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Does God love Satan? What does God say about Satan?

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The best way to answer whether God loves Satan is to look at how He describes him in the Bible. When we do, we read that Jesus taught, "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). In this one verse, Jesus calls Satan a murderer, a liar, the father of lies, and states that the truth is not in him.

In Luke 8:12, Jesus notes, "The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved." Here, Satan is described as a thief, one who takes the word of God from those who need to believe.

The earliest followers of Jesus affirmed these views. First Peter 5:8 shares, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." Satan is described as a lion wishing to devour those who follow Jesus. In 1 Thessalonians 3:5 Paul writes, "I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain." Again, Satan is described as a tempter who seeks to destroy Christians.

In Ephesians 6:11, Satan is noted as a schemer: "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." These schemes were clearly opposed to God, with Paul instructing his readers to both protect and fight against Satan's tactics.

This role of Satan as tempter is best seen in his temptations of Jesus. In both Matthew 4 and Luke 4 we read that Satan tempted Jesus three times and that Jesus resisted each time. Jesus ended with, "Be gone, Satan!" (Matthew 4:10). Jesus clearly stood opposed to Satan and his message.

Based on these and other passages, it is clear that God opposes Satan. God does not love Satan, and we are not to fall for his deception or show love to him. Jesus has already defeated Satan, "He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him" (Colossians 2:15).

The end of Satan's work is also revealed in Revelation 20:10. We are told, "the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Satan's end will be one of everlasting torment. Though he may deceive for now, his doom is certain. Jesus has no love for Satan, has resisted and defeated him, and has predicted his future demise in hell.

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