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Was the creation of Satan a missing of the mark?

07-07-2013 - Posted by Andre Piet

God is the creator of all things. That seems like a matter of course for those who base their belief on the Bible, but in practice, only a few really believe this. Just ask the question: From where comes the evil, that is everywhere in the world (suffering, pain, death)? Then it becomes evident that only a few dare to say: God is the Creator of all things, so also of evil. This is so, while, nota bene, God Himself through Isaiah declares:

5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. -Isaiah 45- KJV

The word “evil” in Hebrew is ‘ra’ and that word is derived from a concept that means crush or smash (see: Ps.2: 9). It has in itself no moral significance. Even God does evil as He brings judgment on His people (Jer.26:3; Zech.8:14; Amos 3:6). Whether evil is “sin”, depends on who does it, on the motive, the time, the place, etc. Stabbing someone in his belly with a knife is evil, because it is destructive and it destroys. But if a surgeon uses his knife on a patient’s belly, it is not evil. Why not? Because a surgeon has a beneficial motive and knows the right place, the right way and the right time to do so. A surgeon also causes pains and he wounds, but in his case, we call it a necessary evil and not objectionable. What is decisive is to realize that evil is certainly not the same as sin. Sin means missing the mark [a sensible purpose] (Judges 20:16). When God makes something, He always makes it for a purpose.

Yahweh has made everything for its own pertinent end, Yea even the wicked for the day of evil. -Proverbs 16:4-

When God created the world, He formed the light, but he also created the darkness (=places where there is no light), as Isa.45:7 says. He created angels, but also a being that we know as Satan, “the old serpent” (Gen.3:1; Rev.12:9). Whether this serpent “sinned from the beginning” (1John 3:8) or at a later time does not matter in this context. Because either way, if this creature was evil without God intending him to be evil, then God is a sinner according to the biblical definition, i.e., having missed the mark. On the other hand, if with this evil (=destructive) creature God has a purpose, then the creation of Satan was completely purposeful (right on the mark) When God is the Creator of all things, including the evil, it means that evil is in good hands! It fulfills a necessary function. The existence of evil in this world is no Divine industrial accident. GOD knew what He was doing, when He created Satan. The misery that this would cause was not an unpleasant surprise for Him, but was perfectly foreseen. Painful, to be sure… but not useless! GOD works all evil for good (Gen.50:20). Of each minus, He makes a plus!