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|What does devil mean?
|Gehenna, the Valley of Hinnom, a valley outside of Jerusalem.
Gehenna was the term given by Christ to describe hell.
|"If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, 'where their worm does not die, and the fire is not
Mark 9:47-48, Isaiah 66:24
"They said to him, 'We are not illegitimate. We have one father, God.' Jesus said to them, 'If God were your
father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.
Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot bear to hear my word. You belong to
your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the
beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in
character, because he is a liar and the father or lies."
"Why did the devil attack Jesus, knowing that Jesus was without sin? The devil could not possibly have been
victorious. Why did the devil, through Judas, hand Jesus over to be crucified? The death of Christ on the cross
could not possibly have served the devil's purpose, except to give the devil pleasure in seeing Christ suffer. Nor
could God have ordered the devil to attack and betray Jesus; the fulfillment of God's plan cannot belong to the
devil, but must belong to God alone. In truth the whole matter worked the other way round. By attacking and
betraying a person so manifestly good and holy as Christ, the devil exposed himself; the devil revealed himself as
This may sound strange; surely we know evil for what it is, without such a terrible exposure. On the contrary, the
problem of evil is that it is usually disguised as goodness. Think of Judas. Throughout the early ministry of Jesus,
Judas was a most loyal and passionate disciple. And he willingly went out with the others to proclaim the Gospel
and heal the sick. Yet all the while, evil thoughts were seething in his heart; the lust for power and wealth burned
within him. So when the opportunity arose to destroy Jesus, he seized it. Judas shows us how evil operates in the
world; that is why God allowed evil to be exposed - by allowing Jesus to die on the cross."
St. John Chrysostom 4th. Century
On Living Simply. page 67.