Why Satan Got Kicked Out of Heaven

God created Lucifer, now known as Satan, as one of the three top angels in Heaven. Lucifer had responsibility for the angels assigned to worship, while Michael leads the warrior angels who oppose evil and unrighteousness, and Gabriel guides the angels assigned to bring God’s messages to people.

As part of his creation, God gave angels a certain amount of free will. They didn’t get as much freedom as the humans God created, but they got some.

It’s not news that letting people–and angels–make their own decisions means some dreadful decisions get made. And so it was with Lucifer. His position went to his head.

As he led his angels in worshiping God, Lucifer decided some of that worship should be coming his way. As he saw it, he was as good as God and deserved equal honor. In fact, he decided, he should be God.

That decision cost Lucifer everything.

Now, cut to the idyllic Garden of Eden, paradise on earth and God’s gift to Adam and Eve. The Garden included every possible delight–without the need for hard work to maintain it. And God walked with Adam and Eve each evening.

Adam and Eve had only one restriction: They couldn’t eat the fruit from a single tree in the middle of the Garden. Since they were surrounded by miles and miles of trees and plants bearing every imaginable delicacy, it wasn’t a burdensome limitation.

One day, as Adam and Eve eyed the forbidden tree with interest, Lucifer, now Satan, showed up. Eternally angry at his loss of position–for no good reason, as far as he could see–Satan embarked on his lifetime quest: Turning people against God.

Whenever you deal with temptation, you realize Satan is a smoothy. And shrewd. He makes disobeying God and doing the wrong thing seem logical, even attractive–not to mention wise, clever and sophisticated. That last one gets to a lot of people.

Appearing as a beautiful angel of light, Satan engaged Eve in a conversation. He persuaded her that eating the forbidden fruit would be a good thing. It would, Satan purred, give her all knowledge and make her like God. How could it possibly be wrong to be as wonderful and as wise as God? Satan neglected to mention the fearsome price he’d paid for that idea.

Convinced, Eve bit into the fruit, then told Adam to eat it, too.

That forbidden misuse of their free will cost Adam and Eve dearly. Put out of the Garden, heavy labor and painful childbirth became their lot.

What does this have to do with us all these thousands of years later? And how can it matter when there’s no Heaven or Garden of Eden from which to get the old heave-ho?

Well, it has to do with us because it’s still happening. We joke about people thinking they’re God, then casually grab for God’s prerogatives.

We decide God’s truth–absolute truth–no longer holds. We develop our own “truth,” a better, although variable, truth to lead our way–straight into chaos. Without a standard to rely on, societies collapse.

And we decide we’re destroying the world God created. The implication, of course, is that we have the power to thwart God’s purposes. Shouting and finger-pointing supposedly prove we can trump God.

But for all our bravado and certainty, we fear tomorrow. Loneliness hollows us out. Insecurity and defeat filter in. We live far below God’s intentions for us.

We’re reaping the consequences of our actions, words and attitudes, the consequences of grabbing for God’s authority. We don’t recognize our situation, though. We assume the life we’re experiencing is normal.

But it’s not. Or at least, it shouldn’t be.

The solution is simple: Let God be God. Figure out what he’s up to, then get with the program. You’ll do a whole lot less heavy lifting that way. My book, How to be a Christian Without Being Annoying, can get you started.

Bette Dowdell grew up in The Salvation Army, then worked in high tech–as an IBM Systems Engineer, consultant and software company owner–and also taught the Bible to anybody who would listen. Learn more about Bette and her books, articles and speaking at . Bette’s book, How to be a Christian Without Being Annoying, explains, without pushing or preaching, how Christianity works . And check out her original, take-the-hill quotes at . Learn why people tell Bette how much she helps them take on life.

© 2008 by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved.

7 Responses to Why Satan Got Kicked Out of Heaven

  1. Patrick tierney

    I would like to read your book and learn.

  2. Bette Dowdell

    Thanks, Patrick. I’m glad my book, How to Be a Christian Without Being Annoying, came to your attention, and I’ll pray that it answers your questions. It’s what I needed to know to change my life.

  3. Ntwanano

    I pray tht God help me to be strong and stick by his side forever and ever together wth my family will glorify God

  4. Dorian

    Interesting. Is it too late for humanity? Are we all lost, lost soul, little missing pieces of God confused in the world He created. Not knowing when or how will it end when the end comes. Do we all have an end. Will life being again? so many question.

  5. Steve

    God gave Lucifer (free will) and then gave Adam/Eve ( free will ) also correct ?
    Then when Lucifer turned against God, God kicked him and 1/3 of the angels out of heaven correct ? Then when Eve ate from the forbidden (Tree), God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden correct ? Here is where I don’t understand the above. God created ( FREE WILL) and gave it to the above persons and then removed them from their place why ? God created the ( ROBLEM ) in the first place correct ? OR, did God want this all to happen to ( KICK START ) humanity ? If Adam and Eve never got ( TEMPTED ) in the first place, we all may still be in the garden of Eden ! Remember that (NOTHING) happens without God’s ( PERMISSION ) nothing ! Thank you

  6. Bette

    Steve, God gave free will only to humans. Lucifer was angel. The fact that evil happens is because God does not block the free will of humans, but those who misuse the gift pay for their evil. People who do evil things will not enjoy Heaven unless they repent, and evil people rarely repent.

  7. Bette

    Dorian, it’s not too late. It will only be too late when this age comes to an end, as described in the Revelation. (I’d suggest reading it in the New Living Translation, which is written in today’s language.) And we will know when “the end is near” because the end will be preceded by seven years of misery here on earth. Those seven years give people a final chance to choose heaven. God doesn’t want anybody to be lost or doomed, but the free will he gave us includes our choosing how we want to live–here and in the hereafter.

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