A Thought Experiment: Imagine You Are Satan ...
Imagine there really is a Satan.
Satan was an Angel, the most beautiful of all, made by the Creator of the Universe, beloved of God.
He decided he'd rather not live under God's rule, but instead, would rather overthrow God.
God throws Satan out of heaven, down onto the Earth. Here he finds another created being; Man, whom God created in His Own Image, and whom He, for some inexplicable reason, regards as the Pinnacle of His Creation.
Satan decides he will fight a long war against God. He will win this war - killing Man off one person at a time - by convincing each one that he is NOT the Pinnacle of Creation, but is, instead, worthless and disgusting, made only to be ground into dust.
And for a long time it seems as if Satan's strategy is working. Man, believing he is worthless, sets to war against himself, and any others who look like him, killing one another with wild abandon.
But God fools Satan by providing an end run to victory for Himself, and man, in the form of a Salvation by which man is cleansed of his impurities, his fear, and his self-loathing, so that God can take up residence in the soul of each man on Earth.
Satan is dumbfounded.
NOW, IF YOU WERE SATAN, AND THIS HAD HAPPENED,
YOU SEE THAT YOU ARE NOW DEFEATED,
UNLESS YOU COME UP WITH THE PERFECT RELIGIOUS ANTIDOTE TO THIS NEW SALVATION?
WHAT WOULD YOU COME UP WITH?