The earth belongs to the Lord God who made it. We humans and all angelic or heavenly beings—indeed all creation—belong to God. Reality is therefore His to define as He created it. We cannot simply go our own way and think God doesn’t care.
Satan fell from the humble state of glory God gave him. As this analysis proposes, he felt the power of his own glory and failed to defer to God, wait upon God, trust in God, and seek God’s will. He slowly gave precedence to his own will. He allowed a presumptuous and false view of reality that exalted his own authority to overcome him. In that spirit, he abused God’s authority by rebelling against Him and pushing his own dominance.
The angels that joined Satan were led astray by Satan’s false reality. They too became deceived into trusting themselves over God. The spirit of a humble servant under God’s authority, loving God and others as their self, departed from their consciousness. They became focused solely on themselves. Ironically, instead of being servants of God, they became slaves of Satan, while Satan became a slave to his own pride.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.”
~ (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Translate the above to mankind. What is true of fallen angels is sadly true of fallen humanity as well. We have lost the spirit of love and devotion to God as His humble servants who seek His will, wait upon Him, trust in Him, and obey Him. The result is a kind of chaos that Satan uses to work his will. The result is rebellion against God. The result is that one generation after another continues in its own way, feeling autonomous. To recover from this state, human beings must repent, turn from their present course of life, and trust in God’s way. To recover true reality, we must change. God has no reason or need to change. Ours is the insult. Ours must be the change, and Satan does all he can to prevent that change.
This article is an excerpt from Scott Leone’s book, Thoughts on the Origin and Evolution of Evil: A Christian’s Perspective