Through Faith in Jesus
Why God allow the satan roaming free in the Universe???
I was reading Revelation last night about how satan is released from the Abyss once more and then gathers a great army to come against God's city. It's incredible that in such a wonderful environment of the Kingdom of God that even then souls refuse faith in Christ and allegiance to Him (a testament to the falleness of human nature).
As I was reading it seemed that one result of satans's release exposes the truth of where each soul really stands with God. For Him or against Him. Hearts exposed in resulting actions which then shows God's absolute righteousnes and justice in His dealings with those who align themselves in such rebellion.
I do wonder if God permits satan's activities, up to a point within God's sovereignty, to test hearts at times, to prove character. Satan would seek to destroy humans, God seeks to see if there's faith and perhaps to see if one demonstrates evidence of faith, or increased faith, which is more precious than gold to Him..
Paul spoke of handing 2 guys, who'd shipwrecked their faith, over to satan....it seems in a disciplining measure:
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.
It seems they lost their moral compass somehow and satan was permitted to be used as a tool to bring discipline (perhaps to teach and shape Godly character back into their lives).
1 Tim 1:19-20
By the way, the fact that this was for learning discipline to me shows how one can actually be saved but can sure look like an unsaved person (only God knows the heart).