|“||The greatest lie I ever told? No, it was not convincing the world I didn't exist, plenty of people do believe I exist. Nor was it convincing people God doesn't exist. That would spoil the fun of our little game. It was not saying there is only Heaven or only Hell. It was not leading you to so-called 'pagan deities'. My greatest lie was but three words: God commands it. You'd be amazed how easy it is to lead you away from Him with nothing but His name and a flimsy excuse.||„|
Satan, also known as Shayāṭīn, Shaitan, Shataan, Sadou Maou, Ha-Satan, or The Tempter, The Evil One, and The Devil, formerly known as Satanel, is a prominent figure in all Abrahamic religions (though mostly Christianity), playing various roles in their literature. He is known for bringing evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver who leads humanity astray. Satan is even able to take control of the life of a person in the stead of God, though only to a extent to what God allows. In absolute dualism in ancient Catar texts, however, Satan and God were said to exist at the same time and be equal in power. If this has any truth to it, it would mean that Satan is the Supreme Antithesis and when Creation is destroyed, he will once again exist in the timeless nothingness with God once more, this is most likely untrue as God's power cannot be rivaled by Satan.
Satan would appear to those who are sinful, playing into their hearts and towing them into despair. He may either be depicted as a rebel to the will of God, or as one who tempts mankind to commit sin to show God that mankind can easily be led astray from Him. In the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Satan is primarily an accuser and adversary, a decidedly malevolent entity, also called the Devil, who possesses demonic qualities. Satan is said to also be associated with one of the Seven Deadly Sins being Wrath. He is also one of the Seven Princes of Hell.
He is described as the "ruler of the demons" and "the God of this Age". In Revelation, Satan appears as a Great Red Dragon, who is ultimately banished from Heaven by Michael the Archangel (though this is usually said to be Lucifer). Satan is mostly known as the Devil and, although the Book of Genesis does not mention him, he is often identified with the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Satan's appearance is never described in the Bible, but, since the ninth century, he has sometimes been shown with horns, cloven hooves, hairy legs, and a tail, often naked and holding a pitchfork, an amalgam of traits derived from various pagan deities including Pan, Poseidon, and Bes, though he is fully able to completely alter his physical appearance.
Although it is not decidedly known what sort of entity Satan was before his exile from Paradise, Biblical authors, such as Isiah and Ezekiel, believe that Satan was once a member of the Seraphim which in Hebrew means "snake". Regardless, he himself states that he is a bit of an enigma. Scholars believe that Satan was an ancient spirit or force that existed when the first spark of Creation was lit, possibly around or before Creation. He is believed to have once been a wandering spirit with no purpose, confused of his surroundings and existence until God appointed him with being a judge and accuser. Before his fall, Satan was also a Cherubim and a prince of the choir, showing his status as the supreme Cherub as Lucifer is over the Seraphim. This would explain why he is sometimes depicted as having three heads in his imprisonment, showing that after his fall his appearance as a Cherubim became highly twisted and corrupted. Next to both Lucifer and Michael he is the most powerful angel created by God.
He is known by many epithets, including the Serpent, the Devil, the Dragon, King of Lies, The Deceiver, The Adversary, The Accuser, and is known by other names such as Apollyon, Old Scratch, Abaddon, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Belial, Baal, Old Nick, Satanael, Mephistopheles, Iblis, and Yama, although some of these names were attributed to actual demons themselves and the titles describe Satan's authority and power.
Satan was God's personal arbiter for the afterlife to check if man were worthy of the Millennium Kingdom and even when he fell, he was still allowed in Heaven. Satan also appears in the Gospels, trying to tempt Jesus Christ away from His destiny.
Contrary to popular belief, after the fall it is believed that Lucifer became a demon when his heart was filled to the brim with corruption and darkness. However, regardless of his appearance, Lucifer seems to remain looking as a fallen angel rather than a demon. Satan, however, discarded his origins and fully embraced his current status as a demon.
In modern religion, Satan is typically an alternate name or title for Lucifer, who rallied other angels against the authority of God, after which they fought against the forces of God and were utterly defeated and cast down into hell, becoming demons. During the centuries, his figure has been linked with other dark entities, such as Set, Hades, Ahriman and Mara, while some other religious currents such as Gnosticism portray him as the evil deity Yaldabaoth, in the Talmud he is often equated with the angel of death Samael (who is also his general).
Powers and Abilities
Satan is an unspeakably powerful being, so much so that he was specifically chosen by Lucifer to be his second-in-command during the War in Heaven. After his fall from grace, he wields immeasurable supernatural power and the level of his power is the same as it was when he was in Heaven, but it was fairly weakened after being confined in Hell. However, this means not that one should underestimate him as he remains to be the most powerful demon in all of Hell and Earth. He is praised for being the second most powerful being in the Inferno next to Lucifer himself and rivaling the Morning Star as well. He was powerful enough to take on the Archangel Michael, defeat an armada of angels, regarded as a huge threat to Heaven, and even directly challenge God. The immensity of his power is evidenced where he imbues his loyal followers with great demonic power allowing them to go toe-to-toe with other mighty supernatural beings.
As the progenitor of demons, no other demon or fallen angel is capable of matching his power, but there are very few possible exceptions. He possesses an extremely wide array of abilities and a vast assortment of demonic weaponry, but he prefers to use his trident Anguis. Satan's power is so great that Nero stood no chance against him, and even the combined might of both Dante and Vergil, before they consumed the Rebis, was not enough to bring him down. Alucard was also unable to defeat him, even if his holy weaponry made him feel pain. During the battle, Satan pushed Alucard's regenerative abilities to their limit and made it seem as though that the No-Life King has perished. In fact, during the battles against the opposing forces of Earth, the Devil was in a constant state of boredom as no one was strong enough to actually make him put effort into his combat prowess. During the final phase of the Apocalypse, Satan was able to take on and defeat nearly all of the members of the recently-formed Dark Knight Initiative, which is comprised of very powerful supernatural beings.
Once he regained his full power after taking Lucifer's own when the latter regained it by consuming the Forbidden Fruit, he was able to even defeat the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael at the same time in a fight (something even Lucifer struggled at). It was also shown that even after Dante and Vergil unlocked their fullest potential from consuming the Rebis they still struggled against his enhanced power. He is also known to be a complete master in black magic and have incredible knowledge in all manners of spells, having no superior other than possibly Lucifer. Satan is also able to assume his true form, which resembles a gargantuan fallen beast with three heads and four wings, similar to the one in the Divine Comedy. In this state, he is practically unstoppable as all attempts of defeating him in that form have been in vain. A testament to his power is when he actually stripped Alucard of all the power that he granted him when the Vampire King was at death's door during his time as a human, before eventually fatally wounding him and devouring him. However, it was not until Alucard drank the blood within Satan after the Devil devoured him and not only regaining his former power but becoming even more astonishingly powerful that Satan actually found himself being pushed.
"The Devil keeps man from good with a thousand machinations spewed from his belly, so that when a person sighs to do good, he pierces him with his shafts; and when he desires to embrace God with his whole heart in love, he subjects him to poisonous tribulations, seeking to pervert good work before God. And when a person seeks the viridity of virtue, the Devil tells him that he does not know what he is doing, and he teaches him that he can set his own law for himself."
"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Hell."
"My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan's origins, 'holiness' is, metaphorically, frozen stiff in his veins: and at that a corrupted formula - i.e. legalism. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God's permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the sharpest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness."