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Satan, Satan, Why Oh Why?

Yes the title is from a Rolling Stones song, but this article has nothing to do with the song so to say. Most who would probably enjoy this article are of the Christian religion, however I appreciate any comment from any religion.

As almost everyone knows, Christianity revolves around Jesus Christ, God and Satan. I have written this article based on my opinion and perception of what the purpose for Satan is. I often have wondered why God would even allow Satan to remain in existence and not just do away with him completely. Seems like an easier path to me. I can remember asking my parents why does Satan exist. I never really got a satisfying answer. It was always something like, "Well because God needs someone to run things in Hell, where the evil and wicker people go after death." Still, I always asked why. It seemed so useless to keep wicked people around, even to suffer in torment. If it were me I think I'd just destroy all that opposed me, but then again I dare not compare myself with God.

It wasn't until later in life, when I developed a method of reasoning, that I somewhat understood the significance of Satan.

How evil impacts war

A long story short is that Satan was once an angel, who opposed Christ. Later he was portrayed as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, tempting Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit. Other acts blamed on the devil were Cains slaying of his brother, Able, Sodomy, Adultery and many other evil acts thought to be temptations of the devil. So the question still arises, "Why allow such an evil dwelling demon to exist?"

Even though I do not agree with all of the operations of our United States Government, we as Americans have become known as the Earth's enforcers. From Japan to Germany to Viet Nam, the United States has come running to end terror in places that did not deserve it. It's true that there are a lot of so called "Black Ops" that many people are unaware of and may never be made known to the general public, but that is a different article for a different time.

My main point here is that without evil we often do not realize the good in life. Who would the U.S.A. be if we had never had a Hitler or Saddam Hussein? Many people still find it hard to believe in a God they can not see, but look at all the evil that is in this world. Most all of us know many people that are selfish and evil hearted, however it always seems that in war, Good has always prevailed. Not all the time, but most of the time the better cause has won the fight. However evil people may seem, there is usually a spot in their soul that has sympathy for someone who is being treated unjustly. We usually only notice these feelings when evil is being done to someone we care for or for a cause we know is right.

Even the Bible demonstrates how Good prevailed over Evil in war in the Bible. With God's help many battles were won, but would they have been noted if one of the sides were not evil? Once again my statement is that Good needs Evil to make itself manifest.

The reason for Satan

My final theory of why Satan still exists is because we need him. Evil lies within the heart of every person. The choices we make whether to follow those urges or not prove whether or not we can overcome the temptation of being evil. You may think to yourself that there is no benefit of being evil, but you may want to rethink your stance on that matter. Losing all care for other individuals except for maybe the one you want to spend your life with could make you wealthy if you were able to get away with crimes you plan. Robbing banks, embezzling money and stealing are all easy things to do if done in the right place at the right time, but having a conscious that recognizes those acts are evil and being able to restrain from performing those acts will prove that you are indeed a good person.

Maybe it's just a conscious that decides what is good from evil or maybe it is God. My choice is God. We will all know the truth in due time. For now, I realize the significance of Satan is to help me prove myself worthy of a better place.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

A very good hub Fenixfan. I agree with what you've said. rated up

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

"My main point here is that without evil we often do not realize the good in life."

Let me ask you, Do you need a BAD chocolate cake to compare a GOOD one to? Or could you just decide that your favorite cake just tastes good without comparing it to any other cake?

It is fallacy to think that we need evil in order to recognize what is good.

Your original thought was correct, "I often have wondered why God would even allow Satan to remain in existence and not just do away with him completely. Seems like an easier path to me."

Not only would it be easier, especially now that we currently do recognize good is better than evil, it would be the humane thing to do! It's what we did with Smallpox. It's what we try to do with other evils. God surely has the power to destroy evil. So why do you think he still allows Satan to live?

If you were in charge of the planet, and had unlimited power, what would YOU do?


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've always been taught that that evil exists because free will exists. Satan, as well, made a free will choice to try to be the equal of God.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Fenixfan,

I no longer even wonder why there's good and evil. I just accept that all of us, given the right provocation, have the potential to do both and I try to consiously choose to do good and pray that others will do the same. I know none of us is perfect, but the more awareness we have of how our own actions affect not just ourselves, but others, the more likely we are to do the right thing. Also, the more you practice acts of kindness and love, the more you understand that kindness and love are forces which, just like a boomerang, always seem to come back to the sender. May peace and love be with you in this holiday season.


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libby101a 5 years ago from KY

Wonderful Hub! I agree. God is not human, therefore we cannot begin to understand his thoughts or ways! There's a reason for everything, and evil has its place! What good would freewill be if every choice we could make was all good choices?


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Fenixfan 5 years ago from Mississippi Author

Thank you Carrie and merry Christmas to you and yours. Austin star always a great insight. I do argue the chocolate theory. Those Godiva dark chocolate bars will kick a snicker bars butt any day.. I also partly agree with the free will comment dahoglund... Everything we do is a choice but then again why would god let his most perfect creation deceive him. It always made me wonder. Happy boomer nurse I wish karma was the case in every thing and I partly believe that good will follow you if you treat others as you want to be but this world is falling apart in itself. People no longer care to repay favors like those did in the "good ol' days". And Elizabeth.. You hit the nail on the head. It's impossible to reason on the same level as our Lord. I wish I could sometimes but maybe that's a dangerous thing... Thank you all for your comments. I hope I mentioned everyone and if I didn't I'm sorry.... Don't hate me... Because that's a sign of evilness... Ha ha.. Just kidding.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

Hi Fenixfan. A thought-provoking hub. It seems to me, in response to the question Why not just get rid of the devil, that it's not generally God's M.O. to squash His creation when we displease Him. Of course, the devil is in a class by himself, so maybe God's usual M.O. doesn't apply to him.

We can look at the Bible and see that God uses evil to bring about powerful good. For example, Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery, but God used Joseph's presence in Egypt to save many lives. And Judas' betrayal resulted in Jesus' crucifixion, which resulted in the salvation of millions of souls.

Maybe it's like the butterfly struggling out of its cocoon. Without the struggle, there's no strength to fly, or even to live. Maybe, if we never had any struggles, we would be equally weak and earth-bound.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the hub and the following comments. Thanks!


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Emily40 5 years ago

This is interesting. Thanks for sharing with us!

God bless

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