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Did a good God make a bad devil?
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God alone is eternal, perfect and the Creator of everything (Is 40:28). As a perfect God, He cannot create another perfect being, who would then be God. So whatever He created had to be less than perfect. The creation can never be equal to God. Which means that angels and men as created beings are less than perfect. But of all God’s creation, we find only angels and mankind who consciously serve God or reject Him. (Ps 103:20-21; 2 Pet 2:4. The parable of the sower in Matt 13 shows the difference between people accepting or rejecting God’s Word.) This shows that they have their own free will. God in His omniscience doesn’t want robots, because that would amount to forcing people to serve Him. Forcing people never leads to love and loyalty. His whole plan of salvation has to do with loyalty to Him.
This freedom of will was exercised by the devil and he convinced a horde of angels to follow him. (Some commentators regard Rev 12:4 as proof of that. NB: the Bible was not written in textbook style, and God didn’t deem it necessary to give us detailed information concerning the origin of evil. It is given as fact, we observe it, and we can reject or embrace it.)
The devil’s idea was to ascend higher than God (Is 14:13,14). God gave him the opportunity of setting up his own kingdom (Matt 12:26). Contrary to God’s kingdom of light (Col 1:12) his is a dark, evil kingdom (Eph 2:2; 6:12). Gal 5:19-22 compares the two kingdoms: immorality, impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, selfish ambition, dissensions, envy, drunkenness, orgies versus love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Comparing the two kingdoms, one can understand why God’s kingdom will be peace, and the devil’s destruction. (For example, if we had two suburbs, one with God’s character and the other with the devil’s, which one would you choose to live in? The devil manages to influence people to oppose the Bible’s message.)
You live in this world which is under the dominion of the devil. But do not be misled, you have a free will to choose God’s kingdom. The only door to enter it is through Jesus Christ who came to destroy the works of the devil - 1 John 3:8. When you accept his pardon for your mistakes, you start on the journey of learning to live according to God’s ways, so that you will be prepared for an eternal life of peace and joy.
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