Skip to comments.Why Does Satan Hate You?
Posted on 05/07/2014 2:27:46 AM PDT by markomalley
Most of us take it for granted that Satan hates us. But why does he hate us? That question recently came up in my Our Sunday Visitor column. It is a very different kind of writing than I do here, in that it requires me to provide very brief answers. But Im sure you sometimes appreciate brevity on the blog! Thus consider a brief post today on a mysterious question:
Q: In the sermon the other day, the priest said Satan hates us. It occurred to me to ask, why does Satan hate me, what did I ever do to him? John Smoot, Bayonne NJ.
A: To be sure, there are very deep mysteries involved in the motives for Satans hatred. We struggle to understand our own human psyches, let alone trying to understand the psyche of a fallen angelic person.
However, an important clue to Satans hatred is contained in the third temptation he makes to Jesus in the desert. Showing Jesus all the kingdoms of the world he says, All these I will give you, if you will but fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:10).
Here we see the curtain pulled back, and we glimpse for a moment the kind of inner torment that dominates Satan. He seems desperate to be adored. He cannot bear that he is a creature and that there is another, other than himself (God), who is ever to be adored.
Thus in his colossal pride Satan hates, first of all, God. And by extension, he hates everyone and everything that manifests the glory of God. Even more, he hates those who seek to adore God rather than him. In his venomous pride, Satan seeks to destroy the Church, which declares the glory of God and reminds us that God alone is to be adored. Surely he hates and seeks to destroy those who even try to adore God, and who do not accord him, Satan, the worship and pride of place for which he ravenously hungers.
Hence, as the text from the temptation in the desert suggests, Satan is tormented by pride, and his torment is filled with deep hatred for all who worship God and all who draw others to the worship of the one, true God.
For blog readers I might also suggest several sources on demonology that I have found helpful:
An Interview with an Exorcist by Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea
The Devil you Dont Know By Fr. Louis Cameli
The Deceiver Our Daily Struggle with Satan by Fr. Livio Fanzaga
Msgr Pope ping
Genesis 1:27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
That’s why Satan hates us. Even his followers he will throw away when their usefulness is done.
Add to this the truth that God, who created everything, including the pure spirit nature of even the fallen angels, became MAN. THEN, that same God DIED so that Man might occupy a higher place in heaven than Satan or any of the angels.
In Satan's view, that's utterly contemptible.
(I recall in Malachy Martin's Hostage to the Devil his account of an exorcism where the fallen angel, speaking through the possessed, in its disgust for its human foes, calls them "shit canisters." That provides a pretty good idea what we look like to Satan.)
Satan,or HaSatan,actually works for God. It says so in Job. He can’t do anything without God’s permission.
HaSatan means ‘the adversary’. There is no reason to fear him because God is in control.
PRIDE or self-love.
Please post the scripture passage please! Thank-you!
No, Satan loves me. He loves me so much he will offer to give me whatever I think I want. He will work to fulfill my darkest desires and lusts. He wants me to become part of his dark domain and to lure others into it and AWAY from the eternal life salvation the Jesus offers my soul.
Satan’s is an evil love and I reject it for the true love of Jesus and His Father. Remembering, God, our Father breathed life into us, Satan did NOT.
Satan hates anything that glorifies or represents God.
The Family is one of those things.
And anyone that helps to disrupt or destroy the Family as God intended it is working for Satan.
Hear that lefties? Abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, divorce.
Any of those things ring a bell, lefties?
Question I have is, are the lefties “tone deaf” though?
As another poster put it, though they don’t recognize from whence it comes, Satan is promising them all their carnal selfish desires, and fooling them into thinking they are serving themselves instead of him.
I believe that the reason Satan hates man is directly related to the same reason he and a third of the angelic host rebelled against God.
So I think the better question to ask is “Why did Satan rebel against God, AND... HOW did he convince a third of the angels to join him???
The bible says that iniquity was found in him... clearly, pride was the core issue... but we don’t really hear much about the details of that pride, or the objectives of his rebellion.
Consider for a moment the fact that angels were NOT created in the image of God... and yet they are far more powerful than man. I think that God revealed His plans to create man, and detailed out to the angelic host what THEIR role would be in serving mankind... guarding mankind... and that eventually, their position or status in heaven would be in a way LESS than that of man. (primarily because man is made in God’s image)
Therefore, I think that the reason Satan hates man is not just pride, but more specifically JEALOUSY... and this is how he was able to convince a third of the angels to join him.
Christ, Son of God, Son of Mary! Save us from these bodiless entities who hate us.
I agree with that. We’re all “dirt people” to him and beneath his type of being.
“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Somebody, I can’t remember who, had a theory that the real war in Heaven was waged after Adam & Eve were created and God told his Angels that they were to serve us and help us.
“Somebody, I cant remember who, had a theory that the real war in Heaven was waged after Adam & Eve were created and God told his Angels that they were to serve us and help us.”
I do think though it was before God created humans, that the war in the Heavens got started when the enemy said he would not serve God and this included those angels who sided with the enemy as well.
The clearest indicator of Satan’s handiwork is pride and vanity. When men proclaim that they are powerful and rule the world, or parts of it far greater than themselves, like the atmosphere, that is a reflection of Satan.
When Nimrod ordered the construction of the Tower of Babel, an edifice so tall that it would reach unto heaven, so that Nimrod could be “like God”, it was pride and vanity talking.
So, is Al Gore Satan? probably not, but he seeks to be infused with pride and vanity, so he has clearly bowed down to Satan.
Who made Satan? God.
God made a creature that hates us. Is jealous of us. And will fight Him, a futile effort, for control over us.
