Why did God hurl satan to earth? Why didn’t He send him to another constellation? Being omnipotent He Knew that Adam and Eve would sin…
Good question, @drjphilip.
Someone has said that a virtue which is never tested is no virtue at all.
Can you really say that someone is honest if they’ve never has the opportunity to be dishonest? Or that they are chaste if they’ve never had the chance to be unchaste? Or, in the case of Adam and Eve, that they trust what God says if they’ve never been challenged to distrust Him?
I think that’s a valid question, and I suspect that it has quite a bit to do with what you are asking about.
Satan’s lies were Adam and Eve’s test - and they failed. Their trust had been naive. But with eyes suddenly and shockingly opened, they penitently trusted in the coming Seed God promised, and He forgave them.
And now, all of their offspring until the end of time are destined to fail as our first parents did. But when we repent and trust God’s promise, we can be forgiven too.
And our trust and our love for God will not be eternally naive.
I hope this will help give you a better grasp of why God may have permitted a serpent in the garden.
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Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Our free will, the freedom of choice is the greatest gift of God to mankind.
God does not follow us 24/7 with a rod to punish us as soon as we do something wrong. God is love. He wants us to love him and others who are are also created in his image. But if God acts in a unilateral way, love cannot exist. Love is not forced. Love is not a compulsion. Love does not happen under duress or fear of dire consequences. Genuine love for another is the choice of each individual. One can either chose to love and obey God or ignore and reject him. The forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the presence of Satan are not the problem. The problem is disobedience.
We all died in the first Adam because he chose to believe Satan the father of lies. But we shall live because of the second Adam, Jesus Christ, who paid the debt of our sins and conquered death.
We are not mechanical robots programmed to perform specific tasks. We are more than living beings. We are moral beings with the ability to have a relationship with God our Creator. We know that good and evil exist. We know truth and lies exist. Therefore, we know that God exists and so does Satan. Satan was cast down to earth for his rebellion against God. He is alive and active. If he was bold enough to tempt Jesus, he will surely come at us. But we are not alone in this spiritual warfare. The one who is in us is stronger than the one who is in the world.
God in his foreknowledge know what would happen. That is why he unfolded his plan of salvation for us in the garden of Eden.
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offsprings and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
The word “protoevangelium” comes from two Greek words: “Protos” meaning “first” (our word “prototype”), and “euaggelion” meaning “Gospel.” In other words, it is the first mention of the Gospel in the Bible. This first mention is found in Genesis 3:15. The enmity is between the seed or offspring of the serpent, Satan and his followers. and the seed or offspring of Eve, Jesus Christ, who was a descendant of Eve.
Satan bruised the heel of Jesus by attacking Him in numerous ways during His time on Earth, which ultimately ended with Him suffering and dying on the cross. However, through His resurrection, Jesus won the decisive victory, and “crushed the head” of Satan. “Crushing the head” was a fatal blow, Satan was completely defeated. His time on Earth will soon end, and he will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10). God’s word will come to pass in time as he ordained. Satan and his evil spirits and demonswill not be left alone in another unknown galaxy.
From the very beginning, God had a plan to redeem mankind from the penalty of sin through Jesus Christ. This theme runs throughout the whole Bible. Jesus Christ was manifested to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8 and Hebrews 2:14-15).