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originally posted by: Raggedyman
And if a person is a Christian we are taught to love Jesus and everyone else, pay the devil no mind. Satan is of no account
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: throwaway115
You might want to add "according to x-religion" because this mindset has no relevance to Islam. In Islam, God's existence is completely independent of our Devil/Shaytan/Iblis, and Shaytan is literally nothing compared to God, not even as "much" as a speck of dust compared to the Sahara Desert.
We believe that God created existence, Angels, Jinn, and the other stuff. The Jinn were one of the few creations to have free will and God allowed a single Jinn to be exalted enough to be with His main Angels. That Jinn was Iblis. After God created Adam, He told all of His creations to bow to Adam. All of them did except for Iblis, who was too arrogant and said that he was better than Adam because he was made from fire while Adam was made from mud.
So God sentenced Iblis to eternal Hell, but Iblis begged for a temporary reprieve, which he was given. Iblis then said that he would use that temporary reprieve to prove that Adam and his offspring weren't worthy, to which God replied that He'd also sentence to Hell any that followed Iblis's ways. Iblis was then banished and now called "the Adversary" (aka Shaytan/Shaitan/Satan). Part of the story is told in Surah 7, Ayats 11 through 27 (Pickthall translation).
Nowhere does it claim that there needs to be some cosmic morality balance, that there must be both evil and righteousness, etc. We believe that this life is just a series of tests meant to gauge our spiritual dedication to God.
originally posted by: rickymouse
Satan is one of gods sons. He is here to test us to see if we can graduate to a higher realm. If we are not tested how can we be judged as to our worth. Passing the test is not as easy as following along with society on the wrong path.
If you were running a much higher civilization would you let a pile of disruptive people come in and mess it up?
WE are in school, continually tested to find if we can go into the real society. What happens if we do not pass the test?