This topic was being discussed in that other thread and I found it very interesting so I thought I'd start up another one so we can continue the discussion.
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This is interesting, I've never seen it like that before. Although isn't Satan talked about as being a fallen Angel etc?Satan is an interesting one. "Satan" and "devil" we're used to describe anyone "accusing" or "opposing", Jesus even called one of disciples "Satan". I don't believe that any of the "Satans" or "devils" were spiritual beings or a fallen angel. I believe the Satans and Devils of the bible are simply people who opposed the faithful at certain points, and people's own human nature. I don't believe there is a bad or evil "being" that tries to make me do sinful things.
This I find interesting also "Age-lasting", I looked into 'universal salvation' before. It's a big no no among religious folk but I'm a firm believer of letting God reveal things to you rather than man dictating (been there...done that) and the word 'age' or 'era' has actually been replaced by 'ever' or 'everlasting' quite a bit throughout the bible. Which answers the question that I've been asking for some time...When the last enemy (death) is destroyed....where do the dead people go?Interlinear translation:
Thus for loved the God the world, so that the son of himself the only-begotten he gave, that every one who believing into him, not may be destroyed, but may have life age-lasting.
Would love if some of you would come back and discuss this with me. It's a huuuuuge topic but I'm interested in picking people's brains about this as I firmly feel that leaving myself open is the best way to accept God's instruction so I'm open to anything in regards to differing interpretations to the bible and how much man influenced the scriptures as they were written and how much 'spin' they put on the inspiration they received from God. (I would imagine it being a fair bit, depending on their personality) James and Paul being an example