Why did God create Satan?

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.     

7 Comments on “Why did God create Satan?

  1. hello.. my friend.., first of all Pardon if my English is wrong grammar .. because i am a Filipino. while im searching for a friend ..,thru blog..,the tittle WHY DID GOD CREATE SATAN? of your article posted call my attention.. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT SATAN CREATED BY GOD…

  2. hello.. my friend.., first of all Pardon if my English is wrong grammar .. because i am a Filipino. while im searching for a friend ..,thru blog..,the tittle WHY DID GOD CREATE SATAN? of your article posted.., calls my attention.. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT SATAN CREATED BY GOD…it because SATAN MEANS a mortal enemy of God ..God did Not make satan ..,because satan is once an angel of God…,
    How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations!
    And thou saidst in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north;
    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.

    Isaiah 14:12-14

    Now…. WHY THERE IS SATAN? IT because God gave us Freewill
    I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed;

    Deuteronomy 30:19

    that satan once an Angel..,but when he want to be Powerful Like God.. thats why he became satan or evil .. because he rather to choose to do Bad than Good..
    God gave us Freewill thats why. and Many people now Love doing evil than to Follow God words..

    For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.

    Galatians 5:13

    And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

    Genesis 1:31

    at the begining all of creations of God is Very Good..

    why now a days many people do evil works.. it beacause that is their choice…

    God Bless my Friend .. pardon again of my English..

  3. Might it not be that Satan is the inevitable negative consequence of God’s love, the anti-matter of God’s creation –

    until time is fulfilled and all is resolved.

  4. Thank you, Jan Michael for your response.

    The Scriptures implies that Satan is a fallen being that did not hold to the truth (John 8:44) and that he fell under God’s condemnation because of ambitious pride (1 TImothy 3:6). He is the ruler of a powerful kingdom that stands in opposition to the kingdom of GOd (Matthew 12:26, Luke 11:18). He is engaged in a world-wide, continuous struggle against God with the purpose of defeating God’s plan and fool people into evil and ruin (Rev. 12:9.

    Even though I agree we have the free will to choose right from wrong, good from evil, there is a strong influence from Satan to choose evil which truly is anything that is apart from God.

    Biblical interpretation is often difficult. Most theologian refuse to apply the passage you stated in Isaiah 14:12-14 to Satan. Instead they feel these passages to the kings of Babylon and Tyre. I would agree with this interpretation.

    Thanks again for your comments.

  5. To Hugh Stan:

    In reading your comment, I could not help but think of the scientific equation– wherever there is an action, there must be a reaction.
    I don’t think this could be applied to Satan– for Satan is real, not a concept.

    My prayer for all people is that they will know the truth before “time is fulfilled and all is resolved.” That will be a terrible time for those who have been entrapped in the lies of Satan– for their punishment will be eternal as a consequence of their sins.

  6. YES..it is true that there are some words of God in the bible are difficult to understood.. beacuse God said..
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    Isaiah 55:8-9

    as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

    II Peter 3:16

    God has higthest Standard than un ..

    But there are ways to understand the scriptures

    What man is he that feareth God? Him shall he instruct in the way that he shall choose.

    Psalms 25:12


    This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

    Ecclesiastes 12:13


    Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you; I will make known my words unto you.

    Proverbs 1:23

    GOD SAID:and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand.

    Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand.

    Daniel 12:10



  7. God is God and we have no right to question God. God wants suffering, pain and death for a reason. If you question God then you question the existence of the universe. God does what God wants to, period.

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