50 Things You Didn’t Know about Satan | Kid Story | WikiEngage: In the blue corner is the being supreme, the lord of love and reigning world champion in the infinite battle of Good vs. Evil, the one and only, God Almighty. In the red corner is heaven’s outcast, the devil from down below, the one and only Master of Deception and Father of Lies, The Prince of Darkness. That’s pretty much how the story goes, or at least that’s the tale many people tell. But Satan, he’s a complicated entity. There’s much more to him than most people know.
He’s not just a devil with a pitchfork whostands on your shoulder telling you to steal a candy bar; he has a long history, and he’sgotten up to stuff you wouldn’t believe. Today you’re going to learn a lot more aboutthis overlord of the underworld! 50. Ok, so first you need to know who Satan is. It’s a bit more complicated than you think,but we’ll try and make this one as short as we can.
There’s a kind of devil in all the Abrahamic religions, but in Christianity, he plays a bigger role than he does in Judaism and Islam. In all three religions, Satan is there to make people impure, to lure them to the dark side. The Old Testament talks about an entity that is an adversary of God. He’s there in the Book of Job, making life really hard for Job.
He kills Job’s children, his servants, and for good measure, he covers Job in boils. He does all this to see if Job will renounce his belief in God. So, there you go, Satan is there to mess with people’s beliefs. Still, in that old book he was far from being a cloven-hoofed beast with horns that can spin a young girl’s head around. In the New Testament, there is talk of fallen angels. In the story of Matthew, there’s a devil-type thing that tries to persuade Jesus to give up his belief in God.
He’s yet again the tempter, the evil to all the good in the world. In short, there are lots of stories. There’s Lucifer, sometimes interchangeable Satan, who is said to have rebelled against God, and with a gang of other fallen angels, they wage war against God. Then you have Beelzebub, a flying demon who also is a kind of a Satan character.
In the Book of Revelations, you have the RedSerpent, which you could call devilish, but what about this pitchfork swinging, constantly cursing the guy who isn’t very photogenic? Well, he was made up by some creative folks in the Middle Ages. Dante Alighieri wrote about Satan in The DivineComedy in the early 14th century.
This is how Satan is described in the “Inferno” part: He has three faces. He has a chest of ice. He has mighty bat-like wings, crunching teeth, and he is generally a rotten thing. When the King James Bible became a best-seller after it was published in 1611, Lucifer, aka, the “Morning Star”, played a big part, as it did in John Milton’s 1667 masterpiece poem, “Paradise Lost”. Now we have a much more wicked tempter, more monstrous figure who’s a real brute. Satan was no longer just an angel that had switched jobs, he was something more terrifying.
The cloven hooves and horns were often a feature, which relates back to Pan, a mythological half-goat, half-man figure that was always wild and irrepressibly horny. When you think about famine, plague, and the rest of the crappy things that made Europe a horrible home for a long time, it only makes sense that this devil turned into something absolutely terrifying. This is the guy evangelists conjure up in their nightmares.
He’s the entity that possessed witches and made Hollywood tons of money. The bottom line is the devil evolved throughout history. Ok, we had to get that out of the way.
Now for some short facts. 49. Not surprisingly, when you go filling people’sheads with stories of this beast, it affects some folks in a bad way. In 2018, an Australian man beat his best friendto death because he thought his friend was Satan. Satanic serial killer, Richard Ramirez, onceshouted at a victim, “Swear on Satan.”
This one survived. Many did not. In fact, a lot of killers have claimed to either be in the service of Satan or believe they are killing Satan. Either way, most people would believe Satanisn’t to blame. As you’ll see in this show, the devil is often a scapegoat. Well, that’s what the law thinks. 48.
A 2016 Gallup poll revealed 79 percent of the American respondents said they believed in God, but only 61 percent of people said they believed in the devil. 47. A similar poll went out in the UK, but only18 a percent of people said they believed in the devil. 46. U.S. televangelist Paul Crouch once said that if you play a part of Led Zeppelin’s song “Stairway to Heaven” backward there is a Satanic message in there.
