Yahweh created good and evil.. evil "to humble mankind"..
I think things are explained in the most simple way.. so all can understand, from 'brilliant' to not so brilliant intellects.. (of course all of us here are in the former
Someone could however, and I'm sure it's happened, read the verse that God created evil and could run with it, accusing Yahweh of "creating" evil for evil itself, like an entertainment to amuse Himself by.. Of course, this is not scriptural, being as (#1) "God is Love".
That's why a superficial reading of God's Word can fall far short of revealing truth (especially if what they are learning is from the lips and pens of men)..
Which to me is what Paul meant when he wrote of turning someone(s) over to Satan, the adversary and old serpent(rev12) - you can only try for so long to convince someone of Truth (which is also Life/Perfection/God!) then you simply leave off and 'abandon' them to the untruth they are clinging to (untruth also being Satan, father of the lie(s) and opposite of perfection/love/andLife)
Can someone make a deal with the devil? why not, but I sure wouldn't trust his side of the 'deal'! And of course the adversary gets no 'souls'/beings.. Nothing is his. Although he is "god of this world" / leading influence. (Imo
, of course man, does not have inherent immortality/a soul, but is "a living soul"/being.
In a dialog about Satan, the adversary, it would be enlightening to talk to someone from one of the nations whose religion is of the darker side.. I've heard tales of possession which could turn a person's hair white. And we could dismiss those as only psychological, but then what of the possessions in the Bible?
Referring to the adversary, Jesus said "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it
." Jn 8:44
Titus 1:2 - Young's Literal Translation "upon hope of life age-during, which God, who doth not lie, did promise before times of ages" [KJ - "in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie
, promised before time began.."
from Hebrews 6:18, "..it is impossible for God to lie.."
Thinking ability includes a degree of choice.
But if God is life and perfection, then to choose any teeny tiny thing other than how Yahweh chooses.. is to become imperfect, the opposite of life. What was Yahweh's other option??
(Other than to endow rationality??
Why did He wait and only create the universe and man and woman after the 1st rebel thought not only occurred but had ripened into open hostility, trickery and sedition???
Hope all are well!