Did God send Jesus into the desert and then ordered Satan to test him? Some "christians" believe this, that Satan is only a servant of God whom God uses to test us humans and if we fail the tests then God's wrath is upon us. I think that this is totally sick and it simply cannot be. This would be totally twisted and this would mean that all the evil things which Satan does are basically ordered by God and this would mean that God uses Satan to carry out the "dirty works". This is totally twisted. What would you reply to somebody who says something like this? The problem is that Job for example looks like God uses Satan to test Job. I guess that this notion that God uses Satan comes from such passages such as Job. For example who killed the firstborns in Egypt? Was this Satan? What I don't understand: Why does Satan always do what God expects him to do? For example in the bible Paul says somewhere that if christians are rebellious they shall be handed over to Satan, why? Because Satan shall somehow punish them and then they shall come back to God. But why does Satan do this when he knows that God expects him to do just this? Wouldn't it be much smarter of Satan to simply do exactly the opposite of which God expects him to do? For example why did the satanic angel harass Paul? Why didn't he leave him alone because God allowed Paul to be harassed? This means that God wanted Paul to be harassed, but why did the angel do it?