There is no philosopher so exacting as a seven-year-old with his own Bible. I had a few hours alone in the car with my eldest (7) and my youngest (1) today, and while the baby slept, Encyclopedia and I had a good talk.
Encyclopedia Boots: God loves everyone, right? So does He love Satan?
Me: I really don’t know, but I don’t think so. I think He must have loved him once, when He created him, because we know that Satan was the morning star.
How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
Satan knew God in heaven, in a way that we can’t know Him here on earth. Yet he freely chose to rebel against Him. We know that God hates sin and pride and arrogance, and Satan has chosen not only to do, but in effect, to personify these things:
There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
The Bible says that light has no fellowship with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14), so I think that God has no fellowship or love for Satan, who is evil. We were separated from God through our sin. He couldn’t look at us. I think Satan has separated Himself from God’s love through his choices.
Encyclopedia : But God still loved us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8).
Me: Yes, but I think Satan’s sin is different, since He was already in Heaven when He sinned. His choice was so much more of an affront to God, since he was one of His angels.
Encyclopedia : If Satan got cast out of heaven, can people ever be cast out of heaven?
Me: No, I don’t think so, because we are making our choice now, on earth, to follow God.
My seven-year-old, as I’ve said before, is a deep thinker. As you can see, my answer got weaker towards the end of this segment of conversation. I think I’m right, but I just don’t know how to support it. I would love any thoughts you may have, to maybe take me a little further, or even redirect me if I’m going off-base!
I have a feeling I’m going to have to be very diligent in studying theology with this little student in the house.