Would Evil Exist Without Satan?

We have seen some evil enter our world this last week.  So, here is the question:  Would evil exist without Satan and along with that would Satan exist without evil?

About Karen Smith

Karen Brooks Smith is a guest blogger and passionate volunteer at Changing the Face of Christianity. Karen became a Christian in her early adulthood. She isn't religious, but has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Karen recognizes the differences between the church of this world and the church of the Bible and is motivated to reconcile those differences in our culture. Karen enjoys volunteering with her Church’s youth group, her children’s school and with the Girl Scouts. However, her most important blessing and ministry is her wonderful husband and three delightful daughters.


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  1. KC says

    I think that what we try to personify as “evil” is really just any choice that does not recognize The One True God as Lord of all. Evil is the result of what happens when we let pride control us, instead of submitting to Our creator’s authority. As satan chose to do, and as man chose to do as well. We then became slaves to sin, and under the rule of satan and his lies John 8:44. So in us is evil, though it did not originate WITH us. So I would say that the possibility of evil would exist without satan, as long as there is always the ability for free will.

  2. Ian M. says

    The question cannot be answered without definition, which the writer above supported by making the attempt to do so. What is “evil”? Is it just a set of circumstances that oppose us personally? Many Christians seem to think so as evidenced by their requests for prayers to overcome the discomforts of life. Sometimes when I hear them praying out loud, they talk more to the devil than to God. “Get thee behind me Devil!! I cast out….(etc). Rather sad really. One wonders how much power their God actually has. No. Evil is a choice, as KC siad. It is a choice to be something we are not. It is a choice to l;ive as if God has no bearing on our behavior, on our judgements, on our lives. It is resident in the nature of Man, quite contrary to the beliefs of most of our culture who are under the spell of The Enlightenment (which plunged us into darkness) where Humanism is the driving notion. Here in this fictional world, we are considered basically good and perfectable given the right set of circumstances, usually promised by political parties in their campaigns but, strangely, never delivered. It has been my experience that any person that I meet is not really like that. Unaccountable power, for example, produces corruption in EVERY case where it is weilded. I am subject to it as is everybody else. I don’t need a devil to tempt me into corruption. The devil is, at best, a fraud; a con-man…a very good con-man, for sure, but a con-man nonetheless. All of my dealings with him has been in the shape of a lie and knowing the Truth is the only defense for a lie that I know. That is one of the reasons why I dispair sometimes for the Church of Jesus Christ. Biblically illiterate and “Enlightened”, we are at the whim of this fraudulent enemy of our souls. There is Barna Group studies published in their book “unChristian”, that showed the dismal biblical literacy of Christians. It left me open-mouthed with the obvious ramafications of such a state. Exactly on what do “unbiblical” christians rely to counter the lies of the devil?

  3. John S says

    Lucifer was the first to sin according to the Bible and I believe it to be correct. As explained in Ezekial 28 Satan was created perfect and beautiful and blameless: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, Then unrighteousness was found in Lucifer as he became proud in his own beauty and vain in his wealth. Equaling himself with his creator till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; After being cast to earth we know the rest of the Genesis story of the temptation of man whom Satan tempted with the same sin he had been cast out for. “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God” And thus sin entered the world I realize that many reject this answer and prefer their own definition. Others accept philosophical or difficult to explain answers and yet they accept the idea of Occams Razor readily enough. Simple does not equate with stupid.

  4. Carl Williams says

    Genesis 1…1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be LIGHT: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. The Light, Darkness conflict as elaborated in Ezekiel 28 is present on earth; since the first day of creation. The first words from God were, “Let there be Light.” Satan countered with a simple question in Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Genesis 3:2-3: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. In her reply she added the part about touching the tree to the Word of God directing them not to eat the fruit of the tree, with the words, “neither shall ye touch it.” Satan used her embellishment to convince her to eat the fruit, the con of the ages brought sin into the equation. The choice is Light or Darkness, The key is to look at the light. We choose to look at Jesus and live happy fruitful lives or look at the sin and live in fear and darkness. Sin and Satan are realities that cannot be overlooked, they exist and will be with us until the new creation. Look at the Savior not the sin is the key to happiness.

  5. Loran Yunevich says

    Would evil exist without satan? No. Evil came into man, created in the image of God, when he sinned against God after being tempted by satan. Would satan exist without evil? Satan became satan when he sinned against God before that he was a angel of stature. The angel existed before he sinned to becone satan.

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