“If you still insist that God is more powerful than Satan, then you’re in the same boat as all the rest of the apologists: you have to come up with a reason why God doesn’t just squash Satan underfoot right now, instead of allowing human suffering to persist for literally hundreds of thousands of years. And, as my post argues, there is no apologetic answer to this question, at least none that makes any sense.”
A naturalist/atheist blogger I read states the above.
Obviously, I have become intrigued with this question he generates here and thus have decided to begin seeking out the answer to this question within the bible. The claim that there is no apologetic answer to this question intrigues me even more. What is the answer to this question? What does the bible tell us?
Why doesn’t God just squash Satan now and be done with it? Why does God have to allow Satan to persecute and cause human suffering and why has God allowed it all of these years that Satan’s been given dominion over earth?
“Sometimes God allows him to afflict His people for purposes of correction (1 Timothy 1:20). Not to worry, Satan is destined to fail in his continuing rebellion against God. His final defeat is predicted in the New Testament (Luke 10:18; John 12:31; Revelation 12:9; 20:10).” (Source)
“Some people have trouble admitting the existence of such an enemy as Satan. But his presence and activity do explain the problems of evil and suffering. The Bible makes it plain that Satan exists and that his main work is to oppose the rule of God in the affairs of man. Many wonder why God would allow Satan, this great embodiment of evil, to exist in His creation. No completely satisfying answer to this question has been found. Perhaps He allows it to show that evil and wrongdoing do not provide the key to the ultimate meaning of life which man so desperately desires. Or perhaps He allows it to spiritually build a Christian’s wisdom and knowledge drawing him or her closer to God and away from Satan.” (Source)
As I seek answers, I read that we are told that God will handle Satan in HIS perfect timing, not ours. We have to believe and trust that this is the case. Questioning God may be something we are allowed to do, but what is the point? Our minds are not even comparable to God’s mind. Perhaps we cannot understand God’s plan in its entirety, and in fact, I would say this is probable.
God has already told us that He’s going to destroy Satan. He has promised to torment him within the lake of fire, forever. Revelation 20:10 tells us:
“and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:10
This is fact and we can rest assured that it will be done, but why is God waiting?
God appears to be able to make use of Satan for His own purposes. In other words, God assures us that He can turn everything that happens for our own good and that He will:
“we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
It would seem that God has given Satan enough rope to hang himself, while killing two birds with one stone in the process. Satan is doing what must be done in order for God’s perfect plan to come to fruition, with God’s permission. Through enduring evil and choosing God over Satan, we overcome at the end of all of this. (Source).
It is very clear that God created everything, including Satan. God is in charge. Nothing occurs without God’s permission or outside of God’s plan. We are told within the bible, in Isaiah 45: 5-7:
“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. “
Despite the trouble we have with God’s plan that Satan sift us, tempt us, and even attempt to destroy us, God’s original purposes are pure, holy, and make sense. God’s reasoning will mete out our good, eventually.
God planned to let us decide for ourselves whom we will choose to serve, God or Satan. We have free will. For those of us who choose God, we know and are promised that all things will work for the good of him who loves God, who are called according to God’s purpose.
- Spiritual Warfare 101: Is it Real? (rebeccaaarup.com)
- All Fallen Angels Are Devils: in Christ You Have the Victory (raptureimminent.wordpress.com)
- 3 Kinds of People (inkedpen.wordpress.com)
- What’s Your Role (shelleywilliamsblog.com)
- The Fall of Man (dailybibleplan.com)
- “Beat it, Satan!” ~~Jesus (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- Satan and Jesus in God’s Courtroom (outsiderswindow.com)
- God’s Preemptive Strike (pastorron7.wordpress.com)