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God Has Feelings Too The purpose Milton tells the reader of his epic poem Paradise Lost is to justify the ways of God to men 126 Milton attempts to do this by humanizing both God and Satan As Dennis Richard Danielson points out Milton seeks to strengthen his argument by means of the assumption that certain norms of meaningfulness are common to God and man alike Richardson 103 Although Satan is portrayed as a character who possesses qualities that many people can relate to including ambition determination imperfection shown by his failure to overthrow God and spitefulness toward authority Milton also shows that God is superior It is by examining the reasoning behind Gods creation of Adam and Eve the location God chose for Adam and Eve to live and the way God treated them that Milton is able to explain the ways of God to man In Paradise Lost Milton clearly indicates that God was a loving God and is also vulnerable to the effects his creations decisions have on Him Milton does not describe the creation of the angels but the Christian faith teaches that God created everything including Heaven and the angels When one-third of Gods angels rebel against him he becomes very angry at the deliberate disobedience and expels them from Heaven into Hell Instead of creating more angels God decides to make man Was this new creation a way for God to see if he could correct a mistake God made man with free will as he did the angels But God does not take man up to Heaven to live with him where man would be safe from Satan instead he places Adam and Eve on earth where man there placed with purpose to assay If him by force he can destroy or worse By some false guile pervert 390-93 God puts Adam and Eve in a situation in which they can be and are tricked
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