Are Satan and Hell Real?
So, God and Jesus are real but is Satan real? How could a perfect loving God create an evil Satan? Is he just something made up by man to scare people? Satan, like God is
real, and yes God did create him, but God didn’t create him as Satan. Satan, like man was originally created perfect. But God gives us a free will to make our own choices and Satan, like man, chose
The bible does give us some insight on who Satan is and what happened to him. In Ezekiel chapter 28 in his prophesy against the prince of Tyre, Ezekiel compares the prince to Satan and gives evidence that he may have even been indwelt by Satan. The chapter starts out talking about the prince saying that he is but a man in verse one. The next three verses say;
you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth
Evidently, this prince had a great wisdom and was using it to make himself wealthy. Daniel got his great wisdom from God, since there is no reference to the prince getting his wisdom from God, he must have gotten it from Satan and may have even been indwelt by him. In verse twelve, Ezekiel goes on to talk about someone who isn’t merely human.
You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you
Being in Eden and created when precious stones were indicates Ezekiel was talking about an eternal being, Satan. Verse 15 says he was created blameless, so what went wrong? Verses 7 -19 say ;Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”
Satan was once guardian cherub, leader of the angels, but became proud and vain and that was his downfall. God destroyed Satan’s beauty and Revelation describes the final defeat of Satan. Isaiah describes Satan’s rebellion against God in chapter 14:12-14
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!13You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Satan’s vanity was so great he thought he could make himself like God.
Just as Satan is real, so is hell. The bible references hell in many ways, Hades, pit of fire, the abyss, the lake of burning sulfur, and more. Whatever the title, hell is known as a place of eternal misery and torment. Jesus gave us a glimpse of heaven and hell in Luke 16:23-26 23 and in Hades, being in torment he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us. Here we see that hell is a place of anguish and where nobody can leave. We were created to be with God, this anguish is from an eternal separation from God and knowing you screwed up in life, not accepting God, and now are separated forever.
Satan, in his vanity thinks he is greater than God and is still trying to overthrow God. In this battle with God, Satan is trying to keep as many people away from God as possible, to follow him. Satan is going to end up in hell. And anybody not accepting God, weather they know it or not is following Satan. You may say that you haven’t chosen either, that you are just a good person. Being a sports fan I will use a sports analogy. Any player not on the Super Bowl winning team does not get a ring. God’s team is the winning team, anybody not choosing to be on His team, weather they have chosen Satan’s team or not, is not on the winning team and will not get the ring. The good news is, you can choose which team you are on, choose the winning one!
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 . Standard Bible Society: Wheaton (all verses)