As a theologian, I have heard many conflicting ideas about the relationship between God and Satan, some from believers and others from non-believers. The idea that Satan and God are siblings continues to gain prominence. My first instinct is always to turn to the Bible for facts. So, is Satan God’s brother?
No. This question stems from the relationship between Jesus and Satan and, Jesus and God. According to John 1:1-5, in the beginning, Jesus existed as God, and he was God. So if Jesus is God, then does the argument that He and Satan are brothers suffice? The verse further implies that all things were made through him, including Satan, a fallen angel. So, Satan is just another one of God’s creations and not His brother.
In this article, I will look at what the Bible says about God’s relationship with Satan and if Satan had a brother before he became a fallen angel. I will also look into any biblical hints suggesting that Jesus and Satan are brothers. Read on as I uncover answers to these and more questions.
Does the Bible say that God and Satan are brothers?
No, no information in the Bible suggests that God and Satan are brothers. The Bible does, however, mention that God created Satan. Ezekiel 28:15: “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.” The Bible implies that God created Satan just as he had all other creatures in heaven and on earth. Among the many misconceptions passed down about Satan is that he is equal to God. This is, however, not true. No dualism exists between God and any of His creations.
Job 1:13 suggests that Satan answers to God, and he only does what God permits him to do. The false idea of equality between God and Satan is also fueled by the belief that Satan rules over hell so that God’s kingdom is heaven and Satan’s is hell. Matthew 25:14 disputes this and implies that hell is a punishment for Satan and his demons for going against God. Satan can access heaven, and he even roams the earth.
Who was Lucifer’s brother when he was an angel?
The Bible does not directly imply that Lucifer had a brother when he was an angel. Many people have concluded that Lucifer had brothers based on myths and assumptions. Archangel Michael is often assumed to be Lucifer’s brother. However, Jude 1:9 suggests otherwise. “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him of slander…” (Archangel is of Greek origin and it means the chief of angels.) Michael had a higher rank than Lucifer and was not his brother.
Another character often assumed to be Lucifer’s brother is Amenadiel. He is, however, not mentioned anywhere in the Bible and is just a mythological figure. People are led to believe in his authenticity based on comic books and TV shows. Sometimes he is depicted as an angel and other times as a demon or an accomplice of Satan. Aside from speculations that angels are heavenly siblings, there is no credible implication that Lucifer had a brother.
Does God have a brother?
The Bible does not suggest that God in Heaven, the substance that defines the Trinity, has a brother. However, the second member of the triune Godhead, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, did have brothers when he ministered on earth. Matthew 12:46: “While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.” While some theologians argue that the brothers in this case were his half-siblings, others say that the term could have been used to refer to his cousins or other relatives. The brothers were mostly mentioned together with Mary, the mother, which only hints further that they were his literal brothers and not cousins.
God is one, and he does not have a brother who is his equal. John 1:1-5 implies that Jesus was one with God in the beginning before creation. No other person is mentioned as having existed with God in the beginning. Also, for God to have a brother, there would have to be marriage and procreation in heaven, which is not the case according to Matthew 22:29-30. This is also impossible because God is eternal by nature and not by creation. So, other than Jesus’ brothers on earth, God does not have a brother.
Are Jesus and Satan brothers?
No, they aren’t. The Bible implies that Jesus is eternal and Satan is part of his creation. Colossians 1:16: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” This verse implies that through Christ, all things, including Satan, were created. Satan is a heavenly being who came into existence at the time of the creation of heaven. While the Bible implies that in the book of John, Jesus was present in the beginning before creation, Satan is only mentioned as part of heavenly creation.
Also, Jesus is part of the triune Godhead, which makes him one with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Colossians 2:9 suggests that at the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth, the fullness of deity dwelt in him bodily. Many people assume that Jesus and God are two different people, but really, Jesus is God. In John 10:30, Jesus said he and the Father are one. God took the form of his creation and lived among them to bring them to salvation. Therefore, Jesus is God and the creator of Satan, not his brother.
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