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If God created everything in the world then did he also create the serpent who tempted Eve?

Why would he do this? Why would he create something to contended with himself and tempt others to disobey God?

If not how did the serpent get there?

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Close to off-topic today, but I think it is still on-topic, as the obvious answer is "yes, God created everything and the 'serpent' fell into sin before Adam and Eve." There might be other opinions, but Caleb's answer reflects the vast majority of Christianity. –  fredsbend Jan 25 at 16:13
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Unequivocally YES.

One does not need to delve into the garden account or unravel whether it was a talking snake or a manifestation of Satan or any of that in order to say for certain that God created it. Everything outside the person of God himself was created by him. This includes every physical object and creature in the universe, the universe itself, angels, and any other spiritual beings that exist. If it exists and is not God, God created it.

if ( THING && THING !== GOD ) { Assert(THING.creator == GOD) }

Colossians 1:16 (ESV)
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

So did God make the snake? Yes he did.

Why would he create something that would contend with himself?

Remember that Satan himself is nothing but a fallen angel, originally created by God but as an angel of light. It is in this sense that Martin Luther is quoted as having said:

Satan is God's satan.

I think this is a good reminder not to give credit for any power or authority he does not have. Nothing he is or does is done outside the sphere of God's sovereignty and in due time God will reign him in and show his works for the lies that they are.

Why God would create some being and give it free will (man) or the power/choice to rebel against him (angels) is an intricate topic. Perhaps he knew the best way to demonstrate his authority and power was to have some stage on which it could be demonstrated. Perhaps because having creatures that serve you as robots that have no other option does not satisfy an intrinsic need to be honored.

See also: Does God need our praise and glory?

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Did you mean if ( THING && THING !== GOD ) { Assert(THING.creator == GOD) }? Otherwise you are setting the creator to GOD yourself, which is like cheating ;-) –  Sklivvz Sep 5 '11 at 13:56
@Sklivvz: That works for me. Pseudo code is often hard to get past the parsers :) –  Caleb Sep 5 '11 at 13:58
@Caleb: Nice play on words: " . . . in due time God will REIGN him in and show his works for the lies that they are"! I think you meant rein, but reign works just fine! Don –  rhetorician Jan 25 at 19:13
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As with a lot of things in the early chapters, Genesis isn't very clear on the details. It doesn't even specifically say that Satan had anything to do with it, but that's generally accepted as true, that Satan was working through the serpent in some way. But we do see that:

  • The serpent tempted Eve, and she partook of the fruit.
  • Eve didn't see anything particularly strange about a serpent talking to her.
  • God cursed the serpent for its participation in the event.

Remember that Satan was Lucifer, a great and powerful angel who was cast out of heaven for rebellion, and has been trying to get God back for it ever since by screwing up His plan. It stands to reason that if Satan was able to tempt people, he would also be able to tempt animals that can communicate with people. He picked the serpent for being "the most subtle." Why? it doesn't say. Maybe he simply wanted to get every advantage he could to make sure that his first attempt to derail God's plan worked. In any event, he picked the most subtle of the animals and convinced it to tempt the humans into eating the forbidden fruit, and it worked.

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I've always found it fascinating that Eve did not immediately run and find Adam, shouting "Look! I found a talking snake!". –  Lawrence Dol Sep 5 '11 at 3:41
lol Parseltongue –  Pacerier Sep 5 '11 at 14:17
I've always wondered why Adam, who was evidently there with Eve when she was being tempted (Gen 3:6b), didn't put the kibosh on the whole affair by rebuking his wife and telling the serpent to scram. He had, after all, been given dominion over the earth and everything in it, but when push came to shove he wimped out. Some have suggested he was so smitten with love for his wife that he was loathe to leave her to her own devices. That's pure speculation, however. Why Adam didn't grow a pair and do the right thing is basically a mystery. If I were in his shoes, I'd probably have done the same. –  rhetorician Jan 25 at 19:12
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God did not create Satan, he only created an angel. In this case I must say then that Satan created himself. To explain, a mother whose son becomes a thief can not be said to have procreated a thief. It is the son's decision to become a thief hence, the son made himself a thief. Same case satan was created as one of God's angels, it is the idea that he disobeyed God and pitted himself against him that makes him become satan. So God did not create Satan.

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References please? –  Flimzy Sep 6 '11 at 2:57
I see what you're trying to say, but I don't think it is a good idea to understand anything about Satan using the word 'creator'. He is a destroyer, a corrupter. He may have chosen to be the way he is, but what he is is a corruption of something good that God made and he cannot create on his own, only corrupt and destroy. Perhaps a re-wording would make this a better answer. –  Caleb Sep 28 '11 at 12:39
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It makes sense to me when I think of it in a more scientific sort of approach... It's like this: God created an Infinite Universe. In an Infinite Universe, there must be Infinite Chance of anything occurring that can occur.

Thus, anything does happen. If everyone believed in God, there would not be free will and there is no Infinite Probability.

We're in an Infinite Universe. You can go for lightyears and lightyears when you get to its supposed end.

And so, if God is Truth, and if we are to assume the Serpent represents Untruth (I don't believe that a talking snake really walked on this planet--it makes sense for this story to be symbolic, especially considering Cain says "Other People" and finds a wife...) Be that as it may, we still came from the same Adam--or, Atom (in Hebrew, it sounds like Ah-dom).

It's an Infinite Universe. There's an Infinite Probability of anything happening, even an atheist. So God created a strange world where babies die and old people try to look young forever.

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The book of Genesis was re-written by Moses to the children of Israel (Jacob) and is the first book of five called the Pentateuch that Moses (by tradition) is said to have written. I say "re-written" because Moses had originally recieved the Law (book of commandments) from God on Mount Sinai and the Israelites intially rejected it. (As is recorded in second book of the five called Exodus).

It is my opinion that Moses was inclined to use more symbolism and metaphor to get the point of scripture across to his stubborn and stiff-necked Israelite nation. Therefore, I would conclude that "serpent" and all reference pertaining to it are more symbolic in nature than literal. Even the "partaking of the forbidden fruit" is most probable a symbolic reference to some act and not the actual partaking of an apple or some other fruit.

Literal translation of the metaphoric and symbolic words used to discribe these events hides while at the same time preserving their true meaning. In this way the wicked Israelites who first rejected God's Law are given something they can more easily accept hence, the Law of Moses - which is lesser to the Law of God but prepatory to it and fulfilled with the coming of the Messiah/Savior/Christ.

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This answer would be a lot better if you could add references showing that this is a common understanding, and who teaches/believes it. Remember that "I believe it means..." isn't an acceptable answer, since this site isn't about personal interpretation. See How we are different than other sites? and What makes a good supported answer? –  David Stratton Oct 28 '13 at 1:20
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as i understand the book of Job chapters 38:4-8 God didn't create satan because God asked satan that where did you come from? if he created him,why should he have asked like this. so by knowing these verses we can understand that God didn't create satan.

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This answer would be a lot better if you could add references showing that this is a common understanding, and who teaches/believes it. On this site, we're not looking for personal interpretation, but rather focusing on what various Christian groups teach. See How we are different than other sites? and What makes a good supported answer? –  David Stratton Dec 28 '13 at 20:16
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