Why Does God Love Satan?

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The question, “Does God love Satan?” seemingly yields diametrically conflicting answers from conservative Christian theologians. Some assert that God cannot love Satan. In contrast, others claim that God loves Satan. So does God love Satan or not? 

God Loves Devil

Answers to the question, “Does God love Satan?” cause further complications. If God does not love Satan, how could God be maximally and perfectly good? (If God does not love one being, then HE cannot be maximally and perfectly good.) Moreover, if God hates Satan for being evil, does HE also hate all those humans who reject and slander HIM? If God hates those who reject and slander HIM, HIS love is conditional. But isn’t God’s love unconditional?

The answer, “God loves Satan,” is also riddled with complications. If God loves Satan, how could a good God love the evil Satan? Could there be a semblance of evil in God because HE loves the evil Satan? Furthermore, if God loves Satan, should we also love Satan?

God Cannot Love Satan

Christian Q&A website, Gotquestions.org affirms that God cannot love Satan, “No, God does not love Satan, and neither should we. God cannot love that which is evil and unholy, and Satan embodies all of that. He is the enemy (1 Peter 5:8); the evil one (Matthew 6:13); the father of lies and a murderer (John 8:44); the accuser of God’s people (Revelation 12:10); the tempter (1 Thessalonians 3:5); proud, wicked and violent (Isaiah 14:12-15); a deceiver (Acts 13:10); a schemer (Ephesians 6:11); a thief (Luke 8:12); and many more evil things. He is, in fact, everything that God hates. The heart of Satan is fixed and confirmed in his hatred of God, his judgment is final, and his destruction is sure. Revelation 20 describes God’s future plan for Satan, and love for Satan has no part in it.”1

God Loves Satan

Dr. William Lane Craig claims that God loves Satan, “I feel no awkwardness whatever in affirming that God most certainly does love Satan. Indeed, what I should find awkward would be affirming that He does not! God is a perfectly loving being, whose love is not based on a person’s performance. Satan is a person, indeed, on the traditional conception an angelic person of unparalleled beauty and perfection among creatures. How could God not love him? The fact that that person is now fallen and unspeakably evil does not imply that God ceases to love him, any more than He ceased to love us when we fell and became enemies of God (Romans 5.10).”2

(Dr. Craig’s claim was in response to this question, “…Is it not true then that His love for all includes the Devil? For if it were not the case then there would be at least one eternally damned being whom God does not love or loves less, i.e., He is not all-loving or the greatest conceivably loving being.”)

Is Satan Totally Evil?

In his blog, Tough Questions Answered, Bill Pratt quotes Dr. Norm Geisler to contend that Satan is not totally evil, “Many people mistakenly believe that while God is totally good, Satan, or the Devil, is totally evil. They are polar opposites of each other.

This idea, however, is false. Satan, while being totally evil in a moral sense, is not totally evil in a metaphysical sense. Theologian Norm Geisler explains the distinction in his book If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the Question. Geisler writes:

The Bible speaks about Satan as “the evil one” (1 John 5:19) who is a liar by his very nature (John 8:44). Surely there is no good in Satan – is he not totally evil? Yes, he is completely evil in a moral sense, but not in a metaphysical sense. Just like fallen humans still have God’s image, even so Satan has the remnants of good that God gave to him as a created angel.

For example, Satan has good insofar as he is a creature of God, insofar as he has intelligence, and power, and free will. Of course, he uses all these God-given good powers to do evil; he is ever, always, irretrievably bent on evil. But this is only to say he is totally depraved morally, not that he is totally deprived of all creaturely good metaphysically.” (Emphasis Mine).3

Understanding God’s Love For Satan

The assertions, “God loves Satan” and “God hates Satan” need not be construed as being diametrically opposite or absolutely conflicting. Both these assertions could be true in a particular sense – the metaphysical or the moral.

Since Satan retains a remnant of goodness of God’s creations from a metaphysical sense, we could reasonably sustain the notion that God loves Satan. In other words, God loves Satan only from a metaphysical sense.

