Spiritual Warfare Forum: can satan predict the furture? what "powers" does he have?
can satan predict the furture? what powers does he have? QUESTION from Elissa Maltzan on January 13, 2003 can satan predict the future? i am inclined to say he can't because that would suggest he is all-knowing. it also doesn't make sense because if he could predict the future, then he would know he's ultimately going to fail, so even making the attempt to become greater than God would be pointless. unless his goal wasn't to defeat God, but to simply bring down as many souls as possible. it just doesn't make sense that he can predict the future becuase that's always something i've attributed to only God.
also, what are satan's capabilities? what are his limitations? if he can't predict the future, what else can't he do? if he can, then where is his limit? what makes him lower than God besides the fact that God is great than him? what is it about God that makes Him greater than satan?
thank you and Godbless.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on January 20, 2003 Dear Miss Maltzan:
The devil has limitiations as do all creatures. Only God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipresent (present everywhere).
Just has humans have certain limitations due to our humanity (such as we cannot walk though a wall like a spirit can), angels, too, have limitations according to their essential place in creation.
Angels (and demons) cannot, for example, violate spiritual laws, read minds, foretell the future, force anyone to do anything or in any way interfere with man's free will, be everywhere at once, and do not know everything.
There is a good book that deals with this subject: Angels (and Demons): What Do We Really Know About Them? by Peter Kreeft
Peter Kreeft goes through all these questions about what angels and demons can and cannot do.
What is it about God that make Him greater than Satan? He is GOD, the Creator of all things. The angels, demons, human beings, planets, stars, animals, planets, etc. are all creations of the Creator and are subject to Him. All that exists can only exist because God sustains it. If God were to stop sustaining His Creation for even one nano-second the universe would disappear.
God is the Almighty, all knowing, all powerful Creator who's presence is everywhere and who's will allows the Universe to exist.
Up against God, Satan is nothing.
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