Is Satan real? In order to answer this question we need to turn to the source.
The Holy Bible is the book we consult in order to gain knowledge into our everyday affairs. The Bible is God’s Word breathed onto paper if you will.
Since we are Christians, let us turn to what Jesus said about Satan. When Jesus speaks of Satan He is not just speaking of an evil metaphor. He is speaking of an actual entity.
An example of this would be in Mathew 12:26 where Jesus says “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided”. Clearly Jesus is giving physical attributes to Satan with the word “he”.
Also, if Satan is able to “drive” anything, he must be real. If we dig further into the Bible we come to Luke 10:17-18 “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’” Here Jesus gives physical attributes to the demons that followed Satan when he was booted from Heaven, as well as “seeing” Satan fall from Heaven. Since Satan was able to be seen, he must in fact be real.
While there are some other examples of how Jesus spoke of Satan, for the purpose of this argument we will move on to other places in the Bible where Satan is discussed.
Let us now turn to the first chapter of Job. Starting with verse 6 there is an actual conversation between God and Satan. In order for two beings to converse with one another, they must exist. Of course we are taking the Bible’s word for it, which is in fact God’s word.
This might give some who are not Christians an uneasy feeling, however we are confident that what the Bible says is in fact truth.
For our final verse in a potentially long line of verses, we will reflect on 2 Corinthians 11:14 where Paul says: “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” This seems self explanatory. If Satan was not real how could he masquerade as something he is not? He couldn’t, something that is not real cannot take form, therefore eliminating the possibility of being able to masquerade as something else.
Is Satan real? Yes, very real. In fact this argument only reflects on one of Satan’s many names. If we were to review all of his names, and how many times he appears in the Bible at different stages, this would be a several page report confirming the existence of Satan. The existence of Satan should not bother you though, because someone greater also exists. Jesus of Nazareth was freely given as the propitiation of our sins. Through Him, we are made clean.