Lucifer was perhaps the greatest of all angelic creatures. He was created by God to be beautiful and perfect in many ways. The problem began when Lucifer began to notice his own beauty. Pride seeped into his heart and it was pride that led to self-will (he wanted to be like God) and self-will to rebellion. He became the Adversary (“Satan”) to God and apparently led other angels (“demons”) into rebellion sometime before the creation of man.
God created man in his own image to love and be loved. Because of Satan’s hatred toward God and his consuming desire to be worshiped, he successfully tempted Adam and Eve to fall into sin and condemnation from God. This act of rebellion became a curse for all mankind which is referred to as “original sin.” Satan continues his unrelenting, world-wide struggle against God and all goodness today. His goal is to defeat the divine plans of God’s grace and to seduce people to reject God and worship him instead. His primary method is through lies and deception — about himself, his purpose (man’s eternal ruin), his activities, and his coming defeat.
God had the power to destroy Satan at the moment he became the Adversary. Instead, God, in his divine wisdom, chose to tolerate Satan and uses him according to His purposes until that final Day of Judgment. On that day, Satan and all the other enemies of God will be cast into the “lake of burning sulfur” called hell.
In the ongoing conflict between good and evil, it does seem as though God has given Satan every advantage. Yet, we can be assured that God’s victory is certain. Victory was accomplished for us through Christ’s death on the cross. God created us perfectly. We can’t on our own make ourselves what God intended us to be. We need a new start, a new creation, a clean slate.
God only declares us perfect through Jesus Christ. God became man and died on the cross to reconcile us with God and to give us a new life in Christ. He became our perfect substitute. It is only through Christ that we enter a personal relationship with God and are declared holy and perfect; just like God originally intended us to be.
Why did create Satan? God created Lucifer to be perfect, but Lucifer was the one who chose out of pride to be the Adversary, not God. It’s pride that separates us from God, because God does not do the separating. As a result, we suffering the consequences of rejecting God’s grace.
** This question and answer was inspired from the book, “Letters from a Skeptic” by Dr. Gregory A Boyd and Edward K. Boyd, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1994.