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Jehovah’s Witnesses

THE WATCHTOWER FEBRUARY 2013

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Bible Questions Answered

Where did the Devil come from?

God did not create the Devil. Instead, God created the angel who later became the Devil, also known as Satan. Jesus implied that at one time the Devil had been truthful and guiltless. Originally, then, the Devil was a righteous angelic son of God.Read John 8:44.

How could an angel become the Devil?

The angel who became the Devil chose to oppose God and incited the first human pair to join him. He thus made himself Satan, which means “Resister.”Read Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9.

Like the rest of God’s intelligent creatures, the angel that became the Devil had the freedom to choose between doing right and doing wrong, but he developed a desire to be worshipped. His desire for glory was stronger than his desire to please God.Read Matthew 4:8, 9; James 1:13, 14.

How has the Devil continued to influence humans? Should you fear him? You can find the answers to these questions in the Bible.