I have another question to ask you and I’d really appreciate your thoughts on the issue.
Now, I do not know where you stand on the issue of God’s sovereignty and man’s free will (whether you are a Calvinist or subject to Arminianism; I myself am an agnostic on the topic) but I I wanted to put a twist on the standard question one gets when this is brought up. If the T in the Calvinist TULIP suggests that we are all so totally depraved that we can’t come to God on our own, what part does Satan play? Doesn’t our sinful nature then mean that the devil really doesn’t need to do anything? I understand he played a major part in the Fall in Genesis, and so I guess that means he does do something to us, even if we are unaware. What I’m asking, though, is how to understand what the devil actually does in our daily lives when we are apparently so depraved by ourselves already that the devil is out of a job, sort of speak. Satan pushed the first domino at the Fall, then sat back and enjoyed watching us fall down the stairs from then on.
I have no clue if what I’m asking is too trivial or not (because the devil still does things today as Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:8). I have read C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, which was fantastic and I certainly related to.