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Comment by Pat on November 2, 2012 at 9:09am

Glen is correct in his analogy to comic book characters. I've said this before on here. God needs Satan in the same way Dudley Do-Right needs Snidely Whiplash, Batman needs the Joker, and Bugs Bunny needs Elmer Fudd. You can't be a story book hero without having a bad guy to battle. Is it logical in the case of a purportedly omniscient and omnipotent being? Of course not! But it makes for good bed time reading to the kiddies to scare the crap out of them. 

Comment by Paul Monroe on November 2, 2012 at 8:48am

The fear of hell was the final thing that kept me theist. Then I found out how Christianity was an evolution of ancient astrology and conglomeration of pagan traditions. Even as a devout believer, I couldn't understand why the heck God let the Devil exist in the first place?

Comment by Mike Johnson on November 1, 2012 at 9:10pm
Glen - That is exactly right. It is exactly interpreting the delusions of a madman ... And what's WORSE is arguing about that delusion. It is the same as playing by their rules ON their field.
Comment by Mike Johnson on November 1, 2012 at 9:07pm
Stormi - that's what I'm saying too. You'd think Satan would give sinners a high five and send them on their way to do more sinning. It's like calling the cops evil because the persecute bad guys.
Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 1, 2012 at 8:45pm

This is like arguing about the motives of comic book characters of the characters in some psychotic person's delusion. The author can twist and turn away from rational explanations. Does anyone require proof that a delusion is a delusion? Does anyone who is sane have to disprove it and will the psychotic person find a way to be unpersuaded by reason?

 

Comment by Stormi C. on November 1, 2012 at 8:04pm
Good question. The church teaches that "Satan" wants you to do bad and be away from "God". So if you're bad all your life, wouldn't you be rewarded by Satan in Hell for doing what he wanted? I was always told sin makes him happy. If you're a sinner, and never ask for forgiveness and end up in Hell, Satan would probably reward you for making him happy right? He's got control over Hell anyway.
If it actually existed, though.
Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 1, 2012 at 3:51pm

Cuz God is all powerful and he only sifts out the bad guys for punishment. Satan'll take what he can get. If he could get to the good ones he would do that too.

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