This is how it allegedly goes: “Here’s to my sweet Satan. The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan. He will give those with him 666. There was a little toolshed where he madeus suffer, sad Satan.” Guitarist Jimmy Page once said it was hardenough to write the songs forwards, never mind backward, too. By the way, some experts now say the numberin the bible that represents the number of the beast is 616. 45. There is a Church of Satan, but its foundersdon’t actually believe Satan, or God for that matter, exists.
One of the high priests said believers are“insane” and he says Satan just represents someone who is an “adversary” or an “opposer”,someone who questions everything. Recently, a British member of the Church ofSatan said Satanism has less to do with doing bad things than it does with being atheistand libertarian.
In the U.S, you can pay $225 and get a lifetimemembership for the Church of Satan. 44. Some people believe if Jesus is the son ofGod then the anti-Christ is the son of Satan. An example would be Damien Thorn in the Omenmovies. 43. It’s been said the first of those Omen movieswas cursed, with the reason being a lot of really unlucky things happened to the castand crew.
The weirdest of them all involved effectsartist John Richardson. He was the guy responsible for creating thefamous decapitation scene in the movie. During the filming of his next movie, he gotinto a car crash. He survived, but his passenger was decapitated. On top of that, an animal trainer was killedby a tiger after making The Omen, and during the filming of The Omen, a stuntman was attackedby trained Rottweilers. 42.
The Pope has been accused of being the antichristfrom time to time. Martin
Luther once said the Pope “is the true end times Antichrist who has raised himself over and set himself against Christ.” 41. Quite a few American presidents have at one point been accused of being the antichrist. Those include Donald Trump, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. Hilary Clinton has been called out, too. 40.
Ok, so some people think the mark of the beast will appear on us all at some point. It comes from something written in the Book of Revelations. It goes like this: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” What could that mean?
Maybe subcutaneous technology could be the mark of the beast. In the past, people used to say the number666 was hidden in barcodes. That’s been debunked, but people have now moved onto microchips under the skin. Some evangelicals have already said those chips will be the mark of the beast that gets under everyone’s skin. 39. Quite a few well-known people have said freemasons worship the devil. We don’t have any proof to back that up.
Now we’ll talk about some really dark things the devil has supposedly been involved with. 38. According to the “Canon Episcopi”, a text of medieval canon law dating back to the 10th century, witchcraft was alive and well in Europe back then. It says witches flew around on broomsticks, and one of their favorite destinations was the forest. The forest is where they made love to demons, and sometimes killed infants in the name of Satan. 37.
Things got much more heated in the 15th century. That was when the book “Malleus Maleficarum” was written, a treatise on witches that detailed the exploits of people possessed by Satan. It might sound funny to you, but it led to massive persecution of people accused of being witches. Thousands of people were tortured and killed during decades of witch hunts. 36.
The first European folks to make the New World their home weren’t much better. The Puritans of New England talked about babies being born with claws and horns, which was a sure sign the devil had infiltrated the woman. Some of those puritans believed the native Americans were “children of the Devil.” 35. It was mostly thanks to the Enlightenment thinkers in the 17th and 18th centuries that belief in witchcraft started to die. Unfortunately, some parts of Europe and the World remained in the dark and dismissed what those thinkers said. Witch hunts stopped in most places, but belief in Satan remained strong.
34Satan doesn’t just appear in Christian bibles, he also shows up in the Talmud and has been discussed by Jewish rabbis at length, with some positing that Satan was involved in the story of Moses returning from Mount Sinai and that he may have played a role in the Purim story, which tells of how the Jews were saved from the Persian Empire.
33And speaking of the Talmud, the origin of the name Satan actually comes from the Hebrew word which means “opposer” or “adversary” and was used in the Hebrew Bible as a term for both human enemies of the Jewish people, as well as supernatural foes. 32. In 1966, after the Beatles member John Lennon said his band was “more popular than Jesus”, people in the Southern United States took to burning Beatles’ records even if they loved them. Some people believe Lennon made a pact with the devil so he could get famous.
