Satan wanted to be in charge. He couldn't be so he became anger and hate. He became all the sins. I picture it this way. He took everything God is and stands for and did the opposite. When Satan had someone in his clutches he thought of the most vile way to offend God and hurt what he had. And that got passed on to people.
That is the question of the day. To be honest I don't know. But if I had to give my take on it: The whole reason he left was greed. He wanted to be God. Obviously angels were given the choice to choose between following God or not, which is why so many left with Lucifer. God created everything that breathes to have the choice to live for him.
According to the Bible, God created evil , so I would assume, if there is such a god, that both good and evil would have existed as long as God has existed. Isaiah 45:7 (KJV) reads, "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things."
Well that is a fair and good question. It is tempting to think of Satan (people generally equate this with "Lucifer", at least as a symbol) as a person like u and I, however that is not quite right in terms of a literal single "creature". Satan is what opposes God or is the enemy(adversary) to what is Good, not a "created" creature of sorts. In this way things like "bad thoughts" or any expression of sin don't "come from" anywhere. This is so because the essence of sin is the absence of good...the absence of God's creative action. It might be best to think of it as the bad thoughts come from the absence of God. Satan is the symbolic (yet real) "entity" for that reality. Sin is certainly real, but it is real ONLY when God's good is hindered or rejected. In this way we humans can rightly be called "satanic" if we move towards denigration and depravity, etc.
Lucifer was created as a cherub to protect the mercy seat of God which only Jesus Christ can sit on but the devil wanted to sit there instead of Jesus pride became stronger and stronger until it became evil and he tried to fight against God evil was born when the devil try to go against God
I don't think Satan and the other angelic beings were part of the Biblical creation. According to Job 38:4-7 they all shouted for joy when the foundations of Earth were laid. This would indicate they already existed when Earth came to be. Since they're all created beings, they must have been created earlier. Ezekiel 28 :15 says that Satan's ways were perfect until wickedness was found in Him. The Hebrew word for wickedness comes from a root meaning "to act wrongfully or unjustly' so the wickedness was found by observing his actions. I think this implies that angels as well as men have agency, or free will to choose their behavior. Although Satan was the first to rebel he was by no means the last. We all have the potential for evil.http://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/how-did-satan-become-evil/
Angels have free will just as human beings do. So Satan's evil thoughts came from the same place as our evil thought's do. Specifically, his evil thoughts came from his pride. Which is by the way, the source of all evil that humans commit as well.
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Hi Kaligirl, It is actually a myth that the devil's name was Lucifer. The Hebrew word that in some Bibles is translated "Lucifer" means "shining one." (Isaiah 14:12) The context shows that this term refers to the dynasty, or line of kings, of Babylon, which God would humiliate for its arrogance. (Isaiah 14:4, 13-20) The expression "shining one" was used to mock the Babylonian dynasty after it was overthrown.
In answer to your question though, for unknown ages full harmony with God prevailed in the universe. As already brought out, like the rest of God's intelligent creatures, the angel who became Satan had the freedom to choose between right and wrong. James 1:14,15 describes how the cultivation of wrong desire to the point of fertility precedes the "birth of sin". He wanted to be like God, in that he desired worship for himself. He used humans to facilitate this, and has been perpetuating many lies about God to this end ever since. That is why Jesus called him "the father of the lie".
The term or name lucifer is applied to Jesus himself in 2 verses in the bible. (See my comments under Iambaily's answer.
Satan evolved in the abrahamic religions from a tempter to test you on Gods behalf, to an evil devil that he now is. In the early parts of the OT he works for the God of the bible to test those whom God wants tested, more like a sting operator. Then later after the influence of the Zoroastrian religion in the 5th century BCE he became the likes of Angra Mainyu of the Zoroastrian religion. So the evilness that he developed was from the evolving religion.