When Satan rebelled why did God not immediately destroy Him? What purpose could there be to allow Satan to “battle” God all this time? God was quick to destroy the Canaanites, yet he allows a far worse entity to live.
I could be wrong, but I believe God created Satan as immortal (just as our souls - including the souls of the dead - were created).
There is a difference between eternal death, and eternal life.
God does not eternally destroy humans and angels.
God creates. He does not destroy.
You must wonder why we need him tormenting us all the time?
All the rational beings that the Holy Trinity created have been given free to allow for the possibility of attaining full perfection.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
311 Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love. They can therefore go astray. Indeed, they have sinned. Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world. God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil.176 He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it:
For almighty God. . ., because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.177
391 … The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God …
392… Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels.269 This “fall” consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. …
1730 God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. “God willed that man should be ‘left in the hand of his own counsel,’ so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him.”
God allowed the Canaanites to be around for a very long time because their inequity had not yet peaked. This is repeated several times. Plus He didn’t actually literally wipe out all of the Canaanites or have the Israelites wipe out all of the Canaanites. The story is about the spiritual battle to remove sin and vice from our lives.
The purpose of Satan is for him to love and serve God and his neighbor. He doesn’t follow through with this purpose, but God permits him to exist and Satan’s temptations end up making the faithful stronger and their love deeper, if we cooperate with God to overcome.
Sure, but that doesn’t answer the question why not destroy Satan now that he has failed the possibility of attaining full perfection.
God’s creative will is not contingent on the free will of his creatures. A created person is aeviternal. What you’re suggesting is like saying that God made a mistake by creating spiritual beings who turned against him, as if he is not omniscient or was not aware of all the counterfactuals. We might as well ask, why create Lucifer in the first place?
It is an insight into the goodness of God that he sustains the existence of contingent persons who hate him. Our gift of existence is not withdrawn, no matter what we choose. However, we can turn this gift into a torment.
Because GOD is CREATION, not destruction.
Even through evil HE can bring good.
It is so easy to easy, oh this thing does not work the way I want lets obliterate it. Instead of saying, ah it does not work how can I fix it.
In other religions you see gods of creation and gods of destruction.
But the true GOD does not destroy HE creates.
This. In order for free will to exist, evil must be available both to angels and humans.
It was answered: “because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it.”
Se also Modern Catholic Dictionary which states:
Natural immortality belongs to all spiritual beings, namely the angels and human souls, who are created indeed and therefore begin, but since they are simple by nature and have no parts, they will not die, although absolutely speaking, they could be annihilated by an act of God.