THEO201 Fall B01 201040Allen Cooke Student ID# L23197599as divine.
Most people don’t see the significance of these passages. Instead they choose
to believe that even though God may be the Creator, Satan somehow is equal in powerand ability. Anytime created beings think of themselves as equal to the Creator, there arepr
oblems that arise. “For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were
created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16.
This passage tells us that all things werecreated by God and that everything is subject to His authority. Since Satan is a createdbeing, he is also under the authority of God. He is not omniscient, omnipresent oromnipotent. Satan has limitations to his power and is subservient to God.The argument seems to be for most people that since God created Satan, He also createdevil. This argument has not merit. God did not create evil; He created free will. Theangels were created with the ability to choose. God could not have created anything evil.Satan was created with power of personality and the freedom of choice. He was an angel
with apparent honor and leadership in heaven. When Satan’s pride took control of him
and he exercised his freedom of choice in rebellion against God, he was cast out of heaven.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, puttingthem into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;
2 Peter 2:4I have heard many people, Christians included, constantly blame Satan for their sin.They seem to see him around every corner. The fact is that Satan is the tempter, but theresponsibility of our sin is ours. Along with the freedom to choose right and wrong, weare given the power to resist and flee temptation.
There hath no temptation taken youbut such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted