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Why Did God Allow Satan And His Rebel Angels To Sin? 

Why Did God Allow Satan And His Rebel Angels To Sin? 

The Holy Bible doesn’t clearly say much about the rebellion of Satan and the other angels who followed him, but from the verses we may have read, it can be deduced that Lucifer, who was most likely the highest in rank of the angelic host (Ezekiel 28:12-18), decided to try to take God’s throne and become God himself (Isaiah 14:12-14). It is commonly understood from Revelation 12:4 that a third of the angels were in support of Lucifer and followed him when he fell.

God offers no explanation as to why this occurred, but we do know from elsewhere in Scripture that God refers to the angels that did not fall as his “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21). Apparently, just as it is with humanity, the angels were found to have either of two invested natures, some with a nature that loved God and sought to follow Him, and some that when given the chance to rebel, took it. We do not know why God chose to do things this way. We can only assume that in His infinite wisdom, He deemed it to be the best way. The Bible makes it clear that God did not force the fallen angels to fall, for He cannot tempt anyone to evil and is not tempted to evil Himself (James 1:13), so it must be assumed that the demons fell because it was in their nature to do so, and when given the choice to rebel against God, they did what they desired to do.

Why then, did God in His omniscience create beings with the tendency to fall and rebel against Him in this way? 

Again, the Bible does not tell us God’s reasons for doing what He did. But we do know that human beings choose to rebel against God unless He intervenes and creates a new heart in them (Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:3; Ephesians 2:8-9). Possibly, it works the same way with the angels; those not restrained by the gift of a godly nature will rebel when given the choice to do so.

It is puzzling, from a human perspective, when we consider that God foreknew these things and still allowed them. However, God’s nature is exhibited in everything. His wrath and justice as well as His love and grace and mercy are shown through the existence of evil and rebellion in ways that never could occur without them. If, as the Psalmist says “His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30), God has committed no wrong in allowing the angels to sin. In fact, this allowance is part of His perfect plan. Perhaps the best way to understand why God allowed the angels to sin is to remember that everything God allows will ultimately glorify Him in some way – even when a finite mind cannot understand how (Isaiah 55:8-9).

The Fall Of Satan: When Was It, And How Did It Happen? 

The Fall Of Satan: When Was It, And How Did It Happen? 

When was the fall of Satan, and how did it happen?

In eternity past there was God alone, and there existed only one will at that point – God’s. Then God chose to create the angels. This apparently was done before the creation of our world (Job 38:6-7). At the outset, at least, the angels’ wills were perfectly aligned with God’s. There was, in effect, still just one will in God’s creation.
But then something happened that changed everything. Using poetic language, the Bible describes how one of the angels rose up against God, rebelled, and introduced a second will into the created order.

Scripture chronicles the events in two Old Testament passages: Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. Although some Bible commentators believe these portions of Scripture do not refer to the fall of Satan, many other theologians are convinced they do. 

At the start of Ezekiel 28, the prophet first addresses a “ruler” of the land of Tyre. The historical Tyre was a city of unscrupulous merchants, as well as a center of religious idolatry and sexual immorality. The ruler in question was a man named Ethbaal III, who ruled Tyre from about 590 to 572 B.C. Ethbaal (whose name literally means “living with Baal”) is described this way: 

“your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas'” (Ezekiel 28:2).

After denouncing Ethbaal, the Prophet Ezekiel is then directed by God to deliver a second condemnation to the “king” of Tyre; this time, the description seems to be of a completely different type of being, one that is not a mere mortal. It appears God used the occasion of Ethbaal’s fall to describe the original condition and fall of Satan. Like Ethbaal, Satan had raised his heart up against his Creator, declared that he would be a god, and was the spiritual king of Tyre and all its idolatry.

Ezekiel describes Satan’s initial state this way: “Thus says the Lord GOD: 

‘You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you'” (Ezekiel 28:12-15).