But Satan is morally depraved. God cannot love the consequential deeds of a morally depraved being. So from this sense – the moral sense – the notion that God hates Satan (his evil deeds) could be sustained.

Significantly, an absolute denial of God’s love for Satan cannot be sustained. Just one reason may be sufficient to corroborate this assertion. If God hates Satan absolutely or totally, then should God not hate all those who reject and slander HIM?

But the Bible clearly teaches that God loved us when we were sinners (Romans 5:8). Therefore, if God loves a sinful, rebellious and slanderous man, on what grounds could God not love Satan? While it is true that both Satan and those men and women who rebel, reject, and slander God are doomed to an eternal damnation, the judgment of God need not violate HIS love for those who disbelieve and abuse HIM.

God’s judgment is contingent on the exercise of freewill in the case of Satan and the unbelieving mankind. But God’s love for HIS creation is not contingent on HIS judgment. It is contingent on the goodness of HIS creation (God created all things good). Moreover, as it has already been asserted, neither Satan nor the unbelieving mankind is totally evil, for they still retain their creational goodness in the metaphysical sense. (The unbelieving humans could be morally good in certain or most instances. Satan too could, arguably, be morally good in certain situations, albeit in a passive sense, when he does no harm to his followers – not from the perspective of eternity, but from a worldly perspective.)

To conclude, the understanding that God loves Satan could only be sustained if the entailing complications could be resolved. These are the complications. If God loves Satan, then “how could a good God love the evil Satan?” Could there be a semblance of evil in God because HE loves the evil Satan? Furthermore, if God loves Satan, should we also love Satan?

How could a good God love the evil Satan? Satan is morally depraved and irretrievably bent on evil, but this is from a moral sense. However, Satan does retain a remnant of the goodness of God’s creations (intelligence, power, freewill etc.). If Satan retains even a remnant of the metaphysical goodness of God’s creation, there is enough latitude for God to love Satan. So an absolute assertion that God hates Satan cannot be sustained. Therefore we could reasonably affirm that God loves Satan from the metaphysical sense and yet assert that God hates Satan from the moral sense.

Could there be a semblance of evil in God because HE loves the evil Satan? A maximally good and perfect being cannot be evil in the sense of both the metaphysical and the moral. If God loves Satan from a moral sense, then an argument that God could be evil may be valid. However, God’s love for Satan is from a metaphysical sense (not from a moral sense), hence there cannot be a remote semblance of evil in God.

Does God’s love for Satan imply that we should love Satan? The Bible mandates us to stand against the evil schemes of Satan and his entourage (Ephesians 6: 11). Moreover, Satan works against God’s people, so Christians cannot love Satan.

Endnotes:

1https://www.gotquestions.org/does-God-love-Satan.html, last accessed on 18th June 2017.

2http://www.reasonablefaith.org/does-god-love-the-devil, last accessed on 18th June 2017.

3http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2015/03/02/is-satan-totally-evil/, last accessed on 18th June 2017.

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  1. Commenter Man says:

    Let’s just cut to the chase. The real question here is how a likely non-existant being can love a very obviously non-existant being.

    Keeps me up most nights.

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    • Anaya Mitchell says:

      I’m so confused on how this even started. This shouldn’t even be a question! In the bible god says that he hates all wickedness and for those who have heard the truth yet still harden thier heart he hates as well; so let me ask you this: How can god love the devil? The answer is he doesn’t and I have multiple verses to back up my claim.
      Deuteronomy 12:31-16:22
      Jhon 8:42-8:47
      Horsea 9:15
      If you really want to know the answer to a question than you should go to the bible before the internet because not all sites write truth.

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      • Uninformed Informant says:

        If one is embodied as eternal love, one cannot hate. If one hates, one cannot be embodied as eternal love. It’s paradoxical. And the argument of “metaphysical sense vs moral sense” is invalid, since love is not metaphysical. It is physical (according to science), or moralistic (according to religion). By saying that your god hates Satan, you are saying that He can hate at all, thus nullifying His eternal love. By saying that your god does not hate Satan, the argument can still be made that He doesn’t necessarily love him either, but is rather at a middle ground. The latter is more likely, in my opinion. Why hate someone for such a simple thing, anyways? Us humans do worse things than envy.

