Why does God give Satan
permission to test Peter?
I read with interest your article "Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People." I
found it enlightening. I do have a question about Luke 22:31: "Simon, Simon,
Satan has asked to sift you as wheat." Why does God gives Satan permission to
test the apostles?
Bible Answer: Your
question is a good one. This is a great example of how pride
removes us from Gods protection and causes us to trespass
into Satans territory. Pride is the original sin of the
universe. Satan committed this sin in heaven.
Since Satan committed the sin of pride, anyone who is prideful
trespasses into Satans territory.
This is what the disciples were doing in Luke 22. They were
strutting in pride, arguing who was the greatest among them.
Knowing this, Jesus saw that the disciples were in Satans
territory, and therefore Satan had every right to sift them.
Irene, I believe that Satan is a thief and steals from us
illegally, however I also believe that the only exception to this
is when we are in pride. Pride gives Satan divine permission to
test us. This is why the Bible says that "God opposes the
proud and gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). Our
ability to resist the devil is contingent on us humbling
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