Satan, masquerading as an angel of light, walked into the kingdom of God one day. God remained seated. “Lucifer, tell me your true reason for being here.”
“I propose we take a sightseeing excursion through human history. I can convince you they aren’t fit to live,” he said impudently.
God merely smiled. With a wave of his hand, they were standing high above the earth.
“I brought these looking glasses for us,” he said slyly. He handed a pair to God, but He refused. “I have no need of your devices.”
Annoyed, Satan continued. “Let’s begin at the beginning with Cain and Abel.”
With another wave of His hand, a field came into view. There were two men there. One was lying dead on the ground. The other was standing over him with blood on his hands.
Satan viewed the scene through his looking glass. “So early in their existence they learned to kill. They were corrupted from the start.”
God smiled. “They have much to learn, that’s true. I, however, see a man who loved me so much he gave his life while serving me.”
Satan adjusted his looking glass. “What about Noah? You spared him and he later became a drunk. Look at him. He lies naked in his tent! You should have drowned them all.”
God watched the scene before them. “Noah was an obedient man who kept my laws. That is why I spared him.”
“What about the Hebrews when they were held captive in Egypt? They cowered under the rule of Pharaoh and complained when you set them free. Ingrates!”
The scene changed. A gaunt man carrying a brick made of mud and straw lost his footing and fell into the dirt. Another man, a soldier, lifted his arm with whip in hand, high in the air preparing to strike…
God glanced at Satan. “When a bird is caged for a long time, he does not always recognize the opened door as the way out. When they cried to me in their distress and pain, I sent them an advocate. I opened the door.”
Satan laughed. “You mean Moses? He led them out of Egypt. But, remember, he disobeyed you too. Look over there. He is smiting the rock as we speak.”
“Do you not see the big picture? Moses obeyed my word despite his fears. He performed signs and wonders that could not be accomplished by the hand of man. My people’s faith in me was renewed. I forgave Moses his transgression. He served me well.”
Satan thought for a moment. “I’ve got one for you. What about David? He was an adulterer and a murderer. How can you call him ‘one after your own heart’?”
God smiled fondly as he thought of David. “As a young boy, he faced and slew the giant Goliath. As a man, when he sinned, he always turned back to me in shame to ask my forgiveness. He ruled well and taught the people to honor and praise me. In return, I blessed their land. He was all of those things you mentioned, but, by turning from his wicked ways, he showed me that he loved me more.”
Satan was livid. “They can’t even see you! Why should they obey? Let me have them.”
God viewed all of the scenes that lay before Him. People’s disobedience angered Him, but their pain and confusion touched His heart. There was still hope there. He had an idea. It brought Him joy mixed with much sadness.
“You may not have them, Lucifer. You were right in one respect: they need someone among them to teach them true love.”
With a wave of His hand, Satan disappeared from His presence. God was once again seated in the throne room and angels flocked to his side.
“Go and bring my Son to me. I have an awesome task for him.” A tear slid down His cheek.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” St. John 3:16 (KJV)
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