The devil got his due, though, because Lennon was shot dead in the street. 31. In the 1960s, the Beatles were accused of putting Satanic messages in their music. Decades later, an article in the Vatican newspaper praised the band for their melodic tunes. Now for something that may frighten you. 30. In 2018, The Atlantic reported that priests in the U.S. were being asked to perform an unusual number of exorcisms. The article said, “The official exorcist for Indianapolis has received 1,700 requests so far in 2018.” That’s a lot for just one state, especially as there are only around 100 official Catholic exorcists in the U.S.29. In 2020, in Panama, seven people died in amass exorcism.
The victims included a pregnant woman and her five young kids. An extremist religious group was blamed for the deaths when it was discovered members of the group held natives captive and beat them with bibles, burned them with torches, and cut them with machetes. This particular sect was denounced as “Satanic” by local church authorities. 28. The novel “The Exorcist” was partly based on the alleged demonic possession of a 14-year old American kid known as Roland Doe.
That wasn’t his real name. The exorcism was kind of like the movie, inthat the boy allegedly spoke in a weird voice, things flew on their own around the room andthe kid couldn’t stand to be near a holy cross. At one point marks just appeared on the kid’sbody.
It’s also said he got up and broke a priest’snose. 27. In 2014, two women in the U.S. were chargedwith murder after killing two children, aged one and two, during an exorcism. The women said the kids’ eyes had turnedblack due to the devil being inside them. They badly beat two older kids, but they thankfullysurvived the ordeal.
We found more recent cases of children being killed in exorcisms in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. If you think belief in demonic possession is dead, you are very wrong. 26. Parts of the bible talk about Jesus doing exorcisms. This is from Mark 1:25/6, “Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.” It’s a pity all exorcisms aren’t so quick and easy. 25.
The saying, “The devil is in the details”actually comes from, “God is in the details.” 24. Satan goes by other names as well as the devil,including, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, the Prince of Darkness, Lord of the Flies, theAntichrist, the Father of Lies, and Moloch. Ok, back to more dark details. 23. In 1692, in Salem Village, Massachusetts,a group of young girls were accused of being in league with Satan. What happened next became known as the SalemWitch Trials.
The accused girls, as well as women, and men, appeared at a special court to address the accusation that they were getting friendly with the devil, which of course wasn’t true at all. 22. 20 people in all were hanged by the neck in Salem for the crime of practicing the devil’s magic, but over time around 150 people were accused of being witches. One of the men who was executed was pressed to death, which had to be a very painful way to go.
The authorities thought if he was tortured might spill the beans, but there weren’t any beans to spill. A Massachusetts General Court soon reversed guilty verdicts, but that came too late for the 20 victims. The youngest of the accused was a four-year-old girl named Dorothy Good. She told the court her mom had been talking to the devil.
She was also said to bite people like a wild animal. The next fact is just plain crazy. 21. Believe it or not, animals played a big part in the hysteria that happened at Salem. Yep, cats, dogs, and other animals were also said to be possessed by Satan.
Some folks believed the animals were a kind of team member for the witches, and like some of the accused witches, they had to go. In one instance, a girl had convulsions and it was believed she was a witch. She said the neighbor’s dog had bewitched her. That dog was immediately shot. A local minister later declared the dog innocent of any wrongdoing.
Later, another mutt took a bullet, even thoughthe locals said it was a victim of evil. 20. Did they really do a float test on accusedwitches, or is that just made up? It’s not fiction at all and was in voguein the 17th century. Sometimes called “dunking” or “ordealby water”, it would involve throwing a person, usually a woman, into a river. If she sank, she was innocent of working withthe prince of darkness, but if she floated, well, obviously she was in league with Satan.
You might ask what the rationale was behindthat, but let’s remember the Age of Reason was still a century away. Some people said water was pure, and that’swhy it wouldn’t accept witches. You really wouldn’t want to show off yourtreading-water skills in those days. 19. You might wonder what the difference is betweena demon and the devil?
