Q. Where did Satan come from? Did God create evil? Is Satan an evil “god”?
Satan was created by God, but not as an evil being. God does not create anything evil. Satan was created, like all of God’s created creatures, with a purpose and that purpose was to accomplish GOOD, not evil. Satan choose for himself to do evil.
The best information we have about Satan is found in the book of Revelation.
Rev. 12:7-9 (NAS’95)
7* And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9* And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
This passage informs us that Satan was an angel created by God to accomplish good. However, he was also created with free will and had the ability to choose for himself whether or not he would obey God. Satan decided for himself that he would be disobedient and that disobedience was evil. Disobedience is always evil. Satan became evil by choosing to do evil just as human beings may choose to become evil by choosing to do evil things. It was choice pure and simple that caused Satan to be evil.
One caution here. We do not have all of the facts of the event revealed to us in Revelation 12. We are curious about many of the details. Some have turned to other passages of Scripture in an effort to find additional information. One passage that is often used out of context in this regard is:
12* “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! 13* “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14* ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15* “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.
In verse 12 the KJV improperly inserts the name “Lucifer.” The context of this passage is quite clear. It is God’s prophecy against the King of Babylon (see verse 4). This passage is NOT intended to give us additional information about Satan. It DOES NOT apply to him.
What then was the sin that Satan engaged in that caused him to fall? We may never know for certain…..but it appears that he had a problem with humility. We learn this in a passage in 1 Timothy.
“and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.”