Is Satan Limbless?

His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born

(Revelation 12:4) KJV

The curse of the serpent to be limbless reveals an area of theology which has been badly compromised by the spaghetti syndrome. It’s spaghetti with a side of waffle and fudge.

People really want Satan to have been in the garden of Eden, but when you push on it to find any scriptural support all we can find is spaghetti. That’s when we hear things like, “Ah, well, Satan influenced the serpent.” It’s spaghetti syndrome.


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

There’s no direct statement that Satan had anything to do with the serpent in the garden of Eden. On the other hand, we can take the curse to be limbless and ask the question: does Satan have limbs? If Satan was in the garden of Eden, and the serpent was cursed to be limbless, what does the Bible say about Satan’s limbs or lack thereof?

The passage above tells us that Satan stood before the woman. We stand on legs. Legs are limbs. As decisive as this may be there will be people who want to waffle and fudge about whether this took place before the curse or after it. To make this a slam dunk we need a passage of scripture, or two, set after the fall of man which has Satan in a context that requires limbs. We can look to the first two chapters of Job.

And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

(Job 1:7) NKJV

And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

(Job 2:2) NKJV

There we have it, Satan walking, which requires limbs; expressly stated twice, after the fall of man. After the curse on the serpent in the garden of Eden. This won’t be good enough for the spaghetti syndrome waffle and fudge people, but this is the third way in which we’ve deduced that Satan couldn’t have been the serpent in the garden of Eden.


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