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        • Written Truth says:

          But the thing is it’s not “your” God or “their” God, he’s the God, and you can’t justify his actions off science. Although you may want science to solve and explain everything it won’t. God can hate and still be embodied as external love and hate data in because he is GOD. End of story.

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      • Daryn Stockwell says:

        and you dont write truth either. The scriptures you write of have nothing to do with weather God loves satan.
        God will not only reconcile all men unto Himself, but He will also reconcile all fallen angels. ‘Thrones or dominions or principalities or powers’, as given in verse 16, definitely includes Satan and his fallen angels. Col :15-17.
        The truth that God will reconcile even Satan and his fallen angels exalts God’s power, wisdom, love, mercy, forgiveness and His justice to the full. God’s nature is to overcome evil with good and He asks us to do the same (Romans 12:21). God will ultimately overcome all evil with good, so that the purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for universal reconciliation is fully accomplished for the whole world.
        John 2:2 (NIV)
        He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
        The Bible tells us that there is no one righteous, no, not even one. Without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ no one could be saved from death because the wages of sin is death, and all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
        The glorious truth of the Bible is that God has solved the problem of sin once and for all through the sacrifice made on the cross by His only begotten Son for the sins of the whole world (Romans 6:10, 1 John 2:2). The Bible says that Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6), and when sin abounds, grace abounds much more (Romans 5:20). Yes, everybody is born a sinner because of one man’s sin, Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12), but everybody is destined to become Righteous because of one Man’s Righteousness, Jesus Christ’s Righteousness (Romans 5:18-19).

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    • Written Truth says:

      Really? Non- existant? Well then You better get your heart right with that “non-existent” being or else you’ll be going to “non- existent” hell.

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    • Michaela Smith says:

      I honestly see where you’re coming from, but really, you should believe in God, because he loves you, and he made you just as he did you and me. God is just simply testing if we actually believe in him with questions like this. I think that humans are very ignorant about many complex questions, as this one is. Please don’t post things like this on a Christian website, as most of the readers are Christians, and they get very angry. Christians, as well as normal people, shouldn’t lash out on people and say things like what “Written Truth” said. God loves you, and he’ll always be there for you. Just accept him into your heart, and he’ll be there.

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      • Salad says:

        Just so you know, when dealing with an atheist, don’t use “God loves you.” Use only cold hard facts that are not dependent on the Bible in any way.

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    • Daryn Stockwell says:

      The first thing we need to know about angels is that they are the first of God’s creation and that Father God created angels through His only begotten Son, before He created the universe with the earth. When God (Father God through His Son) created the earth with the rest of the universe, He created the earth in such a beautiful perfect condition, as a garden teeming with plant and animal life, that the angels responded with singing and shouts of joy (Job 38:4-7, Ezekiel 28:13-15). God put angels in charge of His beautifully created earth with Lucifer as the leading angel. This was in the Pre-Adamic Age, which was millions of years before the Adamic Age when God created man.
      At some point in the Pre-Adamic Age, Lucifer, who became Satan, convinced a third of the angels to join him in a rebellion against God. They ascended from their assigned domain of the earth, up to heaven (God’s dwelling place) to try to usurp God’s throne. God judged these rebellious angels for their sins and He severely punished them by violently casting them back down to earth. God will not only reconcile all men unto Himself, but He will also reconcile all fallen angels. ‘Thrones or dominions or principalities or powers’, as given in verse 16, definitely includes Satan and his fallen angels. The truth that God will reconcile even Satan and his fallen angels exalts God’s power, wisdom, love, mercy, forgiveness and His justice to the full. God’s nature is to overcome evil with good and He asks us to do the same (Romans 12:21). God will ultimately overcome all evil with good, so that the purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for universal reconciliation is fully accomplished for the whole world.

