I’d like some help on the subject of angels and the creation of the angels. References to scripture and apologetics works (preferably free or cheap) would also be of great help, so that I might look more into the subject of angelology (if that’s a word).
Were angels created before or after the creation of the universe? (By universe, I mean matter and energy, and eventually human beings (material conjoined with immaterial).)
Were angels created by the Father, and then the earth and humans by the Son? If yes for both, then what is the Holy Spirit’s role? (I have a guess, but I’m not sure how to word it right now.)
It seems like once the angels committed one sin, that was that. No second chance. But humans are given mercy. We sin, and as John 3:16 tells us, if we believe in Him we can have eternal life. Despite being sinners, He died for us. How come fallen humans get a Savior, and fallen angels do not?
Is it because angels are much more intelligent and therefore have no excuse? Is it because they felt no temptation, but chose evil anyway? Is it because they all saw (and knew completely) God in their own form (God is pure spirit, angels are pure spirit), and still rejected Him? Or are there reason(s) other than these ones?
If Lucifer had never rebelled, and if Adam and Eve had never sinned, would Jesus Christ still have become a human…or was the incarnation (partly) the result of the Fall and Man needing a mediator? (Also, if Lucifer had never rebelled, would it be okay to speculate that he would have told Eve not to eat the fruit…thus making his chosen rebellion all the more evil?)
Also, once Lucifer fell, did he try to get other angels to fall also? (If so, how exactly did that work?) But the angels still had free will and knew right from wrong, so even if Lucifer “pulled them in,” it was still their choice to fall.
Also, would it be correct to say that as intelligent as Satan is, God will always be infinitely more intelligent?