Why did God create Satan?

Why did an all-knowing God create Satan when He knew that Satan would rebel against Him and cause the whole world to sin as a result; a friend asked me one day? This friend’s argument here was that God is either not omniscience or is immoral for creating Satan. I told him that the same reason that God created Satan is the same reason God created him. As an atheist, he has also rebelled against God and caused other people to sin, the same way Satan rebelled and caused many to sin, yet God created him anyway. Then I asked this friend of mine a simple question, I said ‘was God immoral for creating you when He knew you would rebel against Him’? He didn’t give an answer because he saw his folly for ridiculing God for creating Satan.

Reality is a human who rejects God have five similarities with Satan, but only one difference. Here are similarities:

  • God created both Satan and humans, and had good purposes for them

On the sixth day of creation, God created humans in His own image, so they can “rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Genesis 1:26). So God made you ruler over the works of His hands, just to prove your importance in Him (Psalm 8:6). When God created you He had plans: “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). For God to further illustrate His love for humans, He sent “his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). So there is no doubt that God created humans out of love, and He had nothing but prosperity in mind for them.

We may not know when God created Satan, whether before or after He created the universe nobody knows, but we know that at one point He created Satan. The bible says God created Lucifer (Satan’s angelic name) to be His highest ranking angel, so Satan can administer to Him and be in charge of all angelic hosts. God’s intentions for creating Lucifer were always noble, and He created Lucifer for the benefit of His throne and the universe at large. The bible describes angels as ‘ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation’. So when God created Lucifer, His intentions were for Lucifer to serve Him and serve humans as well. One of the duties of angels is to protect humans, and this was one of God’s purposes for creating Lucifer.

  • Both Satan and humans rebelled against God

Describing Satan’s rebellion against God, the bible says “you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God;………..I will ascend above the tops of the cloud; I will make myself like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14:12-14). The bible goes further and says about Satan:

You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, [b] turquoise and beryl. [c] Your settings and mountings [d] were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. (Ezekiel 28:12-18).

So Satan rebelled by wanting to be replace God as the Most High, even though God was the one who created him. We as humans rebel against God for many reasons, but the chief reason we rebel against God is because we want to control our lives and make sure that God has nothing to do with it. We may insist that God doesn’t exist, and use that rationale as the reason for our rebellion, but in reality we want to live our lives as we see fit, and we are prepared to rebel against God if he wants to stand in the way of our sinful lives. So like just Satan, we refuse to be subject to God’s Kingship, but we want to be kings ourselves.

  • Both Satan and humans cause many to sin

After Satan was kicked out of heaven for rebelling against God, the first thing he did was to cause Adam and Eve to sin against God. He has been causing many people to sin against God since that day. But Satan is not the only one who causes people to sin. There are those people who believe they have all the answers to prove that God doesn’t exist, and they have caused many people to sin against God through their foolish arguments. Just like with Satan, their mission in life is to cause people to sin against God, and they find it to be an achievement if a person believes their argument.

  • Satan and humans will both be involved in the Battle of Armageddon

In Revelations 19, the bible tells us that there will be a moment in history when humans who reject God will make war against Him, and accompanied by Satan (representing himself as the anti-Christ) they will literally fight against God. This will be the greatest rebellion against God, and these humans would no longer be satisfied with their intellectual rebellion against God, but they would be looking to annihilate God. Satan would be leading them in this massive rebellion, just as he’s leading them in their intellectual rebellion.

  • Similar condemnation

Since Satan and these humans who reject God are leading others astray and causes them to sin against God, the bible condemns them to the same sentence. It says: “but if anyone causes one of these little ones who believes in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:3). For their part in the Battle of Armageddon and leading a massive rebellion against God, the bible condemns both Satan and these humans to eternity in hell, after the Judgement day has passed.

Here is the difference between all humans and Satan:

  • Ability to repent

One of the questions people ask with regards to Satan is ‘would God forgive Satan if he were to repent’? People believe that the solution to the world’s problems would be for Satan to repent, and be reconciled with God. They say in that way then sin would cease to exist, since Satan is the chief sinner that causes many to sin. This sounds like a great idea I have to admit, but it’s impossible because Satan doesn’t have the capability to repent. Unlike all of us who can repent and be reconciled to God, for Satan repentance is not possible. He has already been judged and condemned by God to hell for all eternity, so there’s no way for him to escape that judgement. If he had the capacity to repent then he would have repented long time ago. Unlike some ignorant people who reject God because of their lack of knowledge, Satan knows everything there is to know about God, including the existence of hell. But all his knowledge of God and His judgements has not made him reconsider his rebellion and cause him to repent, however it has stimulated him to rebel against God even more. The bible makes a startling revelation and says in the last days Satan would intensify his rebellion against God, because he would know that his jdays (before he’s sent to hell) would be short.

Unfortunately there are those people who have lost their capability to repent, not because they can’t repent but because their rebellion against God has hardened their hearts. They are a fulfilment of a prophecy uttered by King Solomon many years ago. That prophecy says: “a man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). Even though you differ with Satan in that you can still repent from your sins and find forgiveness from God, be careful because you might lose your capability to repent due to your continued rebellion against God, and you might end up in the same situation as Satan.

Having looked at the similarities and a difference between humans and Satan, it’s proper to ask if God is justified for having created Satan. If God created people even though He knew they would rebel against Him and have more in common with Satan, then surely we should give God credit for creating all humans and even Satan. Had God created only those humans He knew would believe in Him, then He would have been an insecure God who doesn’t mind infringing people’s free-will. But God loved people and gave them the gift of free-will so they can choose to serve Him, or reject Him as some are doing, including Satan. I have no doubt in my mind that God loved Lucifer, that’s why He created him in the beginning, and God loves you too and He had made no mistake in creating you or Lucifer.


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