"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
by Armando De Salazar
In Christianity there is a clear dichotomy between G-d and Satan, or “the devil.” What most Christians don’t realize is that there is no support for a devil character in the Torah. Furthermore, their version of Satan is a distorted view of what the Torah actually teaches. Lets examine…

To begin, Satan isn’t a name! It’s a title given to any angel that is sent by G-d to do a specific task. In Hebrew, it is haSatan. This translates to “the adversary.” G-d sends haSatans to work for Him, as all angels do, as we shall see below.

The first time Satan occurs in Scripture is in Numbers 22:22. Lets take a look at two common translations of this verse:

But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. (NIV)

And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. (KJV)

Have you seen Satan yet in either of these? No? Lets check the Hebrew then:

Elokim aph charah malak haShem yatsab derek satan rakab athown shanayim na’ar.

Read it carefully. Do you see it now? These Christian translations have rendered Satan as “an advesary” or “opposition.” This would be fine, except in other places in scripture they leave it as Satan. The reason they fail to do this here is because this verse clearly refutes virtually all Christian doctrines about Satan. It states that G-d sent haSatan to strike down Balaam. It also states that Satan is a Malek haShem, an Angel of the L-rd.

If Christian translations rendered every instance of Satan as “an advesary” or “opposition” they would be justified in doing it here. But translating Satan to “advesary” where convienent and turning it into a personal noun in other places is dishonest. However, they are forced to do it, because a verse calling Satan an angel of G-d would clearly expose their devil myth.

This isn’t the only instance of a Christian word fraud in the Jewish scriptures. The early Church Fathers developed this devil mythology as well, inserting names and words that do not even occur in the text. An example of this is Lucifer – originally a Latin word, this was turned into a personal noun by St. Jerome and inserted into the Vulgate. It occurs nowhere in the Hebrew text.

Think I’m making it up? The great patron of the Church Fathers, the Catholic Church, even admits this fraud. They do it quite eloquently in the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia:

“The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance. The Vulgate employs the word also for “the light of the morning” (Job 11:17), “the signs of the zodiac” (Job 38:32), and “the aurora” (Psalm 109:3). Metaphorically, the word is applied to the King of Babylon (Isaiah 14:12) as preeminent among the princes of his time; to the high priest Simon son of Onias (Ecclesiasticus 50:6), for his surpassing virtue, to the glory of heaven (Apocalypse 2:28), by reason of its excellency; finally to Jesus Christ himself (2 Peter 1:19; Apocalypse 22:16; the “Exultet” of Holy Saturday) the true light of our spiritual life.

The Syriac version and the version of Aquila derive the Hebrew noun helel from the verb yalal, “to lament”; St. Jerome agrees with them (In Isaiah 1:14), and makes Lucifer the name of the principal fallen angel who must lament the loss of his original glory bright as the morning star. In Christian tradition this meaning of Lucifer has prevailed; the Fathers maintain that Lucifer is not the proper name of the devil, but denotes only the state from which he has fallen (Petavius, De Angelis, III, iii, 4).” (Maas 1)

I hope everyone caught the part where Jesus is called Lucifer twice in the Latin Vulgate. Satan:Lucifer:Jesus?

Bibliography:

Maas, A.J., Trans. Tomas Hancil, “Lucifer.” The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol 9. 2003. The

Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume IX. 20 Nov 2005.

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