Is good greater than or equal to evil? Does Satan have enough power to defeat God?
Ethical dualism asserts that there are two mutually hostile forces in the world – the one being the source of all good, the other the source of all evil. Both of these forces are equal in power. In “Christian” dualism especially, God and His angels represent the good side while Satan and his demons represent the evil side.
The difference between this kind of religious/ethical dualism and what the Bible teaches about God and Satan is that while Satan does have some power he is in no way equal in power with God. The main reason for this is that Satan was created by God, therefore he cannot be equal with the One Who created Him. Satan desired to be equal with God and in rebellion attempted to dethrone God but ended up being thrown out of Heaven and into Hell.
A religious/ethical dualism which promotes that good and evil or God and Satan are equal in power is a false doctrine. The biblical teaching about the origin and destiny of Satan contradicts religious/ethical dualism because the Bible is clear in telling us that Satan was originally created by God as Lucifer for His glory. After Satan rebelled, he was cast out of Heaven and “cut down to the ground.” Satan said he would one day rise up and be God, but since God holds all power in His hands Satan was unable to do so and was brought down to hell. Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28 tell about the fall of Lucifer.
Isaiah 14: This passage refers to the king of Babylon as “falling out of heaven.” We know that none of the Babylonian kings ever literally fell out of Heaven, but Satan clearly did. Many other questions have to be asked here too. This king of Babylon thought he could “ascend into heaven” and usurp God’s throne. These are the exact thoughts that Satan had.
Ezekiel 28: This passage makes reference to the ruler of Tyre and in doing so gives us several hints that it is talking about Satan. First, it says that the “king of Tyre” was ‘created’ and not born. We know for certain that Satan was created by God. The “king of Tyre” is also called a “cherub” and the cherubim were the “inner circle” of angels who had the closest access to God and guarded his holiness. “
God’s Word tells us in 1 John 4:4 that the God Whom we believe in and the God Who dwells in us is greater than Satan. This verse says: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” This verse shows us that between God and Satan there is no dualism. Evil is no match for good. God, who represents good, is the most powerful force in the universe. Satan was not and never will be able to win vs. God because evil is not all-powerful.