Basically, the devil is the CEO of evil and demons are his managers. You could say those who demons possess are the folks on the lower end of the pay scale. 18. The American anthropologist, Erika Bourguignon, spent a lifetime studying demons and she said 488 societies in the world believed in demonic possession.
You don’t need Satan to have demons, but you need evil. In the past, if you were mentally ill sometimes people would say you were a victim of demonic possession.
That still happens today in some societies. A psychiatrist in northern Thailand once said he took his team to the villages far from the city. In some villages he found autistic kids locked in cages.
Their families would offer chicken sacrifices to the evil spirit so it would leave the kid’s body. Coming up next is something called “TheSatan Defense.” 17. Satan gets the blame for a lot of bad things that people do, so you could call the poor fella a handy scapegoat. In 2016, a guy appeared in court after shooting two teenagers. One of them died and the other was badly injured. What was the guy’s defense? He actually said Satan made him do it and so he was actually innocent.
The guy, named Kody Lott, was actually incensed when the media said killing two kids on their way home from school for absolutely nothing was senseless. Lott said the devil told him to do it, so how was it senseless. He will stay in prison until at least 2046. God might feature in the courtroom, but the justice system has no time for Satan. That’s kind of weird when you think about. 16. Satan has little to do with Halloween.
No one is exactly sure how the tradition started,but it likely goes back to harvest festivals that were held pre-Christianity. The Christians, however, got hold of it andstarted calling it All Hallows’ Day, which was a day to celebrate saints and the faithfulthat had died. This somehow turned into a night where peoplewalk around dressed as Hello Kitty and maniacs put glass in candy. This next one is seriously messed up. 15.
There is no shortage of people who claim theyare the devil. These egomaniacs are everywhere and they spanall age groups. A recent case involved a naked woman breakinginto a family’s house.
The owner told her to leave, to which thewoman laughed and then claimed she was the devil. All hell broke loose when the woman attackedthe man and his family, even though he had a gun. 39 shots were fired but the woman wasn’thit. Not only that, but she also managed to fightoff all the family.
The man later said, “She had the strength of four grown men.” Maybe she was the devil, or she’d been taking some serious drugs. You can find multiple stories every year in the USA where people who do horrible things claim to be the devil. For some reason, they are usually women. 14. There is a term, “She-Devil”, but it usually refers to a woman who manipulates men and does horrible things to them.
While sometimes we refer to Satan as a ‘he’, in reality, or super-reality, the devil is sexless. However, in Hebrew, the noun for Satan is a masculine noun. 13. If Satan is real, he must work around the clock, so much so he makes Elon Musk look lazy. That’s because around 150,000 people die in the world every day of the week. Considering most of those people will not be faithful to God and will no doubt have a rap sheet of sins a mile long, the intake process for hell must keep Satan really busy. 12. In the bible, it doesn’t say Satan created hell.
Nope, he was condemned to live in the inferno. He’d probably prefer a three-bedroom suite in Manhattan, but sinners can’t be choosers. The bible actually teaches us that Satan spends most of his time on Earth. Hell is a little confusing, so we thought we’d refer to that paragon of truth, Billy Graham.
In his writing he says the “everlasting fire was created for the devil and his angels”, and he also says that the devil can roam “through the earth going back and forth in it”. There’s also the theory that sinners will be cast into the pits of hell only on judgment day, so right now they are on remand. Those who wrote the big book talk about Jesusmentioning “eternal life” and “eternal punishment”, but some Christian scholars argue that eternal punishment just means being wiped out, like completely being deleted from the big server in the sky. So, hell could be absolutely nothing.
The idea of a goat-man with a pitchfork burningyour toes with his cigar is entirely a modern fancy. It would have been alien to JC.11. The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrotea play about hell called, “No Exit.” A well-known phrase from that play is, “Hellis other people.” In the play, people die and end up in a waitingroom, but the thing is, they are there for eternity. They soon get on each other’s nerves, andthat waiting room becomes a kind of hell.
It sounds a lot like social media. Ok, we’ve reached the top ten now, timeto ramp up the evil. 10. Some Christians, mostly of the ilk that haveJesus bumper stickers, believe in something called “The Rapture.” This is when the world ends and the goodieson Earth with the once faithful dead will be beamed up “in the clouds, to meet theLord in the air.”
