The problem I am having with this whole issue, is in understanding how it is that God is the source of two such opposing views.
Response #'s 2 and 87 (to reference just two of several) seem to me to be saying "God made me do it" while God clearly says "why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God." [Acts 5:3-4]
I am not striving for some semblance of a victory here, I am trying to understand a concept that I see as foreign to the scripture.
(CHB) Theo, Who created satan?
Well, IF he is a fallen angel, God did.
Psalm 148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels
: praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
But even Jesus called him "the God of this world." "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom THE GOD OF THIS WORLD hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." [II Cor 4:3-4]
GOD HAS ANGELS:
Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give HIS ANGELS charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
GOD PROVIDES ADVERSARIES
Num 22:22 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and THE ANGEL OF THE LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.
Num 22:32 And THE ANGEL OF THE LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:
DEVIL HAS ANGELS
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS:
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the DEVIL, and SATAN, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, AND HIS ANGELS were cast out with him.
IT WAS GOD WHO GAVE LIFE; BUT THE POWER OF DEATH BELONGS TO SATAN:
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy HIM THAT HAD the POWER OF DEATH, that is, THE DEVIL;
I find no verse that says Satan IS an angel, only that he and HIS ANGELS did such and such. I find no verse that says God created Satan, the Devil, nor any other euphism that applies, unless he is in fact, an angel, which verse we lack. (Unless you know of one and will provide it)
I know that God rules all things. I know Satan rules in the earth. I know that Satan serves as an adversary to man, in God's universe. I know that God sent Satan as an adversary to David, to get David to number the people. I know many things. I don't know many things.
If Satan filled my heart to lie, Satan made me do it, but the only thing is who gave Satan the authority to put it in my heart? Since my heart is deceitful and wicked already of which God created, then the result would be to lie wouldn't you think?
You would so think. HOWEVER; With every temptation, God has provided a way of escape. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." [I Cor 10:13]
God wants us to make good choices.