This is my opinion on the evolution of Venus:
Like Earth, Venus was constantly bombarded by large meteorites and some big asteroids.The sufrace was very hot, and there was a lot of volcanism.
Venus was fully formed now, not so much meteorite impacts, but there were alredy flaws what later contributed to Venus fate;
1.The core was not properly formed, there was no convection and no liquid-solid core differentiation.This contributed to the extreme geology of Venus.
2.The plate tectonics failed to develop properly, Venus with its fully liquid core cannot sustain normal plate tectonics.Instead, pressure under the crust slowly builds up and than wave of resurfacing and volcanic activity wil occur, releasing colosal amount of greenhouse and toxic gases.
Oceans were formed, minerals from volcanos and black smokers were dissolved in the warm oceans, complex molecules were present, primitive anaerobic life then evolved.
The waves of volcanic activity resurfaced the Venus , emited colossal amounts of greenhouse gases and hindered the life evolution to plants producing oxygen.Instead of shift to oxygenated atmosphere,temperature increased, the atmosphere was becoming more dense and was full of sulfur and carbon gases + traces of HCl.Life became completely extint at the end of Paleoproterozoic on Venus.Percipation stopped almost entirely
4.Mesoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic-
The temperature was slowly increasing to the boiling point of water, because of ill plate tectonics.Runaway greenhouse effect started, release of the water vapor caused release of more water vapor.Water vapor is of cource a powerful greenhouse gas, so at the end of proterozoic, there was a dense atmosphere composed mainly of CO2 and steam.However, some water was still liquid because of pressure keeping the water liquid even at high temperatures.But not for long.
5.The begining of Phanerozoic to present-
Solar output was much more powerful that in the good old Archean days.Water was now present only in gaseous form.There was a 9MPa atmosphere of CO2 and steam.At these times, Venus has complete water cloud cover and was even brighter than today.But water slowly dissociated in the glare of the Sun UV, because of absence of any ozone layer (that shouldnt develop because there was no oxygen)Cycles of resurfracing and volcanic hell were repeating, slowly, water dissociated to O2 and H2.Hydrogen escaped to space and oxygen recombined with sulfur from volcanoes, making this planet even more hostile because now the clouds were not familiar H2O variety, but composed of corrosive and toxic sufluric acid.Venus became slightly fainter, because of yellowish suflur and H2SO4 clouds, which were fainter than H2O, but Venus is, of course, still very bright.
Nowadays, Venus is a hostile barren wasteland with temperature, pressure and chemical extremes and bear no resemblence to once beatiful blue Earth's sister planet, like it was in Archean times of simplicity.
I think that is a more reasonable and logical assumption that simply babbling out "Venus was too close to sun..".Actually, I think that Venus might well may be a tropical paradise if some imperfections did not doom it.
Maybe God wanted only one habitable planet with complex life in this Solar system...
Imagine, multiple civilizations in the same Sol system...
P.S: I am not a Creationist, just I belive that cosmos is logical and nature is in fact God, who makes the best decisions.
Otherwise, will will be not here.