Satan. Who Is He?

How did Satan get on this earth? Why is he here, and why doesn't God get rid of him for our sakes? Is the devil so powerful that God has to fight him in an all out war with two thirds of the angels fighting for God, and one third against Him?

Is it true, as tradition says, that it is not God's fault that Satan is here? Is it true that God would not create anything bad, such as a devil or darkness or calamities? The Bible says he did.

Life Quote: When asked if he believed in the Devil, C. S. Lewis said, “Now, if by ‘the Devil’ you mean a power opposite to God and, like God, self-existent from all eternity, the answer is certainly No. There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite. No being could attain a ‘perfect badness’ opposite to the perfect goodness of God; for when you have taken away every kind of good thing (intelligence, will, memory, energy, and existence itself) there would be none of him left.”

Why is the devil on earth anyhow? Is there a purpose for him being here, or will God get rid of him as soon as He is able? What does God have in mind for eternity that makes it necessary for an opposing force of evil to war against the saints at this present time? Does this have anything to do with the destiny of the sons of God?

My conclusions are built upon one strong foundation... that God is sovereign, that nothing happens outside His divine will and purpose, and that He does everything up front, nothing devious or deceitful.

Did God WANT a bad devil on earth or not? If not, then God is not sovereign, is weak, and had to adjust His plans because of the intrusion. I cannot accept that answer. Could God get rid of the devil today? If God wanted to, could He destroy Satan today, yesterday, 2,000 years ago, or in the garden? Or is He unable to do that yet, but is trying, and will eventually win the battle (we hope)? He IS able, but has not done it, so I have to conclude that He still determines to leave Satan here for now. So we have to say that God wants a devil here.

Why do you think Satan is here?

There is a huge misconception in the Church as to who and what Satan was in the beginning and is now!

This term is mentioned many times in Scripture—“in the beginning.” It is important to understand what this term means.

Gen.1:1 “In the beginning...” means at the start of something; in this case, the creation. In John 8:44, talking of the devil, Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning....” Despite what Jesus said tradition says that Satan was an angel of light at the beginning. But Jesus said he was a murderer from the beginning. Satan was never an angel of light because, according to Jesus, he was a murderer from the beginning. The Phillips translation of the Bible says, “He ALWAYS was a murderer, and has NEVER dealt with the truth, since the truth will have nothing to do with him.” 1John 3:8 says, “...the devil sinned from the beginning.”

You must understand what is being said in these Scriptures. The Greek word “arché”, translated "beginning", is pronounced ar-khay (G746 in Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary) and means “commencement”. Commencement is the start of something. The beginning or start of WHAT, is the question here. It would seem that they are speaking of his beginning—the beginning of his existence as the Phillips translation says. Or if you would rather, the beginning could be the very beginning of all things; a broad spectrum. But one thing is for sure it was not in the middle somewhere that he CHANGED.

Jesus said he was a murderer from the START. The devil comes to steal, to deceive and to destroy. Nowhere does Jesus ever intimate that Satan EVER was holy, pure, full of light, full of wisdom, full of beauty. Nowhere!

But some people have the idea that God would never create anything that was evil, let alone an evil being. But Eph.3:8-10 says, “...God who created all things...” That includes everything; good and evil. Col.1:16 says, “ Him were all things created ...principalities and powers...” Isa.45:6,7 says, “...I formed the light and I create darkness, I create peace and create evil...I do all these things”(KJV). The NKJV says this evil is “clamity,” NIV translates it “disaster.” It is obvious, while reading this verse, that the evil created is the opposite of the peace or prosperity that it is compared to in this verse. In Isa.54:16 God says, “ is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc...” Who did Jesus say has come to steal, kill and destroy? Satan. God created Satan the way he is!

Jesus plainly said so!

So you see Col 1:16, Eph 3:8-10, Eph 6:11-12, Isa 54:16-17, Isa 45:6-7 says that God created principalities and powers, and that principalities and powers are devils and rulers of the darkness. We find that God created the waster to destroy, and Jesus said Satan comes to destroy. God does not excuse darkness and calamity by saying "the devil did it", but God takes credit for creating darkness and evil.

I believe God is good, and someone might feel that good could not create evil. I believe that God is all powerful and can do whatever He wants. To say that God would not or could not create evil is limiting God to fit in a box designated “good.” Our understanding of God is too finite to so limit Him to this box.

If this is so, why was Satan created that way? Let’s find out.

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