Thank you for raising this subject. The Devil is very real. Many will say he is not but Jesus talked of him a lot. Paul the disciple wrote to Christians: "Satan masquerades (can appear to be) an angel of light." (2 Cor.11:14) Jesus said: "I saw Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning." And the night Jesus was arrested Luke records that: "Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot who was one of the twelve disciples." Judas told the Temple police where they could arrest Jesus without a crowd around, for 30 pieces of silver. Judas later suicided.

You can read about how Satan operates in the Bible. See Job chapters one and two. A very interesting book.

I guess that while Satan is alive there is a chance for him to repent. God did create him, so I guess the answer may be that Satan is God?' child and to kill him would be like killing your own son for a criminal act.

'Repent' meant to tell God that you are truly sorry for all the wrong things you have done.

Satan will, in the end, be punished in hell. The Bible says so in The Revelation.That is the last book in the Bible. You could read just the last few chapters to read 'the end.'

 

All such questions really go together. 'The end' really means the end of this civilisation, as we know it. The earth "will be burned up with fire" and there will be a new heaven and a new earth to replace it. And, with, no night, no tears or crying and no pain or death - forever!

I wonder a lot about this. How will He clean up the awful mess we have made of this lovely planet?

In Matthew 24:36 the disciples asked Jesus this question and He said: "No one knows that day...not the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Jesus' Father, God)

Jesus also said (of His Second Coming to earth): "I will come at an hour you'll not expect me." (Matthew 24:44)

Note: God's promises always come true.

I remember to this day the girl who asked me this question and I shall never forget her. A lovely girl whom I would be glad to welcome into any of my family gatherings...or just be on her Christmas card list. Very kind and good and I believe would never hurt anyone. Why? She knows what pain and anguish of heart is like...and would never inflict it on anyone.

I also get many pleas as to "WHY did that driver killed my son?" and many similar questions ... from innocent, hurting people.

I consider the cousin question the 'Mt. Everest' of all questions. One cannot climb Mt Everest alone - you need help - and the help I need to answer this one, I believe rests with God alone. A thoughtless quick answer can hurt more than the loss of the cousin ... stay away from quick answers.

So can God help me to answer this one? No-not often directly today, but I believe the Bible has something of an answer. Jesus said: "Just so, it is not my Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew Chapter 18:v.10) Please note that God regards those people under 20 years old to be not able to truly judge good and evil thinking, so are considered children. (Numbers Chapter 32 and verses 9-13.)

I believe that all children are considered innocent and go to heaven.

I have read of angels rescuing children and then vanishing and I know of 'co-incidences' for good that can only be explained as a miracle. (I have one of my own) But not in every case and I know not why! It baffles me a bit. When Jesus was on the earth He left many people unhealed - and went to other villages to tell the story of His 'Good news' and eternal life. This I do know: I have worked as a teacher in 'Special Education' for children with disabilities. Mostly the parents were more kind, more giving and more caring to other people; and added up, that makes this world a much better place. I think the same applies to the families of those who have suffered the pain of the loss of a family member. Is this one of the ways God uses to spread kindness? I think - Yes!

The untimely death of a child in an awful thing. And-Jesus does not allow us to know everything...I think that would be too heavy a load to carry. I believe that in heaven all the unexplained things we will be explained. I am looking forward to that because in 1968 my family had a four year old member die of cancer- and children still die of cancer today. But,many cures are being discovered for sicknesses of many sorts. It is all a puzzle to understand...but be assured, your cousin will be waiting in heaven for you.

This will have to be a long answer - as it is a most important question.

By a miracle from God.

Some Christians and many ordinary folk doubt this fact - but if Jesus was an ordinary human, born normally, He could not possibly do the things that Jesus did! To the Christians who cannot accept that it happened, well to them I say "what else do you not accept, do you not believe them too?"

God could not be with an ordinary human in the same way He was with Jesus, i.e. no miracles or healing and no resurrection either.

God prophesied to Eve, that: "one of your seed, (offspring - a human being), will bruise Satan's head." (Genesis 3:15)

And 500 years before Jesus was born the Prophet Isaiah wrote: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive." and "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulders. His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father and of His kingdom there shall be no end." (Isaiah 9:6)

Who else fits that role?

No ordinary person could - only Jesus could.

Further on, Isaiah wrote of the suffering and rejection of 'Him' and the words can only apply to the one who was crucified for us. This is all in Isaiah ch. 53

The Conception: Mary was engaged to Joseph when the Archangel Gabriel paid her a visit. Not many get a visit from him! Gabriel said: "Congratulations favoured lady, God is with you. You will have a child and you are to call him Jesus, for he will save the people from their sins." Mary said: "How can this be, for I am a virgin?" Gabriel went on: "The power of the Holy Spirit will overshadow you so that the child born to you will be utterly holy." Mary said: "I am the Lord's servant. I am willing to do what ever he wants."

So Jesus is actually God's Son and human in the same person.

When Joseph found out that she was pregnant, he did not report her (to have her stoned to death for adultery) but resolved to quietly divorce her. The Archangel Gabriel then appeared to him saying: "Do not be afraid to take Mary for your wife for she is with child from the Holy Spirit." Joseph agreed and Mary did have the baby Jesus. (Luke 1:26-39) Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

That location too was mentioned in prophecy, see Micah 5:2.

And 'wise men' from a long way away who knew about it, and came to 'see the new born king,' bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:9-12). So that is about how it happened. It requires faith to believe and enjoy the way God works out His purposes for all of us.

Fairly simple really. When we are young we think we will live forever ? death does not come into our thoughts. The Bible says: ?A man?s life is 70 years and 80 if he is fortunate.? When you get old we get tired of living. Some just want to die because life can be hard. Some want to live here forever ? I do not!

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The Answerer - Peter Harris, answered children's questions from his many years of teaching "Scripture" classes.
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