What does the Church teach about Satan? Is he real? ?

Scripture and the Church's Tradition view Satan (or the Devil) as a fallen angel who was once good, but who with his followers (other fallen angels) rejected God.

Satan and his followers attempt to add humans to their rebellion via temptation.

It should be noted that the power Satan is finite since he is a creature of God, and in no way are his powers equal to those of God.

Some theologians have looked upon Satan as more of an abstraction of evil in the world and not a real being, but such teaching is contrary to Church teaching, which is based on Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

- Deacon George Kozak (9/01)

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