Examples of Satan personally killing people

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This is the full list of people that were killed by Satan himself, according to the Old and New Testament books of the Bible. He's a long way behind God on this one.

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[edit] Killings by Satan

  • Job's children and servants (possibly slaves). Satan thought Job wasn't as good as he looked and when trouble and death came he would renounce his belief so God told him he could test him. God allowed Satan to kill Job's children and servants to test Job in order to see how righteous he was, for no other particular reason, without thinking about the people who died, treating them as merely confiscated possessions. Again, it was completely condoned, if not ordered, by God, and only for the purpose of their little bet. In this scenario, it is the equivalent of God killing them himself.

[edit] Erm, that's it

Yep, that's all, one guy's kids and servants, and even those were on a contract basis so God could test Job. Not so good for the Prince of All Evil™.[1] It should be noted here that many theologians don't even identify the Adversary from the Book of Job with Satan — the grammar of the Hebrew lacks the preceding article that would ordinarily identify him as "Ha-Satan", which means The Accuser as opposed to "Satan" which comes from the Arabic word "Shai'tan", meaning Adversary; and instead the common view is that the antagonist of Job is another deity, a holdover from polytheistic times.[2] Alternatively, this "Ha-Satan" may be the angel Sammael whose name means "Venom of God" and who acted as God's prosecution lawyer, testing humanity's fidelity to God. Why God would need to test you when allegedly He already knows every fucking thing about you is yet another mystery. Maybe as Satan himself says in The Devil's Advocate, he's a tight-ass and a sadist (great movie by the way).

In fact, chronologically, the Accuser in Job couldn't be Satan who by that time had already rebelled against God shortly after God's creation of Adam and Eve, if John Milton is to be believed at any rate.

And please note that there was only one way that Satan could kill ANY human being: God asked him to do it He had to request permission of God. Because (according to the Bible) God is the only entity with the power of life and death. Wars, murderers, disasters — these are all considered to be instruments of God. Yet, for some reason, believers tend to blame wars and murders (and sometimes disasters)[3]) on the workings of Satan.[4]

So, who seems to be the nicer one? God or Satan? There's only one way to find out: Fight![5][6][7]

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. Well, Satan is facing tough choices because front-running people's afterlife by killing them isn't exactly an evil deed, from the perspective of an immortal (the effect is simply moving them from one place to another).
  2. The Wisdom Books, Robert Alter.
  3. I.e., Pat Robertson's proclamations that certain disasters are brought on by the presence of homosexuality, Mardi Gras, jazz music, etc. (Oh, wait! Maybe disasters actually qualify as the Wrath of God. Or not. It's all so confusing. But, then, God doesn't want us thinking too much about this. That's what faith is for. So, never mind.)
  4. at least those believers who do not resort to imprecatory prayer
  5. For those who don't get it, look up Harry Hill.
  6. Bible Fight allows you to take the role of the one and beat the shit out of the other.Protip: complete the tournament to unlock God.
  7. Scribblenauts allows you to get God and Satan to fight in Scribblenauts. Try it yourself.
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