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And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

- Revelation 12:9,12

 


 

But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.

- Psalm 115:3

The LORD hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

- Proverbs 16:4

What if God, willing to show His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.

- Romans 9:22

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

- Romans 9:14

 


  • Irrational - Not able to reason or think abstractly

  • Instincts - Any inborn, automatic impulse necessary for a creature's health and survival
  • After being defeated and punished by God for his rebellious actions, Satan is full of hatred and enmity against God. As man was the crown of God's creation, Satan saw a possibility of attacking God, damaging God's work of creation, and increasing the number of his followers by tempting Adam and Eve to sin.

    Adam's tragic sin - which brought with it the terrible consequences of fear, pain, sorrow, separation, and death - is called the fall. The term speaks of mankind's deep fall into sin.

    Neither the devils' nor mankind's fall surprised God, however. God permitted sin and the fall of both Satan and Adam to take place. These events were included in His eternal decree. Why God decreed to permit sin to enter into His creation is a mystery which no person can fully answer. God had His own reasons for doing so, for God makes no mistakes. We must submit to this truth even when we cannot fully understand it, knowing that God does no wrong. We may not pry beyond that which God has revealed to us in Scripture. Neither may we, as creatures, rebelliously set ourselves up as judge, as if we will try God, our Creator!

    While God has not fully shown us all the reasons why He created Adam with the possibility to fall, He has revealed the following reasons in Scripture. While we are forbidden to pry beyond Scripture, we are commanded to search and study the reasons that are taught in Scripture. Scripture reveals that God created man perfectly upright, loving to obey his Creator, but with the possibility to choose sin and disobedience because:

    1. Man's free and voluntary love and obedience to God was more honoring to both God and man. Mountains, trees, fish, birds, planets, and stars glorify God - all creation sings His praise. But each of the objects, plants, and animals God created honored Him without personal choice. God placed all lifeless objects and irrational creatures under various laws and instincts which control their actions - they are bound to serve God because He has placed them under certain laws of operation that they cannot break.

    Man, however, as a rational being, was created at a higher level. He served God, not because he was bound to, but because he chose to. Man's higher position of freely choosing obedience to God was


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