While the Christian version of Satan doesn’t show up in every world religion, some version of a singular figure - often a disgraced or fallen deity - does emerge in modern and ancient texts worldwide. This devil-like being might preside over the underworld, perform the final judgement on a person’s soul, or tempt people to stray from the path of goodness and light.
However, even our modern conception of Satan from the Christian Bible - a red devil in horns, whispering evil seductions into the ear of an innocent - is a far cry from his scriptural depiction. The word “devil” is derived from the Greek diabolos meaning “slanderer,” or “accuser,” and in the Bible’s Old Testament, the name Satan is only mentioned three times in the 45 books.
While non-Christian devils such as Hades from Greek mythology are not meant to be directly compared to The Bible’s Satan (or at least our modern conception of him), they are often representatives of a fallen angel, deity or creator who has tried to usurp an all-powerful God figure, and in doing s, has been banished to some lesser world or fate.
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