Interesting thread! I'll interject that God, according to Hinduism, has many manifestations and is expressed in the unfolding of many gods. Together, like branches of a tree, they compose portions of an absolute. God, as the absolute is neither good nor evil, and is not seperate from satan or anything. There is no opposition between the two, just as there is no opposition between your left arm and your right arm. How do we know either has a gender. I am careful not to use he or she. As incarnations of the divine presence that is individual (seemingly divided from the whole) they could even be lovers! Opposites attract...after all. The good and evil eternal battle could be a farse, used as a tool to help prepare the children of creation. Belief that they are ultimately seperate is a sure sign of the dualistic mind at work...which is incapable of seeing the fluid and smooth connections that the whole and absolute is composed of. Also, God is not confined to the western world's view of what God is, and the same for Satan. I have personally experienced the Almighty in the manifestation of Kali, the Divine Mother gives birth to time, the universe, and its life. She made her presence known to me. Is there a God above her, no...none. In fact, she is said to be on top of Shiva when complete...the male and the female are one. She is the active force while he is passive. Is there any above Shiva...no. Above Lakshmi or Brahma....no. Above Vishnu, the preserver, again no. Is your god greater then their god, no. Is their god greater then your god, no. To answer yes is to misunderstand the grand glory of the divine. I have also encountered Satan face to face. Can you say the same... It goes even further then that... Setting aside the details, I would say of this encounter that Satan was the most pissed off entity I have ever encountered, the rage of a million earths could not come close. This leaves me wondering why the anger, is it also a tool used for a better good, or an outrage at some wrong doing, or the petty whim of an unsatified ego...could it be all three or even more... or that one is at one time correct and at another time incorrect... Neverfly, I also heard this story, an many occasions. I have heard variations as well. I think it serves a purpose, though to rely on it as the final truth would be mistaken. As I have come to see, the all good GOD and the all evil Satan are tools of the ALL OMNIPRESENT SPIRIT that never chooses against anyone, knowing full well what each and every being truly is. Also, the all good GOD and the all evil Satan may take on such a reality during a timespan, but neither is condemned to be as such forever. All things change, nothing stays the same forever. And though this may riddle some, nothing ever changes, it stays as it always was!