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    Is Satan the Christian God of Knowledge?

    Satan is an interesting piece of christian myth. He gets his start in heaven as an angel, wishes to be god's equal, starts a war, gets tossed out, lands in gods magic garden, shares the gift of knowledge with our mythical parents, and is still about supposedly causing mischief by informing us. Satan epitomizes something you can demonize but never control so long as a person is free.

    So Satan isn't really the great deceiver as much as the great informer. The acquisition of knowledge certainly comes with a price but we shouldn't be blaming Satan for that, it's the same knowledge anyone can have, and comes with the same caveat emptor.

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    If either existed, satan would be proof that gawd fucked up, and is not omni<anything>.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” Terry Pratchett

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    Very early on in Christianity we had the Gnostics, of which there were various sects. They took their theology from Greek neo-platonists and Manichaeans. God emanated aeons, divine beings who ran the world. Many of these hierarchies of aeons were arranged in pairs, male and female. With Jesus, he was added to this system as one of the chief aeons by the Gnostics. Jesus was paired with Sophia, the female personification of wisdom.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeon_(Gnosticism)
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    If Satan is the god of knowledge, then why is he the guy who displayed such an astounding lack of knowledge by picking a fight with an omnipotent guy?

    He sounds like more of the god of being an ignorant dumbass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    If Satan is the god of knowledge, then why is he the guy who displayed such an astounding lack of knowledge by picking a fight with an omnipotent guy?
    "Better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven." - Satan (via Milton)
    If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library. - Frank Zappa

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    Satan is just Prometheus.
    Some reason to explain why we're different from the other animals around us, and how we can have a loving god but we're not currently living in paradise.

    So, not GOD of knowledge, but spiller of secrets.
    Loose lips that sank the ship.
    Or in the modern parlance: Leakers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAB View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    If Satan is the god of knowledge, then why is he the guy who displayed such an astounding lack of knowledge by picking a fight with an omnipotent guy?
    "Better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven." - Satan (via Milton)
    Well, for a guy who so fucking content with his lot in life and how things have worked out for him, he sure seems to spend a ton of time going around being a pissed off dick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.G.G. Moogly View Post
    Satan is an interesting piece of christian myth. He gets his start in heaven as an angel, wishes to be god's equal, starts a war, gets tossed out, lands in gods magic garden, shares the gift of knowledge with our mythical parents, and is still about supposedly causing mischief by informing us. Satan epitomizes something you can demonize but never control so long as a person is free.

    So Satan isn't really the great deceiver as much as the great informer. The acquisition of knowledge certainly comes with a price but we shouldn't be blaming Satan for that, it's the same knowledge anyone can have, and comes with the same caveat emptor.
    Well, that is the general notion of theistic Satanism, I think.

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    In orthodox Judaism, Satan is just an adversary, someone who plays the role of 'devils advocate' in order to fulfill the Will of God. Satan in the book of Job is given permission to torment Job only to the extent that is approved by God, Satan being a creation of God and an agent of God.

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    One of the most interesting versions of Satan is that of James Blish's 'The Day After Judgment'.
    One of the weirdest is that of C.S. Lewis's 'Perelandra'.

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