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THEO201 Short Essay 4 Angelogy and logy

THEO201 Short Essay 4 Angelogy and logy

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Short essay for THEO201 on Angelology and Satanology
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THEO201 Fall B01 201040Allen Cooke Student ID# L23197599
Short Essay #4Angelology and SatanologyAllen CookeStudent ID# L23197599THEO 201Dr. Don AllardLiberty University October 4, 2010
THEO201 Fall B01 201040Allen Cooke Student ID# L23197599Religious dualism is the belief that teaches that the world consists of two basicforced; good and evil. God is the viewed as the representation of good; Satan is therepresentation of evil. This belief is widespread and the majority of people believe thatthis is the way things actually are. The eternal battle between God and Satan isconstantly portrayed in movies and television as two equal forces battling over the soulsof man. Satan is viewed as a fallen angel with a beef against God. God is viewed as acontrol freak that sends His angels to do battle on His behalf. We watch in anticipation
and wipe our brows at the end of such movies and think, “Whew, the good guys wonagain”. This view of spiritual forces is contrary to what the Bible teaches. Contrary to
popular believe, God and Satan are not equal in power and the battle between good andevil was won long ago. Many Christians though still fall into the trap of equating Godand Satan; they identify them as two opposing forces in constant struggle.The Bible teaches that Satan was a created being. He was created a
s one of God’s angels,
possessing all the attributes of an angel, the power of personality and freedom of choice.
His pride convinced Him that he was worthy of God’s throne and glory. He also failed to
believe that if he committed a sin that God would punish Him. He rebelled and Godpunished Him by casting Him out of heaven along with a third of the angels. Thepassage of Isaiah 14:12-17 gives us insight into the events that led to the fall of Satan and
His banishment from the presence of God. “You said
in your heart, I will raise my throne
above the stars of God…I will make myself like the Most High”
Isaiah 14:13-14.
Lucifer’s sin was not only pride but also disbelief that God would punish sin. He
convinced himself that he could take the throne of G
od. In Ezekiel 28 we see God’s
reaction to the King of Tyre when he, with the same attitude as Lucifer, viewed himself 
THEO201 Fall B01 201040Allen Cooke Student ID# L23197599as divine.
Most people don’t see the significance of these passages. Instead they choose
to believe that even though God may be the Creator, Satan somehow is equal in powerand ability. Anytime created beings think of themselves as equal to the Creator, there arepr
oblems that arise. “For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were
created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16.
This passage tells us that all things werecreated by God and that everything is subject to His authority. Since Satan is a createdbeing, he is also under the authority of God. He is not omniscient, omnipresent oromnipotent. Satan has limitations to his power and is subservient to God.The argument seems to be for most people that since God created Satan, He also createdevil. This argument has not merit. God did not create evil; He created free will. Theangels were created with the ability to choose. God could not have created anything evil.Satan was created with power of personality and the freedom of choice. He was an angel
with apparent honor and leadership in heaven. When Satan’s pride took control of him
and he exercised his freedom of choice in rebellion against God, he was cast out of heaven.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, puttingthem into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;
2 Peter 2:4I have heard many people, Christians included, constantly blame Satan for their sin.They seem to see him around every corner. The fact is that Satan is the tempter, but theresponsibility of our sin is ours. Along with the freedom to choose right and wrong, weare given the power to resist and flee temptation.
There hath no temptation taken youbut such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted 

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