It was through Pride that the devil became the devil . . .
Have you ever wondered about the mystery of evil? I’m talking about its origins and so on. I was asked about this not long ago, specifically: How did the devil become the devil or from where did the devil derive evil?
*To begin, the Bible really doesn't say. (The devil is already "the devil" when he appears in scripture!) But the short—and speculative—answer, I think, goes like this...
God made angels (some, it is believed, who became demons) and humans with what we commonly call "free will."
That is, angels, demons, and humans are moral beings with the capacity to know right from wrong and the ability to make genuine choices. In fact, we make unforced moral decisions all the time.
For example, in the Genesis story, when the serpent "tricked" Eve into eating the forbidden fruit he may have fooled her but he certainly didn't force her to eat. The desire for the forbidden fruit came from within her. The desire was all hers. (The same is true for Adam. Eve did not coerce him to eat. He wanted to eat more than he wanted to abstain.)
We can apply this same principle to Satan. Like the first humans he was not created evil but evil desire arose from within him—probably borne of inherent pride. No external agent made him devilish.
But the question then is: Could God have made Satan (and us!) without the ability to sin or make wrong choices?
Well...yes and no.
He could make beings without free will but such beings would be altogether different from angels and humans.
It seems to me that God makes a world where love is possible. And love must be chosen. There is no such thing as forced love. There is no such thing as programmed love (a robot or a computer cannot possibly love).
So beings who can love must be beings who can love not.
Apparently, God chose to make a world where love is possible, knowing that a troubled world is better than a loveless one or none at all.
God is love. His world reflects this even in evil beings. Yet in the end…Love wins.
*For a possible allusion to the devil becoming "the devil" due to his prideful inclinations see Isaiah 14:12-15.