For those of you that believe in God, why do you feel the need for the Devil?
What I'm trying to say is, why is an Evil needed in the afterlife as well? Shouldn't evil be something left for the simple mind of man? Shouldn't we transcend such a concept once we pass? Why does this even need to exist?
For the rest of the questions, I have a hub called The Great Paradox, that may help.
I don't think, it s required to bring in the concept of the Devil. If one believes in the eternal power the almighty then he can't think of the power challenging the only supreme power the GOD. Because its he who drives and created the world then how come any such of his creation go against him without his will.
If you'd care to read a bit, you'd discover the devil is as real a character as Jesus Christ. Lucifer was originally an angel in heaven who was cast out, and consigned to rule the netherworld.
Hey Krip, it's not that evil is needed in the after life. Its just that we are all spirits. who ultimately can live forever. our earthly body can die but the spirit cannot. The spirit will continue to live the after life which is eternal and will be depending on the choices we made on earth. There must be somewhere to place everything that exist forever. and that's the purpose of the eternal division. Those who choose to be with God will be with God, and those who don't want to be with him, will be in that place he created for them.
Utkarsh Raj, I completely agree with you. Admiral_Joraxx, I can't support what you say. If the Christian God is a good as those who believe in the Lord say the Lord is, then why would the Lord create such a place? People are only bad on Earth because of a few reasons. They are mentally impaired, life dealt them a crummy hand, they have had bad influences, etc. All of these things can be forgiven once life becomes eternal and the soul is healed. People don't need eternity in hell for the mistakes they made with a hundred years on Earth. I believe in God, however, I have somewhat differing views as to what God is than the Christian religion. I am not trying to discount the religion in any way. Everyone has a right to opinion. I will create a hub that addresses some of the questions on my mind soon, hopefully. To Thomas Ryderr, that is at best speculation. That is what you can believe, although it can never be proven. However, it can never be dis-proven. Again, I am not trying to discount any religion here. I am simply stating that if you think about it, Hell (or the idea behind it) is not necessary if there is an afterlife with a creator who is caring. Just because some on Earth did not believe in him, doesn't mean they cannot change and be better in Heaven. I just don't see how 80 to 100 years on Earth, living wrongfully, constitutes eternal punishment. Lew Sethics, I cannot say I agree or disagree with you. Like you said, it is simply a belief. People shouldn't let religion control their lives. Live good and be good because you can and because it's the right thing to do. Not because you fear eternal damnation. If there is a God (and I believe there is), I am sure God will be happy so long as you are happy and lived a decent life. Mikel G Roberts, thanks for the reference.
Satan was an angel and the choir director / music coordinator in Heaven if you will and he , due to pride , rebelled against God. Then he became the ruler of this world but is yet limited by God allowing or disallowing his actions and activities.
Just as in the book of Job, Satan goes before God as an accuser of the brethren and Satan has NOT been cast into hell yet. He actually occupies a space in heaven away from the Christians who have gone on.... and he will be cast out by Michael in the near future and then will go to hell.
All who do not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior will die lost and spend eternity in hell. Christians are the ONLY one's with assurance of eternal life in Heaven after death, if they serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even muhammad never had the assurance of life in heaven as allah never promised and of course could not for he was not real, he was a moon god and as well the religion of Islam is a sham, although I do respect people and i feel that men may worship as they see fit, but i do not agree with other than true Christianity.
the only way to heaven is through Jesus and not sacraments, no 72 virgins will be waiting on anyone and etc.....
Satan is real and you will live with him in torment or Jesus in Heaven
I am a firm believer in every word the Bible says...Yes, I am a huge fan of Christ... but because Jesus says there is a devil and there is a place called hell, then I believe Him. The Bible also says that Hell was not made for mankind but for the demons or 'fallen angels'. However, mankind can choose to follow satan just as the demons made that choice.
With that said...I found in my own life that seeing darkness and being so near it, even in it, gave me the strong desire to be near God & His Holiness. I guess what I'm trying to say is... The Light looked much brighter and more desireable after being in the dark.
The Bible also says that God uses even evil for good... That must suck for the devil since darkness even compliments the Light.
All Praise to The King Jesus Christ!
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