God Created Satan – Did God Create Evil?
Some Good Questions
I would say this is a 'strong meat' question (Heb 5:14). As I read and commented on a recent hub the question came up as to whether God created Satan to be evil, or whether God created all things ‘good’ (as we understand it) and evil just crept into the heart of the Archangel Lucifer from out of nowhere, causing him to entice a third of the angels to rebel against Michael and his angels, resulting in God casting Lucifer and his evil angels out of heaven to the earth. At that point, ‘Lucifer’ was renamed ‘Satan’, while his angels were renamed ‘demons’. Does the Bible support this doctrine? You might be surprised.
If God created Satan as an evil entity from the beginning, another question came up as to whether evil could even exist in heaven (i.e. before the war and subsequent fall).
Many people have also asked WHY God created Satan, or even allows him to exist. Was there a defect of some kind? Was God’s creation not good and perfect? Like ‘Lucifer’, Adam and Eve must have been created with a defect, too because they were not exempt from falling into temptation. This idea leads some to the opinion that God creates people with defects, including the propensity to sin, physical deformities and homo- or bi-sexual orientation. Therefore, they purport since people are naturally born to sin, they can be born Gay just as babies are born with deformities or disabilities. Bottom line is, if God created evil how can there be any righteous judgment?
As we delve into answering these questions, I will attempt to keep them brief and to the point. For further study, I will provide links to more of my hubs as they relate to the topics discussed. Let’s first start out with the war in heaven.
Lucifer and the War in Heaven
Rev 12:7-9 “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
To answer the first question, Lucifer is not named or mentioned in this passage at all. Do you see an Archangel waging war against Michael and his angels? No. The Dragon, the Serpent of Old, the Devil and Satan (the same entity) is the one waging war. There are three beasts shown in Revelation: The Dragon (Satan) who comes up out of the sea (Rev 12:3; 13:1); the Antichrist, who is the angel of the bottomless pit named Abaddon/Apollyon, aka the end-time king of Babylon (Isa 14; Rev 9:11; 11:7; 17:8); and the False Prophet who comes up from the earth (Rev 13:11). They are clearly separated in Rev 16:13 "And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast [Antichrist] and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs..."
In the following two hubs, you will clearly see that Lucifer is not Satan, but is a fallen cherub who was the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14. His sin identified in that chapter is that of the spirit of Antichrist and the final Antichrist to come. Indeed, he is empowered by the Dragon (Rev 13:2) and claims to be God (2 Thes 2:4).
Demons and Fallen Angels
Just as the Bible does not support the man-made doctrine of Lucifer becoming the Devil, it does not state that angels became demons. Demons are not fallen angels, but according to the writings of Enoch preserved on the ark with Noah and included in the Bible canon until the councils removed it, they are the disembodied spirits of the dead Nephilim, embodying the post-flood giants called the Anakim or Rephaim. They possess people and animals, as shown in the account of Legion in Mark 5. They spew false doctrines from those they possess (1 Tim 4:1). Fallen angels, on the other hand, also appear in both human and spiritual form. Those who sinned in the days of Noah were cast into Tartaroo, the deepest abyss of Hades (2 Pet 2:4), while the rest embody the kings of the earth and are lying messengers (even pastors). They also appear in spiritual form to inspire false religions (i.e. Joseph Smith and Muhammad). Let’s be cautioned by the words of Paul found in Gal 1:8 “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!”
If Satan was not an angel, then who or what is he? Jesus said in John 8:44 “He [Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” In Genesis 1:1 we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” So, if Satan was a murderer from the beginning, then God created him that way. Only God is self-existent, according to the Word. Why would God do that, only to predestine Satan to eternal fire?
- Col 1:16 "For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him." (cross-ref Eph 6:12)
- Isa 54:16 "Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer [7843 shachath - a verb meaning to spoil, to ruin, to destroy, to pervert, to corrupt, to become corrupt, to wipe out] to ruin."
The word ‘Satan’ means ‘Adversary’. Adversity can be used for good or bad. Consider Num 2:22 “God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary [Satan] against him". Believe it or not, God created Satan, His Adversary, for His divine purpose. If you don’t believe me, consider the following passages from the Bible:
- Prov 16:4 "The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked [7563 rasa – wicked or criminal] for the day of evil."
- Isa 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil [7451 – ra = bad, evil]: I the LORD do all these things.”
- Lam 3:38 “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities  and good things come?”
- Amos 3:6 “If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity  occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?”
Now, calamity is not ordained by God to befall His children, as promised in Jer 29:11: “’For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity  to give you a future and a hope.”
Evil in the Presence of God?
“But evil can’t be in the presence of God”, you say. Well, the war DID take place IN HEAVEN, right? Evil was certainly cast out of heaven, yet Satan still came before God’s holy presence afterward, as found in Job 2:1: “On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before Him.” Remember, heaven is God’s Throne and the earth is His footstool (Isa 66:1). The testing of Job by Satan was invited by God (Job 2:3), yet with limitations (Job 2:6). This shows that God allowed Satan to test Job, yet He was sovereign over Satan’s desire to destroy Job. As another example, look at what Jesus told Satan in the desert, found in Mat 4:7: “Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God.”
One BIG thing I have learned is that God limits Satan when it comes to His children, but allows Satan to do as he pleases with those who choose or elect to be ‘children of the devil’ (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10), for they are under God's wrath. God created angels and humans with the ability to choose (Deut 30:19; Josh 24:15; Eze 18:31; 33:11; Rom 6:16). Without an Adversary, there is no choice.
