The Origination of Satan

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When Adam made a freewill choice, the iniquity that was placed in Lucifer, activated Satan and made the God of this world.

The preceding was a comment made by someone on another blog during a discussion we were having on the “Big Bad Guy.” It took me aback as I’d never heard this particular interpretation of how Satan originated.  In fact, my immediate reaction was “Huh?”

As many of you know, I researched the idea of Satan fairly extensively for my book and nowhere did I come across anything even remotely similar to this person’s statement. And I essentially told him that.

He responded by pointing out to me that Ezekiel wrote in Chapter 28, verse 13, “You were in Eden, the garden of God …”

Oh, O.K. Now it made sense. Sorta’. Let me explain.

A large number of Christians teach that Satan originated as an angel who used to possess great piety and beauty, but fell because of pride. They believe this angel’s name was Lucifer.

To substantiate this belief, they use Ezekiel 28:12-15, where they are convinced (have been taught) that Ezekiel is writing about a “fallen angel.”  Yet when we look at context, we see in Verse 12 that Ezekiel has been instructed by the word of the LORD to raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre.” Nowhere in this passage does the “word of the LORD” redirect Ezekiel to address someone else.

Nevertheless, believers cling to the teaching that Ezekiel is writing about Lucifer.

Another portion of text which Christians are certain refers to Lucifer can be found in Isaiah 14:12-17:

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?” (KJV)

As they do in Ezekiel, they completely ignore Verse 4 of the chapter where it clearly states Isaiah is directing his comments to the king of Babylon.

Nevertheless, try to convince a believer of any of this.

The simple truth is this. Contrary to common belief, there is no “fallen angel” by the name of Lucifer. And to take it a step further, the entity known as “Satan” is not this “fallen angel.” In fact, there is no “Satan.” He is a construct of imaginative writers … but that’s a topic for another time.

To close this “lesson,” I offer the following from Wikipedia:

The name Lucifer is the King James Version rendering of the Hebrew word הֵילֵל in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:12). The Vulgate translation uses the Latin word lucifer, but with a lower-case initial. The Hebrew word, transliterated Hêlêl or Heylel (pron. as HAY-lale), occurs once in the Hebrew Bible and according to the KJV-based Strong’s Concordance means “shining one, light-bearer”. The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל in Greek as ἑωσφόρος (heōsphoros), a name, literally “bringer of dawn”, for the morning star. The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate, which translates הֵילֵל as lucifer, meaning “the morning star, the planet Venus”, or, as an adjective, “light-bringing”. 

Later Christian tradition came to use the Latin word for “morning star”, lucifer, as a proper name (“Lucifer”) for the devil; as he was before his fall. As a result, “‘Lucifer’ has become a by-word for Satan / the Devil in the church and in popular literature.”

Hope that clears things up relating to Lucifer/Satan and the “fallen angel.”

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17 thoughts on “The Origination of Satan

  1. Oh boy, this story has more problems than the origin of Satan. If Satan didn’t exist before Adam’s rebellion (hard to use that label for a person totally ignorant of good and evil disobeying someone), then what motivated the serpent? Did not God create the serpent? Why did the serpent thwart God’s will? How could a serpent thwart God’s will? Was God unaware of the future when he told Adam and Eve to not eat of the fruit of “that tree”? Why does God keep getting thwarted by his own creations? Did He give serpents Free Will?

    Why can’t God uncreate Satan? DFoes he lack the power? Or, does He have a very chummy relationship with Satan who plays a role in God’s plans, a peek into which we see in the Book of Job? Do God and Satan have a side bet as to how many souls they can acquire? What odds were given when the bet was made? What conditions/limitations were accepted by the bettors?

    Enquiring minds want to know!

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    • You know, of course, your entire first paragraph is based on a reality that doesn’t exist (no Adam and Eve, no serpent, no fruit tree). 🙂

      As for your second paragraph … very good questions! Shall we wait and see if anyone cares to respond? Bwaaaahaaaa!

