I made him just and right,
Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.
Such I created all the ethereal Powers
And Spirits, both them who stood, and them who fail’d;
Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell.
Not free, what proof could they have given sincere
Of true allegiance, constant faith or love,
Where only what they needs must do appear’d,
Not what they would? what praise could they receive?
What pleasure I from such obedience paid,
When will and reason (reason also is choice)
Useless and vain, of freedom both despoil’d,
Made passive both, had serv’d necessity,
Not me?

John Milton, Paradise Lost.” Book III, lines 98-111.

God’s explanation of how he gave Satan free will, and thus able to rebel, is good parenting advice. You should make sure your kids are sufficient to stand, though free to fall.


June 5, 1667

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