Did God know that Adam and Eve would sin? Is God responsible for the testing or temptation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent fall? After all, He did place the tree of the knowledge of good and evil  in the Garden. Based on the hub link given in the previous section, God tests but does NOT tempt anyone to do evil. James 1:13 declares “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.”
Then why would God create a scenario where the Savior would have to shed His blood to reconcile mankind back to Him?
Did you know the Lamb of God was already predestined to reconcile mankind from the foundation of the world? Let’s read a couple of passages:
- Rev 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the Antichrist], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” What? Was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world? No. How do we know this?
- Heb 9:26 states, “Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
Although the provision of reconciliation had already been made, we must understand that just as God gave Adam and Eve a CHOICE to obey Him or Satan, and they chose to give their God-given ruler ship of the world over to Satan, God would also give them a CHOICE to be reconciled back to Him. Don’t think people weren’t reconciled back to God in the Old Testament because Jesus hadn’t died on the cross yet. Even the Law was not ‘added because of transgression, to act as a tutor to lead them to Christ’ (Gal 3:19-24) until Jacob’s descendants (Israel) were delivered from Egypt = 26 generations from Adam! Read Hebrews 11 to see all those patriarchs that were saved by faith, including Abraham, Moses and Elijah. I mean, how could Moses and Elijah show up on the Mount of Transfiguration if they weren’t saved (Mat 17)?
The Murder of Jesus
Satan, the murderer from the beginning, murdered Jesus on the cross by tempting those who would do it. Already, we’ve discussed that the crucifixion of Christ was ordained from the foundation of the world. Pretty awesome, isn’t it? Likewise, consider what Jesus told His disciples about Judas in John 6:70 “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?" Jesus chose Judas ON PURPOSE. Does this make Judas a godly servant that performed His pre-ordained betrayal? If so, Satan would be considered the same. After all, Satan entered Judas and made him do it (Luke 22:3).
Let me tell you something; the serpent's seed cannot be planted in you unless you give Satan permission. It’s because of unrepented sin evil enters your body as a temple. Likewise, it is by invitation God's Seed (1 John 3:9), the Holy Spirit lives in your ‘temple’ (1 Cor 6:19). Judas had the same right to become a child of God as anyone else, but CHOSE somewhere along the way to submit his heart to Satan. Because of this, Jesus said in Mat 26:24, “The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born."
See, no one murdered Jesus against His divine will, as He said in John 10:18 “No one has taken it [My life] away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.”
So why does God allow Satan to exist? Bottom line is, Satan is used by God for His divine purpose, namely to exercise God’s wrath, discipline the rebellious and test and try the faith of believers. Note the following passages:
- 2 Sam 24:1 "And again the anger [639 – a nostril, nose, face, anger] of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he [Satan] incited [5496 – incite, allure, instigate] David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah." Cross-reference the exact same incident in 1 Chr 21:1 "Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved  David to number Israel."
- 1 Cor 5:5 “I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
- 1 Peter 1:7 “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
Let's ponder the following verses regarding God's wrath and salvation:
- Eph 2:3 "Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest."
- Rom 5:9 "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."
- 1Thes 5:9 "For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
We have established that Satan was created evil for God’s divine purpose. We also see God created angels with the ability to choose, as well as human beings. God does allow people to be born with what the world calls ‘defects’ due to different reasons:
- The sins of the parent(s) – examples only: incest, drugs, failed abortion
- A trial of faith ordained for them (or those in their lives)
- To bring glory to God by their healing, given by faith. An example of the latter is found in John 9:2 when Jesus was asked about a blind man: “And His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”
Why would they even ask Jesus such a question? Because they were aware of Num 14:18 and like passages: “The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.'
What about sexual orientation? I believe if homosexuality was determined in the womb, God would not have called it impure, degrading, indecent, error, depraved and not proper. Did you KNOW that God gives people over to homosexuality and why? Let’s look at Rom 1:24- 28:
- “Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”
What’s even more terrifying is it is GOD who sends the strong delusion upon those who have rebelled against Him in the last days, that they will worship the beast and receive his mark, sealing their condemnation to the Lake of Fire! Let’s look at the following verses:
- 2 Thes 2:9-12 “[The Antichrist] the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
- Rev 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
- Rev 14:9-10 “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”
The LAST ADAM
To recap what we’ve learned, God created Satan as His Adversary from the beginning, the murderer that would put Him on the cross. God created Adam and Eve in His image, yet gave them the divine choice to love and serve Him or not, just as He did the angels. He knew they would choose to follow Satan’s enticement, yet He also pre-ordained the Way to redemption. Truly, it is by choice.
Adam, as the first ‘son of God’ (Luke 3:38), in that he was created from the earth, failed the test, leading to the condemnation of all mankind (John 3:18). Jesus, as the last Adam, the only begotten Son of God, did NOT fail the test, leading to the reconciliation of all who choose to be born again. We were all born of the first Adam (flesh); we must choose to be born again of the last Adam, who became the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor 15:45). Are you born of the Spirit today? If you don’t know what this means, I invite you to read the hub link below.
Remember, Satan cannot touch God’s children unless God permits him to do so. In fact, those who are born again have been given authority over Satan by faith in the LORD Jesus Christ.
Thus, we read the words of Jesus in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” If we read vs. 17 and 20 of this same account, "The seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.'...[Jesus replied] 'Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."
Let us ponder the sovereign assurance found in Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” And His purpose is that we, as He did, will overcome the Adversary, re-claiming our inheritance by faith. I’ll close with the following promise by our LORD:
- Rev 12:11 “And they overcame him [Satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”
- Rev 21:7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”
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