People Believe What They Want To Believe
“The original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, . . . is misleading the entire inhabited earth.”—Revelation 12:9.
Satan is a real person. He is a rebel angel, a spirit creature who opposes God. The Bible calls Satan “the ruler of this world.” (John 12:31) He uses “lying signs” and “deception” to accomplish his aims
Clearly, Satan is a real person and not merely a personification of evil.
Satan’s reasons for wanting you to believe that he is fictitious are similar to those of a criminal who hides his identity so that he may continue to break the law undetected. To protect yourself against Satan, you first need to acknowledge that he exists.
Woe for the earth . . . because the Devil has come down to you.”—Revelation 12:12.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Many believe that Satan resides in a fiery hell at the center of the earth. Others feel that he exists inside bad people.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Satan is a spirit creature, so he lives in an invisible realm. For a time, Satan was allowed to move about at will where God and the faithful angels reside. (Job 1:6) Now, however, he has been evicted from God’s presence and, along with other wicked spirit creatures, is confined to the vicinity of the earth.
Does this mean that Satan is limited to one specific place on earth? For example, you may have read that the ancient city of Pergamum was said to be “where Satan is dwelling.” (Revelation 2:13) Actually, that expression alluded to the concentration of satanic worship there. Satan does not call any one physical place on earth home. Instead, the Bible says that “all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth” are his.
“Oppose the Devil,” says the Bible, “and he will flee from you.” By obeying the Bible’s wise counsel, you can protect yourself against Satan’s evil machinations.