We all know the story of Adam and Eve causing the first original sin by eating from the Tree of Life. However, Lucifer became Satan before Adam and Eve were even created, he was casted down to Earth as described in Ezekiel 28:18. It is assumed that the serpent described in Genesis is Satan, right?

Wouldn't evil have already existed on Earth before Adam and Eve? If Adam and Eve were the ones who cursed the Earth from their disobedience, then would that mean Satan performed no evil on Earth before Adam and Eve? It seems rather confusing. If Satan did commit evil before Adam and Eve's arrival, then wouldn't the Earth have already been cursed?

  • Where is your evidence that 'Lucifer became Satan' and where is your evidence that Ezekiel 28:18 occurs before the creation of Adam and Eve ?
    – Nigel J
    Aug 8, 2018 at 10:08
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    The Devil being a spiritual being was created in a natural angelic good state. How he first sinned and where that sin occurred in not known. Just because he tempted Adam and Eve in the garden does not mean that sin existed on earth. It simply means that Satan was there at the time of Adam and Eve.
    – Ken Graham
    Aug 8, 2018 at 13:08
  • A definition of what is meant by "evil" would help. ¶ For instance: 1) Rules exist. 2) Free-will exists. 3) therefore the potential for an evil choice exists. 4) Therefore evil exists. So, if using free-will to choose to disobey rules defines "evil", evil has existed from at least the time that angels were created, which predates Adam and Eve. Aug 15, 2022 at 15:55

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Earth was created specifically with men in mind. Adam and Eve were given dominion over all the creatures over the earth.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)

Therefore when man fell, the earth and everything under their dominion fell as well. Satan was permitted on earth to test them, but the earth was not cursed until men betrayed their allegiance to God. And even then, in a sense, God cursed the earth for our sake, since idleness can easily lead to temptations for a sinner.

Therefore Satan was an usurper of Adam's dominion, he is referred to as "the prince of this world" (John 12:31). However, this dominion was never Adam's to give away, it rightfully belongs to God. As soon as man sinned, the plan of salvation was put in place (Gen 3:15). The earth, although under the curse of sin, was flooded with grace (Rom 5:20). Because Jesus, "the lamb slain from the foundation of the world" is the rightful ruler.

  • Earth cursed for our sake ... +1 Aug 15, 2022 at 12:21

Wouldn't evil have already existed on Earth before Adam and Eve?

To answer your first question and the succeeding questions let's decipher it one by one in order of Genesis Creation accounts.

Your first question is if evil existed on earth before Adam & Eve?

Let's look closely on Book of Genesis on creation account before Adam & Eve were made on the sixth day.

During the 1st day up to 5th day of Creation, the earth that is formless and void in Genesis1:1-2 is now created ready for habitation, everything was created before Adam & Eve was created. And God said that "it was GOOD".

Genesis 1:1-2

[1:1] In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

[1:2] the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

So we can see from your first question that the earth, the Paradise that God created for Adam & Eve was GOOD and not "cursed"

Therefore, the answer to your question if EVIL already existed on earth before Adam & Eve ending on the 5th day of creation was NO. Evil does not yet existed on earth or Paradise, the bible called it Garden of Eden.

Now to answer your succeeding question which is the cause of confusions, let's separate first Lucifer account on falling from Heavenly Realms or casted down to earth.

You mentioned Ezekiel28:12 which is the description of Satan, and you are right the common biblical interpretation of this verse is attributed to Satan.

Let's look for for the definition or who is Satan.

Satan is Lucifer in the Heavenly Realms being cast-out.

Satan,[a] also known as the Devil,[b] is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin. In Christianity and Islam, he is usually seen as a fallen angel, or a jinni, who used to possess great piety and beauty, but rebelled against God, who nevertheless allows him temporary power over the fallen world and a host of demons.


We can see from the definition Satan is defined as a being/entity that seduces human to sin. So,when Lucifer was cast down and describes in Exekiel 28:12, his purpose why God allows Lucifer to cast down to earth and enter the Garden of Eden/Paradise is to seduce Adam & Eve. The Wisdom of God allows this, to test the obedience of Adam & Eve for their perfection of virtue and prove their Love according to the teaching of Church Fathers.

Adam was given dominion or to rule over all the created animals and to safekeep the Paradise. The paradise or Garden of Eden is a Holy Place as we can see God's presence was there when He Breathe the Spirit for Adam to become a "living soul" (Genesis2:17) And after that God gave the single commandment of not eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil.

So,when does evil enters the picture or in your question when was the earth cursed.

But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are allied with him experience it.(Wisdom2:24)

Genesis3:14 stated the reason why the earth was "cursed".

So you see, the earth was not yet cursed. It only get "cursed" by God when Adam & Eve committed "disobedience" to God's command not to eat the fruit of the Tree.

"So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life."

To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;with painful labor you will give birth to children.Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.”

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

Cursed is the ground because of you;through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.(Genesis3:14-17)

We can see from the punishment God is the one who cursed the ground and the serpent who is indwelt by Satan and Adam & Eve was punished for their disobedience by falling into temptation set by Satan who uses the serpent by indwelling in it.

Lastly, on your question "If Satan did commit evil before Adam and Eve's arrival, then wouldn't the Earth have already been cursed?

Satan committed first evil act of disobedience in the Heavenly Realm and not on the earth when he refuses to serve God's Divine Plan, it's called "NON SERVIAM" or the famous "I WILL not serve", or in the Book of Ezekiel "until iniquites is found in Satan".

Lucifer Fall from Heaven is a separate event from Adam & Eve's Fall which as Genesis narration states Satan indwelling the serpent "beguiled" Eve to eat the fruit, thereby committing the sin of disobedience and Adam follows the disobedience also eating the fruit whom Eve gave to him.

If you are still confused let's uncover the Mystery when was the Angel created?

Definitely, the word angel were never mentioned from Day1 up to Day6.

St.Augustine associated the creation of angel when God said "LET THERE BE LIGHT".

and the passage;in Genesis1:3-4 can be compare in relation to John1:5

[1:3] Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.

And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.(Genesis1:4)


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.(John1:5)

Because this LIGHT is not attributed to the "sun & stars which was created in Day4.

In closing, six days of creation was concluded by GOD saying that "it was GOOD" including the earth that was not yet cursed and Adam & Eve whom was created sinless with original holiness and justice.

Lucifer cast down and take the role of Satan which is an adversary, indwelt the serpent to seduce Eve to fall into temptation that resulted in God's cursing the ground, the serpent and punishing Adam & Eve.


That is a really good question.

The only answer I can come up with is that Satan was not a tangible being and seeing that he—at the time—had no control over tangible beings, then he thus could not manipulate evil in God's original Utopia. God cursed the world because Satan was able to deceive God's Creation that He Himself had called "Very good." Satan was not a part of that physical Creation until he was able to become one with our flesh at the introduction of sin in man's heart.

Short answer: yes. Apparently evil did exist on Earth the moment that Satan—the evil one—was cast down to Earth.

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