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POWERS OF EVIL

Satan and the fallen angels as created, invisible powers permitted by God to tempt human beings to sin, and on occasion used by God to punish people, already on earth, for their commission of sin. Also applied to those persons who are estranged from God and therefore ready instruments of the evil spirit for leading others into sin.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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