the crowns gained through them as one of the saints said,
"None shall be crowned except the one who conquers, and none
shall conquer except the one who fights."
God intends these wars to test the freedom of our will, and to give us the opportunity to deserve the riches of the heavens if we conquer... As for the devil, it is his nature to resist God's kingdom and fight those who seek it. He fights God through His children and accuses them as in the case of Job the just (Job 1,2). He envies those who lead a life of righteousness, that they may not gain the divine blessing which he himself was deprived of.
Diabolic wars fight all; no one escapes from them.
H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Coptic Pope of the Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
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