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Why didn t God kill or destroy Satan? Why didnБt the tragedy of sin stop with Lucifer? Why didnБt God destroy him before his sin-disease could spread? ItБs important to remember that Lucifer had challenged the fairness of GodБs government. He had told lies about God. The idea of telling a lie had never entered the minds of the angels. Naturally they didnБt grasp all that lay behind LuciferБs deceptions. If God had destroyed Satan immediately, the angels would have begun to serve Him from fear rather than from love. This would have defeated the very purpose He had in creating beings with the power of choice in the first place. How did anyone really know GodБs way was best? No one had dared to try an alternative. God gave Satan a chance to demonstrate his alternative system. ThatБs why he was given an opportunity to make his pitch to Adam and Eve. This planet has become a testing ground where the character of Satan and the nature of his kingdom are contrasted with the character of God and the nature of His kingdom. Who is right? Who can we ultimately trust? These are the issues which Бthe great controversy between Christ and SatanБ must resolve. So deceptive was Lucifer, that before all the universe could be fully convinced, the nature of his alternative had to be fully exposed.

It has taken time for everyone to really grasp how disastrous SatanБs alternative actually is. But eventually everyone will see that Бthe wages of sin is deathБ and that Бthe gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LordБ (Romans 6:23). ББGreat and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. ББ БRevelation 15:3, 4. After everyone understands the deadly nature of sin and the destructive nature of SatanБs philosophy, God can destroy Satan and sin. He will also have to destroy those who stubbornly resist His grace and cling to SatanБs alternative. God is just as anxious to resolve the problem of sin and suffering as we are to have Him do so. But He is waiting until He can do it on a permanent basis, and until He can both preserve our free will and prevent evil from ever appearing again.
To answer this question, we first need a little history review. Satan didn't start out bad. God created Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:13, 15), a beautiful, shining angel who was a leader in heaven (Ezekiel 28:14; Psalms 99:1).

One day, Lucifer began to think more highly of himself than he should (Ezekiel 28:17), and he began to question God's authority in his life. What began as thoughts in his own mind turned into public murmuring among the other angels. This murmuring became louder and louder, until ultimately, the Bible tells us Lucifer wanted to remove God from the His heavenly throne and sit there himself (Isaiah 14:13, 14). He fomented a rebellion that drew one-third of the angels to his side and caused a war in heaven (Rev. 12:7-9)! Because of this, Lucifer and his angels were cast out of heaven. His name became "Satan. " He found his way to the earth where he corrupted God's perfect garden creation and the two human beings who dwelt there. It has been misery for earthlings ever since. It's reasonable then to wonder why God didn't destroy Lucifer and his angels instead of just casting them out of heaven. One wonders why God didn't just destroy Lucifer right at the beginning, when he started murmuring. Wouldn't the destruction of Satan have prevented all the suffering in the world today? Lucifer started this controversy by attacking God's character.

He asked aloud, "Is God's way the best way? Does God deserve to be God? Does God deserve our love? " All of heaven began watching this controversy intently, waiting for the answers. What if God had БansweredБ Lucifer's questions by destroying him? Being destroyed for asking questions doesn't seem fair. Can you imagine what the other angels would be thinking? At least some of them would have wondered if Lucifer was right. They might have come to the conclusion, "Don't question God, or He'll destroy you! " Now, instead of worshiping God out of love for Him, they would worship Him out of fear. Many angels would be left with doubts about God's character. Yes, God could have destroyed Satan, but that would have left behind doubt and fear. God is love. The only loving way to quell this uprising was to let it complete its course so the answer would be obvious to all. The best way to answer Satan's questions was not to destroy Satan, but for God to demonstrate why His way is the best way, why He deserves to be God, and why He deserves the love of His creation. What do you think is better: To serve some one out of love or fear? Why? Do you agree with God that He didn't destroy Lucifer immediatly? Why or why not? By CK Lester

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