That’s not my assumption. I believe in free will.
Who has guilt? Pilot? Jesus didn’t deny the accusation that he had claimed to be the King of the Jews, a crime against the state, and so Pilot responded with the standard punishment. I have read that from the Roman POV, all Jesus likely had do to was say that he didn’t claim to be the King of the Jews and Pilot would probably have let him go, as Pilot had no interest in Jesus religeous teachings.
Does it matter how he ended up before Pilot to face this accusation?
I don’t think that’s a deep quesiton at all, but a non-starter. If God can manipulate Satan, then the entire Great Controversy is a fallacy. We must all have free will, including all of the heavenly beings, or there is no point in what the church teaches, that we are here so that all beings in the universe can see what sin causes and how fair God is and so on and so on.
Well that’s just the point. Christians teach that the OT points to a Messiah that would die for our sins, that this was the plan that God and Jesus came up with as a solution for sin. In order for the plan to work, it seems God depended on the players in the plan to do what they did.
Just as Assyria was the rod of God’s anger against Israel in Isiah 10:
Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger—
the club in their hands is my fury!
Against a godless nation [Israel] I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take spoil and seize plunder,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
Similarly, the Romans were God’s tool in the story of Jesus’ death.
The Assyrians were not chastised in the bible for attacking Israel. Neither were the Romans, who executed Jesus for crimes against the state. Both did the will of God as revealed in the bible.
Satan didn’t kill Jesus. The bible teaches he was not allowed to raise a finger against him, but could only tempt him directly.
I never wrote that God manipulated anyone, nor to I believe that to be the case. The church teaches that God and Jesus came up with this plan, that Jesus must die for sins. I don’t really think it mattered how he died, and the Cross was just a favorite Roman tool of terror.
Well I don’t know. I’m not God. The church teaches that Jesus’ death was required for salvation. I’m not sure I have ever really understood how that works, as it doesn’t really make sense to me. But that is generally the position of Christianity. Not just that he did die, but that he had to die. That is what I was taught.
The specific method of Jesus’ death is irrelevant. It doesn’t make any sense to suggest that Satan was involved in God’s plan for salvation, unless he’s just a really good sport or something. If Satan understood that Jesus’ death was the key to his defeat (which seems the case given the NT account) then he’d have done everything he could do to stop it.
That is, assuming he could manipulate people to do his will, which I don’t accept any more than I think God manipulates people to do His will.