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谁是撒旦?Who is Satan?
谁是撒旦?

首先我们要知道撒但是被造的,他不是永恒的,只有上帝是永恒的,圣经上说:

  • 上帝只有一个。“我是耶和华,在我以外并没有别神”以赛亚书45:5
  • 一切-包括魔鬼(撒旦)在内,都是上帝所造。“因为万有都是靠他造的,无论是天上的地上的,看见的,不能看见的,或是有位的,主治的,执政的,掌权的,一切都是籍着他造的,又是为他造的。”歌罗西书1:16.
  • 只有上帝的允许,撒旦才可以工作。主对彼得说:“西门,西门!撒旦想要得着你们,好筛你们像筛麦子一样”路加福音22:31
  • 上帝可以责难撒旦,但撒旦不可以责难上帝。“耶和华责难你,就是拣选耶路撒冷的耶和华责备你!”撒迦利亚书3:2
  • 撒旦可以被抵挡的。“故此,你们要顺服神。务要抵挡魔鬼,魔鬼就必离开你们逃跑了。”雅各书4:7.

那么谁是撒旦呢?圣经上说他是:

  • 试探者。试探者近前来对他说:“你若是神的儿子,可以吩咐这些石头变成实物。”马太福音4:3
  • 上帝子民的控告者。“我神的救恩,能力,国度,并他基督的权柄,现在都来到了,因为那在我们神面前昼夜控告我们弟兄的,已经被摔下去了。”启示录12:10
  • 凶手和谎言之父。他被称为凶手是因为他欺骗了伊甸园的夏娃并导致了所有人精神上的死亡。“你们是处于你们的父魔鬼你们父的私欲,你们偏要行。他从起初是杀人的,不守真理,因为他心里没有真理;他说谎是出于自己,因为他本来是说谎的,也是谎言之父。”

撒旦从何源起?

  • 圣经所言之堕落天使。从这里我们知道天使也像人类一样,有自由的选择权。“又有不守本位,离开自己住处的天使,主用锁链把他们永远拘留在黑暗里,等候大日的审判。”
  • 就是天使犯了罪,神也没有宽恕,曾把他们丢在地狱,交在黑暗坑中,等候审判。。。。。。“彼得后书2:4

那些拒绝真神的将撒旦奉为神。圣经这样说撒旦:

  • 这世界的神。“如果我们的福音蒙蔽,就是蒙蔽在灭亡的人身上。此等不信之人,被这世界的神弄瞎了心眼,不叫基督荣耀福音的光照着他们。基督本是神的像。”
  • 这个世界的王。“现在这个世界受审判,这个世界的王要被赶出去。”约翰福音12:31
  • 空中掌权者的首领。“……那时你们在其中行事为人,随从今世的风俗,顺从空中掌权者的首领,就是在现今驳逆之子心中运行的邪灵。”

那些拒绝真神跟从撒旦的人会随他一起被审判。

  • 圣经说地域并非为人所设。但是那些选择拒绝上帝并跟随魔鬼的人会被安排在本是为魔鬼和他的随从所社的地方。“王又要向那左边的说:‘你们这被诅咒的人,离开我,进入那为魔鬼和他的使者所预备的永火里去!”马太福音25:41

还有其他的一些章节也像是说道撒旦的,但这些不太明确,因为其他人会将它和上下文相联系。

  • 明亮之星早晨之子啊!你何竟从天坠落?你这攻败列国的,何竟被砍倒在地上?以赛亚书14:12
  • 你心里曾说:“我要升到天上!我要高举我的宝座在神众星之上;我要坐在聚会的山上,在北方的极处;我要升到高云之上,我要与至上者同等。”以赛亚书14:13,14

为什么上帝还留着撒旦?撒旦已经成为上帝的工具。撒旦试探我们,希望我们会被摧毁:但上帝利用撒旦为工具来帮助我们成长。测试不是为了让人们失败,而是为了证明知识和能力。圣经说:

  • 上地掌控这试探的尺度。“你们所遇见的试探,无非是人所能受的。神是信实的,必不叫你们受试探过于所能受的。在受试探的时候,总要给你们开一条出路,叫你们能忍受得住。”歌林多前书10:13
  • 最后,一旦撒旦实现了他的目标,上帝会把他清除。“王又要像那左边的说:”你们这备诅咒的人,离开我,进入那为魔鬼和他的使者所预备的用火里去。马太福音25:41

主旨就是撒旦不是上帝。他有一个开始,也将会有一个结束。基督教徒不应将重点放在他身上。我们应该将重点集中在上帝身上。

对于那些非基督教徒来说,你们还在撒旦的权势之下。但是,上帝给了我们自由选择并将他的儿子耶稣赐给我们,希望我们可以跟随他。撒旦恨你并迫不及待的希望你死去。上帝创造了你并爱着你。回到耶稣的家吧。

Who is Satan?

The first thing to know is that Satan is a created being. He is not eternal. Only God is eternal. The Bible says:

  • There is only one God. “I am the Lord, and there is no other. There is no God besides Me” Isaiah 45:5
  • Everything – the devil (or Satan) included –  was created by Jesus. “For by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or pincipalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16
  • Satan needs to ask God’s permission to work. Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Luke 22:31
  • God rebukes Satan. Satan does not rebuke God. ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!’” Zechariah 3:2
  • Satan can be resisted. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7

So who is Satan? The Bible says he is:

  • The tempter. And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." Matthew 4:3
  • The accuser of God’s people. "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” Revelation 12:10
  • A murderer and the father of lies. He is called the murderer because he lied to Eve in the garden and causes the spiritual death of all people: "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44

Where did Satan originate?

  • The Bible speaks of fallen angels. From this we learn that angels, like people, too have free choice. “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day…” Jude 6
  •  “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment….” 2 Peter 2:4

Satan becomes a false god to those who reject the true God. The Bible calls Satan:

  • The god of this world.  “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:3,4
  • The ruler of this world. "Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” John 12:31
  • The prince of the power of the air. “… in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:2

Those who reject the true God and follow Satan will follow Him to Judgment.

  • The Bible says that hell was not made for people, but those who choose to reject God and follow the devil will go to the place assigned for the devil and his followers. “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels….” Matthew 25:41

There are other verses that seem to refer to Satan, but these are unclear because other people are associated with the contexts.

  •  “How you have fallen from heaven, you morning star, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the ground, you conqueror of nations!” Isaiah 14:12
  • "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'” Isaiah 14:13, 14

Why does God let Satan remain? Satan has become God’s tool. Satan tempts us in the hope we will be destroyed; but God uses Satan to test us so we can grow. Tests are not designed to make people fail, but rather to prove knowledge and ability. The Bible says:

  • God controls the level of temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • And finally, once Satan has fulfilled his purpose, God will remove him. “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels….” Matthew 25:41

The main point however is that Satan is not God. He had a beginning and he will have an end. Christians should not focus on him. We should focus on God.

For those who are not Christian, you are now under Satan’s power. But, God gives us free choice and gave us His Son Jesus in the hope that you will follow Him. Satan hates you and desires your death. God made you and loves you. Come home to Jesus.

by 德明; Chinese by Sean

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