Who Made Satan?

Matt Smethurst | May 11, 2016


Satan. What images does that word conjure up for you? An evil creature with horns, a tail, and a pitchfork? A cute kid in a red cape, ringing your doorbell on Halloween?

Cultural caricatures aside, Satan is the personal being whom Christians know as the great deceiver, the archenemy of God and his people.

Scripture says a lot about his character and actions—who he is and what he does—but what about his origins? Where did he come from? Who created the Devil?

Chatty Snake

The story of the Bible opens with creation, with God declaring the universe into being. The first two chapters are a breathtaking scene of order and wholeness and flourishing. No wonder the Maker surveys everything he’s crafted and pronounces it “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Lightstock

Then, suddenly, a snake. But this isn’t any ordinary snake; this one talks. In fact, it’s quite chatty. Before we know it, the slithering creature has struck up a conversation with Eve, luring her and her silent husband—and you and me—into a revolt against God. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear this ancient serpent is a scaly manifestation of Satan himself (Rev. 12:9). 

Genesis of the Devil

The Bible never explicitly tells us where Satan originated. He presumably came into existence sometime after the creation of God’s perfect world (Gen…


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