"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Taken from a response to a Christian on Messiah Truth forum by Prof Uri Yosef:

The “devil” (fallen angel in defiance to G-d) is a Christian myth — most likely stemming from Zoroastriasm and the “two god” concept (good god / bad god).

The Jewish bible speaks of “satans” which is a Hebrew word which best translates to “adversary.”  There are human and angelic “satans” (adversaries) — but these are adversaries to humans, not to G-d.  G-d is omnipotent (all powerful) and has no adversaries.

Let’s start with Isaiah 14 — the word appearing in Christian translations is “lucifer.”   The term in Isaiah 14 is הֵילֵל בֶּן־שָֽׁחַר — transliterated as “heilél ben-shaḥar” or “Heilél” and it translates to “[the] morning star”.    In modern English this would be the planet Venus.

How did the Christians turn the planet Venus into “lucifer”?  In Latin lucem ferre  means“light-bearer”, which was the Roman name for the planet Venus.  It seems that the King James translators chose to shorten this to “lucifer.”  Somehow over time the Christians associated it with their “devil.”

What did Isaiah mean by the reference?  Sarcasm.  Isaiah is making fun of the recently defeated Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II:

אֵ֛יךְ נָפַ֥לְתָּ מִשָּׁמַ֖יִם הֵילֵ֣ל בֶּן־שָׁ֑חַר נִגְדַּ֣עְתָּ לָאָ֔רֶץ חוֹלֵ֖שׁ עַל־גּוֹיִֽם׃

“Oh, how you’ve fallen from the heights [king of Babylon], Heilél, the Morning Star! [Oh, how] you’ve been cut down to earth, you conqueror of nations!” (Isaiah 14:12)

Many pagan countries made gods of various planets and stars as did the Babylonians — so as the king fell his false gods did not save him.

So, no devil in Isaiah 14.    Not in Ezekiel 28 either which is about the King of Tyre.    Ezekiel is taunting the King of Tyre, and asking him if he is as wise as Daniel.

There is no such creature as a ‘devil’ mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.  There is an angel, who is referred to as ha’saTAN (the adversary), but he is just another angel (not a “fallen angel”, of which there are none mentioned in the Hebrew Bible) among God’s Heavenly Host, one who is obedient to his Master in every way [see, for instance Job 1:6-12, 2:1-6].

The idea of “dualism”, i.e., a deity (such as G-d) and another powerful being that opposes the deity (such as Satan of Christianity) come from pagan religions like Mithraism and its offshoot, Zoroastrianism. These ideas were incorporated into Christianity by the likes of Paul. When he failed to “sell” his new religion to the Jews, he went after the pagans and, in order to make his new religion “attractive” to them, he added some of the ideas with which they were familiar from their pagan beliefs.

I address this issue on Pages 11-14 of the article Judaism and Christianity – The Twain Shall Never Meet. http://noahide-ancient-path.co.uk/index.php/judaism-articles/2011/11/judaism-and-christianity-the-twain-shall-never-meet/

It is worthwhile to read the dialogue between G-d and haSatan in Chapter 1 of the Book of Job, which makes it abundantly clear that haSatan takes his orders from “The Boss”, G-d, and does exactly as he is instructed – not more and not less. It is simply amazing to me how Christians can claim that haSatan is G-d’s opponent after reading this. Moreover, the Book of Job is testimony to the fact than mankind can overcome evil on his/her own merit, as Job did, without the need of an intercessor or an innocent man having to die for sins to be removed.

haSatan, the Adversary, is just another angel among the Heavenly Court. See what Job says:

Job 1:6(JPT) – “Now the day came about, and the angels of G-d came to stand beside the L-rd, and the Adversary, too, came among them”.

He, as are the others, are merely G-d’s messengers. They carry out their individual mission and then return to await their next assignment.




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Larry May 16, 2012 at 6:25 am

This is what is in my bible.  Is this incorrect? I am an ex catholic and very interested in noahide.

6 One day when the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came Satan.
7 So Yahweh said to Satan, ‘Where have you been?’ ‘Prowling about on earth,’ he answered, ‘roaming around there.’
8 So Yahweh asked him, ‘Did you pay any attention to my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth: a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil.’
9 ‘Yes,’ Satan said, ‘but Job is not God-fearing for nothing, is he?
10 Have you not put a wall round him and his house and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside.
11 But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions: then, I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.’
12 ‘Very well,’ Yahweh said to Satan, ‘all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person.’ So Satan left the presence of Yahweh.

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