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  2. Tracey says:

    This is why God said through the Apostle Luke 6.28Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. and in Romans 12.14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
    Who, Satan then lands curses onto people, so this is why we must not, be in anyway in partnership with him.
    For we cannot agree with, evil, as it causes hurt and harm.
    Lucifer fell now he is Satan on the World, we are in this world but not from it.
    God continues to make very clear distinctions, for us by; sending his son Jesus Christ, who said to Satan, Do not put your Lord to the test.
    So Jesus did not engage in conversations with Satan, then we should not also.

    I look at it this way, I don’t like people to walk into my house with muddy shoes on, so they have to remove the shoes and, then come in, same with God, it’s His Kingdom, it wouldn’t be worth going to if it was the same as on Earth the World/s we live in, just be same, same.

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  3. Todd C. says:

    My primary reason for disagreeing with the idea that God loves Satan is that the justification rests on making supernatural angels morally equivalent with natural humans. God literally created Hell for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41); he didn’t create Hell for people. This implies to me that God’s relationship with Satan is fundamentally different than His relationship with humans.

    Furthermore, there are no Bible verses where God asks Satan to repent but God literally sacrificed Himself on the Cross to save humanity. Satan has/had direct access to God (Job 1) and willfully chose to rebel against Him. I don’t see how it’s possible to claim any moral equivalence between Satan and humans which is why God loves us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).

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    • Susan Tan says:

      It is good to see someone not fooled by the false eternal torment doctrine. Those translation errors can really affect your view of the scriptures. When John 1:29 says ” Lo, this is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” the scripture means just that for everyone or else the statement would be qualified “for believers only”.

      I have no opinion on Satan’s fate at this time. I am still reflecting on it but he is certainly the enemy of mankind in this lifetime.

      My personal opinion is learning about spiritual birth from the scriptures and many other doctrines is so personally intensive that most people never study the big picture enough.

      Is anything too hard for God?

      Will He accomplish all of His Will? I think so. In spite of the interpretive errors of men because he swore by Himself to cover the whole earth as the water covers the sea and the water covers 100 percent of the sea.

      Men are from the dust so if God covers the whole earth like the water covers the sea then that is 100 percent of all people who ever lived.

      Yet He saves “each in his own order” cf. 1 Cor. 15:22-23.

      All people should be trying to get to the top of that order. Running for the first resurrection right now but the human race has a sin nature so it always has “issues” that affect it’s spiritual development. Most people are delayed for one reason or another.

      Yes, I know the universal restorationist view is a minority view but God is love and the whole of scripture must agree with His nature because they say He will be “All in All” and the whole of creation belongs to Him.

      3 views on the afterlife. But which is God’s? It would be the best one that agrees with His nature in spite of the keyword translation errors.

      Did God really send His Son to win back only a tiny fraction of creation? That would be a smaller victory than He desires and is capable of.

      The Parent doesn’t have to humor the bad minor children in spite of what the majority say. The Parent is ultimately responsible for His whole creation and He’s not the kind of parent to handwave His responsibilities and let the little evil children get away with things for forever especially if it would cause them harm for eternity.

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  4. Erick J says:

    To say God loves Satan is a truly misinterpretation from Dr. Craig. God is love, but He also has a place reserved for those who won’t be with Him for all eternity. Call that place Inferno, Hell, Lake of Fire, whatever. It is a place where there is a complete absence of God’s presence reserved for Satan and his fallen angels. There is no love in eternal separation from God.

    Make no mistake, God is all loving, but He’s also consuming fire. Deut 4:24 and Heb 12:29

    We have recognized Jesus as Saviour and Lord, we have the Holy Spirit and Christ’s Spirit. The devil must certainly has none of them. That is why God can still love us while we are fighting our fallen nature and sin.

    “Christian brothers, never pay back someone for the bad he has done to you. Let the anger of God take care of the person. The Holy Writtings say, ‘I will pay back to them what they should get, says the Lord.” – Romans 12:19

    God is all loving but He will surely take revenge and He has anger waiting for all of those who will still dismiss Him and Jesus. We need to see God in a mature sense and not in a romantic and delusional way. Peter told us we need to grow up in our salvation (1 Peter 2:2)

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  5. Chris says:

    The bible describes satan as one of Gods most beautiful creations before he fell. The description , and the way he was described , implies God was immensely heartbroken over satans chosen path and that he is unredeemable. Clearly there is love there but not the way we understand love , God is more complicated than that. Any attempt to put Gods feelings for this , at one time favorite among angels , in a perspective that humans could understand would be totally inadequate. Our perspective is just too limited.

