I haven't read this thread yet, just saw the title, and thought I'd add (if I can). It probably has already been stated, but I may as well do it
anyway... especially seeing what the last two posts were... (talk about staying on subject!)
Yes, God DID create Satan/Lucifer/whatever he was called. You can go to any number of other threads and see the same debate over and over, but to sum
There will be those who will more then likely say that God would never have created such a beast, and I beg to differ. The proof is all right there
in your bible.
Lucifer was the first of the angels. He thought himself higher then the others, closer onto the level of God, right?
Lucifer decided to become as God, convinced a few other angels to join him... how?
This is where the real question lies, I would think... IF free-will was God's gift to mankind, how was it possible for Lucifer to rebel? That was a
free action, was it not? Unless, of course, you want to go the route that states God told him too... but then, doesn't that kind of change the
whole tempting of Jesus bit? After all, if God wanted Lucifer to rebel, then it must stand to reason that God told Lucifer to tempt Jesus...
(Let's not even mention Job... I mean, God taking a bet from Satan? Come on! Why?)
Now, Lucifer HAD to have had free-will. How come? He had the ability to convince a few hundred other angels to his cause... which would also make
the assumption that Lucifer had equal power to God, in order to lead other angels, or else why would they? Unless God wanted them to turn, too.
Or God isn't as omnipotent as one is led to believe. Maybe God created these angels NOT KNOWING that they were rebelious... a quick look at the
Book of Enoch pretty much explains that, since the angels rebelled not once but TWICE.
Then there's the whole duality thing. Light and dark, good and evil, can't have one without the other. God created Satan, God needs Satan.
I mean, think about it for a minute. If there was no Satan, no Hell or damnation... would people try to be good? Doubtful. We are sad creatures,
always trying to find the quickest way, the most gainful path. If there was no chance of ever going to Hell, would we try to do good?
God needs Satan.
Lucifer convinced other angels to follow him. Lucifer turned their attention away from God into his light. Lucifer has complete and total control
over the Earth ("and he shall have domain over the world"). Lucifer could very well be God's equal... matches other duelistic mythologies, why
No matter how you look at it, Lucifer having free-will or God commanding and ordering him, God created him. After all, evil cannot create, right?
*snicker* God created Lucifer to fit a purpose.
Which also explains Hitler, Stalin, and soothsayer.