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Why didn't God destroy the devil before he had a chance to do anything evil? And where did the devil come from anyway? Did God create him, or has he always existed?


No, the devil hasn’t always existed; he had a beginning, and some day his work will come to an end. Only God is eternal.

Where did the devil come from? The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about the devil – but it does indicate that before the worlds began God created a host of mighty angels who were to serve Him. Satan was one of them – but pride and greed consumed him, and he led a rebellion against God, hoping to overthrow God and take His place as ruler of the universe. The prophet Isaiah recalls this event: “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven…. I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:13-14).

His rebellion failed – but Satan continues to oppose God and lead people astray. And he will continue to do so until the end of time, when he will be bound forever and ever (see Revelation 20:10). Don’t be deceived by his temptations, no matter how attractive they seem!

Never doubt that the devil is real, or that he is powerful. But he also is a defeated foe, because by His death and resurrection Jesus Christ overcame the powers of sin and death and hell. Make sure of your commitment to Christ, for when we give our lives to Him, God frees us from Satan’s grip and makes us part of His family forever. The Bible’s words are true: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8).

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  1. mc vess says:

    God knows all. Why did He not destroy satan immediately?

  2. Joachim Dungdung says:

    Good to know about the heavenly kingdom

  3. Bereket BURKA says:

    Part of allowing angels and humans to exist as autonomous beings is allowing them to embrace or reject God’s ways. God can’t allow this if he simply destroys any created intelligent being who rejects Him.

  4. millie says:

    My 7 year old asked me this…: “Mom, is God more powerful than the devil? Then why doesn’t God just destroy him?” I had no answer, and in fact made me ask another question. Why did he destroy so many people by flood, but didn’t destroy satan? Why is evil not stopped? I understand that there is alot of evil and suffering because of sin and people who stand and do nothing …God is powerful why doesnt he just make us innocent like adam and eve were before the devil tempted eve to eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and destroy satan so we dont eat from that tree?

    1. BGEA says:

      It seems like at the heart of your question is this one, “Why doesn’t God do something about all the evil in the world?” Billy Graham answered this very question in one of his posts. You can read that here:

      We encourage you as questions arise that you search our site with your 7-year-old and find answers. Whatever you find, take before the Lord in prayer and seek His face. Asking questions is a good thing; just don’t become so overwhelmed that you forget to find answers.

  5. Alena says:

    Hi, Kathleen – You mentioned that you thought God could not be in the presence of sin. That was a really good point and I had never thought about that before. So, I didn’t some research on it to find out for myself. I believe you are referring to the verse in Habakkuk. The verse actually reads: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; You cannot tolerate wrong.” Habakkuk 1:13a-b NIVIn Genesis we read that “The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” Genesis 6:5 NLT But, as we read later on (in chapter 7), He certainly does not tolerate it for long. To me, this means (along with the fact that He is omniscient) that God is able to be in the presence of sin…He just can’t tolerate or condone it.These few verses certainly helped me to understand it better and I hope it helps you too. God bless –

  6. Alena says:

    Hello, Ann – Maybe I can try to help answer your question. You are right – angels are not people, but the Bible indicates they are given free will like humans are and when satan fell, it wasn't just he that fell, but one-third of God's angels went with him. In Revelation, most Christians believe, it uses the word “stars” as a metaphor to describe the angels: “his [satan's] tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky…” Rev. 12:4a. Verses 7-9 also seem to support this belief (which to me, shows they have the ability to sin). I believe the ones that chose to stay with God are sinless (because they don't have the privilege of repentance). I don't recall reading anywhere in the Bible that any more angels will fall, however, the Bible indicates that they do have a free will; and with free will comes choice. So in my opinion, with the verses I mentioned (along with other verses in the Old Testament), they have to choose to obey God (and not choose to sin). I hope this helps!

  7. Chad says:

    Good question, Scripture is written things will happen according to scripture and prophesy will be fullfilled. Notihing will happen that is not the the will of God ..the Bible is God Word and will never pass away . Hope this helps …just read gods word and believe your heart,that someday all our questions will be known Jesus nameAmen

  8. Kathleen says:

    I have the same question as Ann. Also, another thing that I've wondered about is how in Job it says on day the devil came with the angels before God. How can the devil come before God? I thought sin couldn't be in the presence of God.

  9. Ann says:

    I have been a Christian almost my whole life, and believe the Bible to be true. I do, however have a question about the devil as a fallen angel. If angels are not people (fallen into sin) how did one of God's angels (and only one) fall victim to the sinfulness of pride and greed? Does that mean that all angels are at the risk of becoming sinful like people? Please help me to understand the possible sinful nature of angels (without the act of disobeying God in the garden).Thank you!