Why does God have an enemy? It is because he has a function in God’s plan for man. The Biblical background is that a created angel decided to oppose God. He was in God’s employ, saw God’s glory and power, knew about His plans, and was still rebellious. Why did God allow it? How can we explain that God created everything very good, but missed this one (God saw all that He had made, and it was very good1)? Shouldn’t all His creation, especially the angels whom we assume must have been intelligent beings, be very glad to serve Him?
It is sometimes difficult to understand, but here is an explanation: God did not create the angels 100% perfect. He is perfect, but to create other beings 100% perfect would mean that they are also God. That is impossible. We deduct that the angels were less than perfect, and this left scope for wickedness in one particular angel. You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty…. You were in Eden, the garden of God…. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.2 The Bible says this specific angel said to himself, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God…. I will make myself like the Most High.3 There are theologians who dispute these verses. They claim that they refer to the human king of Tyre, but it is difficult to envisage the king of Tyre in the garden of Eden.4
What is the function of the devil?
God uses the devil to divide humanity in two, those who love God and those who don’t. In everyday life there are people who incite others to rebel. In politics there are factions that vie for control. A person’s preference for a specific leader shows his loyalties. It is God’s plan to create the perfect Kingdom and He wants to make sure His future citizens will not be harassed by disobedient rebels who are not interested to submit to Him as King and definitely don’t want to be seen in His presence.
God uses the devil to expose God’s enemies. A real kingdom has real enemies. One can detect the work of the enemies. In our society, in our times, it is not difficult to detect the work of the devil. There is a plethora of groups, organisations, and others who are actively engaged in a war against God, like the Freedom from Religion, Free thinkers, rationalists, evolutionists, skeptics, atheists, and many others. What makes their actions suspicious is that there is no reason to worry about what another person believes. If the Bible is not true, why care if a person believes in it? Who believes in an invisible God anyway? One cannot detect Him. Only people who are influenced by the invisible enemy of God can fight against an invisible God. The battle against the Bible, or Bible Bashing is one of the best proofs that the Bible is the truth.
The value of God’s enemy is that he gives positive proof that God is real and that the Bible is true, by his continuous war against our precious book. We can never forget that the Bible is about real life (that is why it is a historical revelation). What we experience in ordinary life, is what we find in the Bible. It would be interesting for readers to try and find organisations, magazines, newspapers, and other media that hate an invisible God with passion. They demonstrate the influence of the devil in their actions.
- Genesis 1:31
- Ezekiel 28:12-15
- Isaiah 14:13-14
- Ezekiel 28:13