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Anonymous asked: What do you think of Satan being the courtier of God? Like I've heard in some cases that Satan was the courtier of God, and not his enemy.
Honestly, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about Satan or wondering what he’s like- in my fantasy novels about heaven and hell, he’s not even a character. Poor guy.
Satan seems to play that courtier role in stories like Job, but the main point of using him is as a literary device: We, the audience, are told that Job did nothing to deserve his misfortune, so we know in advance that his friends are wrong. The word ‘satan’ itself doesn’t necessarily refer to The Devil, but to anyone who is accusing you before God(the accuser).
If he exists at all, I don’t view Satan as being an enemy of God in the sense that they’re on an equal playing field. Nor would I think they’re working together in any real sense. Satan is better understood as a symbol of evil in the world, and a rejection or absence of God. The literal character is less interesting than the philosophical one.
The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.
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Anonymous asked: i don't think the pro-lifers have to do much to end abortion, liberals would just keep having abortions that eventually the conservative groups will outnumber them since the conservative groups are the ones who are richer and more willing to have more children. and then a conservative president will outlaw abortion and there won't be enough liberals to stop that
I think you should write a novel about this imaginary future. Make sure you also point out how there won’t be any homosexuals, because straight parents never have non-straight children, and obviously they can’t reproduce themselves.
Here in the real present, though, the vast majority of women who have abortions either already have children, or go on to have children later in life. I hear they also indoctrinate those children into liberalism. The horrors!
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa
My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask — half our great theological and metaphysical problems — are like that.
Christian faith, as I understand it, is not primarily a matter of signing on for the proposition that there exists a Supreme Being, but the kind of commitment made manifest by a human being at the end of his tether, foundering in darkness, pain, and bewilderment, who nevertheless remains faithful to the promise of a transformative love.
Do you think that the Gospel was sent to save us from Hell? You are wrong. The main point of the gospel is to save us from ourselves.
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