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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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21 Comments

  1. Patricia voishich says:

    PRAISE THE LORD, for he is our maker, our life away from this earth, our only salvation! Wake up today or never wake up again!

  2. Jojoe cerda says:

    Would like to know more need to change

  3. Shaukan says:

    Why was Jesus tempted for forty days?

    1. BGEA says:

      The 40 days Satan tempted Jesus in the desert wasn’t the only time Jesus faced temptations, but it does show us how Jesus was tempted just like we are. Satan’s temptations focused on 3 areas that we all struggle with: physical needs and desires, possessions and power, and pride. Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread to satisfy His hunger. He tempted Jesus to throw Himself off the temple and test God’s ability to save Him. Satan tempted Jesus to worship him in return for the kingdoms of the world. Yet, even after all that, Jesus did not sin. His 40 days of temptations doesn’t just give us hope that we can overcome temptation ourselves, but affirms Jesus as God for remaining sinless.

  4. Sharon Felts says:

    My email doesn’t work, but I am so thankful for your help and answer

  5. Sue says:

    If heaven is perfect and there is no sin , how could the devil have been an angel and sinned ????

    1. Sandy says:

      Good question Sue. In addition to that I was wondering if Angels have free will as humans do? I am doing a Bible study and we’re learning about the enemy so it brought up a few questions for me. I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, so ultimately, He won the battle for us no matter where Satan came from! Praise the Lord.