The Tragedy of Lucifer
- John Mumm
The Fall of the Angels has definitely taken its place as one of the most familiar stories of Christianity. According to tradition, Lucifer, most beautiful of all the angels, decided within his heart that he deserved to be 'like God' and thus committed the ultimate sin. For this, he was banished from Heaven to darkness and eternal suffering in the Pits of Hell. This essay will attempt to analyze the stages of Lucifer's 'Fall', from the moment he first rejects his Creator to the eternal chains in which he is eventually cast, and will present this essential question: Was Lucifer really the evil Prince of Darkness that he is so often painted as, or was he actually the greatest Hero of all Western literature?
I. The Luciferian IdealIn order that we might properly address the rebellion of Lucifer, we must first understand his position beforehand and the ideal which led to his fatal action. It is said that Lucifer was the most beautiful of all the angels and indeed of all creation. He was second, in fact, only to the Almighty God, his Creator. It is important to realize that this does not imply that he rivaled his God. Actually, the distance between them was eternal. God was his Creator, and by his Nature, he was totally dependent on his God. Thus, it was impossible that any angel might exist without God. From this it followed that the angel's purpose for existence was to serve and praise its Eternal Master. If one were to walk those halls of the Ancient Heaven, he would most likely see the phrase 'God is King' etched into the golden pillars of the Holy City. This, indeed, was the only principle which existed. The angels loved God, however, for he granted them eternal happiness in exchange for their praise, their service, and their submission. One can imagine a young Lucifer joining in the choir of