In creating satan,the root of all evil, does God bear that responsibility?]]>
In the end, most of Satan’s power lies in his tongue and abilities of deception and suggestion. Man’s ability to be evil is in and of himself; I think the same is of God, and of all sentient beings. He is the author and root of evil – and goodness. He simply chooses good. I’m thinking it went like this right before the great council: “Lucifer, I have a perfectly nasty little job for you…”]]>
I read an intersting thing written by a Catholic exorcist a few years back. He says that once he has the demon in his power, he forces them to say their own name. He says that at all times they will resist to the utmost having to say their own name. That the sound of their own name is deeply painful, even repgunant, to them. I don’t know if there is anything to his exorcisms – but I think this says a great deal about the nature of evil, stripped of all trappings. And, really, my heart breaks to think of it.
Would that challenge the righteousness and wisdom of deity, or merely challenge your personal concept of deity? In the context of Mormonism’s “plan of salvation,” providing the necessary opposition for mortals to exercise their agency seems to be a loving act, calculated for their ultimate blessing.
And if evil is an artificial thing that would not exist without God’s telling Satan to pretend, there is no virtue in resisting evil. . .
Tell that to Job. The whole scenario of deity and satan placing bets on Job’s response to misfortune seems quite akin to deity “telling satan to pretend,” and yet Job certainly was ascribed virtue.]]>