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    • Daryn Stockwell says:

      The answer is very clear open your eyes and heart and mind and it will become clear to you I am sure as its not hidden.

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  6. O Brien jim says:

    It’s quite simple God hates sin. So unless we repent we are damned along with satan on judgement day. Satan was the creature of sin as he rebelled against God,so the answer is God hates satan not loves him.

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  7. Fairy Worldwide says:

    Of course God loves Satan, God can see who Satan is in Truth.

    It is the understanding of what ‘Love’ is, that is misinterpreted.

    For instance, I love my children, yet still if it is required, I may rebuke their behaviours, attitudes or words.

    To Love another, is to see them in their Truth and to remind them of it.

    Love is NOT, to let them do whatever they want, and make everything they do ok, that is not love.

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  8. Nemesi Gianni says:

    God loves His Creation. God eventually cursed it and us. Today we’re given an opportunity to show/ prove whether we can live with or without God’s mercy and guidance. ( The Bible, The Ten Commandments, Jesus’ Life, Death and Ressurection, Teachings of Jesus, The Beatitudes, Virtues of Blessed Virgin Mary, sacrifice of The Servants of God, etc.)
    Our acts and every acknowledgement of the works of The Adversary have left immeasurable proof that we are going down and going down fast. Thus, Esdras explains where we are heading, the last book of the Bible explains where we stand finally, and who is going to find favour with God.
    It would be something, to acknowledge and understand, that there is no such thing as free will. If anything about Will exists it is The Will of God and in the end that is what remains.
    Our intimate and very personal relationship with God really changes the meaning of the question put forth.
    As each day unfolds experiences change about God and The Adversary. We are being judgemental about everything, ( life demands it ), when really there is Someone in control.
    So from The Tree laden with The Forbidden Fruit until today, everything remains as God had foreseen.

    God loves His creation and has done everything necessary to redeem it.

    God loves His creation since He saw it was Good.

    God hates the Adversary and has a special place for him and those with him.

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  9. Johnny says:

    We are commanded to hate sin and to Revere away from sin, not to hate the sinner but to hate the sinful deed, everybody is quick to judge, but remember what God says he without sin cast the first stone, I will just say this, God knew what Lucifer was going to do before he even created him, so why create him to begin with? And also why hasn’t he destroyed him yet? You see our wonderful loving God has a plan for everything he he has created, all shall come to pass as he promises someday, but until that time we should nothing but love and forgiveness for all that hate us, to do harm against us, and all who persecute us. I will continue to pray that nothing that God has created will have to burn in a raging inferno pit of fire for one second let alone forever and forever, we should not wish that upon anything, and I pray thier is still hope. I love you all God bless

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    • Daryn Stockwell says:

      Very powerful words Johnny especially “And also why hasn’t he destroyed him yet?” The reason is because God will save in via the Lake of Fire as per the scriptures including all the fallen angels. Thats because God is Love!

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  10. Roberto Esquivel says:

