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Why did God Create Satan? ~ Friday Q&A

Lucifer, by William Blake, for Dante's Inferno...
Lucifer, by William Blake, for Dante's Inferno, canto 34 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My new friend Felicia from has asked another great question this week.

Q. Since God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent; why did He create Satan?

I love this question. And it even has some hooks to the question we played with this morning.

Perhaps I am wrong, but I have a feeling there is a fairly widely held belief that Angels were created with no free will.

We talk in Christian circles as though angels are heaven’s robots.

Or perhaps we have an upstairs – downstairs kind of impression of angels. Like they are the servant class creation, serving the needs of humans.

But I believe scriptures teach a different truth. I believe that angels are beings with a will, and with the freedom of choice much as man is. (ok – if you missed the first Q&A today, you might want to go back to it here, where I discussed the free will of man.)

You see, the way I see it, if angels did not have free will, they would not have been able to rebel in the first place – would they?

Remember God did not create an angry vengeful devil in a red suit who started his existence as an evil beast.

Lucifer was a wonderful angel of light – the head of all the angels.

How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit ~ Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV)

He exalted himself in pride and wanted to be like God. Hmmm – sounds familiar doesn’t it – pretty much the same temptation he threw at Adam and Eve.

So we come back to - Why did God create a being that  - if He knows everything, end from the beginning and all – He knew full well would make a mess of things?

Based on my assumption that angels are free beings with choice, and options, you can see that this is a lot like saying why create Hitler, or Bin Laden, or my crabby neighbor, or – well – me for that matter. Where do you draw the line?

Thank God that He did not draw the line. Instead He planted a cross, the plan where by all of the above could have relationship restored (with the exception of Lucifer, I am pretty sure it was too late for him by the time we get to the garden.)

So what do you think? How would you answer Felicia’s question?

Join in below, or blog about it and leave us a link!

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by today.

See you again soon.


By the way, if you have questions of your own, click on the link on the right and let us toss them around a bit.

0 thoughts on “Why did God Create Satan? ~ Friday Q&A

  1. mtsweat

    Dabbling here where I'd probably rather not go, in the grand scheme of redemption, the plot without evil nor enemy is pretty meaningless.

    What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction? Romans 9:22

    Just like your last post, I think we're going to have to wait to fully grasp many of the things that only the mind of God can handle. Good thoughts Ben. Thanks

    1. Ben Nelson

      that's for sure - i don't take myself to seriously on a lot of these issues, but i do ponder them from time to time. Sometimes just pondering out loud gives others the understanding that they don't have to know everythign before they jump in and follow with both feet. so i just stick it out there.

      My heart is to help people get un-stuck so they can run hard after God - and sometimes it helps to know it is ok to not be sure of all the details.

      thanks a bunch for chiming in.

  2. Larry Who

    "By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." (1 John 3:16)

    I believe God wanted a people who were willing to suffer through life's obstacles and still love Him, just like Jesus did for us. Thus, an anti-love being had to be created.

      1. bennetta faire

        Ahh--I haven't watched that, though I know it's very popular. I can't get the image out of my mind: angels in little white aprons and those hats, scurrying up and down the stairs...

  3. Heidi Viars

    thank so much, Ben, for this great post. We might also want to ask "Where does evil come from?"
    I believe real love has to have a choice. God (who is Love and Life) has given us a choice to love Him. We can choose Him or chose something that is not Love, evil. When we don't choose Him, we rebel and eventually die. All evil in this world is a result of the choice not to love God.
    What an amazing thing God did for us, when He, while we were rebellious and hated Him, sent His Son for us... blows my mind...
    The question is maybe not so much about why did God create Satan, but why has He allowed us to choose? ... answer... because that's real love ...
    Thanks so much, Ben ...

  4. Zach

    I think what needs to be asked before the nature of Evil, is what was Satan's role before he was cast out? We think that he is associated with Lucifer, the angel of Glory cast down for his jealousy of God's power, but the tale of Lucifer is not directly connected with the title "Ha Satan" as it is understood in the Old Testament.

    In Job, Ha Satan is a respected member of God's court who's position was to challenge and question the actions of mankind. This is what allowed him to be in a position to question Job's faith in the first place. It seems likely, from the progression downward of Ha Satan from member of God's court, to association with the serpent in the creation story, to association with Lucifer's downfall, that they may not all be one being's tale.

    There may very well have been an angel of God's glory, who in jealousy roused 1/3 of God's angels in rebellion and was cast out with his followers. There may also have been, and still is, a member of God's court whose position is to challenge and question the motives and actions of humanity and even God.

    So before we can ask why God created Satan, we must first ask ourselves if we are comfortable with our definition of who Satan is, and from that point can we begin to speculate about the motives of the infinitely mysterious Father.

    1. Ben Nelson

      Great comments Zach - Thanks for joining the conversation. Sounds like you have done some serious study on this. I never even considered that Lucifer and Satan were not one in the same. I will need to ponder this.

  5. GodGirl

    Great explanation! God knew that there would be an enemy of our souls, and it was all part of his redemption plan... His great love story...

  6. Felecia

    Great discourse Ben - thank you (and all who commented). Like Chrystal, I only like to think about these things once in a while because they make my head hurt. 🙂 And I'm so glad I found in you a willing teacher. Believe it or not, I may have asked the wrong people at my church but I kept getting the "shove off." I took the class most people said I should take to get answers and didn't get even what you gave me - namely reminding me about angels having free will. I agree and it is about heavenly beings that my next question will encompass.
    Thanks a bunch!

    1. Ben Nelson

      it was a fun question, and i am just really poking around the edges, and hoping not to do more damage than good. God bless your spiritual hunger, don't let the bucket brigade stop you from pursuing Him (it doesn't sound like that is likely 🙂

      Bless you



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