Christian theology credits Satan with amazing powers over humans, sometimes known as "Satanic Curses."<quoted text>
You are mistaken on some of your assumptions there, particularly regarding the role of Jesus. You are letting the ideology of some sects of Christianity shade your thinking. You are stereotyping a major portion of the world population.
This literalness leads to a lot of confusion and conflict, and thus disaffection. Cults and their proponents, including neo-atheism, play rope a dope with those disaffected.
His sole motivation is to ensnare and capture our
immortal souls so he can watch us scream and writhe in agony as we roast in the blazing inferno known as Hell, forever. Nice guy. But nice or not, if
this is true, then Satan must be granted the status of a deity. He is not just another strange guy in a red suit. He is a supernatural entity with powers equal to or greater than God's.
This must be the case or else the supposedly all-merciful God would not "allow" Satan to direct his dastardly deeds toward us-we who are God's beloved creations.
This brings up the enigma known as "The Question of Evil."
It has never been solved, and never can be. It has plagued theologians of all faiths for centuries. The reason for this is that their own definitions
of God have backed them into an impossible corner.
They have created their own conundrum by insisting that God is simultaneously omniscient, omni benevolent and omnipotent.
Theologians must agree that, by definition, an omniscient God would have known that ultimately evil would stalk the world he was creating.
There can be no doubt that evil is here; so God must have foreseen it.
Theologians must likewise agree that an omni benevolent God would never inflict pain and suffering on his own purportedly beloved human creations.
And finally, they must agree that an omnipotent God would have had the option of creating a world with no evil in it.
Nothing in the entire universe could have prevented him from doing whatever he wanted, since he is omnipotent.
So, how did evil arrive on the scene?
Blaming humanity's "free will" won't work.
An all-knowing God would know exactly where that "free will" would lead-to evil.
So if he didn't want evil to exist, he shouldn't have created free will.