Why Did God Create Satan or Lucifer?

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Since Satan or Lucifer (the Devil) fell from grace and into sin, why did God create him?  The answer might surprise you.

Why Would God Create Satan?

This is a huge mystery for a lot of people. Why would God create Satan who would become His natural enemy and the enemy of everyone who has been born again? It is a good question.  There is biblical indication that God created Him perfect and without sin. Most Bible scholars agree that Satan, who was first called Lucifer or “shining one” or “morning star,” was created perfect just as Adam and Eve were at one time (Gen 1:31) so Lucifer was apparently created to worship God and glorify Him. Ezekiel writes “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezk 28:12) for “On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub.  I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God” and “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezk 28:13b-15). The “holy mountain of God” is understood to be the throne of God and he was the guardian cherub angel that was perfect (blameless) and was over the throne of God but something happened that caused his fall as we shall read.

Why did God create Satan or Lucifer

A Fall by Pride

Pride has a way of making someone overestimate their value and that’s exactly what happened to Lucifer. Isaiah writes “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit” (12-15). Lucifer was cut down and thrown out of heaven because he said he would ascend to heaven, above the stars (angels) of God and set on his throne or set on the very throne of God in the far reaches of the north (heaven) and will ascend above the clouds (the Shekinah clouds of the glory of God) and make himself like the Most High God because he desires to be worshiped.  Instead he was brought down low to Sheol.  Sheol is the realm of the dead or “the place of the dead” or “the place of departed souls/spirits.” He was lifted up with pride, wanted to be above all creation, including God, and desperately wanted to be God and worshiped but instead, was cast down (Rev 12:7-12) because God has always resisted (means at war with) the proud (James 4:6).

The Place Prepared for the Devil

God is omniscient and knows all that there is, including the future, which explains that hell was created for Satan and his demons. When Christ returns to judge the world, those who have never repented and trusted in Him “he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’” (Matt 25:41) so hell was not really made for humans but the Devil and his fallen angels, called demons, and so all of “these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt 25:36). Even the demons at the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry knew about their final fate and destiny when they cried out to Jesus “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time” (Matt 8:29) indicating that there is an appointed time for them to be cast into the lake of fire as it is written “the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev 20:10).

Why did God Create Satan/Lucifer?

The only answer that I can come up with is I just don’t know. Ultimately, everything that is created and all that will be accomplished will be for God’s glory so if nothing else, Satan, Lucifer, or the Devil was created for God’s glory, regardless of what we might think or where his final destination will be. We just don’t know why God allowed this creature to be created but all things are created for Him and all things fulfill His purpose and are always intended to glorify Him for He is most worthy. Other than that, I just cannot say with precision as to why God created Satan.

Conclusion

I do know this for sure; Jesus is the Son of God and is fully God and came to earth and was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins so that we could enter heaven someday and be with God and that the penalty for our sins was paid for by Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. He came to save us from the wrath of God but you must turn from your sins and forsake them.  This is called repentance.  Then you must ask for the forgiveness of your sins and God promises to cleanse you or wash away all of your sins (1 John 1:9) and then trust in Jesus or believe in Jesus and claim Him as your Lord and Savior.  That much I do know for sure.

Related reading: Is There Readly a Being Called Satan?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Adrianne Sorensen September 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

Heavenly Father gave us are agency so we could make our own choices. Satan made his choice and fell. There is opposition in all things.

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Scott September 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

If there were no criminals would you need cops? If there were no external threat to your nation would you need an Army.

That is your answer.

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Nancy Marino September 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

…didn’t you already answer this is your article regarding freewill and predestination? Did the angels in heaven have the same free will to serve or not serve God as God gave to Adam and Eve to worship or not… He knew satan would turn just as He knew Adam and Eve would succumb and Jesus would die for our salvation…. because our creator is omniscient all things are planned for from beginning to end just as all things in His Word go around and come around. God uses satan (evil) just as He used so many imperfect people through out the bible from Cain, Abraham, Noah, Rachel, Jacob, Moses, and continuing all through the bible even to Paul to fulfill the prophecies set out for the people of Israel and ultimately even you and me. He loves us and wants us to come to Him and give us every opportunity to do so until our last breath.

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

I think God only knows the answer to that.
I don`t know if this is in the bible but Lucifer was in charge of Earth but when he heard that the people on earth that God was going to make us just like him.
He rebelled with his angels and was cast out.
The same as in paradise God could have stopped Satan from tempting Adam and Eve He must have known that Satan was there and we will never know the answer to that either.

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DocReits September 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Nice article Pastor Jack!

I heard a great(I thought) explanation on this topic through Moody Radio(I cannot remember the speaker). He speculated that God made Satan in order to show humanity how much He loved us.

For without the temptation(by Satan), there would not have been the fall. Without the fall there would be no need for a Savior. Without the Savior there would not have been the demonstration of the extent to which God would go, even the death of His own dear Son, to secure for us(His beloved) our salvation.

DocReits

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Jack Wellman September 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm

That could be true. Maybe God did create Satan for that reason. I know that God was not surprised by Satan’s and mankind’s fall. Thanks brother.

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Truth Seeker May 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

I too have a few thoughts about the creation of the Devil, and the relationship of free will and God being all knowing. I have not yet read the other article about predestination but I do believe through my study of the scriptures I have found an acceptable answer. If there is a discrepancy with what I say I would like to know.

I know we all agree that God has the power to see the future; the scriptures support that statement numerous times. I don’t think it would be appropriate though, according to God’s justice, for him to see the future at all times in every moment forever. If he predestined people anyone like that, they in effect, could have the right to blame God for their actions. Someone could reason that “He made me do this, because he predetermined my life.” In addition, how could someone say they have free will if all of their actions in life are predetermined – indeed God could predetermine every action in your life if he wanted, but I don’t believe a loving God would.

The reasonable conclusion about God’s foreknowledge I believe would be that he has a selective foreknowledge – in other words, he can choose to see the future but doesn’t have to. In this way he respects our God given freewill. He does the same thing with his awesome power. Think about the number of times when God decided not to destroy a city or bring about calamity. Isaiah 42:13,14 gives evidence of when God “refrained himself” from destroying his enemies – no doubt because he decided it was the just thing to do. If God decides to refrain from using his power, could he not also refrain from seeing the future? I know from our viewpoint it might seem like there is no disadvantage of seeing into the future, but by Him not doing so it truly allows us to say that we have free will – and that God respects that gift.

As far as the creation of the Devil and the fall of Adam and Eve, it was discussed in the article that the Devil originally was created sinless just like any other angel. God, however, deciding to respect his creation’s free will, chose not to see into the future about the rebellion in heaven. All things are created for God, the Devil originally was sinless, and while he was sinless he was doing God’s will. But one day he decided not to be a vessel for God and forsook his position and rebelled against God – deciding to do his own will. John 8:44 in part states that the Devil “refused to uphold truth” another Bible renders that verse “he did not keep his stand in the truth” – which also tells us that he once was keeping stand in the truth. In effect, the Devil created himself (by his actions) and convinced Adam and Eve and many other angels – now demons – to rebel against God with him. Why did God create the Devil? He didn’t, the Devil created himself. What do you think?

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