So we're supposedly created in god's image, what "He" thinks is an ideal being. How do you explain all the people on death row who have raped, murdered, disfigured, etc?
Were they Satan's batch or something?
I'm just trying to learn.
(For argument's sake)
I don't think that God was creating an ideal being. I think that if God exists and He created humans He created humans to have some attributes of such as intelligence, free will, etc.
Shoot, if we believe that God created everything, then He also created the laws of physics, etc. that govern the entire universe, to include the earth and all the plants, animals (which includes humans), etc. Humans would then be the one creature that He created to have more of his attributes. Not perfect at all. Humans are, as we know very flawed.
Some people seem to think that God is some dude in the sky that is playing a game like chess with humans and the world. I don't see it that way. Instead the way I see it (if He exists) He started the process a long time ago (Big Bang?) and the entire thing is just doing what the laws of physics, etc. determine.
The universe is a harsh place. Humans are a very small part of that. Does God favor us? Don't know. The way the Bible describes it, our bodies are hosts for souls (spirits) that have a lesson to learn by living a life on earth in a human body.
Satan? The Bible talks about Satan... a fallen angel who has challenged God and is playing with us to show God that he's not such a hot shot after all.
What I do know is that evil exists in that there are people who purposely do horribly evil things and even enjoy doing evil. Is Satan involved? Don't know. I think that the Bible tries to explain why evil exists and that there seems to be a constant fight between good and evil in the nature of humans.