    One thing it seems to me that some of you are forgetting is that God is also all knowing. If God is all loving and perfect, leaving no room for hatred of any kind, especially when he’s all knowing, how could he hate what he already knew before hand? Especially if Satan’s fall was necessary for the fall of man, which was necessary for God’s plan of creation. Obviously we can argue what exactly the purpose of creation is exactly and clearly it just may be that our finite minds wouldn’t be able to comprehend it all to the nth degree, but I’m sure we can all agree as Christians that His plan IS perfect indeed. What I’m curious about is, is there a plan for Satan beyond the pages of the Bible? I know it says he’ll suffer for eternity along with everyone who made it to hell, but I like to believe our God is the all loving and patient father we say and even those who are in hell will have a chance to repent. Which makes me question Satan’s fate as a creature of God that He knew would fall and ultimately was a tool for His plan of creation on Earth. I want to believe there’s a grander scheme of things rather than Satan just being a tool and us being more than just a potter’s clay. I don’t know, I just feel there’s way more to the story than just what the Bible tells us, I mean doesn’t it say that in there? Or maybe not, I mean He is God afterall and can do as He pleases. Honestly I just became a Christian two months ago so pardon me for trying to tackle what may take some people years to grasp with only as much knowledge of the Bible I can take in in a couple months. Clearly I’m impatient and have to work on that but understanding all of this as much as my finite brain can comprehend feels very important to me, almost vital, as I’m sure it is for a lot of you. I believe God IS all knowing and IS all loving and clearly the Bible raises a TON of questions so maybe these things will remain a mystery until we’re united with Him. Maybe we won’t even get the luxury of full year understanding even then.

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    • Johnny says:

      God bless you my brother, your right God does have a plan, and I believe that all his creation, including Lucifer and the fallen Angles will be in heaven again someday after we ALL learn our lessons, that’s why it’s so important to forgive. I’ve forgiven Satan for hating me, that’s when God blessed me with no more fear over them, God says in the Bible love conquers all, that’s how we defeat evil, and I believe evil is not minimized to any one thing that God has created

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    • Daryn Stockwell says:

      where does it say as you put it “I know it says he’ll suffer for eternity along with everyone who made it to hell,”?

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  11. e.f.barrett says:

    Jesus cast out devils, He did not forgive them..
    There is no forgiveness for satan, and the devils.
    Their fate is sealed, they are already doomed..
    They are beyond God and will never return.
    God loved them before they turned from Him..
    Not Now….Not evermore…
    That’s what lost means…
    Lost from God, Lost from Gods love…..

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  12. Lawrence says:

    The Bible is full of verses where God hates the worker of iniquity. Not the iniquity of workers. The Bible says he abhors the worker of iniquity not the iniquity of the worker. He calls those workers an Abomination to him. This kind of makes me think about Eve having a certain amount of respect for Satan and look where it got her. So it’s just not the sin we must be wary of but it’s the person who is trying to lead us into sin. I’ve noticed in the defense of Love for Satan no scripture was used in this posting. But in the defensive of hating Satan much scripture was applied. That alone should answer the question.

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  13. Dan Eckhard says:

    I believe that GOD does love Satan. He (Jesus)instructs us to “love our enemies” and do good to them who “abuse” us. Would HE command us to do what HE doesn’t do Himself? GOD also does much for the evil as well as the good(saved by grace, cleansed by the blood ) of those on earth– such as send rain. In JOB, GOD asks Satan what he’s been up to and has he seen his servant JOB–how upright he is. Now why would GOD care what Satan thought and why would HE allow Satan to “trouble” JOB so if HE didn’t care about Satan himself. Surely it wasn’t just for the sake of winning an argument, no,I think it was to prove to Satan that it was possible for a person/being to obey and love GOD more than themselves–the very things Satan had failed at. I believe HE went through this trouble because HE loved him. In the same way, we should feel sorry for Satan, not hate him, but hate his works — just as we are to love the sinner and not the sins.
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    • Daryn says:

      Yes he does Love satan or he is not God. The scriptures prove this point and God proves it to in that while we were all sinners Yeshua died for all men and angels including fallen angels and all his creation. How is that hard to understand when you know God is Love.

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  14. seth hall says:

