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Why did God create the devil? He must have known the devil would turn against Him and do all sorts of evil things, didn't He?


The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly why God created the angelic being who would one day become the one it calls Satan (which means “Adversary”—a vivid description of his purpose).

It does, however, hint to us that this powerful angel—to whom God had given great authority—became filled with pride, and one day before time began he decided he would lead a revolt against God and try to take God’s place. He apparently tried to convince the other angels to join him in his revolt—and because they had a free will, some of them chose to follow him.

But the revolt failed, and Satan was cast out of heaven. From that point on, Satan would forever stand opposed to God and try to block His work at every opportunity. The Bible says, “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star. … You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God'” (Isaiah 14:12-13). Satan’s greatest victory was when he led Adam and Eve astray, bringing sin and death to the whole human race.

But listen: Satan is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered death and Hell and Satan! And someday that victory will be complete, and “the devil, who deceived them, (will be) thrown into the lake of burning sulfur” (Revelation 20:10). Until that day, make it your goal to live for Christ and walk close to Him every day.

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  1. I Dont Get This... says:

    So Hey I Am No Satan Worshiper But Christ Either I don’t Understand This As All He did Was Make Up His Own Mind; Make His Own decision. Are We All Sheep? Satan Never Did Anything Bad- He Stood Up For him Self And What He Enjoys, So Why Hate Him. I Don’t Understand.

    1. BGEA says:

      The devil has one main goal: to turn us away from God and instead make us his slaves. And he will do everything possible to achieve this goal. That’s why the Bible commands us to “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).

      Here is Billy Graham’s answer related to your question:

      My Answer

      Temptation is one of the devil’s main weapons – and it takes many different forms. He’ll try, for example, to tempt us with sins of the flesh – immorality, destructive habits and so forth. But if those don’t work, he’ll tempt us with sins of the heart or mind – evil thoughts, wrong motives, anger and jealousy. He’ll also attack us spiritually – trying to fill us with doubts, attempting to convince us that God doesn’t care about us and filling us with pride.

      So what can we do? The first step is to be sure that we have given our lives to Christ. When we come to Him, we are no longer citizens of Satan’s kingdom; we are now citizens of the Kingdom of God! Let this great truth strengthen you every day.

      Also, when Satan tempts you, recognize it for what it is: an attempt to turn you away from God. Then combat his lies with the truth of God’s Word, with prayer and with the help of other believers. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

      Click here for more on overcoming temptation:

      God bless you!
      – BGEA Staff