|Q: If God knew that satan would turn out to be evil then why did god make him. I mean god could choose, he doesn't like evil.
|A: Dear Klara,
|Your question is a very good one, but a difficult question to answer, mainly because the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly why. It does call sin “the mystery of iniquity” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). This means that iniquity, or sin, is a mystery – something we can’t fully explain. I will include the answer I have given to the similar question before. The question was “Why didn’t God try to stop sin?”
The answer is that God did try to stop what was going to happen. First of all, just because you know what’s going to happen doesn’t mean you can stop what’s going to happen. God knew Adam and Eve were going to sin, and I suppose He could have said, “Because I know they will sin, I just won’t create them. I will create some people who won’t sin.” The problem is that God is a God of love, and wants his creatures to serve Him out of love. But love requires us to be able to choose to give our love. And the only way a person can have the freedom of choice is to have the freedom to do wrong if they so choose. God allowed Satan, and his angels, and Adam, and Eve, and you and me to choose who we would obey. His only other option would be to either force everyone to obey, or just not create anyone who would think of disobeying. But there are many, like me, who were once disobedient, that God was able to teach to become obedient to Him.
His 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.
Why did God allow Satan’s existence? We need to remember that God did not create a devil, but a perfect angel. The Bible says of Lucifer “You were blameless in your ways ?from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15). When Satan did sin, it was the first time anyone had ever obeyed 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.
I know sometimes it’s hard for us to understand why we have to live here in a sinful world, but we need to remember that God the Son, Jesus Christ Himself, came and lived in this sinful world. He lived a hard life, suffering from hunger , cold, and homelessness, as well as ridicule, mocking, mistreatment and crucifixion. Should we expect better treatment than Jesus? And Jesus promised that He will come again and receive us to Himself, so that we can be with Him (John 14:1-3). What is important for you and me and to decide to live for Jesus and believe His promise to come again and take us home, so that we can be with Him forever.
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!
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