    GOD HATES SATAN EMOTIONALLY BUT SHOWS LOVE TO HIM BY ACTIONS. HE DOES THIS BY PATIENTLY *NOT* UTTERLY DESTROYING HIM, THUS ALLOWING SATAN TO LIVE HOW HE PLEASES AND ENJOY WHAT HE DOES. GOD *IS* LOVE SO HE CAN ONLY, BY NATURE, EXPRESS LOVE BY ACTIONS. BUT GOD IS ALSO AN EMOTIONAL BEING AND PAUL SAID THAT LOVE DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL, SO THEREFORE GOD EMOTIONALLY HATES EVIL BECAUSE ITS LOVE’S VERY NATURE *NOT* TO DELIGHT IN EVIL. GOD MAKES IT TO RAIN ON THE HEAD OF THE WICKED AND THE RIGHTEOUS (AGAPE “LOVE-IN-ACTION”) YET HE (EMOTIONALLY) LOVED JACOB AND (EMOTIONALLY) HATED ESAU AND YET HE LOVED BOTH THROUGH ACTION BY SUPPLYING THEIR NEEDS AND ALLOWING EACH TO THRIVE IN THEIR OWN WAY. GOD SAID TO IMITATE HIM AND TO LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. SATAN IS GOD’S ENEMY. GOD IS NOT A HYPOCRITE. THE ANSWER IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT, GUYS!

    Heres a fb message i sent to a brother a while ago:

    But here is the thing we must remember as believers: A–love is not only an emotion, more importantly and first and foremost it is an action.– B– God is Love. Love can only express itself as Love…which is an action. “for he maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”—Love emotionally hates that which does not Love, because evil is contrary to Love’s nature. Light hates darkness because the darkness is not of the Light…the darkness hates the Light for the same reasons. With that being said, God is still Love, so therefore He still expresses Himself through Love. Everytime a creature sins against God it causes Him infinite (transfinite) pain…because whatever an infinite God does, is by nature, infinite…so if He experiences pain, it is infinite. Yet one Day God is going to Judge all sin and all the sinners that commit sin…He is then going to switch the infinite pain over on to those who first causes it and then seal them up in an eternal realm of darkness (Gehenna)…this is called “justice.” Once God does this He will be in an eternally blissful state…so therefore everything that remains in creation will by result be in an eternally blissful state as well. I’m the meantime we must all deal with our finite pain for God’s sake…because He is dealing with countless strings of infinite (transfinite) pain for our sake (which ultimately causes the dispersal of pain all over the universe by result…seeing that He is the Creator of the universe and all of the energy is held together by God’s consciousness, that is, the Holy Spirit). This is why God hates sin…because it hurts both Him and us. Believe it or not, sin actually has a purpose…in fact, it has multiple purposes, and they are all for the greater good. All things were created for God’s pleasure, and since it is written “I said you are gods” that means all things are also for our pleasure as well…but everything is currently in a fallen state, that is, until sin works it’s purpose. Even though God emotionally hates sin and sinners, He still expresses Love for everything, because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will always be expressing Love, so therefore, He has to express Love even in this fallen world. God emotionally hates Satan, because Satan was His most cherished Cherub, yet Satan betrayed him and became the source of all evil and darkness…Yet God exemplifies His “Love in Action” by allowing Satan to not only keep living…but to also allow him to live in however manner that he wants (in all of his evil pleasures). God could have just sent Him to eternal punishment right then and there, but God used Satan for His purpose, while simultaneously “Loving His enemy” through merciful actions. We must be imitators of God in this respect. We must love even our enemies.

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  15. Rah says:

    Romans 9:13 “And God said, Jacob I loved, Esau I hated”

    You all really need to read your bible. I’m not even a Christian anymore and could answer this. Don’t speak as if you comprehend the mindset of your incomprehensible God. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

    It seems to me that most Christians have never read their bible but just go off of the general idea of what god represents and cherry pick verses that suits them but shuns or denies verses that are wicked like God condoning rape and ordering that any man who rapes an unmarried women to marry her and pay her father. But the you try and say it’s out of context like you know better than your GOD.
    IF YOU ARE GOING TO CLAIM TO BE SOMETHING BE IT AND READ YOUR HOLY BOOK. STOP ASSUMING YOUR GOD WOULD LEAVE YOU UNCLEAR SCRIPTURE.

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  16. dvdivx says:

    And where in the bible does God say he loves the angels either fallen or elect? No where. He said they and the rest of creation was good. When God said he loves the world he is referring to man not the ocean and rocks but also not demons and angels. Angels are not humans. Their relationship with God is fundamentally different. The angels have powers that in our eyes would make them gods with a little g. Assuming the angels act or think like a human is anthropomorphism at its worst.

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