[quote="FaithInTheSon, post:5, topic:302664"]
Satan is the ruler of the world we Catholics believe that or am I wrong? Regardless, the scripture is clear. Of course, Christ is the one who has full power over all things, including Satan. Am I getting this wrong?
Yep, a little :o
Here's my reply on this, written time ago for a former Catholic - now JW.
Their strongest point is that Satan offered all the kingdoms to Christ. They argue that not only Satan had that authority back then, but that he still has it even after the resurrection of the Lord.
However, already St. Jerome (347-420), first translator of the Bible, explained that this was never so:
Arrogant and superb, speaks with ostentation: he cannot, in fact, give all kingdoms, for we know that many holy men were made kings by God.
It should not be surprising that Christ did not call him a liar. They would say that Satan did not lie and that Jesus knew that Satan had that power and authority from God. That has no basis whatsoever. On the other hand, we can argue that Jesus already knew that Satan was "a liar and father of all lies" and that "there is no truth in him". That Jesus did not even bother to rebuke Him on such a big lie, but simply and straightforwardly said:
Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'
While we cannot argue against the fact that the devil has some degree of authority over those who have chosen him between the two masters, we must also keep in mind the words of Christ: "now the prince of this world will be cast out" and "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth".
Indeed, it was s. Thomas Aquinas who, criticizing Manicheism (an old heresy that stated that Satan was the lord of all visible things - reminds you of anyone?), wrote that the title "prince of the world" was "not due to a natural dominion of his, but by usurpation: for worldly men, despising the true Lord, submit to him."
Furthermore, he cannot have such authority on those who are born of water and spirit in Christ, for those are incorporated into the mystical body of Christ (1 Cor 12, Eph, 4) and Satan, we know, has no authority over Him (Jn 14:30). Of course, Christians can lose that "state of grace" and fall into the clasp of the adversary, yet all men - Christian and non-Christian alike - have the right to appeal to Christ's salvation in order to repent and return in the Lord's way - because it is a scriptural truth that Christ died for all, though for the salvation of many: a many that by its nature is not infinite, yet has no upper limit.
Christians are "in the world" but "not of the world". However, if they are in the world, and if they can rightfully call themselves servants of the Lord, and have received authority over Satan himself ("in my name they will expel demons") how could Satan be the "ruler of the world" and at the same time be rebuked and driven away by those who are supposed to be his subjects? "* how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?" Indeed, " *if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you", and even if the majority of us will never exercise this authority, there is another truth that we experience daily: "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you".
Indeed, I find it a most interesting fact that not only they deny the fundamental truths (the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, anything about the Blessed Virgin, the Cross) but they profoundly oppose the Catholic Church, say there is no such thing as hell or punishment of any sort for the evildoers, and claim that Satan is the ruler of the world. :shrug: