Jeffrey B. Russell (The Prince of Darkness: Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History) says that while most religions have their demons, only four major religions have had a real Devil. These are Zoroastrianism, ancient Hebrew religion (but not modern Judaism), Christianity and Islam. He says that the role of the devil in religion is to exonerate God for the existence of evil.
The origins of belief in the devil are certainly with the Zoroastrian Persians, who passed on the notion during the Babylonian Exile. The Jews of the Apocalyptic period (200 BCE to 100 CE) could not understand why God had abandoned Israel and allowed evil to rule the world in their time. Such a degree of evil was more than God would ordain and greater than mere humans could cause; it must therefore be the work of a powerful spiritual force, such as the devil. In spite of this, Rabbinical Judaism in subsequent centuries came to the conclusion that evil is caused by humans, and that the devil is nothing more than a symbol of human misuse of freewill.
Meanwhile, early Christian belief was going in the other direction, creating an image of a totally evil and powerful adversary of God.
Tertullian later argued that evil is not the work of God or of an evil principle (devil), but of sin and sin alone. He said that an evil principle separate from God is impossible, for its existence would be tantamount to that of two gods. God is by definition an all-powerful being and two all-powerful gods cannot exist. Augustine also adopted the view that principle of evil, a being absolutely evil in itself, a lord of evil independent of God such a thing could not exist, for it would constitute a limitation of God. Christianity had begun to return towards the late Jewish principle of there not really being a devil.
In the early Middle Ages, the monasteries tended to emphasise the Devil's power. This was balanced by the opposite tendency of folklore and legend to make Satan seem ridiculous and impotent, a natural psychological reaction against the terrors of the monastic view. The more threatening Satan's power, the more comedy was needed to tame him and relieve the threat.
By the late Middle Ages, the position was reversed. The monasteries tended to de-emphasise the Devil's power but the common people, in legend and literature, began to fear his power. Both the witch craze and Luther's Reformation also encouraged belief in the Devil's potency. Protestant emphasis upon The Bible as the sole source of authority meant renewed confidence in New Testament teaching on Satan. And the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants, and among varieties of Protestants, promoted the sense that the Devil was active everywhere.
By the eighteenth-century, liberal Christians regarded diabology as an encumbrance to a Christianity that best travelled without much theological baggage, while conservatives tried to hold the line.
What this little story tells us is that the power of the devil changes with time, depending on what it is convenient to believe. Powers are attributed to the devil based in part on theological fashion, and often by a countervailing view among the ordinary people. Sometimes the devil does not even exist, or barely at all, while at other times he can fight a war with God. But all this power is in the minds of men.
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The powers are unique to the user, and are not inherited from one's parents. Big Mom has dozens of children, none of whom share her devil fruit powers, and many of whom have devil fruit powers of their own.
Because he wanted God's powers
Devil Jin has most of Jin Kazama's moves, and some additional ones. Devil Jin is stronger than Jin Kazama. ________________________________________________________ I believe Devil Jin is stronger because he has more powers plus the powers of Jin. Jin Kazama is stronger , But Devil jin is more faster than Jin kazama
The son of the Devil isn't necessary a man. It is almost certainly that is a woman with man powers, and they desire each other.
THAT EVIL MAN WITH THE PITCHFORK AND FIRE BREATHING POWERS THAT EVIL MAN WITH THE PITCHFORK AND FIRE BREATHING POWERS
The devil is a part timer, Highschool Dxd, Maoyuu maou yuusha and similar titles all have demonic powers.
In Islam the Devil is known as Iblis or Shaytan, who has the power to cast evil suggestions into the hearts of men, women and children. Iblis has no other powers.
i find it best to go visit the unicorns.. or you could always sell your soul to the devil ;)
A make believe creature who does not exist. In fictional stories a woman or man given magical power by the devil is considered a black magic witch.
More than 1000 I think, so I can't list them here.
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The parallel between the New Testament temptation of Jesus and the Old Testament temptation of Adam and Eve is found in the person of the tempter, the Devil. In the New Testament, the Devil appears in his real form as Satan. He offers Jesus earthly powers. In the Old Testament, the Devil appears in the assumed form of his familiar, the sinister serpent. The slithering snake offers bogus divine powers to Adam and Eve.
Based on how the authors of the Bible deliver their stories, there are 'two' main forces within. They are good and evil. So, the 'devil' lives within all of us. But we all must use the powers of good to subdue evil.
I don't say "the devil the devil don't take me devil."
Because it includes witchcraft, the devil, and demon powers. And let's not forget that there is a person killing lots of people :D
The old answere was crap so i changed it. I think it's BLACKBEARD cus he was the power of darkness and earthquakes. 2 devil fruit powers means one ultimate pirate! Hey hey man Dw ABOUT IT *peace*
I doubt whether either God or the Devil exist. Religious beliefs in this respect are sometimes somewhat contradictory; but the general idea is that nobody is more powerful than (or as powerful as) God.
Followers of Judaism do not believe in a devil. They believe in what they call "the Satan," but they don't believe he has any powers of his own.
No the Tasmanian devil isn't a real devil but they can be quite ferocious. :) this is probably why they got their name (devil).
diabhal, a devil: An Diabhal, the Devil.
The old Lady is the Devil
Worship the devil.
In "The Devil and Tom Walker" The Devil is referred to as "Old Scratch".