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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.