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By   •   April 9, 2008   •   Topics:

Q:

Where did the devil come from, according to the Bible? I remember hearing somewhere that at first he was an angel and served God, but then he rebelled and became evil. Is this true? Why would he do that?


A:

Although the Bible doesn’t go into detail about the devil’s origin, it does indicate that he was an angel who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven as a result: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:12, KJV).

Why did he rebel against God? The reason can be summarized in one word: pride. He became jealous of God’s position, and in his pride he decided to lead a revolution and take God’s place: “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven. … I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:13-14). He failed – but his goal is still the same: to take God’s place.

You need to remember two important truths about Satan. First, he is real, and he is powerful. Don’t make the mistake of thinking he is a cute little cartoon figure with a red suit and a pitchfork – for he isn’t. He is completely evil, and his goal is to block God’s work in our lives. The Bible says he is “like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

But the second thing you need to remember is that the devil is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and Hell – and someday Christ will come again to pronounce judgment on Satan and his followers. On whose side are you – Christ’s or Satan’s? Don’t give in to the devil’s lies, but commit your life to Christ and become His follower.

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6 Comments

  1. robert tucker says:

    thanks

    1. Florene Epps says:

      You are absolute right about Satan.and about the believer.

  2. Dean Knudsen says:

    Why is that these passages from Isaiah are used to explain satan when it seems to be speaking of the king of Babylon. It says about ascending to heaven which would indicate a mans position on earth wouldn’t it? Is it not speaking of the king of Babylon based on the chapters content? Confused a bit by this.

    1. Beth says:

      I agree with you. I don’t understand why Christians teach about “Lucifer.” That word is not in the Hebrew. It appeared first in the Latin Vulgate, so it seems to me this is a Catholic tradition (myth?).

  3. wendy o says:

    Thank you. This helps me to answer my teenage granddaughters question.

  4. Gloria Winscott says:

    Wonderful succinct answer that I will link to my blog on evil which will post tomorrow. On Wednesday I discussed trials and tribulations and cited Anne Graham Lotz’s book titled WHY?