Spiritual Warfare Forum: can Satan repent?
can Satan repent? QUESTION from debbie on May 6, 2002 My friend says even Satan may repent in the end and is praying for this. I think that Satan and the fallen angels don't have souls, and grace not available to them. My gut feeling is that praying for Satan is very displeasing to Jesus and Mary, It is also dangerous because praying for people always increases ones love of them. My friend is a practicing Catholic, keeps telling me that Nothing is impossible with God and that I lack faith in saying Satan is beyond redemption God bless, debbie
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on May 19, 2002 Dear Debbie:
Your friend is HIGHLY mistaken and misinformed. Satan and his minions cannot repent. It is not possible.
The angels were in the beatific vision of God. They were given free will just as we have. But when they made the decision to follow God or reject God they made that decision in perfect and complete knowledge.
We do not have perfect knowledge thus we must have faith. Because of that we can change our minds once we gain a new piece of knowledge.
Put it this way. If a person is not knowledgable about Math he might change his mind about the answer to 1 + 1. He changes his mind because he does not know for sure.
But how can a person change his mind when he KNOWS ABSOLUTELY that 1 + 1 = 2. There is nothing to base a change of mind. 1 + 1 = 2.
The angels were in that absolute knowledge. Thus when Lucifer and the 1/3 of the angels rebelled against God they did it with perfect knowledge. They knew what they were doing. There is no going back -- just as there is no going back to thinking 1 + 1 = 5 once your KNOW that it is actually 1 + 1 = 2.
To put it another way, you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. Once you decide to squeeze the tooth paste is out of the tube.
This is what it was like for the Angels.
We will be like this too when we go to heaven or hell. Once we are in heaven there is no repenting because we are in perfect knowledge of God. Once in hell there is no repenting because we have chosen to reject God. The gates of hell are locked from the inside.
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