Monday, April 27, 2015

Billy Graham: Heavenly Devil

Q: My friend told me about a passage in the Bible that says even the devil believes in God. Does this mean even the devil will be saved and go to heaven? I'm not sure I like that idea. -- Mrs. A. McL.
Will he? No. But that's because he doesn't exist. But could he? According to the Bible's screwed up salvation criteria he easily could.
A: The devil and his servants certainly believe God exists because Satan's sole purpose is to oppose God and do everything he can to block God's plans. The Bible says, "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -- and shudder" (James 2:19).
The simple idea that an all-powerful being even needs to worry about any possible opposition is laughable.
But I can assure you that you won't see the devil in heaven!
No Billy, you can't. Christianity's deeply flawed system for salvation really does mean that even Satan could go to Heaven if he wished to meet the asinine entrance criteria.
For one thing, Satan would never want to go there, because heaven stands for everything he hates. 
Fair enough. In the Bible, Satan is against overbearing control, and for people having actual personal freedom. And that really is in direct opposition of what God seems to want.
Satan is for sorrow and death, but in heaven those will be banished.
Wait... But if we go by the Bible, God has killed orders of magnitude more than Satan ever did. Consequentially, God has caused far more sorrow as well. In fact, Satan hardly shows up to do anything 'bad' in the Bible at all. So maybe God's name is Satan. Or at the very least, he's a better devil that the Devil is...
Satan is for sin and evil, but in heaven we will worship God and serve Him alone.
How is Satan for sin when God was the one that created it in the first place. I suppose God is for sin too? And evil? Anyone that bothers to read the whole Bible will know that God comes across far more evil by quite a long stretch.
Satan is for hatred and strife, but in heaven there will only be love and peace.
Is that why God and his book has caused so much hatred and strife through the years? Seriously... The only act in the Bible where Satan actually causes harm to anyone or kills is when he makes a bet with God. And even then he has to get God's permission to screw over Job and his family.

And it was all ultimately pointless. God is supposed to be all-knowing. This means that he already knew Job wouldn't curse him. Thus God allowed Satan to inflict needles suffering on Job and his family for no good reason at all. God is just as much, if not more culpable for that suffering.

If you ask me the question shouldn't be whether Satan could possibly go to Heaven, but does God even deserve to be there?

-Brain Hulk

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