Ezekiel describes Satan as a being created in perfection. Also, Satan is a “covering cherub,” an order of angels with the closest access to God and who guard His holiness (cf. Ezekiel 10:1-14). His location on the “holy mountain of God” speaks of his being involved in the government of God. Walking “in the midst of the stones of fire” communicates a nearness to God in a place just beneath the glory at the footstool of God (cf. Ezekiel 1:27).

However, Ezekiel then explains Satan’s fall, and in doing so provides insight into how evil entered God’s creation: 

“You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you” (Ezekiel 28:15-18).

Here we have the answer to how sin came into creation. Created a free creature, Satan possessed the ability to choose his actions. Evidently, because of his beauty and splendor, he chose to rebel against God, his creator. His sin was a self-caused action that led to his losing his position, his place, and his possessions.

The Prophet Isaiah provides more details on Satan’s aspirations: 

How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

The five “I will” statements made by Satan in Isaiah 14 each take a step towards God, with each new step being greater than the previous. Satan’s desire to “climb the ladder” and ascend to heaven may mean that his rebellion began on earth. He desired to raise his seat above that of all the other angels. Isaiah’s reference to the “mount of assembly” corresponds to the government hierarchy also spoken of by Ezekiel.

Satan’s longing to ascend above the heights of the clouds means he wanted to usurp the glory of God (God is sometimes pictured in Scripture as coming in the clouds, e.g., in Dan. 7:13). 

Finally, Satan’s desire to make himself like “the Most High” makes use of a name for God – El Elyon – that literally means “possessor of heaven and earth.” Simply put, Satan wanted it all.

Instead of getting it all, Satan lost it all. He was reminded that he was but a creature, and his application to join the Trinity was refused.

With his rebellious act, Satan introduced a second will into God’s created order. Now, sadly, there are billions of wills that differ from God’s among the human race and among the demonic legions that followed Satan’s rebellion (cf. Revelation 12:2-4).

However, God’s Word says that a day of full restoration is coming. The curse brought upon fallen humanity and the earth itself will be undone, and the only will in creation will be that of God’s again: 

“No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3–5).

Satan will one day be eternally assigned his place in the lake of fire, as will all those who follow him (Revelation 20:15). Put your faith and trust in Christ so that you can avoid Satan’s deceptions and escape his fate.

Satan Is Attacking Not Only Christians, But All People – Pope Francis Explains Why 

Satan Is Attacking Not Only Christians, But All People – Pope Francis Explains Why 

During his homily at Mass on Friday, Pope Francis reflected on how the Devil is the cause of all forms of persecution: from cultural colonization to war, hunger, and slavery.

The devil is not only behind the persecution of Christians that is so widespread today. He is behind the persecution of all men and women — the growing wave of destruction we see in our times.

This was Pope Francis’ reflection on Friday, June 1, at Mass in Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the First Reading, where St. Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you.”

Today, said Pope Francis, we are not only witnessing the persecution of Christians, but of every man and woman, “through cultural colonization, war, hunger, and slavery.”

The pontiff explained how for the Christian, persecution is part of life.

“Persecution is rather like the ‘air’ that Christians breathe even today. Because even today there are many martyrs, many people who are persecuted for their love of Christ. There are many countries where Christians have no rights. If you wear a cross, you go to jail. And there are people in jail. There are people condemned to death today simply because they are Christians. The number of people killed is higher than the number of early martyrs. It’s higher! But this doesn’t make news. Television newscasts and newspapers don’t cover these things. Meanwhile Christians are being persecuted.”

But Christians aren’t the only ones persecuted by the devil. Satan persecutes all men, the Holy Father explained, because all of us are made in the image of God.

“The Devil is behind every persecution, both of Christians and all human beings. The Devil tries to destroy the presence of Christ in Christians, and the image of God in men and women. He tried doing this from the very beginning, as we read in the Book of Genesis: he tried to destroy that harmony that the Lord created between man and woman, the harmony that comes from being made in the image and likeness of God. And he succeeded. He managed to do it by using deception, seduction…the weapons he uses. He always does this. But there is a powerful ruthlessness against men and women today: otherwise how to explain this growing wave of destruction towards men and women, and all that is human?”

