Question: I have a co-worker who is easily annoyed with anything, especially people. Today she complained about someone so I blurted out that God loves that person too. Her response was “yes but God must have spent less time with that person”. We laughed but soon after she asked about God loving Satan so in my anxiousness to preach I said “Yes, God even loves Satan”. I’ve never thought about that before and I know Satan was an angel of God but how can I prove myself right or wrong with scripture?
Answer: Thank you for the question Brain.
Contrary to many people’s beliefs, God does not love everything or everyone.
In fact, there are seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:17-19);
These verses easily prove that God not only loves, but God also hates, (1 John 4:16). While the Bible does not specifically say God hates Satan, Satan has performed each of these actions that God hates. By definition then, God hates Satan, He certainly does not love him.
Turn your Bible with me to,
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
One of Satan’s many names in Scripture is Lucifer. Satan fell from the grace of God in the World That Was as Satan wanted to occupy God’s Throne. Satan wanted to become the King he was supposed to serve. Due to this, God overthrew Satan which ended the age, and brought about the time we now find ourselves in.
Satan disrupted God’s entire plan for us, for that, God promised Satan,
“Thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” – Isaiah 14:15
God will destroy Satan, and God will do that at the end of the Millennium.
Turn your Bible with me to,
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
“Iniquity”, that is evil. God hates all workers of evil, and Satan is chief of evil.
Now read what God has to say about Satan.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Satan was perfect, until iniquity which is evilness was found within Satan’s soul. This occurred when Satan wanted to become God. At that moment, Satan fell from God’s Grace. In that instant, God hated Satan the chief “worker of iniquity”. You can read more about Satan’s fall in, When Was Satan Cast Out Of Heaven?
God does not love Satan, God hates Satan, and God is going to kill Satan for his sins, (Ezekiel 28:16, 18).
For those who still think God loves Satan, despite what we just covered in Scripture, I want you to ask yourself…
Could you kill someone you love?
The obvious answer is no, we could never kill someone we loved, nor would we have any desire to do so. However, if someone harmed our family members, we would do anything and everything in our power to protect them. God is our Father, we are His Family, and He will do everything in His Power to protect us.
Think about that for a moment.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
The Devil, that is Satan, (Revelation 12:9).
Satan is our “adversary”, which means our “opponent”. Satan is our enemy, which makes Him God’s enemy. God does not like or appreciate people (or entities) who destroy His Family.
I do not know about you Brain, but I hate Satan. I hate Satan for the evil he has brought into this world. I hate Satan for destroying God’s plan, and I hate Satan for destroying God’s Family.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
“The accuser”, that is Satan who stands before God pointing out our faults before Him day and night. God does not appreciate that, nor does God love those who seek to destroy His Family, and that is exactly what Satan has always done.