough to look after themselves. Would God do any less?
When God puts them out of the garden, he is also said to grumble that next they might partake of the Tree of Life also and "become immortal like "US". But he hadn't thought to instruct them not to eat from this tree. Isn't this the tree that they ate from for sustenance?
The truth of the matter is that God created Adam and Eve specifically to populate the earth which he had made for them and they were to "be fruitful and multiply" They had to be put out on to the earth to stand on their own feet at some time, to do just that.
What seems to have happened is that Adam and Eve grew up and at puberty, suddenly became aware of their differences and covered themselves, naturally enough, with fig leaves!
This was the sign God was waiting for that they had matured, before turning them out into the world to fend for themselves. He apparently even made them some clothes to help them on their way! Not the action of an irate God but a loving father putting children out of the house when the proper time came!
Adam and Eve would have been a bit upset about being turned out and would have assumed they had done something wrong. They tried to get back into the garden but God was resolute and effectively locked the doors by placing a cherubim on guard to stop them coming back in.
You would expect Adam and Eve to be really upset about being ejected from paradise and ask what they had done wrong, but for later writers to suggest a devil tempted poor Eve to commit a sin is pure nonsense.
If we didn't become aware of the difference between good and evil as we grew up we would be in trouble. It would be a sad lack of education by our elders if we grew up to be that ignorant!
So why ancient writers would invent a Devil to explain an imagined injustice for Adam and Eve is totally incomprehensible!
Satan does not, never has, and never will exist. He is a pure figment of ancient man's imagination!
Even where he is supposed to fight a War in Heaven, it is not Satan who is responsible, but someone with a similar-sounding name called Saddam!