I heard two very intelligent Catholic men talking on Firing Line from decades ago where William F. Buckley was interviewing Malcolm Muggeridge who made the comment that the devil’s purpose is often the same as God’s purpose. That struck me as very odd. So I thought about it and decided it was not true. I was also surprised that Buckley allowed the comment to pass without a challenge.
To prove his point, Muggeridge said the devil meant to kill Jesus and God also meant to have Jesus die. Here’s the thing. Two people aiming to do the same thing does not imply they have the same purpose. The devil’s PURPOSE was to foil God’s plan of redemption. God’s purpose was to provide to sinners the perfect sacrifice to atone for their sins. Hence, the devil and God had different purposes. I’m surprised when brilliant people get it wrong. Listen close and don’t be misled by men, whether it be a Malcolm Muggeridge or a Jordan Peterson or a some supposed expert in spiritual things.