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The question comes to Job (from the Book of Job, natch), “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? … when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?” (NRSV) So going back to the point where I overheard that Lucifer was the creator of pain: that would make none of our woe from God, at all, wouldn’t it? One has to think that though God is omnipotent, that His brightest angel would still have been a handful if he were to rebel and turn a third of the angels to his side. Angels have perfect knowledge, and so, in seeing where his actions led, Lucifer must have concluded that he was going to win when he undertook to become Evil. Else he would not have done so.

Suddenly you would have had heavenly (read: very powerful) beings without any rules, grabbing for whatever power they can get their hands on, wreaking as much havoc as havoc as they could along the way. It would be a BIG DEAL. Victory would lie on a razor’s edge, so faint it would have escaped Lucifer’s notice. And because God is not the type to wave His hand and magically make things right again, this was real and true danger to all that was, all that is, all that is to be. Remember, the Lord watched all 13.8 billion years pass before He came down to our sphere: this is not a hand waver. There is a certain magic to how He does everything (also we who serve Him), but it is the magic of work. God is love, not magic, and not luck. But know, as He knew, that we would win.

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