Why did God make the devil?
Todays Question: Dear Tom,
please help me answer this question that my ten year old
granddaughter asked me. I didn't know how to answer her. She
asked, "Why does there have to be a devil?"
I would answer your granddaughter by saying that God did not make the devil as
he is now, but God made him to be a beautiful angel, named Lucifer (see Ezekiel
28). However, God gives angels as well as humans the right to choose to follow
God or not. If God did not give free will then angels and humans would be
puppets. God wants us to serve Him because we choose to follow Him. In the case
of Lucifer, he chose to rebel against God. So God threw him to the earth. God
took what who was evil, and has used him for his purposes. The ultimate purpose
of Satan is to test men.
We all need testing to show
whether or not we are prepared to graduate. As we succeed in overcoming Satan's
tests and temptations, we prove that we are ready to graduate to higher levels
in God. Ultimately, we graduate to heaven.
Not only does Satan test us, but
the original test of Adam and Eve resulted in their fall from God. The fall even
proves useful to God, because without the fall there would be no need for
redemption, and without redemption God could not have shown how
much He loves us. Through Christs death, God
reveals this love. No greater love is this: that a person lay
down his life for another. In summary: everything works out perfectly. Tell your
granddaughter that God knows what He is doing, and not to be afraid of the
devil. She has authority to overcome him. And in the end, God will get rid of
Satan's influence in the world and in our lives.
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