Fridge: Faust: Second Part of the Tragedy

Fridge Brilliance

  • God could never actually lose his wager with Mephistopheles. At the end of the day, it is God himself who decides who gets redeemed and who doesn't. So Mephistopheles' bet that he could tempt Faust into squandering his eternal salvation would have required God agreeing on objective criteria as to when Faust's salvation would be considered forfeit.