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The first-century Christian understanding of the cosmic forces surrounding us was far more complex than in modern belief. John 12:31 does quite clearly speak of Satan as the ruler of this world who will be defeated and driven out: "Now is the time of judgement on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out." John 14:30 and 16:11 also speak of ...


Tertullian, in Against Marcion, Book 2, Ch. 10 writes, This description, it is manifest, properly belongs to the transgression of the angel, and not to the prince's: for none among human beings was either born in the paradise of God, not even Adam himself, who was rather translated there; nor placed with a cherub upon God's holy mountain, that ...

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