The Evolution of Satan from the Bible to the Satanic symbol
The common notion of Satan has installed fear into the hearts and minds of society for over 2000 years. Satan also referred to as Lucifer, the Devil, Accuser and the adversary; is a Christian figure that in the Christian belief represents everything sinful. The depiction of Satan has slowly evolved over the past 2000 year; this evolution has transformed the idea of Satan representing everything considered sinful in the Christian religion, to being looked upon as a symbolic representation of Man’s true nature; this being the nature of a carnal beast, living in a universe that is uninterested in our existence. The belief in Satan and his symbolic representation of being: sinful, evil, or carnal; has evolved over the past c.2000 years, across different beliefs and contrasting societies. Satan is first mentioned in the Christian religious teachings, over 2000 years ago.
The first time Satan is referred to as himself (Satan) is I the Christian religious scriptures, also known as The Bible. This early reference to the master of sin appears in The Bible, 1 Chronicles 21:1, which states ‘Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take Census of Israel.’ (The Bible) This reference to Satan for the first time in the Bible is stating that Satan incited David to take up a Census of the people of Israel, a sin in the eyes of God. Christianity was the centre of European society since introduced by the Roman Empire in c.380CE, this lead to the belief that people sin because of influence from Satan. This use of Satan as a scapegoat during the Early Modern Period is evident during the infamous witch trials across Europe from 1480-1750, which saw approximately 40,000-60,000 executions. (Levack, 1987). The witch hunts throughout Europe began in c.1480 CE and were mostly brought about through fear instated into society by the church, which was predominantly Roman Catholic at this period. This fear was due to...
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