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Did God Create The Devil?
by Wayne Blank
The horrendously wicked spirit-being that we now know as Satan has not always existed. He was created by God, not as the evil loser (see The Lame Duck) that he is now, but as the above Scripture describes, created perfect in wisdom and beauty. Satan was, at a time long ago, perfectly righteous and obedient before God. Put another way, at one time, Satan could have been one of the best friends that any Christian could have!
But Satan went bad, very bad -
"How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! [or Lucifer, which means light-bringer] You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like The Most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14)
Satan didn't just refuse to obey God any longer, which was bad enough; he actually tried to overthrow God! The attempted coup failed of course, as described by Jesus Christ: "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Luke 10:18) (see A Picture O Heaven). This would have occurred long before His birth in Bethlehem as a human (see Rock Of Ages). Satan was still on earth during the time of Jesus' ministry (see Go Ahead, Jump! and That Old Serpent), and was directly involved in His betrayal by Judas Iscariot (see Why Did He Do It?).
God created the perfectly-righteous Lucifer, by God's choice. Lucifer created the absolutely-wicked Satan, by Lucifer's choice. Lucifer, and all of the millions of angels had the power of choice - to obey, or to rebel. Most chose to obey God, while some followed Satan's rebellion and have become hopelessly corrupt (see Could Satan Repent?).
Couldn't God have known ahead of time that Satan would rebel? Yes, He could have - but, maybe, He chose not to. Almighty God can do, or not do, absolutely anything that He wishes.
Why did God allow choice? Well, using human marriage as an analogy, would you want to be married, forever, to someone who had absolutely no choice in the matter? Or, would you want to be married to someone who personally chose to spend their life with you?
The angels were not created like mindless machines. Biblical accounts of them show that they are individuals with powers of reason. Good angels are capable of patience, joy, compassion, curiosity, and sometimes anger. Angels have personal names e.g. Michael and Gabriel. Chances are, there is at least one with you right now (see Your Guardian Angel).
God did not force the angels to obey Him. Was anything at risk? Not really. Even though angels are very powerful, God remained, and will always remain, absolutely supreme in power and authority over any number of them (see Why Demons Are Afraid Of You). The only thing lost when an angel rebels against Him is the angel's own glorious future - a principle of choice that applies as much to humans, as it does to angels.
Fact Finder: Does God want us to choose life?