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Natasha B. wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If Lucifer is one, or satan is one, how can they possess multiple persons at one time
    all across the world?


  { If Lucifer or satan is one, how can they possess multiple people at one time around the world? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Natasha —

Thanks for the question.

Lucifer is satan's name before his fall from grace. The name: Lucifer means light bearer.

You said:

  • If Lucifer is one, or satan is one, how can they possess multiple persons at one time all across the world?

Because satan has many fallen angels who, like him, also freely chose to rebel against God.
Because of their angelic nature, their choice, unlike ours, was irrevocable.

This is what the Catechism says:

II. The Fall Of The Angels

391 Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. (cf. Genesis 3:1-5; Wisdom 2:24) Scripture and the Church's Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called Satan or the devil. (cf John 8:44; Revelation 12:9) The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God:

"The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing."

(Lateran Council IV (1215): DS 800)

392 Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. (cf. 2 Peter 2:4) This fall consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter's words to our first parents: You will be like God. (Genesis 3:5) The devil has sinned from the beginning; he is
a liar and the father of lies. (1 John 3:8; John 8:44)

393 It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels' sin unforgivable. "There is no repentance for the angels after their fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death." (St. John Damascene, De Fide orth. 2,4: PG 94,877)

394 Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls a murderer from the beginning, who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from his Father. (John 8:44; cf. Matthew 4:1-11) The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8) In its consequences the gravest of these works was the mendacious seduction that led man to disobey God.

395 The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God's reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries — of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.(Romans 8:28)

Hope this helps,


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