Does the Devil think he can win?
The devil knows God personally right? They have met and we know from the bible that they interact. Most Christians believe that God is all-powerful and all-knowing – and you might assume that Satan also knows this and in fact can be a lot more confident than most Christians of God’s abilities.
So why start a fight with a being that it would be impossible to beat? Surely Satan knows that it’s a lost cause. And that ultimately he’s going to be cast into damnation. He would have known that from the start.
You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you'” (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
Christian theology is sketchy on the details of Satan – the normal story is of an angel close to God, that got too big for his boots and tried to become equal with God. For that he was cast down to spend his time tormenting and tempting humans.
In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. (Ezekiel 28:16-17).
The book of Revelations talks about a future war in heaven between Jesus and the Devil. Why would would that happen? What’s God going to be up to while that happens? Watching like it’s a celestial football match? Why not just destroy the devil and get it over with, why go through the whole charade?
The answers I’ve read seem to centre on the devil being depraved – crazy with sin. That sin has corrupted him. But if this is correct then should he not be rehabilitated? Shouldn’t God turn the other cheek?
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