The modern belief of the Devil’s actions within the Christian faith is not a straightforward time-line, that is cemented within the actual theological texts of the religion. In fact the modern day Judaeo-Christian Devil representation has become a type of blanket term for the various evil entities within the Old and New Testament. Somewhat ironically, it has been an evolutionary process, taking place over a number of centuries. This figure is referred by many names now, such as Lucifer, Satan and the Devil. All of which are, theologically speaking, less definitively the same in their origins.
The confusion on the story of the Devil is because of the many translations of the old and New Testament over the years. Liberties on the part of the translator or pastures of the time have transcended original meanings or words and names into something different. Lucifer literally means "Light Bearer" in Latin, and was the Roman deity for the planet Venus, or the Morning Star. The transition into a negative deity came from a translation stating that he was the serpent in the Garden of Eden who tempted Eve to transgress. The mistranslated 'Heylel', which means Venus in Hebrew, into Lucifer, relating then to the morning star falling from Heaven in Isaiah 14:12 as Satan’s fall after the war in Heaven. Further alterations in meanings because of translations have allowed Satan to become the sole embodiment of evil for Christians, being referred various names and taking on various shapes. Revelation refers to him as The Serpent or the Dragon, The great deceiver as well as the Beast. Beelzebub has become a synonym in the Bible for Satan. Satan itself originates from the Hebrew “Accuser” and Persian “Advisory”. All of these potential entities have been simplified into one in order to oppose the one God.
Satan being a Cherub holds supernatural powers. He is able to change shape, most notably into a serpent or dragon. He is able influence and corrupt the minds of those around him, he is known for inciting rebellion and violence. As well he is able to possess the living and control their actions. The Devil has also been known to use black magic against foes, often granting abilities to humans to utilize as a means to temptation or possession. His current appearance has its origins rooted in depictions for the middle ages. In these images, Satan appears as having horns, goat hindquarters, sometimes with a tail and pitchfork, the modern pointed jaw and goatee may be a means to accentuate his features even further. These depictions borrow heavily from pagan deities like Pan or Baphomet. The colors associated with Satan are usually red, black, and green. Red may be attributed to the fires of Hell, destruction or blood, while green and black can be related to the colours of the Serpent or to death, representing. Interestingly enough black has become a colour of death in western cultures, while red symbolizes death in some African cultures and Purple is the colour of death or sorrow in some eastern cultures such as