So there is this thought I have been sitting on, and I’m not sure how to tactfully or sensitively present it. I actually wrote on it, but deleted it when I decided the tone was just a little too “flip” for the subject. I want to talk about Satan. (I can hear the Church Lady right now… ) Or rather, I want to pose a question that has been bouncing around in my brain. Please keep in mind that my brain is sopping in pregnancy hormones, and I may be nowhere near rational, and I wouldn’t have a clue. If there is doctrine or even opinion out there on this, I would be fascinated to hear it.
So, as I contemplate my own parenting, or lack thereof these days, I find myself thinking about how our parenting is a microcosm of the Lord’s macrocosm. I have an unruly second son who is really trying my patience these days, and forgive the serious stretch, but I find myself wondering if the Lord also loves his unruly second son. Which leads me to ask, when all is said and done, the prophesies are fulfilled, and the sorting done, will there ever be forgiveness for Satan?
This is not a question I am aching to stand up and ask the ladies in Relief Society, and the very idea of “googling” anything with the word “Satan” in it is ludicrous- I would get back miles of crap and nothing close to resembling a real answer. But I can’t shake the question.
Satan was originally Lucifer, Son of the Morning Star, and was, I assume, loved by his Father. Now, knowing what I do (limited, at best) of the pre-mortal existence, and by extension, the Plan of Salvation, isn’t Satan, in his fallen state, still fulfilling an important part of his Father’s Plan? Would our agency and ability to make the choices that progress us towards exaltation be possible without temptation and sin in the world? In other words, could we really choose Good, if there were no Bad?
And, if Satan is necessary, is it possible that the forgiveness, love and miracle of the atonement could cover even him? In my mind, this seems likely- the atonement is infinite, and the love of Christ without measure. It is impossible for me to imagine the Lord does not love his bad children- even the baddest of them all. So if I, in my fallen state here in mortality, can see how much a parent loves a child, even when they are bad, how much greater must be the love of God?
Is there any doctrine on this? Or am I just way out in left field?