So, JHVH is having a galactic sized belly laugh over our struggle...
That’s always bothered me.
The deadly sin of pride is what happened to Satan. He thought he knew better than God.
What did God do? Throw him out of heaven with a third of the angels.
Dire warning that we obey God always.
Satan doesn’t love you; he wants you to be his slave.
For an interesting interpretation, see “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis.
Good point. I should have put “love” in parentheses.
I think you are bothered over nothing.
Yep, Satan hates us. It is what he has chosen for himself: Jealousy, envy, covetous, bitterness, hatred. Free will, remember that? Satan was not created as Hate. He CHOSE that for himself. Because of that, he was thrown from Heaven and ultimately, will be disposed of.
I do not believe that God ‘belly-laughs’ over our struggles. I do believe that He sees beauty in the struggle to follow, trust and become more like Him. Sees the preciousness of someone choosing Freely to follow His word.
Whether or not you or I like them, these ‘struggles’ are necessary. Just as silver is refined or a gem is created with heat and pressure, struggles will, if one stays trusting and faithful to the Lord, produce something more precious.
Ha, that was pretty much the plot behind that Christopher Walken movie “The Prophesy”. There was a 2nd war in Heaven which was basically a war against mankind being elevated by God above the angels. But Lucifer by that time had already fallen from God’s grace in the 1st war.
From what I understand it was a spiritual war in which some angels wanted to be like God themselves instead of serving God. They wanted to be worshipped like gods, having autonomous power. Something like that. And that is considered the first sin, committed by the now-fallen angels. Pride in one’s self.
That is the only sin. Everything else is but a symptom.
You might say pride is the root of all sins. Remember when Satan tempted Eve to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge? He didn’t say you can know what God knows, he said you can be a god yourself.
JHVH made him that way knowing full well what he’d become...
JHVH made the pain and suffering.
If you are saying that because he gave us a Will He cannot control, we suffer... Then you are either admitting that He’s less than Omnipotent, or has a sadistic streak...
I think it has more to do with the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, true man and true God. Thus a man, Jesus Christ, second person of the Holy Trinity would be ruling over the angels.
Interesting perspective! Never thought about it that way....
1) God is GOOD, all the time.
2) All the time, God is GOOD.
And God made Charles Manson and Hitler, yet it was their choices to live and behave as they did, not Gods.
You are responsible for what appears to be ‘bitterness’ in your heart, not God.
God makes NO evil, but gives us the choice to behave that way or not. We were made in His image, and given freewill. He did not create us as robots, lockstepping in ‘love’ for Him. Rather, when/if we CHOOSE to love Him, He welcomes us.
He gave us FREEwill. Free. It is up to US to bend it to Him. Can He, could He bend us? Yep. But He won’t. We must bend to Him.
Sadistic streak? NOW you are beginning to sound somewhat more liberal yet.
God either made everything, or he didn’t.
This includes all the Evil in the world.
To think otherwise is to suggest God didn’t know what he was doing.
Job 1:6-22, 2:1-13
This is from the Tanakh. I’m not sure if it is the same in the KJV or other versions of the N.T.
Refer back to 1 and 2 in my past post. Then, feel free to refer me to ANY scripture, at all, that shows God to be the author of evil.
Could God make a rock so heavy He couldn’t lift it? Yep, but will He? Your arguments are analogous strawmen.
Go look in the mirror and you will see a creature, created in the image of God, a human, and humanity is the source of all evil here on earth. You. Me. Mother Theresa, Stalin. Humanity.
Blaming God for YOUR failing is only a dodge to avoid responsibility.
Good created you and no one had to teach you to lie. That’s sin. God never Made You Lie. But He did make you capable of CHOOSING it if you wanted.
So, God made me to be as flawed as he is...
Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
Excuse the interruption, but you sound like you’re saying that self-determination is somehow flawed. That the gift of free will is not a gift but a curse, because then a person of free will can choose to do evil if they want. Would you really wish that everyone was only capable of doing as they were programmed, like machines? Of intellectual and spiritual slavery instead of freedom? That sounds more like a curse to me than a gift.
Thank-you for your response!
Evil and sin are consequences of Christ granting us Free Will, not creations in and of themselves. If you don't see the difference then you can't possibly understand the difference between Redemption and Salvation.
Well, that’s a stretch.
Have you ever read scripture, beginning with the creation of man? You should try that.
God created Adam and he was perfect. He was in the image of God. Notice. He was not identical to God.
Adam, through Eve, sinned. And so here we are today.
Tell me, why the apparent bitterness towards your creator? He loves you.
Nope. It is what it is.
I just don’t ascribe silly human notions to JHVH.
He/It created EVERYTHING. Including all the bad stuff.
Yes. 4 different versions. Awfully presumptuous of you to think I hadn't.
Tell me, why the apparent bitterness towards your creator?
I have no problems with JHVH. It's his adherents that give me headaches...
Either God created everything, including evil and sin, or he didn't.
I'm ok with the idea he created everything, including the icky parts.
Question is, why aren't you? Don't you have faith?
Thanks for verifying that you have no idea of what the difference between Redemption and Salvation.
Because we took his job away from him.
My theory is that he hates mankind now because of all of the leftists we keep sending him. Imagine the amount of times he has to explain why they’re in hell over and over to them.
I would add that the jealousy is in part due to the fact taht humans can reproduce our selves in the image of God as well.
Peter Kereeft did and updated version called the Snakebite letters. Both are very good.
"The degradation of it! that this thing of earth and slime could stand upright and converse with spirits before whom you, a spirit, could only cower
He saw not only Them; he saw Him. This animal, this thing begotten in a bed, could look on Him!"