[b-hebrew] Satan

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Wed Sep 6 09:53:54 EDT 2006

Where is the word "moral" in the Torah?  Isn't that just a modern concept?

Evil is the result, the effect of disobedience to G-d, and the 
cutting off by degree, from closeness to G-d.  And the effects 
resonate throughout all the worlds of existence - spiritual and this 
physical one.


HH: Moral evil is due to a contradiction of God's will, so God does not
have to create it. It is simply a perversion of something He has
created. He created the human will, which is capable of contravening
God's will. When we do that, moral evil arises, first of all
disobedience. God hates moral evil and does not create it, just as he
does not incite murder:

Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.

Psa. 11:5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who
love violence his soul hates.

Prov. 6:16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are
detestable to him:
Prov. 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent
Prov. 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be
swift in running to mischief,
Prov. 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth
discord among brethren.

HH: He does not create the things he hates.

Harold Holmyard

>>Satan is a rebellious angel in Christian thinking.
>I know, but not in (most) Jewish thinking, and only based on a very
>imaginative interpretation of the Tanakh.
>>The Tanakh shows a pattern of progressive revelation, more and more
>>being revealed as time passed. Christians believe that the Tanakh shows
>>an incomplete angelology and demonology, which later revelation
>Yigal Levin
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