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Don Stewart :: Did God Create the Devil?

Don Stewart
No. Though it is commonly believed that God created the Devil this is a misconception about what occurred.

Created All Things

God is the Creator of all things.

and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things (Ephesians 3:9).

Very Good

The Bible says that God created all things very good.

And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).

"Everything" would include the angels that God created.

One Will

At this time, there was only one will in the universe - Gods' will.

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).

Every creature was in obedience with that one will. Perfection was everywhere.

Chose To Rebel

Though everything in God's creation was perfect, angels, like human beings, were created with choice - they were not made as robots. One of the chief angels decided to rebel against God.

His Own Will

This creature decided to bring his own will into the universe. Instead of following the Lord, this angel went off in his own direction.

You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:13,14).

Became Satan

When this act of rebellion occurred, this angel became Satan, or the adversary. Therefore a new being came into existence, one in which God did not create. This came as a result of his choice, not because of God's original design or intent.

Origination Of Sin

The Bible says that Satan was the originator of sin. Scripture says that he sinned from the beginning.

You are from your father the Devil, and you choose to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

Everyone who commits sin is a child of the Devil; for the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8).

Summary

God did not create Satan. Everything that He created in the universe was perfect. Though every creature was created perfect, each one was given choice. One particular creature chose to rebel against God by trying to impose his own will, rather than following God's will. When this occurred this angel became the adversary, or Satan. God did not create this creature in this manner, nor did He wish him to rebel. It was his own choice.
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