This is another old blog that I wanted to move over to my new blog. It created a lot of interesting conversation. I doubt it will here since this is still a newbie site, but at least I will have it here anyways.
Satan fell to the temptation of pride.
There have been people who make the quote, "Money is the root of all evil." Most know this is incorrect. It's actually, "The want of money is the root of all evil."
This leads me to ask the question, "Is temptation evil or is it the act of giving into temptation which is actually evil?"
One could say that without money, there would be no want for it. Therefore the money itself is evil.
Same theory could apply to my question. One could not give into temptation if temptation did not exist. Therefore the temptation itself is evil.
However, if that was true, if temptation itself is evil, then evil pre-existed Satan. He was tempted. Satan could not be the creator if Evil, merely the first to fall into Evil.
For Christians, that should be a scary, freaking thought! Going along, thinking Satan is the "Evil One", as bad as it gets, when in actuality, there is a force beyond him, the force which brought his Fall from Heaven into being. Is there a "creator" other then God, that created Evil? If not, if Evil is just a force that exists, then who else to attribute it to then God. He created everything else.
Lets follow that line of thought. God creates everything. To be fair, lets say he only intended to create good, but, as we know, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, Evil came into existence as the opposite of good. (Again, we're just following this line of thought. So if you're going to say scientific laws do not affect God, I'm just going to say, "Well, then God created Evil knowingly and willingly." So pick whichever thought you prefer so we can continue this hypothetical path of thought.) Evil is just some cosmic force, a whispering in one's mind. A whispering in Satan's mind that tells him he is just as powerful as God and Heaven should be his. So he becomes full or pride in himself and falls to the temptation of having Heaven as his own.
Now, since God, inadvertently or not, created Evil then the temptation was caused by God himself. Fair line of thought I think. However, in James 1:13 it states, "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone." This kind of lends to the idea that God is infinitely good. And if that is the case then he could not be the creator of Evil because Evil is what tempted Satan and God does not tempt at all. I think it's fair to say that if he does not tempt, he does not cause temptation. So if God did not create Evil and Satan did not create Evil, where did it come from? Did it pre-exist God? Does anything pre-exist God? I'm not really going to get into that as it is kind of an endless argument. If something pre-existed God, what pre-existed that? The chicken and the egg question kinda.
Another however: However, if God is infinitely good and not a hypocrite (Matthew 4:16 "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."), then assumedly, at least by the end of time, God must forgive Satan and Satan's followers for sinning against him. Is that true or are there sins that exist that transend all ability to be forgiven? And if God cannot forgive these sins then he can't be infinitely good.