The debate on Satan, evil and the fall of man has been going on since the beginning of time. First, let me admit that I do not have all the answers. I also believe that no one here on earth has all the answers. Deuteronomy 29:29 says,”The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” I believe that we are supposed to continually search for answers, so that through this search we may come closer to sanctification, but in our search we must not loose sight that “the secret things” belong to God and we can not and will not be able to obtain all the answers we search for here on earth, as much as we try. With that being said, I am starting my search in the beginning. Specifically, the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Eve.
“Who/what created the heavens and the earth and everything in it?” For the sake of this post, we are going to take the stance of Christian theism. According to Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Before I dig in, I also want to address the question of when were angels (specifically Satan) created. Genesis 2:1 says, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” If you focus on the term, “all the host of them,” and then look to Luke 2:13, you will see that angels are referred to as “heavenly hosts.” With this evidence, I take the stance that angels were created within the six days of creation, including Satan. Isaiah 14, describes the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan wanted to be not just like God, but greater than God. Which the Bible says that God is all knowing, all powerful and that we can never come close to all that He is. Satan’s evil heart got him thrown out of heaven.
Let’s fast forward to the Garden of Eden, precisely Genesis 3, the fall of man. The Bible says that before this point, creation was perfect in the eyes of the LORD. Adam and Eve were God’s masterpieces placed in His garden for His glory. So, what went wrong? It started with a “crafty serpent” who can be argued is Satan, in some form or matter. I tend to argue that Satan physically manifested himself in the form of a “crafty serpent.” Satan in my mind was looking for payback. When someone hurts you, what do you want in return, for them to feel the same hurt, right? Well, Satan saw an opportunity to ruin God’s perfect creation. To ruin God’s glory. I guess Satan hadn’t figured out that he was all of part of God’s plan and he was merely a chess piece in God’s glorious plan. No, God did not want Adam and Eve to sin and leave all of creation with their consequences, but God allowed it to happen, because He had promised us all free will. God is omniscient (Isaiah 46:9-10) and although He didn’t want for us to be separated from Him and for us to suffer, He allowed it to happen in honor of His promise to us of free will. He knew when He created everything that we would choose sin, but God did not choose sin for us; we had the option to choose obedience, but we chose sin.
Among the debate is the question of, “Where did evil originate?” For a full explanation of my thoughts on theodicy, you can check out my last post. So, if God created a world that was “good,” then when and where did evil come into the world? When Satan chose to rebel against God, it was then that evil was introduced. “Evil cannot come from where goodness is found, only from the absence of good can evil be found.” Up until this point, there was only good and when Satan had a lack of Good in his heart, it was then that evil was introduced into the world.”He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 12:14)
Now the question of, “When did sin enter the world?” Some might argue that sin entered the world when evil entered the world, but Romans clarifies this for us. Romans 5 is a key book in understanding sin and in totality the Christian faith. Romans 5:12-14 says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.” These verses tell us that sin entered the world through, “one man,” or, Adam. Satan couldn’t have brought sin into the world, because before the Garden of Eden there were no laws. So, Satan brought evil into the world, which led to Adam and Eve bringing sin into the world. The consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin was death. The consequence of death was held over the people from the time of Adam up until the law was given to Moses.
- God created everything.
- Angels were created within the six days of creation, including Satan.
- Satan’s evil heart got him thrown out of heaven.
- Satan physically manifested himself in the form of a “crafty serpent.”
- God knew when He created everything that we would choose sin, but God did not choose sin for us.
- When Satan chose to rebel against God, it was then that evil was introduced.
- Sin entered the world through Adam.