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comment Theology question: why hasn't God stopped Satan and his demons?
I just mean God prefers having Satan around to the alternative: after all, if Satan weren't around, our lives would lose their purpose, which is something God would not like. If I'm reading you right on that point, then I'm really not sure what Scripture supports it. As for testing, what is the value of us knowing what we do in a test? And if it is valuable, why not simply give us this knowledge? Or if the testing itself is somehow good for us, independently of the knowledge, is Satan cooperating? Is there no other way to bring about these goods besides subjecting us to Satanic tests?
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comment Theology question: why hasn't God stopped Satan and his demons?
First, I wonder where this account comes from, where God is glad to have Satan around to give our lives a purpose (Scripture? any of the Church Fathers?). Second, given this account, it seems like Satan's original temptation of Adam and Eve was part of God's plan, rather than an unwanted intervention. Third, it's unclear how to reconcile any 'test' account with God's omniscience: an all-knowing God doesn't need to test us to see what we do.
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