October 27, 2006 at 10:53 pm #1442
” title=”Confused” /> Why didn’t God just eliminate Satan and there would have been peace on earth until the end of time?Or was it God’s plan to give us a choice between good and evil.October 27, 2006 at 11:10 pm #7253
Good and evil can exist without the existance of Satan. I don’t know about you but when I committ a sin I do just fine on my own without any help from Satan.
As to why he would let him remain, I can only imagine there is a reason for it but I can think of any at the moment.
The same question can be asked of people of Hell, no?[/color:b2arwfoc]October 27, 2006 at 11:38 pm #7255
But if Satan wasen’t on earth one would not have these satanic thoughts,we would only know peace and harmony,but here’s another thought if there was no Satan one would not have to die and there would be heaven on earth.October 27, 2006 at 11:41 pm #7256
For God to eliminate Satan (such as to snuff out his existence) would be contrary to God’s own will, as God created the angels as immortal beings.
For God to eliminate Satan (such as to remove his ability to act in creation) would be contrary to God’s own will, as God created the angels with free will.
As Victor mentioned, there would still be evil in this world even if the devil and all his demons were sequestered away. Man is capable of any evil apart from outside influence.
God’s plan was to give us a choice between good and evil. We know this because He gave us free will. However, do not make the mistake of identifying Satan as the sole or supreme source of evil. Satan, though an angel, is still nothing more than a mere creation. We are monotheists, not dualists (a system wherein a supreme power of good is opposed by a supreme power of evil – a number of people mistake Satan for such a power).October 27, 2006 at 11:57 pm #7258
I understand part of your post,but let me see if I got this right, in the garden of Eden the devil made Adam & Eve sin if they didn’t do what he said they would be sinless and there children and so forth until now,so how could man be sinful if he didn’t know sin?October 28, 2006 at 3:46 am #7262
The argument about God wholly restraining the devil’s actions still stands concerning the garden of Eden but I do see your post was addressing a different area than I thought (I thought you were talking about Satan and evil in general rather than the specific incident of the Fall).
The devil did not make Adam and Eve sin but he certainly was responsible to a point. However, Adam and Eve were sinless and unfallen when they chose to sin. We do not know that they sinned solely due to the devil’s prompting or if they might have sinned on their own as the devil himself, as an unfallen and perfected angel who knew the very face of God, chose to sin.October 28, 2006 at 4:58 am #7264
[color=green:1p58npzl]Benedict, you are freaking awesome! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your explainations. It’s really helped me learn the real ‘grit’ of topics and debates. You could probably convert my wife’s side of the family to Catholicism within a matter of minutes, I kid you not. [/color:1p58npzl]October 28, 2006 at 8:59 am #7266
I think it has been mentioned here before but have you read Frank Sheed’s Theology for Beginners? I have read it at least three times (it is short) and have looked up specific information several times. It is a wonderful little book.
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