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Simplest Thing in the World by Aonon Simplest Thing in the World by Aonon
Sometimes I wonder, If God really and truly wants to defeat Satan, which almost everyone agrees that he does, why doesn't God just snap his fingers and make Satan not exist? It'd be the simplest freaking thing to do. And no more Satan means no more corrupted humans. Methinks God's in need of the Staples Button.
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:iconcorvus-the-snark:
Because you can't uncreate something, God can't do everything
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:iconaonon:
Then he is not omnipotent.

I'm just sayin', if my first creation was making life miserable for my other creations (who I favored), I'd get rid of the first one.
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:iconcorvus-the-snark:
He is omnipotent, but being all powerful dosen't mean being able to do everything, God can't lie and He can't make a rock so big that He cannot move it.

Would you kill your first child just because he was pranking your other children?
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Except that he can lie. He lied to Adam and Eve, he lied to Abraham, he may not have lied to Jebtha but his conduct in that instance was certainly deceitful.

I think what you're saying is that he cannot do something which breaks the rules of logic or this universe's physics. Which is fine, but then it means that he isn't omnipotent. Limitless power cannot, by definition, have limits.

Same thing with omniscience. You can't know everything, because there could be something you don't know, and you'd never be able to say there isn't. Because you wouldn't know it, if there was.

People also like to use the terms all-good, which would imply no evil or even potentially evil. Which would then entail that he doesn't experience 'evil' thoughts or sensations (let's take lust, for example). If he doesn't know what lust feels like, then he isn't all knowing.

And as for the children analogy? No. But what the devil is purported to do in Christianity goes far beyond prank. It's continuous malice and intentional harm on an escalating scale. Would I kill my first child is he was doing that? No. But then again, it's entirely dependent on the nature of the act. If I came home and found out that he had butchered his sisters and ate the cat, I'd call the cops and get him locked away for the rest of ever, possibly including the death penalty. It'd break my heart (and yes, I know that that is a counterpoint), but punishment must fit the crime. And if the Devil is so bad that he is basically described as irreversibly breaking the way reality functions, erasure of his existence would seem a justifiable punishment.

(Sorry for long post)
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:iconcorvus-the-snark:
Don't worry, I don't mind the long post because I'm not reading it all of it! I mean no offense, just please keep a more open mind.
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:iconaonon:
I'm not offended at all. We all have our own opinions and it's important to not treat them as sacred. ^^
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:iconcorvus-the-snark:
I'm happy your not offended, and I fully agree with what you said

May God bless :)
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joeisbadass Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting.
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:iconironwolf935:
If God is all knowing and all powerful, why would he create Satan in the first place?
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PeteSeeger Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
Satan is the Human way of putting a personified face on the conscious evil of the Human race.
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