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Our Sages reveal to us that ultimately there is an approach which can help us constructively accept our own misfortunes and suffering, however they make it clear that no absolute solution is available. Let us be patient in our investigations and all the more so in our conclusions. Let us have the humility and integrity to recognize and accept our own human limitations. After all, we have not the prophetic powers of Moshe nor the wisdom of Solomon and even they could not uncover the answer. It is crucial to realize that our limitations in understanding does not mean that suffering is without reason or plan. Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato explains in his book Daas Tevunos that part of our reward in the world to come will be that G-d will reveal to us the meaning of every bit of pain and suffering that we experienced in our life times.
The Torah states regarding the Akeidah (the binding of Yitzchak), which was the most difficult test presented to Avraham, "And it happened after these things (words) G-d (Elokim) tested Avraham and said to him...Please take your son, your only one, whom you love - Yitzchak..." It is interesting to note that the Torah uses the appellation of "Elokim" to refer to G-d, which represents the Attribute of Justice. G-d's Attribute of Justice only can come about within the context of prosecution. Satan is given a platform to prosecute, thus, activating the Attribute of Justice. Rashi cites Chazal who explain that the beginning of the verse, "And it happened after these things (words)..." alludes to satan approaching G-d in order to bring prosecution upon Avraham. Satan's prosecution was that out of the entire banquet that Avraham had made, he did not offer to Hashem even one bull. Satan asked, "How could Avraham be considered a dedicated servant if he has never brought before You an offering?" This criticism of Avraham precipitated the Attribute of Justice (Midas HaDin). This is the reason the Torah states, "...Elokim tested Avraham..."
This verse refers to Ha-Satan. Remember that Ha-Satan is NOT the same being as the Christian “Satan”. Ha-Satan is an angel residing in heaven who is the accuser of mankind. He can only do the bidding of Hashem. He is not a divine being of evil as Christianity believes. However, he is a divine being in that he is an angel.
This origin of this question is built on a number of assumptions. 1) We are ENTITLED to have good things happen to us. 2) Everything that happens to us is either a reward or a punishment for something that we did. So if we behaved well, we deserve to be paid back in kind with an easy life.
Judaism has a different perspective which does not accept these assumptions. We are in this world to confront challenge, to CHOOSE to do good deeds. Every situation in which we are placed is a test, and it is our responsibility to respond with ethical behaviour and service of G-d. This is the purpose of our temporary life on earth, and the level of our success determines our place in an eternal reality.
Satan is indeed G-d's angel (messenger) sent with the explicit purpose of making us the best we can be - challenging us to do the right thing by presenting a not-so-clear choice. Remember Deuteronomy 30 - choose between life and good, or death and evil - and we are perfectly capable of making the right choice. Satan is sent to not throw you off the righteous path, but to help you walk it in a more confident way.
Hashem gives us all our challenges in order for us to overcome them and become stronger. Only in adversity do we grow; otherwise, we would not advance at all. It doesn't mean Hashem sends Satan to drive you into evil; He sends Satan so you could choose good and therefore become more like Hashem.
The statement you quoted correctly states that evil is created only by the absence of good. Speaking in more spiritual terms, G-d is the ultimate good, and everything is G-d, so evil appears with G-dlessness. We are constantly challenged to stay on the side of light, on the side of good, on the side of G-d - that way, we are actually active participants in the process of creation.
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
I have no biblical authority over the subject and I am stating things from memory. My main question still resides though:
Why is that God created Satan and then allowed Satan to grow his powers to be equal to or greater than God's?
Originally posted by etherical waterwave
well, good does have a payoff. Some take it in silence. Some do too but loose the power of it. Doing good while one would not appreciate it is made noticed in the intuition and then one would not make the act but do another thing.
Do you get me?
Originally posted by etherical waterwave
reply to post by Abovo
Maybe I was wrong somehow.
Living life is being a good person. Evil is not life. As jesus is the way we don't do evil. Good pays off and is appreciated. Not really a subject to discuss.
Originally posted by Abovo
I often wonder about that myself. Unless Satan's power has certain limitations or domains of influence? As an example, let's say Satan's influence is restricted to material influence only? Leaving other area's of providence unaffected?
Originally posted by kinglizard
reply to post by etherical waterwave
I guess my point is if abandoning God is caused by evil but evil didn't exist we would have no freewill.
Freewill means choice....if the root of evil (Satan) didn't exist we would be Gods robot army with no freewill....we would have to love and follow him....God didn't want that...which is why the root of evil needs to exist....it gives us freewill.