Is Satan A Christian?

Q. My 7 year old son asked my wife a question on the way to school this morning. He said that Satan was a Christian because he believed in God, that Jesus Christ was the son of God, that he died for our sins, and that God rose him from the dead. All of those qualify us as believers to gain eternal life in Heaven with the Lord. What can I say to my son to disqualify Satan from being a Christian when the scripture implies that Satan knows scripture? One cannot be a Christian and be against God. It seems to be an interesting paradox.

A. That’s quite a question from a 7 year old. Let’s see if we can answer it for him.

First of all, Satan doesn’t believe all these things by faith as we do. He believes them because he has been an eyewitness to the events. Even so, there isn’t any evidence in Scripture to indicate Satan has sought the Lord’s forgiveness for his sins.

Also, to be our kinsman redeemer, Jesus had to become our kinsman. From Hebrews 1-2 you can make a case that Jesus, who is not an angel but is superior to the angels, didn’t become an angel to save fallen angels. He dropped down past the angelic realm to become a man to save fallen mankind. This means only humans are eligible for salvation and only humans can become Christians.

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