« Last post by Tom on April 27, 2015, 04:27:04 PM »
I think it seems strange because most of us raised in orthodox theology have really been taught to believe there are two gods with Satan being the cause of evil, and he'll eventually be completely successful at ruining God's creation by torturing the majority of mankind in fire forever. This of course is a lie that Satan has propagated through the Roman Empire and even through the Protestant Church which is supposed to be based on scripture. The problem is that the ancient manuscripts of the scriptures have been distorted by forgery in translation to support the distorted evangel of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Church. The truth of scripture is that there is one God, the Father, out of whom all is, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all is. Scripture also clearly says that God created evil to humble us. Satan is simply God's chief Adversary who is controlled by God even though many people find that hard to believe. Read the book of Job to see for yourself. Satan will not be successful at ruining God's creation and torturing the majority of mankind in fire forever because God's ultimate plan is to reconcile all on earth and in the heavens so that God may be all in all. You won't hear that in your church though. I think God put Adam and Eve in the garden to choose to know evil so they would better appreciate God's love in the long run. We need the darkness to appreciate the light, hate to appreciate love, and evil to appreciate good. I think it's God's wisdom that it's so. Evil is no fun when we're struggling with it, but we're very thankful when we get saved from it. And it makes us love God even more when we see for real that he saves us from it because he loves us.