Why did God make Satan?

From Issue: Discovery 6/1/2006

Dear Nickolas,

You have asked a question that the Bible does not answer (at least not specifically). We first must understand that simply because Satan is wicked today does not mean that he was created that way. God is supremely good (Mark 10:18), and everything He made during the Creation week was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Similar to how evil people exist in the world today because they choose to become evil, Satan was once good, but chose to become evil.

Satan was probably part of the group of “angels who sinned” that were cast out of the presence of God (read 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Jesus even talked about “the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41) who will eventually live eternally in hell.

Thanks for writing, Nickolas. 


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