The persecutions of mankind

For example, Pope Francis described hunger as an “injustice” that “destroys men and women because they have nothing to eat,” even if there is a lot of food available in the world.

He went on to speak of human exploitation, of different forms of slavery, and recalled how he recently saw a film shot inside a prison where migrants are locked up and tortured to turn them into slaves. This is still happening, he said, “70 years after the Declaration of Human Rights.”

The pope also reflected on cultural colonization. This is exactly what the Devil wants, he said, “to destroy human dignity” – and that is why the Devil is behind all forms of persecution.

“Wars can be considered a kind of instrument to destroy people, who are made in the image of God. But so are the people who make war, who plan war in order to exercise power over others. There are people who promote the arms industry to destroy humanity, to destroy the image of man and woman, physically, morally, and culturally… Even if they are not Christians, the Devil persecutes them because they are the image of God. We must not be ingenuous. In the world today, all humans, and not only Christians are being persecuted, because the Father of all persecutions cannot bear that they are the image and likeness of God. So he attacks and destroys that image.”

5 Facts Of Satan Every Christian Should Know 

5 Facts Of Satan Every Christian Should Know 

Can he read thoughts? Can he predict the future? Move objects across the room? 

Satan and his hosts of demons are mysterious figures of the spiritual realm. They torment followers of Christ on a daily basis, though on most occassions their actions are invisible to the eye.

Over the centuries, the Church has grown in its understanding of these malevolent spiritual beings, Scripture also has much to tell us about Satan and his minions.

Here are five facts that help shed more    light on these dark creatures.

What was Satan before his fall into darkness?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms, “The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God” (CCC 391). He is traditionally named Lucifer, or “light bearer,” when he was a bright angel of light (cf. Isaiah 14:12-15).

Besides that, the Church has varying traditions as to what kind of angel Satan was. Saint Thomas Aquinas argues in his Summa that,Cherubim is interpreted ‘fulness of knowledge,’ while ‘Seraphim’ means ‘those who are on fire,’ or ‘who set on fire.’ Consequently Cherubim is derived from knowledge; which is compatible with mortal sin; but Seraphim is derived from the heat of charity, which is incompatible with mortal sin. Therefore the first angel who sinned is called, not a Seraph, but a Cherub.”

However, there is no dogmatic declaration from the Church regarding whether Satan was a cherub or seraph.

Can Satan (or any devil) predict the future?

The Catechism declares, “The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature” (CCC 395).

The short answer is NO. Fallen angels (as well as good angels) do not have access to the future unless God reveals it to them. As Jesus says in the Gospel of Mark, “But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).

On the other hand, they can make predictions about the future based on observation. Demons by nature are extremely intelligent and can observe people and events very closely, having a sense of what will happen. Essentially they can “predict” the future with limited accuracy, not because they know something hidden, but because they are able to observe and give a general prediction like any smart human.

Can they move physical objects?

Angelic beings are powerful spiritual creatures and have limited power when it comes to physical matter. Most of the time demons perform visual tricks by negatively influencing our minds with illusions, making it appear that something is moving when it is in fact not.

Other times they can move physical objects, making them fly across the room as can be seen in various horror movies. It is a rare occurrence, but can happen. Thomas Aquinas devotes a question in his Summa explaining how this can happen.

t does Satan look like? 

All angels are pure spirits, meaning that they do not posses a physical body, though at times they can take on the appearance of a human or some other creature. The visible form that is often reported in Scripture or popular news stories is merely a facade, a mask they put on so that we can see them with our eyes. Otherwise they are naturally invisible creatures.

Artists have used various images to depict Satan, such as a dragon, serpent, or a some other mythical creature. However, according to Satan’s nature he is without physical form.

Can Satan cast people into Hell?

The Catechism is very clear on this topic, “To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called ‘hell’” (CCC 1033).

Simply put, No, Satan can not cast/force people into Hell. We choose to go there out of our own rejection of God. Satan may influence us during our time on earth, but we are still free and make that choice at the end of our lives. If a human goes to Hell, it is because he has chosen to do so and goes there freely.

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