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The Origin of Satan Elaine begins she assumed that Jewish and Christian perceptions of invisible beings had to do mainly with the moralization of society Pagals XVI which brings us to the ability to interpret events such as illness or natural disasters as an act of Gods will Throughout her research Elaine also found something that she hadnt expected in the Christian religion Some Christians attributed events such as natural disasters not as Gods will but as Satans doing Although Satan fallen angels and other demonic beings remain basically absent from the Hebrew bible among many of the first-century Jewish groups as well as followers of Jesus such as Catholics Satan began to take on central importance The gospel of mark for example only mentions angels in the opening and final verses 113 165-7 but as Elaine points out Mark strays away from tradition and introduces the devil Pagals XVII After Jesus had been baptized by John The spirit made him gointo the desert where he stayedforty days being tempted by Satanbutangels came and helped him Mark 112-13 Elaine continues to point out that although a negative element may be introduced to the gospels they do continue to spread the word of love but since the stories they have to tell are about killing and betrayal they also include elements of hostility which evoke demonic images XVII This is what this book concentrates on the influence Satan carried throughout the gospels Originally Satan was one of Gods angels until he fell Soon after thousands of years of tradition we have characterized Satan as a spirit Now he is known as the one who rebels against God and mirrors aspects of our own confrontations with otherness Pagals XVII People have claimed to see Satan embodied in individuals and groups that seem possessed Pagals gives the chance to use a story in the bible of when Jesus is arrested and Satan enters Judas in order to
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