Short Essay on Angelology and Satanology
My friend Anna called me after she watched a documentary on TV called “God vs. Satan.” She wanted to know what was wrong with the common understanding of dualism and the idea that God and Satan are two eternal and equal forces that will struggle for eternity. Her argument was if this isn’t true, God created evil since we know that Satan is evil and God created Satan. I realized that in order to give her the proper understanding I would need to look closely at what the scripture teaches about God and Satan.
Dualism is the concept that assumes that there are two separate entities (good and evil) which are equally powerful. In Christian dualism, God represents the good entity and Satan represents the evil entity. Christian theology generally accepts a modified moral dualism, recognizing God as supremely good and Satan as a deteriorated creature bent everywhere upon the intrusion of evil. Christian theology does not consider Satan to be ultimate or original, and sees him ultimately excluded from the universe (Kuhn, 357).
Through Christ, God created all things (Colossians 1:16). This includes all things in earth and the heavenly beings (angels). All things God created was very good (Genesis 1:31).
God could not have created anything evil. Satan was originally created as a being with power of personality and the freedom of choice. He was an angel with apparent honor and leadership in Heaven. When Satan’s pride blinded him to exercise his will in rebellion against God, he was casted out of Heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15) (Towns, 2008, 361). We can therefore conclude that by his rebellion Satan he made himself evil.
There have been other attempts to explain the personalities in Isaiah 14: 12-15 as persons other than Satan. One of the common views is that this Scripture is referring to the King of Babylon. This view cannot be accepted in light of verse...