A Year of Demons â€“ Lucifer in May
Religion Articles 8/31/12
By: Yona Williams
According to 16th century demonologists, Lucifer is believed to have a stronger appeal than other demons during the month of May. Well known in religious circles, the demon's name actually means 'shining one, morning star.' However, the demon that appears in the King James Version of the Bible, does not represent anything bright or shining. In this article, you will learn more about the demon and some of religious circles he is relevant in.
In the Bible and in Christian circles, the name of Lucifer is used to refer Satan before his fall from heaven. We learn that the devil was once named Lucifer and God created him. This form of Lucifer was perfect, and he was a beautiful angel, as told in Ezekiel 28:14-15. His purpose was to serve and worship God, but he was also given the freedom of choice, which enabled the future demon to choose serving himself over God. Since he was attractive, Lucifer's heart became filled with pride and he started to show a rebellious streak and disobeyed the word of God. He believed that he could be on the same level as God, so he was cast out of heaven because of his sin. God did not create the devil so that he could deceive mankind â€“ it was the devil that chose to follow a life of destruction.
Belief systems that mention Lucifer is:
â€¢ Christianity â€“ When reading Isaiah 14:12-15, early Christians became familiar with the Devil during a period of time observed between the writing of the Old and New Testament.
â€¢ Islam â€“ A 'blazing star' (or 'Najmu thaqibu') is mentioned in the Quran, which is thought to correspond with the morning star mentioned in Isaiah 14:12. The Islamic tale of Iblis follows in the same footsteps as Lucifer. He was banished from heaven and then becomes Satan because he refuses to submit to Adam. His sins come after the creation of man. Satan swears an oath of revenge by tempting human beings and influencing them to turn their backs on God.
â€¢ Judaism â€“ The Hebrews referred to Lucifer (or the fallen angel) as 'heylel.' In the past, the concept was spoken of during the Second Temple period, but during medieval Judaism times, more rabbis started to reject the notion of a fallen angel because they believed that evil was abstract. It wasnâ€™t until the 11th century that ancient legends of fallen angels started to emerge once again. They would use these figures to give evil the form of an individual that was told in myths.
â€¢ Occultism â€“ There is a belief system called Luciferianism, which worships some of the characteristics associated with Lucifer. They see Lucifer as a liberator or a guiding spirit instead of the Devil. Lucifer is referred to as one of the Four Crown Princes of Hell in the book, The Satanic Bible, by Anton LaVey. He is described as being linked to the East, serving as the Lord of the Air, and is sometimes called the 'Bringer of Light." Some modern occultists see Lucifer as the Archangel of Light.