Did God Create Satan? – How the Devil Came to Be

Did God create Satan?

Did God create Satan?

God created all that is. Does that mean that He created Satan? If it does, then does that also mean that God created evil? And if God created evil, then does that mean that He isn’t good?

This is a common line of questioning that Christians who care about their faith eventually encounter. The questions have standard answers which are acceptable to Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant knowledge. Yet those same answers are not widely known. You can find them clearly presented here.

God created Satan. Satan is both the Devil and Lucifer. God created Satan with free will, and Satan chose to rebel against God. This happened before the events of the Garden of Eden. Certain other angels rebelled with Satan against God. They are demons. Satan and his followers did not create evil.

Now that’s the quick and easy answer which you can use rely on. Below, I’ll explain why it’s true. Then I’ll provide a Church Father’s views on the issue.

The Overview – Did God Create Satan?

God Created Everything

Creation begins with the actions of God mentioned at the beginning of Genesis. The Devil falls within His creation. If this were not the case, then either something aside from God must have created him, Satan would have been co-eternal with God, or he would have created himself.

Only one God exists. Therefore, Satan was not created by something aside from the one God.

God is both the capacity for existence and the source of His own being. So Satan could not have existed alongside God in Eternity. This would mean that he was an entity equal in power to God. But this view is heretical in Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The name of the heresy is Manichaeanism.

And Satan could not have created himself. A thing which does not exist cannot act to bring about its own existence.

So God created Satan.

Satan is the Devil and Lucifer

The Devil is referred to by various names throughout Christian writings. He is both Lucifer and Satan. He is also the snake in the Garden of Eden.

The Devil is called Lucifer when his angelic being is the topic at hand.

He is called the Devil when he engages in general nastiness.

And he is called Satan when he reveals himself as the Devil and begins acting in the open.

Sometimes the word devil is used with a ‘d’ instead of a ‘D’. When this happens, the word refers to a generic evil minion.

Satan had Free Will

God created rational beings with the ability to choose to oppose Him. This is their free will, and each of His angels possesses it. Satan is among them.

Other Demons Fell with Satan

Other angels fell along with Satan and became demons. Their numbers are not mentioned in the Bible. Some of their names are included though. A hierarchy exists among them in the same way that a hierarchy exists among the angels. This is because the demons are fallen angels.

The Fall Happened before the Garden of Eden

Satan is the reptile that tempted Eve to go against God’s Commandment. The Garden was meant to exist somewhere on Earth. Therefore, it existed within time. So Satan must have fallen before humanity did.

The Devil Failed to Create Evil

Evil doe snot really exist. Good exists because God is good, and God exists. Evil is the absence of good; it is the absence of God. In the same way that darkness is the absence of light, which has measurable existence in the form of photons, so too is evil the absence of good.

An Exposition of the Orthodox Faith (John of Damascus) > Book II – Did God Create Satan?

St. John of Damascus is an influential leader within both the catholic and Orthodox churches. Although he lived in the east, and his status in the Eastern Orthodox Church is greater than in the Roman Catholic Church.

He is most famous for his defense of the use of iconography. Many early Christians believed that statues, paintings, icons, stained glass, and other aspects of Christian art were examples of the idols and graven images which the Ten Commandments forbid. St. John opposed these views and won. The result is that Christian artwork was able to survive and flourish.

The work from which the following text has been taken is a treatise in which St. John defends the Christian religion before its many opponents. In his time and place, these would have been gnostic heretics, Jews, pagans, and Zoroastrians.

Here he discusses the demonic nature.

Chapter 4. Concerning the devil and demons.

A demon is an angel that went bad. We meet those everyday. -Gene Botkin

The Devil’s Origin

He who from among these angelic powers was set over the earthly realm, and into whose hands God committed the guardianship of the earth, was not made wicked in nature but was good, and made for good ends, and received from his Creator no trace whatever of evil in himself.


Key Takeaways

  • God made the devil.
  • The devil was not made evil.
  • The devil was good at first.
  • And Satan lacked any sort of evil before his fall.

Satan’s Fall from Heaven

But he did not sustain the brightness and the honour which the Creator had bestowed on him, and of his free choice was changed from what was in harmony to what was at variance with his nature, and became roused against God Who created him, and determined to rise in rebellion against Him. And he was the first to depart from good and become evil. For evil is nothing else than absence of goodness, just as darkness also is absence of light.


Key Takeaways

  • Satan lost his place as the highest of the angels.
  • He used his free will to go against God.
  • The devil produced chaos by his rebellion.
  • Satan did not create evil. Instead, he left good.
  • Evil is the absence of goodness. It does not have a will of its own.

Of the Angels Who Became Demons

For goodness is the light of the mind, and, similarly, evil is the darkness of the mind. Light, therefore, being the work of the Creator and being made good (for God saw all that He made, and behold they were exceeding good) produced darkness at His free-will. But along with him an innumerable host of angels subject to him were torn away and followed him and shared in his fall. Wherefore, being of the same nature as the angels, they became wicked, turning away at their own free choice from good to evil.


Key Takeaways

  • Good exists within the mind.
  • Light produced darkness by his free will.
  • Lucifer brought many angels along with him.
  • These angels also chose to leave God of their own free will.

The Power of Wicked Spirits

Hence they have no power or strength against any one except what God in His dispensation has conceded to them, as for instance, against Job and those swine that are mentioned in the Gospels. But when God has made the concession they do prevail, and are changed and transformed into any form whatever in which they wish to appear.


Key Takeaways

  • Angels and demons possess only those powers which God has permitted them.
  • They may exercise any power that God permits.

Angels, Demons, God, and Foresight

Of the future both the angels of God and the demons are alike ignorant: yet they make predictions. God reveals the future to the angels and commands them to prophesy, and so what they say comes to pass. But the demons also make predictions, sometimes because they see what is happening at a distance, and sometimes merely making guesses: hence much that they say is false and they should not be believed, even although they do often, in the way we have said, tell what is true. Besides they know the Scriptures.


Key Takeaways

  • The future is unknown to God, angels, and demons.
  • They still predict things.
  • God orders the angels to make prophecies.
  • Demons make prophecies and are often wrong.
  • Demons are aware of what the Bible says and factor it into their decisions.

The Source of Wickedness

All wickedness, then, and all impure passions are the work of their mind. But while the liberty to attack man has been granted to them, they have not the strength to over-master any one: for we have it in our power to receive or not to receive the attack. Wherefore there has been prepared for the devil and his demons, and those who follow him, fire unquenchable and everlasting punishment.


Key Takeaways

  • All wickedness can be traced back to the devil and his demons.
  • They may attack men, but men can always overpower them.
  • Those who follow the devil are doomed.

Can God Forgive Satan? – Did God Create Satan?

Note, further, that what in the case of man is death is a fall in the case of angels. For after the fall there is no possibility of repentance for them, just as after death there is for men no repentance.


Key Takeaways

  • No.

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Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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