Bible verse used in the podcast
- Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 42:5, John 1:1-3
- Genesis 2:2
- Isaiah 45:7
- Isaiah 14:12-14
- Luke 10:17-19
- Ezekial 28:11-17
- Job 1:6, Job 38:4-7
- John 1:12
- 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6
- Revelations 1:26, 9:1, 12:4
- Matthew 25:41
Did God really create everything?
Of course, we would say yes to this. As a Christian, it is believed that God created everything. We can find this all throughout the Bible:
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1 ESV
5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:Isaiah 42:5 ESV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.John 1:1-3 ESV
Some extra verse: Romans 1:19-20, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 11:3
With this solidified in our brains as being so trivial, it is almost subconscious; there is a problem. What are the implications of that? Did God really create EVERYTHING? How far does that actually go? As the title suggests, does that mean that an all-loving, merciful, just God created Hell? Many people might want to say no simply because they feel this doesn’t fit the character of God. But all because It feels like it is not right, doesn’t mean it isn’t. For instance, Did God create good and evil? We would think a perfect God that only does good and can’t sin wouldn’t create evil right?
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.Isaiah 45:7 KJV
Here we find that God is guilty of creating evil, so what do we do. I talk about this previously when talking about if God is a loving God so we won’t go down that path again. But now what about Hell? Did God create Hell? In order to answer this, we need to look at the origins of Hell and ask another question.
Did God create Satan?
Clearly, the answer is, God created Satan. But how could God create something that is inherently evil? That would be the way many would think. After all, we find several verses that indicate that Satan is “evil.”
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’Isaiah 14:12-14 ESV
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.Luke 10:17-19 ESV
From here we see that Satan wanted to be like God (whatever that means) but we also see that Satan fell. But what did he fall from? Yes, he fell from heaven, but what does that mean?
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.Ezekiel 28:12-17 KJV
We find this illusion about Satan and here we discover a lot of information. Satan was originally meant to be a powerful angel for God. He has some worship abilities, he was full of wisdom (like Solomon); But oddly he was originally beautiful as opposed to our idea that he is ugly and clearly evil. Satan was created, not equal to God, and he is not the brother of Jesus. When God created Satan he was not meant to be evil but instead he fell not because of God, but because of his own pride.
Did Satan fall alone?
We need to explore the fall of Satan a bit more in order to understand hell. Of course, the topic of Hell goes along with the topic of sin. We find that Satan sinned because of his own pride and he fell. But now we get to a question, did sin exist before Adam and Eve? I talk bout this previously but in the concept of Satan, it seems that the fall happened independently with Satan and with man. So at least on that level, sin exists independently of man. But it turns out Satan wasn’t the only one who sinned.
So here is a question, when was Satan created? Clearly, he must have been created in Genesis 1:1, where God created heaven and earth. But what about Satan? We do find something interesting when looking at different passages that talk about creation.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, 7 when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?Job 38:4-7 ESV
Who are the sons of God? It seems when God created the earth, other people where there? This is pretty simple because Job gives us some hints in the first chapter.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.Job 1:6 ESV
Here we find that Satan comes in with the sons of God. These sons of God are separate from man (because they are looking down talking about a man, Job). Often in the old testament, the term sons of God refers to angels. Why are they called sons of God? Who else is a son of God? Well it turns out there are a few others:
38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.Luke 3:38 ESV
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”Mark 1:9-11 ESV
After looking at the term son of God, we have the angels, Adam and Jesus. In context, they are all directly created from God. There is another group that is called sons of God:
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,John 1:12 ESV
As a Christain, when being born again, God turns you into a “new creation” and you become a son (or daughter) of God. You can often find that everyone is called a son of Adam or son of Man until you get to Jesus.
Getting back to the point, it turns out Satan was not the only angel who fell. We can find that others fell with him.
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;2 Peter 2:4 ESV
6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day–Jude 1:6 ESV
Why does Hell exist?
So it turns out that Satan is not the only angel who fell. We find that they are “held” for some type of judgment. But now this brings us back to the point. Why was Hell created?
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.Matthew 25:41 ESV
Hell was originally designed for Satan, not man. So now the question is, If it was made for Satan, why do humans go there?