How Sin Began
And to sustain his charge of God’s injustice toward him, he resorted to misrepresentation of the words and acts of the Creator. It was his policy to per- plex the angels with subtle arguments concern- ing the purposes of God. Everything that was simple he shrouded in mystery, and by artful per- version cast doubt upon the plainest statements of Jehovah. His high position, in such close connec- tion with the divine administration, gave greater force to his representations, and many were induced to unite with him in rebellion against Heaven’s au- thority.
It Takes Time
God in His wisdom permitted Satan to carry forward his work, until the spirit of disaffection ripened into active revolt. It was necessary for his plans to be fully developed, that their true nature and tendency might be seen by all. Luci- fer, as the anointed cherub, had been highly exalted; he was greatly loved by the heavenly beings, and his influence over them was strong. God’s govern- ment included not only the inhabitants of Heaven, but of all the worlds that He had created; and Sa- tan thought that if he could carry the angels of Heaven with him in rebellion, he could carry also the other worlds. He had artfully presented his side of the question, employing sophistry and fraud to secure his objects. His power to deceive was very great, and by disguising himself in a cloak of false- hood he had gained an advantage. Even the loyal angels could not fully discern his character, or see to what his work was leading.