Satan or Jehovah?
Andrew

Orlando, FL

#1 Sep 19, 2012
IN 1st Chronicles 21:1 and 2 Samuel 24:1 we have an interesting problem. Both verses describe the exact same event, with differing personages responsible for suggesting to David to "number Israel".

The word "Satan" never appears in the bible until the book of Numbers 22:22, and describes Jehovah's anger against Balaam. The word "satan" is never found anywhere in the book of Genesis. In Genesis, most of us are fooled into thinking that Satan tempted eve, despite the fact the text clearly tells us it was a flesh and blood wild beast that Jehovah created that did so.

One of the main reasons I stopped studying with JW's was this case. I could never receive a straight answer from any of the elders, brothers, etc, on the matter. All vague suggestions, but ultimately it wasn't until I consulted a Jewish Rabbi (remember the bible is a middle eastern Hebrew book, not an English book from Brooklyn), that I received the actual truth on the matter, which is this: "Satan" is just a term used to describe adversaries, and usually always applies to Jehovah in the Hebrew bible.

Since: Aug 12

Montréal, Canada

#2 Sep 19, 2012
In reference to Chronicles and Samuel, Yes the Witnesses try to explain this away as saying that in one verse Satan was said to be directly responsible but in the other it was Jehovah that allowed Satan to do it indirectly.

In reference to Satan there are other terms that have been rendered differently to mask the polytheism in the scriptures over the years I've mentioned them in another thread.

Mot
Neber
Rasheph
Nergal
Leviathan

and there others. All Sons of EL. All apart of the pantheon the Bedouin adopted from the Canaanites.

Nonetheless there is truth that can be found about all this and I do believe that even though there was confusion in the Bible when it came to the god's Satan really did exist and was in a place of authority in the early ages of our planets existence.

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