||Bible Question: Why did God allow Satan to live and do what he does? Why didn't
God destroy Satan? Would that not have stopped a lot of sin?
Bible Answer: God has not told us why He allows Satan to live. It appears that
God allows every creature that He has created to live eternally.
The real question is, "Why does God allow Satan to roam the earth
and cause trouble?" God has not shared the answer to that question
Satan & Sin. We do not need Satan to sin. He is not the cause of sin. He tempts
us to sin, but God tells us that we do a great job of sinning
all on our own. In the book of James, the Holy Spirit says,
||But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by
his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to
sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (NASB)
We are responsible for our own sin. We sin after we think about
it and then decide it is a good idea. Satan is never blamed for
our sin. Does that mean that Adam and Eve would have sinned without
Satan? We do not know.
Satan Defeated & Released. At the end of the age, God will defeat Satan at Armageddon. He
will be thrown into the abyss which will be shut and sealed. He
will be locked up. God will set up His 1,000 year kingdom and
after that He will release Satan again. In fact, scripture says
that God must release Satan for a short time (Rev. 16:16; 19:11-20:3),
||. . .and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over
him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until
the thousand years were completed; after these things he must
be released for a short time. (NASB) Revelation 20:3
Satan will be released in Revelation 20:7-10 and then defeated
once more before his final and eternal sentence to the Lake of Fire. Why did God do that? We can only guess. It is possible that
God wants to show the fallen angels (demons) and the human race,
that even after they have experienced the holiness of God, they
will choose sin and rebel when given the opportunity. God will
be justified in sentencing them to eternal punishment. It will
show the sinfulness of man and the holiness of God. This is the
nature of man. We are evil creatures at heart without the transforming
power of the Holy Spirit.
Conclusion: Why did God allow Satan to live? We do not know, but we can rejoice
that by trusting in Jesus for the forgiveness of or sins, we can
live in holiness someday with Him - away from the evil of this
world and eternal punishment.