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Q: Hi Pastor Mark, I would like to know these questions. 1. How come if God knows that Satan is mean how come he doesn't kill him? 2. How come God created satan? 3. How come Satan die in the flood? 4. How come God knew that Satan was going to be evil so how come he allowed Satan in heaven? 5. There is a friend of mine well she isn't really my friend but she is bossy and things and she has just gotten on my nerves. What should I do?
A: Dear Charity,
In answer to your first four questions –

First of all, God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9). That means He knows what we don't know, so there may be things He does that we don't understand because we don't know what he knows! He is God, and we are not.

First of all, we need to remember that when God created Lucifer, he was a beautiful angel that was blameless in his ways from the day he was created (Ezekiel 28:15). God is a creator, and loves to create. God is a God of love, and wants his creatures to serve Him out of love. But this means we need to be able to choose to give our love. And the only way a person can have the freedom to do right is to also have the freedom to do wrong if they choose. God allowed Satan, and his angels, and Adam, and Eve, and you and me to choose who we would obey. If He didn't do this, He would have had to force his creatures to obey Him, or to just not create anyone who would disobey.

Now think of this for a minute. Have you ever disobeyed? I'm sure you have, because we all have. What if God decided that, because we were going to disobey, He just wouldn't create us at all? Or what if our moms and dads said, "If I have children, they will probably disobey me at least sometime, so why bother with them. We just won't have any kids." If that happened, nobody would have kids, and the entire human race would simply die out of existence! But our parents, knowing that we may disobey, chose to have us anyway so we can have the opportunity to learn obedience. God also wants us to have the choice to learn obedience. He wanted Lucifer to have this choice. Lucifer chose wrong, but many others have chosen right. God's plan is to teach all His creatures the dangers of sin and the importance of obedience so that when He does take us to heaven, even though we still could choose to do wrong, never would choose wrong because we have learned the importance of choosing what is right.

But why did God allow Lucifer/Satan to live after He rebelled against God? Why didn't God just kill Him? Well, what would all of God's other creatures think about God? After all, they weren't sure that disobedience was all that terrible. When Satan sinned, it was the first time anyone had ever disobeyed God, and the heavenly beings weren't sure it was a bad idea because they didn't really understand what the consequences would be. It's just like when we disobey our moms and dads and nothing bad happens right away. Let's say mom and dad tell you never to run out into the street or you'll get hit by a car. One day while playing ball, the ball rolls into the street, and without thinking, you run after it and DON'T get hit! You may begin to think, Mom and Dad are wrong. I went out into the street and didn't get hit by a car! And you may begin to think that disobeying them is okay. When Satan first disobeyed, he said disobeying would be better than obeying; that it would be more fun, and that the only reason God made up His rules was because He liked to boss people around. If God would have destroyed Satan just then, it would have made it look like Satan was right. God had to allow sin to develop so the consequences could be seen. This is what Jesus was teaching in the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43). The wheat represented God and His followers, and the weeds represented Satan and his followers. Jesus said "Let both grow together until the harvest," that is, until full-grown, so they can be seen for what they really are. God is allowing Satan and his evil work to continue until the harvest, so every creature can see for himself that Satan's ways are all evil, and God's ways are all good. Then Satan will be destroyed, along with all who have chosen the path of disobedience with him.

Your last question is about how to deal with someone who gets on your nerves! When we want to know how to treat people as Christians, the first thing we should always do is ask "How did Jesus treat people?" Then we should ask "How would Jesus have treated this person?" It is usually very different from how we want to treat them, but we need to ask Jesus to help us, and then try to treat them as Jesus would.

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.