By Johnson Edeh
Satan, we are told, was originally Lucifer, the angel of light. He was in charge of worship and praises in Heaven. Bloated with ego and ambitious of power, he attempted to dethrone the Almighty so that he would reign in His stead. He collected some angels who flocked to his standard while God directed the archangel Michael to make war against the Devil and his angels. Heaven, the abode of the celestial Beings, became a theater of war. At length, after a great battle, the Devil and his angels were defeat and expelled out of Heaven.
The writer of Revelation indulges an honest pleasure for the defeat of the Devil and the inhabitants of the earth became the objects of his pity. John from the island of Patmos pities us thus: “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath.”
One would have thought that after the defeat of so formidable and dangerous a creature, God would have killed the Devil and his angels. But God’s ways are not our ways. The Devil gave them serious trouble in Heaven, they defeated him and sent him down to earth to torment us. That is the goodness of the celestial Beings.
I have often wondered what our crime was to be sent such a being as the Devil. They rejoiced in his fall but proclaimed woe to us. God’s ways are indeed mysterious.
The Devil arrived on earth, deceived the first humans on earth, Adam and Eve. God became furious because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience and apportioned various punishments to them. Adam and Eve wouldn’t have fallen if God had done the needful by killing this Devil and his angels but instead He allowed him to deceive His innocent creatures.
At length, the Devil caused the whole human race to be corrupt. God, who had declared that all His works were good, regretted creating humans and swore that He would destroy everything He had made. He was better than his word. The whole human race was destroyed except Noah and his sons. God regretted creating man but we are not told that He ever regretted creating the Devil.
In a bid to reconcile man to Himself, God sent His only Begotten Son to come and die for mankind. Jesus came, was crucified, buried, and we are told that on the third day, he resurrected and ascended to heaven. One would have thought that with the death of Jesus no one would ever go to hellfire. But that is not to be. Though Jesus had paid the price for your sin, it is not not enough to save you. You must believe that He died for you, and if you disbelieve or doubt it, you will still end up in hellfire.
All this because God created the Devil! We are told that there is no sin that God cannot forgive. World tyrants such as Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Sani Abacha, Saddam Hussein, Mobutu Sesseko, etc would be forgiven all their crimes if they repented and believed that Jesus died for them. Such is the boundless forgiveness of God according to religious people.
I do not have any objection to their claims. I just want to know: if the Devil should repent and ask forgiveness of God for his rebellion, would God forgive him?