So i am starting a study of the Jewish faith and the first markedly different theology to Christianity i find is the belief that God creates evil, that angels do not have free will but are simply messengers of God or extensions of him, like puppets on a string. This extends as far as Satan who simply is an agent of God who has the role of testing humanity with the hope that their faith increases. Must admit this was something of a shock when i first read it. Looking at the Rabbi’s explanations and scriptural evidence they are clearly able to argue their case from scripture eg looking at the role of Satan in the book of Job.
So where does the Christian belief in angels with free will and Satan as chief fallen angel who is in direct opposition to God start to emerge. As he Jews point out the Satan is rarely even mentioned in the Jewish bible but he is all over the place in the New Testament. I would be interested as well in any followers of Judaism who might give their view on why people have an innate sense of evil as something separate from God, if there is no independent force of evil that influences us, no battle in the heavens between good and evil, and God created evil to test us, why is it that man is capable of such depths of depravity.