Why is the Devil A Goat?

Is it just me?, life, Metaphors in Nature, This is Why I Don't Have Friends, Wildlife

Why is the symbol for Satan a goat? Was this punishment for trying to rule all of heaven and earth? Or did he choose this symbol?

It seems to me that if I were to be represented by something, an animal, for all eternity, I’d want a creature other than a goat. But that’s just me.

I love goats. I think they’re adorable and very useful/helpful to humans. I’ve even had a pet goat, named Bernie. Would I want to be seen as a goat by everyone, though? No.

What about a dragon, a shark, a raven, or a snake? All of these make more sense than a goat. Maybe it’s because of the horns? Lots of species have horns.

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I’m not Satanic, I don’t worship the devil, this whole goat thing is just puzzling to me. After watching American Horror Story: Coven and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, the idea of such a dark and sinister being with a cult following being represented by this adorable furry animal is a mystery.

Are there any theologians out there who can pin point scriptures in ancient texts that explain the symbolism of the goat?

There are many rational, helpful questions I could be asking the world right now. My brain doesn’t enjoy those questions. No, what keeps it on overdrive late at night are questions like this – concerning absolutely nothing at all that will advance me in life. These questions often find themselves falling from my mouth and into the ears of others. Try it – next time you’re at a party, ask a random friend, “Why is the Devil a goat?” And he or she will respond, “I’ve never thought about that. Because I have a NORMAL brain.”

It doesn’t matter why the Devil is a goat. Or why I’m not a goat or why goats have horns, fur, hooves, or ears. So why does this question trouble me so much?

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