The Bible seems to support each of these:
- God (Genesis 14:19, 22; Exodus 9:29; 19:5; Deuteronomy 10:14; I Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 24:1; 50:12; 89:11; I Corinthians 10:26)
- Satan (Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:5-6)
- Man (Psalm 115:16)
Which is correct?
God ultimately owns the earth. In Genesis, He gave dominion to man. Man, in turn, has mostly followed after Satan, giving dominion to him.
Thus, it is a matter of perspective. Technically, Satan owns the earth since it is full of his followers. Man owns the earth but has chosen to mostly give it to Satan. However, God still owns the earth and is more powerful than Satan, and one day He will come back and reclaim the kingdoms of the world.
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