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Warfare-Theodicy

"An enemy did this," he replied.

   - Jesus ; Matthew 13.28


No theodicy that does not take the Devil fully into consideration is likely to be persuasive.

   - Jeffrey B. Russell ; Mephistopheles


For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

   - Paul ; Ephesians 6.12


Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon with his angels fought back, 8 but he was too weak, and they lost their place in heaven.The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent who led the whole world astray, whose name is the Devil, or Satan; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels with him.

   - John ; Revelation 12.7-9 (REB)


It's one of the oldest tricks in the book. The enemy comes and screws things up and then influences people to blame God for it . . . "Look what God is doing. What kind of sick God, what kind of Machiavellian tyrant would cause your child to die at such a young age? What kind of God would be causing all these disasters?" . . . There is an Accuser and the main one he accuses is God. His primary goal is character assassination.

   - Dr. Gregory Boyd ; An Enemy Has Done This


No one . . . who has not heard what is related of him who is called "devil," and his "angels," and what he was before he became a devil, and how he became such, and what was the cause of the simultaneous apostasy of those who are termed his angels, will be able to ascertain the origin of evils.

   - Origen ; First Principles


"I freely admit that real Christianity . . . goes much nearer to Dualism than people think . . . The difference is that Christianity thinks this Dark Power was created by God, and was good when he was created, and went wrong. Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel."

   - C.S. Lewis ; Mere Christianity


And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.

   - Moses, God's friend ; Genesis 2:15, The Amplified Bible


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