God had to let this be settled,
Why? We've been taught to "turn the other cheek" if insulted, etc. To suggest that God couldn't do the same to Satan (if literal interaction between him and Satan in heaven in the book of Job), would seem to suggest not a "big-hearted" God. [b] Why couldn't God say to Satan, in front of all the other angels, "You are wrong, I am right, I am God, and I will not stoop to your level." And He could have destroyed Satan right there, period.
Why did God have to prove His point to satisfy the angels questioning about His right to rule the universe? He is God, thus He has the right and power. If He really is All Good and All Love, then He doesn't need puny humans to prove that point - He is the Point.
Not even the Bible says that the non-believer does not return. I am unable to reconcile why an all-powerful, loving God would deny any afterlife he has planned for humans, simply because the person was not able to become convinced of his existence.
I've been wondering about that point too. What does God want from us? What is our test - to survive His test? To love him? To obey him? To do good works? All the above? What if we succeed in doing one or two better then all?
I have raised as many as 12/15 dogs-cats at a time (outdoors, btw), most liked me a lot - some of the cats could have cared less. Did I kill the cats because they didn't show love for me like my Labradors?
Would I be considered the more intelligent, more loving and emotionally secure ruler if I had killed the cats who didn't obey, or love, me? But one dumb old female was an excellent mother - loved to watch her with her kittens. However, she was aloof and somewhat void of personality and expression, ugly to boot. But she excelled in what she was good at - would it be All Loving and All Kind to kill her because she did not love me?
I know this does not explain my point well, but we are taught that "God's ways are above our ways, His thought above our thoughts." We are "grasshoppers" in his eyes. Pawns in the game between Satan and Jehovah. Subjects to let die horrible deaths to prove His point to the angels.
Perhaps that's not much different than me having life and death over my animals. After all, I can legally kill them - and I can love them - or just leave them alone. Not much different than God and us in a lot of ways.
Sure glad my dogs love me so I don't have to kill them.