by Billy Roper
Is God all powerful, or not? If so, why do bad things happen to good people? Why do little babies suffer? Is God all-knowing? If so, why would He create beings, human and angelic, whom He knew beforehand would rebel against His will, and against His rule?
If God is all powerful, then why does He not just destroy Satan and all the evil, rebellious angels, and be done with it? If He is NOT all powerful, then what is the nature of His nature, and His relationship with the angels? “Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26) After all, we also know from Genesis that the angels are, or were, literally able to interbreed with humans, creating viable offspring. (Genesis 6: 1-5)
Obviously, contrary to the false dichotomy often taught in mainstream Judeo-Christian churches, God and the Devil are not equal adversaries, locked in an eternal battle of good against evil. We know that God originally created the Devil, as one of his angels. Lucifer was a higher angel, the Son of the Morning Star, the bringer of light, but he was never God’s equal. He, like the other angels, and like us, was one of God’s creations. After we were created, he became jealous of God’s favoritism towards us, and preference of us, over himself and the angels. Apparently, about a third of them agreed with Lucifer enough to follow him into a revolt.
Originally, American patriots didn’t want independence from the British King. They considered themselves loyal subjects, who just wanted him to listen to them. They wanted him to love them back. Couched in those terms, perhaps we can understand the motivations of Lucifer. How many of us have seen an older child resent a newborn baby, in a case of bad sibling rivalry? It appears that reaction isn’t just human nature, it’s the nature of all. It’s a downhill slide from there, and things go further and further off the rails into hatred and mutual enmity.
It first got mortal when Lucifer’s son Cain killed Adam’s son Abel, and it hasn’t gotten any nicer, since. Now, Lucifer is determined to ruin God’s covenant with His chosen people, His favorite humans, (Whites who are descended from the Biblical Israelites) by making them miscegenate with other, pre-Adamic nonWhite peoples into no longer being, well, the people with whom God made His covenant. Our job, fighting against evil on God’s side, is to forestall that happening, of course.
That may explain Lucifer’s motivation, but what about God’s?
Remember the bet God made with Lucifer in the book of Job, when Lucifer could still go back and forth from Heaven to Earth? Their relationship was deteriorating, and getting antagonistic, there, but it hadn’t yet turned into outright rebellion. Lucifer was in an angsty teenage phase of existence. But, what does their interaction in Job tell us about their relationship? That it’s a game. And we’re pawns. Are we big enough to accept our smallness, and embrace that?
I believe that God is all-powerful. I believe that God is all-knowing. I believe that God is the creator of the universe. I also believe that such a being, surpassing time and space, might and could create universes, galaxies, solar systems, worlds, and species with which to entertain himself. I also believe that, just as an ant, or a microscopic virus, cannot judge human morality or ethics, neither can we judge God’s actions based on human morality or ethics. I do not believe in egalitarian equality between individuals, between races, or between species. I certainly don’t believe in egalitarian equality between ourselves and God. Therefore, we are not a jury of His peers. We cannot perceive as He does. Painful and lonely as it may be to accept, He is too far above our understanding, for us to comprehend, much less assess.
Why does God not just knock out the Devil, instead of letting the match go extra rounds? It’s His arena, His ring, and His match. He calls the shots. Who are we to say that He can’t play with his opponent, like a cat with a mouse? Our job is just to make sure that when He gives that rope-a-dope, we’re there in the right corner for the ten-count.
Don’t throw in the towel, just because you don’t know the game-plan.