A Question I Was Asked:

How Was Iniquity Found in the Devil? How Did it Get Into Him?

How was iniquity found in the devil? How did it get into him?

UK Apologetics Reply:

You have asked a question which, at the present time, none of us can answer. It seems, however, that he was led astray by vanity and pride. Consult Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:14-17. For sure - from an eternal perspective - it has assisted the overall plan of God to have a personage of great evil. Why? Well, it appears that God can only develop people of righteous character in a scenario in which there is evil, and in which they themselves are tempted by it, but are then able to pull away from it and willingly choose righteousness as an eternal path. In a similar manner, a child needs to learn lessons in order to avoid harm and pain in his or her growing process. If a child is utterly and completely protected they learn nothing. A child learns that it is painful to fall off a bicycle and unpleasant and painful to disobey parents. We too need to learn that sin and lust, whilst always attractive and enticing, are never the ultimate answer and lead to pain, depression and despondency. We learn that the way of outgoing love and service to others is the true path to happiness. Most of all, we learn that the love and peace of God is the greatest form of love, a love and peace which passes human understanding. (John 15:12-13; Philippians 4:7; Ephesians 3:19).

We know that Satan will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10) but that might be symbolic, demonstrating that he will never again be able to influence those upon this earth. It is speculation, of course, but it would seem that fire cannot eternally destroy a spirit being so God could conceivably use Satan again in other creations and in other places. Can we really limit our God to simply creating many sons and daughters just on this one planet? Now that is speculation and the Bible is silent on it but our God has given us strong, powerful, investigative and reasoning minds (since we are fashioned in His image) and we are bound to wonder...

Robin A. Brace. December 15th, 2014.