Suppose we define the natural realm to consist of whatever is naturally occurring in nature, and whatever is created by man. We have then that the natural realm consists of man, woman, animals, vegetation, fruits, fish, birds, buildings, cars, computers etc.
Suppose we define the spiritual realm to consist of God and God’s enemies. We have then that the spiritual realm consists of God, God’s helpers such as angels, and God’s enemies, whom we conveniently can refer to as the devil and fallen angels who owe allegiance to the devil.
If the spiritual realm exists as an end in of itself, the spiritual realm does not generate any reality within the natural realm. We have then that God created man and everything else, put natural laws in motion, then left man to himself and herself. Within this rubric, God cannot be blamed for suffering on earth. Mankind’s evil tendencies cannot be blamed on either of God or the devil. The earth simply is whatever mankind makes of it. God is not capricious, the devil does not tempt. God and the devil duke it out in the realm of the spiritual without any consequences whatsoever for all of mankind.
But what then is purpose of creating without caring whatsoever what happens to your creation? What exactly is purpose of opposing God if it does not change anything whatsoever? Since the devil cannot by definition defeat God, the only way he can get at God is by taking some allegiance away from Him. But then he already achieved that historically otherwise there would not be any fallen angels. Under the assumption that God would be forced to destroy the devil if he were to succeed at deceiving all of God’s angels, any attempt at securing more fallen angels can in the long-run be counter productive. The devil would be better off setting himself up in some dark corner of the universe enjoying adoration of fallen angels. That would be a better equilibrium than fighting God, winning, then being destroyed. In the equilibrium within which the devil fights God, even when he wins, he loses. The only equilibrium favorable to the devil? Setting himself up as prince in some dark corner of the universe.
Suppose the spiritual realm exists only so God can impose His will on the natural realm. We have then that the devil and fallen angels exist to prevent God from imposing His will on the natural realm.
Within this rubric, God can be capricious or loving.
If God is capricious, the devil by definition is out of a job — God can do all of the evil and tempting that needs be done in the natural realm all by Himself. If the devil attempts to outdo God at doing evil, he shows himself no different from God, renders any claims to uniqueness and difference from God unreliable — claims that are foundations of any rebellion against God. In presence of a capricious God, we conclude the devil again simply parks himself in some corner of the universe, enjoys adoration of fallen angels.
If God is loving, the devil exists to thwart demonstrations of God’s love and endear mankind to himself. If the devil also seeks to be loving, we again find he is no different from God and he loses any relevance.
But while God is loving, He is imposing Himself, meaning man is treated much like a programmed robot — no choices. But if man is programmed, and God is God, how exactly can it be possible for the devil to override man’s programming? After all, since God created the devil, God’s programming must by definition have override power over that of the devil. Since God is not capricious and man does not have any choice, love demands that God overrides any attempts by the devil at inducing man to deviate from good programmed by God, for adoption of evil desired by the devil.
We find then that in presence of a loving God who imposes Himself on mankind there cannot be any evil on earth.
In light of clear evidence for evil on earth, inclusive of needless evil committed by man against fellow man, or by woman against fellow woman, and clear evidence of good on earth — inclusive of good which cannot be directly attributed to mankind — clearly the spiritual realm does not exist for imposition of God on man.
If the spiritual realm exists only so God can impose Himself, all unexplained events either will be evil, evidencing a capricious God, or good, evidencing a loving God.
In presence of evidence for both unexplained good and unexplained evil on earth, we conclude that the spiritual realm does not exist for imposition of God on man. This because the argument lacks any merit, is not supported by factual evidence.
Finally, suppose the spiritual realm exists primarily for aiding of mankind either in pursuit of good purposefully adopted, or evil purposefully adopted. We find that a loving God provides aid to those who purposefully choose what is good. We also find that the devil provides aid to those who purposefully choose what is evil. We find then a world filled with explicable good or evil attributable to mankind, and inexplicable good or evil done respectively by God or the devil as part of aid provided to good or evil people. God finds joy in aiding what is good, and thwarting the devil’s attempts at support for evil. The devil finds macabre joy in support for evil and attempts at thwarting God’s aid for what is good.
Suppose we reverse the labels, God supporting evil, the devil supporting good. Well, all we have to do is relabel the ‘devil’ ‘God’, and ‘God’ the ‘devil’ and we find that God supports what is good, the devil what is evil. The only clear difference?
Who exactly has power that only can belong to the Creator?
The evidence over the course of history, evidence which demonstrates good ultimately triumphs over evil every time, is consistent with the Creator God aiding what is good, the devil aiding what is evil.
If God and the devil really do exist, we find that only in the third and final scenario does the devil stand to gain anything meaningful from his rebellion against God. We conclude then that God is loving and has given man the power to choose either of purposeful good, or purposeful evil. We conclude also that the spiritual realm exists not for imposition of God on mankind, but as an aid to mankind, such that each of those who choose good or evil have access to resources for accomplishment of their objectives. Since God again by definition must have more resources at His disposal, He must be expected to win out in support for good over evil. It must be the case then that the devil gains only via capacity for inducement of more people to rebel against choosing of purposeful good. Whenever the devil is able to convince mankind to choose purposeful evil, he can go “in your face” at God.
But suppose we choose the first scenario — God and the devil in the spiritual realm, mankind in the natural realm, both realms dichotomous. The problem? Whenever those who choose evil outnumber and are greater in power than those who choose what is good, whatever will mankind do? Would it not be much better for those who choose good to have God be able to step in and provide aid needed for overcoming of evil?
Consider that when the Japanese attacked the United States during Pearl Harbor they simultaneously brought in help for good against evil. The attack was meaningless — America was neutral — meaning God may have confused the Japanese so America jumps into the Second World War, changing the entire tide of the war. Without entry by the United States into the Second World War, Britain and Russia may not have succeeded at defeating Hitler and the Japanese. Even if they could have stopped Hitler, they likely would have ceded all of Asia to the Japanese. There was no way Britain and Russia could have defeated both Hitler and the Japanese. Imagine all of Asia in deflation for decades.
Personally, I would love to have power to choose purposeful good, and aid from God for achievement of purposeful good. That combination it seems to me is much better than depending on balance of evil and good in the world for making of decisions about good and evil.
The only Book that is foundation of a cadre of spirituality which discusses interactions between the natural and spiritual realms, and adopts the third and final context for explaining of life on earth?
For God did so love the world, that His Son — the only begotten — He gave, that every one who is believing in Him may not perish (from evil brought into the world by evil men or women and the devil), but may have life age-during (life that endures for all time) — John 3:16, Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible, amplifications in brackets mine.