Mitchal wrote:Why doesn't God just kill the Devil?
Actually an excellent question. The scriptures reveal that when Adam and Eve chose to listen to Satan rather than God, they chose to live independantly of him. God could have wiped out the rebels at that time, but remember there were angels in Heaven looking on, and that wouldn't have answered Satan's challenge. Satan never disputed God's power, what was disputed is his Sovereignty, or right to rule since he created all things. A period of time would be needed to show that Humans do not have the ability to rule themselves, and that Satan was wrong all along. The Scriptures show that this period has nearly come to a conclusion as is evidenced since the world today is in such terrible condition and continues to get worse. But also Satan challenged that no human would serve God voluntarily and out of love. This challenge also is showing Satan to be a liar as there are some (although few) who are serving him acceptably to the best of their ability. Satan's time is short and he knows it. He will be done away with soon anough.