“You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created”.— Ezequiel 28:12-13
Question and assumption
To answer the question Why did God create Satan? we must first analyze it. As defenders of the gospel we must be prepared to answer any questions that may be asked, but before answering lightly we should analyze all the questions and find inconsistencies. What do people want to say or imply with this question?
ASSUMPTIONS OF THE QUESTION:
- God is holy and can not sin.
- God created Satan in his sinful form.
- If God created Satan then God created sin.
You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.— Ezequiel 28:15-16
Is it true?
The first assumption is true (Leviticus 20:26), but because the first assumption is true it does not mean that the following assumptions are true. Let’s analyze if God really created Satan in his sinful form. In Ezekiel 28:15 it says: ‘You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you’, the word ‘perfect’ is used to describe Satan or Lucifer (Latin: light bearer).
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
I cast you to the ground,
I laid you before kings,
That they might gaze at you.
You defiled your sanctuaries
By the multitude of your iniquities,
By the iniquity of your trading;
Therefore I brought fire from your midst;
It devoured you,
And I turned you to ashes upon the earth
In the sight of all who saw you.
— Ezequiel 28:17-18
We can then determine that God did not create Satan in his sinful form but in a perfect being, but then a question arises. If God knows the future why did He let Satan rebel? This question has two truths God knows the future (Job 37:16, Psalm 139: 2-4, 147: 5, Proverbs 5:21, Isaiah 46: 9-10, and 1 John 3: 19-20) and Satan rebelled. The question is why?
All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you;— Ezequiel 28:19
You have become a horror,
And shall be no more forever
Two groups in the final judgement
Analyzing and scrutinizing Matthew 25: 31-46, Jesus makes the difference between two groups of people before the Judge in the final judgment, the sheep who behaved well, so to speak, and the goats who are the ones who behaved badly. Joining this passage from Matthew 25: 31-46 with Revelation where John writes to the churches and tells them ‘he who overcomes’, even more including Revelation 21:7 we see something interesting. The interesting thing about these passages is that there are decisions to be made to enter heaven and only the brave or violent take it (Matthew 11:12).
Only those who are holy (separated from evil) will inherit the kingdom of heaven (Hebrews 12:14). So if the heavens are only taken by the violent and only the saints inherit it, it means that only those who are tested and overcome will enter into heaven (Revelation 21: 7). But how can we be tested in order to inherit or lose salvation? Because God test us, but the end of the test if we bear it is to receive the crown of life (James 1:12). This is where the temptation comes, since God does not tempt anyone then the temptation comes from Satan (James 1:13, Matthew 4: 3).
We can then conclude that it is possible that God created Satan to test man, and determine if he deserves the kingdom of heaven. Salvation did not cost man anything, but it did cost Jesus a great price and should not be taken lightly it has to be deserved.