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  2. Hello Nan. Thank you for clearing up something I always wondered about. Yes when I was in the SDA church for a few years they made a big deal out of Satan. I was wondering if you read “Memnoch the Devil”
    by Anne Rice? The author has such an interesting take on the devil and how he would think and act, reasons why he would be the devil and stuff. It really opened my eyes to things I had never thought of before. I have to tell you I have learned a lot of things about religion the last few days with the recent topics on different blogs by people I respect. I wish these topics and the information were taught in our school bible classes and in our three times a day chapple meetings. Thanks. Hugs

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    • ” I wish these topics and the information were taught in our school bible classes …” It would have never happened because what I wrote is in direct conflict with Christian teachings. Even though it’s so obvious (at least to me), it’s much easier to put one’s faith in the “superior knowledge” of the clergy.

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  3. Hope that clears things up relating to Lucifer/Satan and the “fallen angel.”

    Hahaha. I wish it were that easy Nan, but alas… Some superstitions die hard, even in modern times.

    Due to the Dark Aged and Medieval Aged epochs after the crumbling and subsequent fall of the Roman Empire (the roots & soil of all Christianity), the theology of Satan took hold during those grueling eras of Christendom… thriving within continual upheaval, invasions, death, plagues, and chaos in earliest post-Roman Empire Western Civilization. You might say it was a convenient coping-mechanism of blame during never-ending insanity and disorganization taught from the only structured remnant remaining of the great Empire: the Roman Catholic Church.

    The majority of Jewish Rabbis and Tanakh-scholars quickly explain to satan-inquirers that the concept is a medieval RCC construct. It cannot be found in proper Tanakh exegesis. In fact, many of those Rabbis & scholars explain how medieval Christendom incorporated pagan Zoroastrian-Persian dualism into their Satan-concept. And is it any wild coincidence that the Persian Empire was one of the last arch-enemies of the Roman Empire?

    None of the earliest RCC Cardinals, through the end of the Roman Empire (in 476 CE), knew ANY correct Jewish-Tanakh exegesis. Why is another long subject for another time! LOL 😉

    Today, the concept of a needed Proxy/Savior thrives because the dual-concept of a hyper-powerful Satan still exists. If one accepts both fully, then the best/only alternative of disempowered humans means “no taking of ownership” for one’s misguided actions, words, or behavior — pile it all onto Christ. Sad that this RCC-born Dualism/Superstition the past 2-plus millenia has caused so much irreparable societal damage in fear, i.e. not taking ownership of self (or the opposite of self-empowerment), could take another millenia or two to eradicate. I sincerely hope not! :/

    Another great post Nan! Thank you. ❤

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    • Professor, the sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410 AD was a profound shock to none other than Augustine of Hippo. In the Western tradition of Christianity Augustine is perhaps the most influential figure after Paul. Augustine was shocked because he had assumed that with Rome becoming a Christian city it would be under “God’s” protection.

      It took Augustine more than a decade to make sense of this and his explanation is in his seminal work, ‘The City of God’. The influence of Augustine should not be underestimated on all subsequent Christian thinking, indeed Luther and Calvin looked to Augustine to confirm their own Biblical interpretations. Luther only dared to challenge the might of the church when he found in Augustine’s writings confirmation of his biblical interpretation.

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    • PT, as usual, I agree with what you’ve written.

      I’m aware there is a vast amount of history behind the concept of Satan — and I attempted to address some of it in my book. However, I know I barely scratched the surface.

      This post was primarily directed to those that cling to the “fallen angel” belief in an effort to point out … “it just ain’t so.”

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  4. Nan, I think what all this really shows is that the idea of Lucifer very quickly unravels if one tries to make logical sense of it. Of Course the Bible here is not much help as in regard to Lucifer it is much like it is on pretty much every topic it covers, mired in contradictory statements.

    But if there is no Lucifer then how can we say:

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  5. Nan- I am not a student or scholar of religious believes but it sounds to me that “free will” is satan in this story. I cant see how the christian religion at least could even exist as we know it without satan. It is my opinion that God and Satan are just words used to describe mankind. So in my world at least there are billions of gods and billions of satans…oh well. -MD

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