This great kidnapping will lead to eternityin heaven. As for those left behind, things aren’tsupposed to be great for them. Maybe they will have a date with Satan atsome point, or they might go on to act in a very popular TV series. By the way, most Christians don’t actuallybelieve the big snatch will ever happen. 9. God was sometimes really wrathful; you certainlydidn’t want to get on the wrong side of God. In Genesis 3:14, God has some stern wordswith Satan, saying, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly and you willeat dust all the days of your life.” 8. You should know that you shouldn’t makedeals with Satan because whatever he gives, he’ll take back double. He once offered Jesus all the kingdoms ofthe world, but in the small print, there was a proviso stating that in return Jesus hadto worship Satan. Jesus’ response to this offer was, “Awayfrom me, Satan!” 7. You’ve heard of the Seven Deadly Sins, butdid you know some people say behind each one is a demon who can tempt you into committingthat sin.
The sins are: Pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed,gluttony, and lust. Satan himself is behind wrath. A prince of hell named Belphegor is the gluttonyguy. He tries to convince folks to get really rich,which we all know in the real world gluttony has its fair share of problems. 6. What do you think is the most committed sinby men?
Greed? Sloth? Nah, it’s lust, according to some researchwe read. Think about how often every day you have asexual thought… for women that sin was pride. 5. Speaking of sexual thoughts, there are demonscalled Incubi and succubi.
The former is a demon in male form that makeslove to women in their sleep and the latter does the same but she is female and chooses sleeping men. Such stories were around a long time before christ appeared on the scene, so they are not only Christian stories. In the past, these demons were sometimes accused of messing with a man’s health, while women were said to sometimes be impregnated by them. Maybe demons weren’t the problem… Now for something very real. 4.
There is a book called “The Devil’s Bible” that was written by a monk over a period of decades in the 13th century. It’s quite the tome, too, weighing in at165 pounds (75kg). Some people believe the devil himself was behind the book, but most folks think that the writer just had a lot of time on his hands. If you wrote all day every day the book wouldtake about 20 years to finish. It got the name Devil’s Bible because ofan illustration on page 290. The legend behind the book says that a monkhad broken his vows and faced being walled up alive.
His other option was to agree to write a book that contained all human knowledge. That wasn’t going to be easy, but what’s monk gonna do. He tried writing the book, but it was too hard, so the story goes that he asked Lucifer for help in exchange for his soul. All he had to do was a feature that picture of the devil. 3. Ok, so how would you contact the devil if you wanted to do a deal with him? He’s obviously a busy demon, and you can bet he has a lot of requests. We looked online for, “How to contact Satan”, but there are no clear guidelines.
There are a bunch of rituals you can findonline that tell you how to summon demons, which usually involve evocation spells. There is a new book out there containing suchspells, although the International Association of Exorcists condemned it saying it was likeputting a grenade in people’s hands. It’s aimed at kids, too, telling them ifthey have too much homework or life aint going so well, they might want to draw some lineson the floor and “dial up some demons.” 2.
The good news is that after looking at a bunchof Christian websites not one agreed that the devil can read your thoughts. Satan, unlike God, is not omniscient. Nowhere in the bible does it say the devilcan plant things in your head. Watch out though, because this is in the bible:“Brothers and sisters, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around likea roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.”
An interpretation of this could be that the devil is always there, just waiting for you to show some weakness. When he sees you are weak, he can somehow use his trickery to create circumstances around you that will tempt you to sin. He also has a network of demons doing such bad work, demons that must have been busy during all those Catholic Church abuse scandals. 1. So, what is the fate of Satan? Can’t we just get rid of him? According to the Book of Revelation, at some point Satan will be forced to hang up his gloves. This is what’s written about his forced retirement.
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Amen. Now you should watch this, “50 Insane ColdWar Facts That Will Shock You!” or, have a look at this, “50 Insane Facts About VietnamWar You Didn’t Know.”