What the devil should we call the Evil One?
If God is a personification of the term Good, then Devil may derive from Evil – a word stemming from the Latin diabolus, which in Middle English became devel.
With over 40 names, the Devil has far more titles in The Bible than anyone else except Jesus – the most common being Lucifer, Satan, the Prince of Darkness, and the Anti-Christ. Revelation mentions The Beast, though Matthew refers to the ruler of the Lake of Fire as Beelzebub.
The Evil One is also called the Deceiver, Dragon, Enemy, Father of all Lies, and Leviathan. Portrayed as the Serpent of Old, the Tempter, and the Wicked One, the Devil appeared as the snake who seduced Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Traditionally, the Devil is a fallen angel who lures human beings into sin. He is often seen as the opposite force to God, stealing souls away from Heaven for the darker realms of Hell.
In many cultures Satan remains a symbol of evil – a metaphor for sin and excessive pleasure. He is the trickster, folk villain, enemy, anti-hero, tyrant, and source of unhappiness and misfortune.
So what the devil should we call the Evil One? Anything except Master!
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