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Sin and the Fallenness of
Creation (Part 2)
A commentary by: Michael Shaw
While we are on the topic of FALL we should clear up another of the church's lower esoteric teachings. That is the story of the "Fall of Satan". This story is common to all of us, it involves an attempt by Satan, who in this story is called Lucifer, along with a third of the angels in heaven to take over God's heavenly realm. Satan is beaten and cast from heaven, thus his fall from angel to demon. As I said, it is a common story, but, what is not so common is the fact that this story can not be found any where in the Bible when read literally. The only way to read this story in the Bible is to use the Bible allegorically.
There is a place in the Book of Revelations where Satan is bound and cast into the pit, but that is a futuristic story and has nothing to do with the lower level allegories that contemporary Christians teach. Further, there is a passage in Isaiah which most people mistake for a reference to Satan; we will look at that passage a little closer in a moment, as well as a passage from Ezekiel. Again, remember that it is fine to use these stories for beginners, however, the stories do not really exist in the Bible, and if you wish to read the Bible literally then you will not find them.
Just before we look at the passages from Isaiah and Ezekiel, I want to state again that, nowhere in the Bible can there be found a teaching that tells of a fallen angel called Lucifer or Satan, absolutely nowhere!!! In fact the Bible on 3 different occasions contradicts this story. First in the Old Testament we read... ("His [God's] hand hath formed the crooked serpent" Job 26:13) If, as the Bible teaches us, God formed Satan crooked in the first place, why do churches teach that Satan became a serpent after some so called fall ?
Then in the New Testament we find, ("He that committeth sin is of the Devil: for the Devil sinneth from the beginning." 1st. John 3:8) as well as the following from the Gospel of John, ("Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in truth, because there is no truth in him.") So you can see that the cute little story of Satan being a nice angel called Lucifer then falling is not backed by Holy Scripture. The Bible is quite clear that Satan was created Evil from the beginning by God.
Where then do we get the story of Lucifer's fall? The story probably dates from around the 4th century AD or what we would refer to as the 300s. From this time period we find that the first culprit to actually espouse this fictitious story of Lucifer falling, was the great Catholic theologian, St. Augustine of Hippo. St. Augustine was a man, obsessed by the concepts of Evil. Trying different philosophical and theological systems throughout his life time, St. Augustine wrote a number of works that went virtually unchallenged for over 1000 years, until the reformation. Although some during the reformation, such as Martin Luther, still liked the teachings of St. Augustine. (All this was according to God's plan)
>From there the story survived, until in the 1600s when it was made popular to all the western world by John Milton when he wrote his Paradise Lost. Influenced no doubt by St. Augustine and perhaps certain non-biblical scrolls, dating to around the 4th an 5th centuries A.D., Milton went to work and wrote one of the western worlds greatest pieces of literature.
There is no doubt among Theologians that St. Augustine had perhaps the greatest influence on Christianity since the time of Jesus and Paul. However, his influence and teachings were tainted by illogical conclusions, based on a mish-mash of philosophical concepts and non-biblical stories of fallen angels that unfortunately would enter into the works of Milton, and thus the story of Lucifer's fall became part of our culture and classical literature to be perpetuated until a few, such as myself, unlocked the truth as revealed in Gods word.
If you are interested in the names of some of the early scrolls which talk about angelic falls, two of which come to mind are The life of Adam and Eve and the Gospel of St. Bartholomew. With all this said though, we must keep in mind that, no such teachings of either Lucifer's fall or that of Adam and Eve are found in our accepted Canon of scriptures which we call the Bible.
"Lucifer Not in the Bible" Another point that should be raised regarding the story of Lucifer is the fact that the word Lucifer is itself a fabrication and is not really found in the Bible. Yes, it is true the word Lucifer appears in our "King James Version" of the Bible, however, in the original Hebrew, it is not there. The appearance of the word Lucifer occurs only once in the KJV Bible. Specifically it is found in the O.T. book of Isaiah, Chapter 14, verse 12.
In the original Hebrew, instead of Lucifer, we have the word Howler ( HYLL ) or, "One who Howls". This word is spelt (Hey, Yod, Lamed, Lamed). The root of this word is (Yod, Lamed, Lamed) and is indisputably the Hebrew word for Howl. When you add another letter before it you get variations of the word howl. Listed below is an example, taken from "New Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies", using the word KILL in Hebrew...
Koof, Tet, Lamed..............means to Kill Noon, Koof, Tet, Lamed...means to be Killed Hey, Koof, Tet, Lamed......means to cause to Kill
By simply adding a letter we change only how the root verb is to be used, we do not change the essence or meaning of the word in question. With this in mind let us return to the word Howl. The root is Yod, Lamed, Lamed, when we add Hey to it we get, to act out Howling. In other words it should give us a mental picture of someone Howling.
As a matter of fact this actual word (Hey, Yod, Lamed, Lamed) is correctly translated as Howl in Zechariah 11:2. In fact, all such translations of the root Howl and its variants are rendered in English as Howl except the one found in Isaiah 14:12. There is absolutely no reason for Howl to be translated into Lucifer, except to try and fool you into believing there was some sort of fall of such a creature who in turn became Satan.
The truth of the matter is, the one who is called Lucifer in this passage is really a human Babylonian King which is proven when you read a little further in Isaiah 14:16. The name Lucifer is a Human invention put in our Bibles to help create a fictitious story about an unbiblical fall of Satan. The word Lucifer should have no place in our Bibles. As you can see from your own Bibles there was no "Fall" of Adam nor was there a "Fall" of Satan. In fact, I want to state quite assuredly that Adam's sin, though in disobedience to God, was in fact in harmony with God's will. In other words God wanted Adam and Eve to sin so that they could learn about Good and Evil.
End of part two. If anyone has questions, I will be glad to answer, but I am not
posting to argue.
Mike Shaw email@example.com
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