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If God loves all his creatures, then doesn’t he love Satan?

Question:

My eight-year-old asked me, "If God loves all his creatures, then doesn't he love Satan?" I told her that God cannot love sin and that Satan is sin. Please correct me if I'm wrong and help me find an answer that an eight-year-old and I can understand.

Answer:

Satan is not sin. Satan is a fallen angel who chose to turn away from God. When God created the angels, he created them good and gave them the free will to choose to love him or turn away from him. Because of their purely spiritual natures and their greater intellect, the choice of the angels was one irrevocable choice for God or for self. The fallen angels chose self. While God loves every being he has created, he will not force his love on anyone and will allow them to choose against him.

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