When we look back at where sin originated from, we often think about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Sin actually initiated in heaven with one of the angels known to us as Satan or the devil. Now we all at some time or other in our lives asked why God created the devil. The question is did He create the devil?
He created Lucifer, seal of perfection, full of wisdom and was perfect in beauty Ezekiel 28:12 . Lucifer was the crowing act of God’s creation; blameless in all his ways from the day God created him until iniquity was found in him Ezekiel 28:15. This character does not sound like the Satan as we know him. That’s because it’s not.
This was the perfect sinless being that God had created before he became corrupted by sin. In fact it appeared that this angel, Lucifer, was the closest to God than any of the other angels base on Ezekiel 28:14,
‘Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.’
Now you probably wondering what would have caused one so highly exalted and favored by God to fall. That is actually the same question asked in Isaiah 14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
Ezekiel tells us that Lucifer’s fall was ultimately due to the seeds of pride that became to grow in him. Pride from the very beauty and slender that God intended to be a blessing. Isaiah 14 vs. 13-14 tells us that this pride actually lead him to desire the very throne of God.
- ‘For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.’ Isaiah 14 vs 13-14
He wanted to ascend, to be above all other created beings…. He even wanted to be like the most High, not in character but in position. Satan was saying that God’s way of running things on the foundation of love was faulty and that he could do a better job.
So who were the other heavenly beings were to believe and how they were suppose to discern the truth? When all they knew was the truth? God had a critical decision to make. How would He deal with this rebellion, this sin that had entered into His perfect universe?
Some of us might say that God should have just destroy Satan being that He is mighty and can perform all acts. But if He had destroy him without the opportunity to prove his case , there will forever remain questions in the minds of other created beings. Questions about who is right from who was wrong and about His justice and fairness in dealing with Lucifer. And even if they still chose to serve God, it wouldn’t be because of pure and genuine love they had for God. It would be based on fear of punishment.
So God allowed this rebellious creature to carry out his principles and to test his form of government, thus, the evidence will be given, the questions answered and then all of creation out of their own free will, choose whether or not they will still love and obediently serve their Creator.