I know Gods ways our not our ways, nor Gods thoughts our thoughts but I cant seem to understand why after creating a beautiful and perfect world, a Man and Woman etc would God put anything in the world that could bring about the downfall of man. Ive thought about this quite alot, I cannot recall reading anything in the OT regarding why it was there. Why was the Tree of Knowledge put in the Garden of Eden? In conjunction with my question I've wondered why Satan was cast down to earth? I mean Adam and Eve were on the earth, I know the Almighty knew that by casting Satan out and sending him to reside on the earth that that could create a problem for His creation....so I dont get it, is there something I'm missing? Why Didnt God just destroy satan outright? He could do it in the blink of an eye. God doesnt make mistakes, hence why I'm asking the questions.