The Devil, His Origin and End

The word “devil” is used by some flippantly and frivolously, and the subject of the devil is regarded as one to excite laughter and derision. While there is some excuse for this because of the absurd theories set forth in the religious world, theories in which there is a strange mixture of the sublime with the ridiculous, yet the subject deserves and demands a most serious consideration; and it is this demand which renders it necessary for us to include the investigation of it in our dealing with the great problems of the world’s redemption.

The word “devil” comes from two Greek words in the Scriptures. It is not properly a translation of either of them, and its adoption by the translators of the Authorized Version to represent two words, which are of different meaning, is quite confusing. It would have been better had the two words been transferred, or if even one of them had been represented by “devil” and the other transferred, so as to put the English reader on his guard and enable him to make a proper distinction.

The two words are diabolos and daimon. Diabolos is the one demanding the more elaborate treatment, because it represents that from which the world, in the broad sense, needs redemption. When redemption takes place from the universal evils represented by the word diabolos, those evils, which may be termed incidental and special, which are represented by the word daimon, will necessarily be included, upon the principle of the lesser being involved in the greater.

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Author: Thomas Williams

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Bible reference(s): 1 Chronicles 21:1, Job 1, Job 2, Isaiah 14:4-16, Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 4:1, Matthew 4:5, Matthew 4:8, Matthew 4:10-11, Matthew 4:24, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 8:28, Matthew 8:31, Mat 8:33, Mat 9:32-34, Mat 10:8, Matthew 11:18, Mat 12:22, Mat 12:24, Matthew 12:26-28, Matthew 13:39, Matthew 16:23, Mat 17:18, Matthew 25:41, Mark 1:13, Mar 1:32, Mar 1:34, Mar 1:39, Mar 3:15, Mark 3:22-23, Mark 3:26, Mark 4:15, Mar 5:15-16, Mar 5:18, Mar 6:13, Mar 7:26, Mar 7:29-30, Mark 8:33, Mar 9:38, Mark 10:17-18, Luke 4:2-3, Luke 4:5, Luke 4:13, Luk 4:33, Luk 4:35-36, Luk 7:33, Luk 8:2, Luke 8:12, Luk 8:27, Luk 8:29-30, Luk 8:33, Luk 8:35-36, Luk 8:38, Luk 9:1, Luk 9:42, Luk 9:49, Luke 10:17-18, Luke 11:14-15, Luk 11:18-20, Luke 13:16, Luk 13:32, Luke 22:3, Luke 22:31, John 8:44, Joh 8:48-49, Joh 10:20-21, John 13:2, John 13:27, Acts 5:3, Acts 10:38, Acts 13:10, Acts 26:18, Romans 8:3, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 5:5, 1 Corinthians 7:5, 1 Cor 10:20-21, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 11:14, 2 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 4:27, Ephesians 6:11, 1 Thessalonians 2:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 1 Timothy 1:20, 1 Timothy 3:6, 1 Timothy 3:7, 1 Tim 4:1, 1 Timothy 5:15, 2 Timothy 2:26, Hebrews 2:14, Heb. 4:15, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 3:8, James 2:19, James 4:7, Jude 1:9, Revelation 2:10, Revelation 2:13, Revelation 2:24, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 3:9, Rev 9:20, Revelation 12:12, Revelation 12:9, Rev 16:14, Rev 18:2, Revelation 20:10, Revelation 20:2, Revelation 20:7, Baruch 4:7, Baruch 4:35, Tobit 3:8, Tobit 3:17, Tobit 6:7, Tobit 6:14, Tobit 6:15, Tobit 6:17, Tobit 8:3

Source: The World’s Redemption (Chicago: Advocate Pub. House, 1892-1908?).

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