What is satan?

The Hebrew word "satan" means "an adversary or one who resists". There word does not indicate whether the opposition is morally good or bad.

The theme page Satan - Bible facts gives us the following information:

  • Satans can be:
    • An Angel of God
    • People
    • God Himself
    • Motives and intents opposed to God
  • A satan influenced God and was given God's power
  • A satan tempted Jesus Christ
  • Successful preaching is said by Jesus Christ to be "satan falling from heaven
  • Satan was in Judas Iscariot when he betrayed Jesus
  • Satan would be crushed under the feet of the Roman believers
  • A satan stopped Paul from coming to the Thessalonian believers


Satan refers to powers, people, motives or influences that oppose.