Ok, so this is the question that is still on the minds of many people. It's one thing to know how sin and suffering came into being. But another
thing to understand why it is permitted to continue.
Now have a real good think about this. If God was to destroy Satan the moment he sinned, what would go through the minds of all the other angels?
Fear would enter into their hearts right? And then they would end up serving God out of fear rather than love, which would destroy
the very reason that God created heavenly beings and humans in the first place. And not only that, the universe
could also be in a permanent cycle of sin and destruction. Someone sins, God destroys them, someone else sins and God destroys them. Then there wouldn't be an understanding
of what sin is and why God is destroying those who sin. And the universe would never be a place of harmony and peace again.
Remember this also. Satan sucessfully caused a third of all God's angels to rebel and join him. Which means Satan was able to cast doubts in the
minds of the angels. So if God just destroyed Satan and the angels who followed him, then the angels who didn't join with Satan could forever
be left with doubts in their minds. And even if God just destroyed all of His creation and started again, there would be no guarantee that it
wouldn't happen again. So God HAD to have a plan to rid the universe of sin FOREVER.
First, God HAD to let Satan's rebellion take it's full course, so that the universe could see the wicked nature of Satan's plans. Until fully
developed, Satan's rebellion would not appear the evil thing that it was. But through the death, suffering and destruction in this world, and by torturing
and nailing the Son of God, Jesus Christ to the cross on Calvary, the whole of God's creation beheld the true intent of Satan and his sin. The unfallen
heavenly angels could now see the path Satan chose was wrong.
Second, God HAS to let sin and destruction (suffering) continue in this world in order for the RESULT of sin to be seen by all. And by seeing the
result and utter suffering because of sin, it will stop sin and rebellion from rising up a second time.
"Satan's rebellion was to be a lesson to the universe through all coming ages, a perpetual testimony to the nature and
terrible results of sin. The working out of Satan's rule, its effects upon both men and angels, would show what must be the fruit of setting
aside the divine authority." (E.White, The Great Controversy, Ch. 29)
The same spirit that prompted rebellion in heaven still continues it's rebellion on earth. Wherever the great moral law of Jehovah is rejected,
there sin and destruction and suffering ensues. And this is the great lesson that the whole universe HAD to learn. The RESULT of sin. And
it is through this lesson of history, that once sin has been destroyed after the second coming of Christ Jesus, the entire universe will
enjoy peace and harmony, and sin will not rise up again.
The true character of Satan has been exposed. And the true character of God has also been shown ... 'The Lord God, merciful and gracious,
long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will
by no means clear the guilty.' (Exodus 34:6-7). And it was this same merciful God who gave His only-begotten Son as a perfect sacrifice
for sin, so that you and I could be forgiven.
"The mighty argument of the cross demonstrates to the whole universe that the course of sin which Lucifer had chosen was
in no wise chargeable upon the government of God." (E.White, The Great Controversy, Ch. 29)
Why does God allow suffering? For the whole universe to see the nature and RESULT of sin. So that it will never rise up again, as the
Word of God confirms ... Nahum 1:9 ...'Affliction shall not rise up the second time.' ... Yes, we may suffer now, but all who turn
from sin and give their lives to Christ Jesus have the blessed hope of the resurrection and eternal life to come in peace and happiness!
Please remember. God loves every one of His created beings more than you and I could understand. And all throughout history, He has witnessed
EVERY SINGLE PERSON and animal that has ever suffered. And it pains Him to see just one person suffering. BUT He HAS to let this thing play out in order
to rid the universe of sin forever, for the benefit of those who do His will. Our Heavenly Father is a God of love, there can be no doubt!