By   •   November 29, 2012   •   Topics: ,


I think I heard somewhere that Satan was originally an angel. But if that's true, is he still an angel, or what happened to him? Or is Satan just an idea that people dreamed up to explain the existence of evil?


No, Satan is not imaginary; he isn’t something people dreamed up just to try to explain the existence of evil. Satan is real, and the Bible makes it clear that he is a powerful (and evil) spiritual being who is absolutely opposed to God and His goodness.

The Bible doesn’t give us a detailed account of Satan’s origin but it does indicate that Satan originally was one of God’s angels, created by Him to carry out His will. But apparently Satan became filled with jealousy and pride, and he decided that he would lead a rebellion against God so he could take God’s place as the ruler of all creation. The Bible says, “You said in your heart… ‘I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:13-14).

But Satan’s rebellion failed, and he was cast out of heaven. Now Satan and those who followed him are fallen angels—no longer part of God’s heavenly army, but separated from heaven’s glory forever. He still is powerful, however, and he still does everything he can to block God’s plan for our lives. Don’t be deceived; Satan is your enemy, and he will do everything he can to keep you from God.

The greatest truth about Satan, however, is this: he is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered the forces of sin and death and hell and Satan. Are you on Christ’s side? Make sure, by turning to Christ in repentance and faith, and committing your life to Him for your salvation.

Turn to Jesus today.

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  1. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for having this answer available to me to try and explain the answers to a question my grandson asked about Satan. He has evidently seen a movie or program where Satan was a good thing and was talking. It provided me an opportunity to clear his little mind and we talked about what Jesus did for us. Your answer was direct, to the point and uncomplicated. I love having the resources made available. I have trust in Billy Graham, whom we all know to be godly.

  2. Ahuzuoke Bertha says:

    I pray that God and his son Jesus Christ we protect us from that wicked being called Satan and his angels. My own faith is in Christ Jesus who died for the sake of my sin.

  3. stanslaus says:

    The Almighty God protect us Your children from the hand of the evil. People are leading us astray so that we do not follow Your Ways. I believe in Your Name and that one day You shall come and Guide us all. Till that time, protect us OH LORD.

  4. Robert says:

    I just have one question, if God make Lucifer, why didn’t he make him perfect? The scripture says he became jealous, prideful etc but how do you blame the toy for not working properly if the inventor didn’t get it right? I ask not to be hostile but it sounds weird to put it mildly. I also heard after he was defeated, that he was sent to earth. God knowing all, seems like a bad idea with the way we know the story to unfold. It’s silly, in other words.