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What the Devil is in a Name? | Rational Faiths | Mormon Blog

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In his Sunday General Conference talk, President Nelson declared that the use of nicknames like Mormon in exchange for Christ’s is “a major victory for Satan.” Yes, it is clear to me that we are to use the proper name of the church. Fair enough. But here’s another question. What about using the proper name for Satan? Has anyone ever considered that?

I would like to let you in on a dirty little secret. Satan’s “real name” is not Satan. And I believe that if we are truly to have victory over the devil as followers of Jesus Christ, we need to know – and call the devil by –  his real name. For far too long, Satan’s real name has been kept a secret. And for what reason? Simply stated, the real devil is “chicken shit” and doesn’t want to be confronted for the hideous monster he really is, so like a coward, he hides behind this creature we call Satan.

In biblical terms, Satan is just simply “the adversary” – in the book of Job, he is ha-satan, or “the satan.” Originally, “the satan” was a cross between an abstraction and the personification of evil – and he tested humans to determine the true intent of the heart and to measure personal integrity. Originally, he could be found among the heavenly hosts, or the bene-ha-elohim (Job 1:6) and went forth from heaven to test Job. But it would appear he was just that: a heavenly being who did not have the best of intentions for humanity. Isaiah 14:12 mentions Lucifer (from the Latin; literally “light bearer”), but historically this is understood to be reference to the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar who was reprimanded by God for his pride.  If we consider the band of fallen angels (the “Watchers”) mentioned in chapter six of the book of Enoch, then there are indeed, many devils who seek to corrupt humanity.

Popularly, Satan is known by many names, including: the Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub, Beliel, Mephistopheles, among others (356, Angels A-Z).  But there is one name in this mix that goes largely unnoticed, and that is Samael (Sammael), the angel of death and ruler of the fifth heaven. In rabbinic literature, Sammael is regarded as “the chief of the Satans” (352, Angels A-Z; see also Deuteronomy Rabbah 11), which implies that he is over all the adversarial spirits; including the one we call the “devil.” It would seem Samael is truly the father of the devils — if not in a literal sense, then in a figurative one. He is that “great serpent” mentioned in Revelation 12; the passage in which he directly opposes “the Lady clothed with the sun” (Heavenly Mother?)  And I find it curious we have little knowledge of him, just as we have little knowledge of our Mother in Heaven.  Why do you think that is the case? Is it possible that all of this information is yet to be revealed at a future date? If so, I think it‘s high time we get revealing. I know I’m ready!

So what is in a name? Everything. And if we are going to call Christ’s church by its proper name, then we need to call that old devil out for who he really is. But then again, that’s just my humble opinion, as someone who believes herself to have had a sacred experience with Heavenly Mother (and I guess it is safe to say that my sacred experience has now been verified by a  prominent spiritual leader, whose book I reviewed in my last post). But seriously, what do I know? I don’t have the Priesthood.

References:

Lewis, James R. & Evelyn D. Oliver. Angels A-Z.  Kelle S. Sisung, ed. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1996.

See also:  “Samael” Jewish Virtual Library: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/samael

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