Bible Question:

Who created sin? Why were evil desires in Satan able to exist with the Holy God in heaven?

Bible Answer:

The fact that God exists is obvious in the world around us, in the mysteries of our human bodies, the existence of 1.6 million galaxies surrounding us, and in the moral law written in our minds. That is the message of Romans 1-2. But many ignore the fact that God exists and as a result the world ignores the fact that there is a divine moral standard. One must ignore God before one can feel comfortable ignoring His divine moral law. God is holy and we are not.

Who Creates Sin?

Sin is something we all create. We create it every day when we choose to disobey God’s absolute moral standard. God did not create sin. God tells us that He cannot sin nor can He be tempted with sin. Listen to the book of James.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” (NASB) James 1:13-15

God cannot be tempted, and He does not cause others to sin. We create sin when we give in to it. It is like the little boy who knew that pulling a girl’s hair would hurt. He did it because he wanted to. That is the way with sin. We know that God does not want us to disobey, but we do it anyway. We create sin. We sin!

The First Sin?

The first sin occurred when Satan chose to sin. He was created as a holy being, and so were Adam and Eve. Satan created the sin in the spiritual realm and Adam created the first sin in this universe. It is amazing to realize that these holy beings decided to sin. Just because a being is holy does not mean it cannot sin. God gave the angels and humans free will. God wants a relationship with us, but He wants us to desire it. He will not force us. Sin is a choice. It is a decision. Satan knew this fact very well. That is why he tried to cause Jesus to sin in the wilderness.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (NASB) Matt. 4:1-3

Satan tried to cause Jesus to sin. He knew that a holy being could sin, but He did not realize that Jesus could not sin. Jesus did not sin (Heb. 4:15). God cannot change. He has always been holy and He will always be holy (Heb. 13:8).

Sin In Heaven

Sin still exists in heaven today. Satan has the freedom to enter heaven and visit God (Job 1-2). But some day God and the angels of heaven will deny him access and cast him to the earth forever. Some day he will live forever in a Lake of Fire. In the new heaven and new earth there will no sin(Rev. 21:27; 22:3). Satan will not be there.


Why would holy beings commit sin? We do not know except that they wanted to disobey God. I am glad that God does not change. I am glad that God is love, holy, just, righteous, all-powerful, and all-knowing. Just imagine what life and eternity would be like if God changed and sinned. Or, if God turned hateful. Or if God became weak and Satan was stronger. But God cannot change because He is infinite and self-existing. He is what He is. We can praise our unchangeable God, and thank Him. Thank you God for loving us and forgiving us when we trust Jesus to forgive us.