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From Swift Expression’s Weekly Lite Writing Prompts
4. So many people argue about God, and whether or not He exists. Most people have very strong opinions about that; but what are your views on the Devil? Is he real, and why do you believe that? And if you do believe that the Devil exists, what do you think he (or she) looks like?

Oh what a topic! It is one of my favorites.  The lore of the Devil.No, no that’s not right. The lore of Angels. I feel like a kid in a candy store I don’t know where to begin!

Okay, in plain speak,  first let me lay out two things.
1)The Devil is a fallen angel.

He was cast out from heaven  and lost his Grace when he became too prideful  and sought out  more reverence than God received himself, ultimately waging a war in heaven against God for the upper hand of everyone’s devotion.

2)The Devil/Satan and Lucifer are both terms to the same entity.

I make this distinction in plain speak because there is great debate between theologians and scholars and religious people about the terminology. Most people feel The Devil and Lucifer are two different entities.  Some feel Lucifer is the Devil’s name BEFORE he was cast out of heaven and once he was cast out he is thence forth called The Devil/Satan. The bible does references Lucifer which translates to Morning Star( google with give you variations of that meaning Bright Star, Light Bearer  but the original interpretation was Morning Star).  Many argue that The Morning Star( Lucifer) is just a fallen angel and not The Devil Himself.

However, I disagree. I believe they are one and the same. Lucifer is The Devil. Lucifer was ( and is) an Angel.

I have not read The Bible or other religious texts from cover to cover. But, I have dabbled in online researching from time to time.  Fallen Angels is one of my ultimate favorite topics. I love the lore on the Fallen Angels. It’s predominate in today’s TV shows and literature ( okay literature may be farfetched, but in today’s fiction). In everything paranormal and supernatural that I like, Fallen Angels is a big one.  A lot of books I read follow the theological belief that the Devil was once God’s right hand man and has lost his Grace.

There are brief verses that offer support to the whole Devil being cast out of heaven.

Revelation 12:7-9
“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

Isaiah 14:12-15
“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.’

And this verse describes how Lucifer was greater than the other angels in every way from his status, beauty, intelligence and even his richly clothes. In fact, he got the name Morning Star for the extravagant stones on his clothing.

Ezekiel 28:13
You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.

Since I believe The Devil is Lucifer, I believe he is a Fallen Angel. Therefore I believe he is a beautiful magnificent creature. Even the bible verse above describes him as “perfect in beauty”. I do not picture him mangled and decaying. I picture The Devil an exquisite manly being, other worldly, with wings the brightest and biggest and shoulders the broadest. I picture him a strong being. I picture him with all the beauty and radiance.

After all, he is an angel.

Sources

Writing Prompt Page
http://tfaswift.com/2013/04/01/weekly-lite-prompts-week-1/

Bible verses found on these websites ( random google search)
http://angels.about.com/od/AngelsReligiousTexts/p/Meet-Archangel-Lucifer-Who-Is-Satan.htm
http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/christian-ministries/angels/lucifer-the-fallen-angel.html

And a little joke.  To go with this post I was looking for a picture of a MALE angel on google and I’m telling Omar I feel like I’m looking at porn. He then suggests I use a angel from a comic book he reads. I said ” No, I need a REAL angel picture!” He looks at me and says “really? A REAL angel?… where the fuck was the kodak for that?”
LOL

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Comments
  1. This was very interesting… I actually didn’t know any of that stuff.

    And I love the picture you used in the end!

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  2. Rose Petals on Rock says:

    Angels are real for sure, hell yeah. And who the hell says that Satan and Lucifer are different? I never even heard that and I’m Christian and everything. I don’t go to church or hang out with other Chrisitans, but honestly how the hell did I miss that? That’s an awesome post and I love your Bible quotes. I never in my whole freaking life heard of anyone who imagines the devil as looking like a handsome angel, that is like the most original thing I’ve heard in ages.

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    • I was surprised to find that out too! But i googled ( what bible verse does it say the devil fell from heaven and i found dozens and dozens of forums where religious people were just adamant that the devil isn’t an angel and it doesn’t say that anywhere in the bible. I was like okayyyy. It makes me want to read the bible from cover to cover and write a paper on it to set the record straight lol.

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  3. tfaswift says:

    How interesting to see you quoting the Bible! You really can write a post about anything. I always thought that the devil and Lucifer were the same. I think the word “Lucifer” means “Light Bringer” (if my memory serves me correctly). I have to say though, it is so interesting that you imagine him as retaining his angelic appearance. How did he get converted into the red monster with horns and a pitch fork that is so iconic (if that’s the right word). You do raise an interesting point about that since he was an angel. I’m no expert when it comes to the Bible, but I don’t recall a passage about his appearance changing … very interesting. Cassie would probably know the answer. I think she refers to Satan as “the Horned God” (with Pagan influences). What do you suppose happened to the other fallen angels that were kicked out (of heaven) with him? Great post! Really, really interesting.

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    • I’m so happy you enjoyed this post! This post is definitely up there in my all time favorite blogs I have written. I love Angels.

      I would assume humans over time twisted the words of the bible and used Lucifer as scare tactic to stay righteous ( or thus being denied or kicked out of eternal glory in heaven) and it turned Lucifer into the bogey man and that’s how we have the present day depiction of him, as a monster.

      Sort of like how every “Holiday” we celebrate has origins from Gods and Goddess. Like Easter one time was the celebration of Goddess for fertility and present day we celebrate bunnies and hiding eggs.

      I like to think the other fallen angels don’t HAVE to be bad and demonic. Maybe they are grimm reapers. Maybe they are the ones that watch over us here on earth. Guardian Angels. Maybe They are the ones to “guide us to the light” when we die.

      But, I’m eternally optimistic. I love happy endings so i refuse to believe just because they have fallen from heaven that they are bad.

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      • tfaswift says:

        A fascinating perspective. And you are quite the little Pagan! 😉 I love Paganism. If I had photographic memory and could read a book just by glancing at each page for a second, I would study all of the ancient spiritual teachings …

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