Satan (Hebrew: הַשָּׂטָן ha-Satan, "the opposer",) is the leader of fallen angels and adversary to God, particularly in Abrahamic religions. In Theistic Satanism, Satan is considered a positive force and deity who is either woshipped or revered. In LaVeyan Satanism, Satan is regarded as holding virtuous characteristics.
It is the title of various entities, both human and divine, who challenge the faith of humans in the Hebrew Bible. In Christianity, the title became a personal name, and "Satan" changed from an accuser appointed by God to test men's faith to the chief of the rebellious fallen angels ("the devil" in Christianity, "Shaitan" in Arabic, the term used by Arab Christians and Muslims). In Islam, a shayṭān is any evil creature, whether human, animal or spirit. With the definite article, the Shayṭān is Iblis, the Devil.
Famous quotes containing the word satan:
“And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.”
—William Cowper (17311800)
“When I reach the shades at last it will no doubt astonish Satan to discover, on thumbing my dossier, that I was a member of the Y.M.C.A.”
—H.L. (Henry Lewis)
“For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.”
—Isaac Watts (16741748)