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Is Satan immortal, causing him to someday burn forever in hell?
The Bible states that God “alone has immortality” (1 Timothy 6:13–16). This means that no other creature in the universe is immortal on his own. As a created angel, this fact equally applies even to Satan, formerly known as Lucifer, who once held the highest position in God’s throne room.
Also, the Bible bluntly states that “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). Nephesh, the Greek word from which we get the word “soul,” includes the meaning of “creature” and “living being.” So this verse applies not only to human beings but also to angels. Not only has Satan sinned, but he is the originator of sin. Jesus said to the segment of religious leaders who chose disbelief, “You are of your father the devil. … He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). Since Satan is a living being, and since he is the originator of sin, he will certainly experience the consequence of sin—death. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Jesus spoke of “the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Does this mean that Satan will burn forever and ever in eternal misery? There is a Bible passage that explains both parts of the question we are analyzing. God is speaking to Satan: “By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you” (Ezekiel 28:16–19, emphasis added).
From this passage, is Satan immortal? God said that Satan would be devoured. Will Satan burn forever in hellfire? God said that in the sight of everyone, Satan will be turned to ashes.
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Hell in the Bible
The word “hell” is used 54 times in the Bible. It is translated from several different words with various meanings, as indicated below:
In the Old Testament:
31 times from the Hebrew “Sheol,” which means “the grave”
In the New Testament:
10 times from the Greek “Hades,” which means “the grave”
12 times from the Greek “Gehenna,” which means “a place of burning”
1 time from the Greek “Tartarus,” which means “a place of darkness”
What is Purgatory?
A tradition held by the Catholic Church that teaches people who are not good enough to be worthy of heaven, but not bad enough to deserve hell, suffer in an intermediary state until their sins are purged.
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