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Fellow Christians: Should we pray for Satan?

#51fudrickPosted 11/25/2012 7:10:24 AM
Chaos Scade posted...

"Once a monk felt much pain and, while he was kneeling at prayer, he said the following: 'You are God and, if You want, You can find a way to save these miserable demons who first enjoyed such great glory, but now are full of all the evilness and cunning of the world. Without Your protection, they would have devoured all human beings.' While he was saying these words, praying in pain, he saw a dog's head next to him sticking out his tongue and mocking him. It seems that God allowed for this to happen in order to inform the monk that He is ready to accept the demons provided they repent, but they themselves do not want their salvation."

We know from other stories of Elder Paisios that he is likely here talking about himself, since he later confessed that he once fasted and prayed for two weeks for the salvation of the devil, but the devil appeared to him after all that and merely mocked him.

How strange that a man who fasts for weeks at a time would see a strange hallucination... it must have been from god.
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#52almasbabyPosted 11/25/2012 10:57:20 AM
I pray he doesn't stick a hot pokey up my butt if and when we meet in the hereafter.
#53HeroicSomaCruzPosted 11/26/2012 12:14:06 PM
What's the point?

Has anyone told you God helps those who only help themselves?

Satan has dwelled in Hell forever and ever. I'm sure God could help him if Satan wanted that so much, but he refuses. He likes being the bad guy and wants to rule in his dominion of hellfire.
#54SilviiroPosted 11/26/2012 3:02:56 PM
Satan has never been to Hell (presuming Hell is a place and not a state.)
"I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind." -- Ecclesiastes 1:14
#55IvashankoPosted 11/26/2012 3:13:25 PM
Origen, on of the earliest Church Fathers, believed so. He believed (in summary) that Jesus' death was not only necessary for the sake of man, but also it was an attempt to save Satan himself in a way that did not break Satan's free will.

You should read Origen's works, though he wrote far too much in his lifetime for any person not obsessed with the subject to go over.