I’m not a huge fan of answering this question, frankly, because my opinions (though I have many) don’t actually matter. You’re asking a man to speak for God, which is a daunting if not dangerous task. But what if I told you we actually have a series of letters from the Lord Jesus Christ — God Himself — that specifically answer this question? The briefest answer is “Yes and no.” The harder part is discerning the “Why?”
Who or what is Satan, according to the Hebrew Bible? If you grew up in church, the answer may shock you. Not to say that many of the church's teachings are completely wrong. Rather, it would be wrong to think they are complete. The Hebrew behind our “Satan” is השטן - haasatan - which is pronounced “hah-sah-TAHN,” and means “The Opposer.”
I recently was "A2A" (asked to answer) a question on Quora: "Where does the Bible say Jesus is 100% man and 100% God?" I’m taking “man” to mean “human.”
The answer is, it doesn’t. At least, not directly. It does, however, say both, but in very Jewish ways and not really together like in one place. As a result, the important aspect of answering this question is to explore both claims, which has to be done separately. Interesting note, there are a few places where these separate claims actually *are* connected.
As a Christian and a vegetarian / vegan, I frequently am asked why I choose not to eat meat. After all, meat consumption is clearly not forbidden in the Bible. People are usually pretty surprised by my answer. Lets quickly explore the question of meat consumption from a Christian Vegan's perspective.
Picture Earth in your mind. Ok. You’re likely thinking of something similar to The Blue Marble - a planet floating in a sea of black space. Remarkably, this image has only been possible for the last 50 years or so, since it was taken December 7, 1972. But 3,000 years ago, with no photo, this is what you believed ...
Let me quickly apologize. The grumpy cat is coming out a little bit, here. :P
I'd like to take a moment to discuss proper Facebook tagging etiquette, and explain 1) why it's important to me, and 2) why I filter your tags in my posts or photos, and what you tag me in, and ignore probably 60% of them.