Why did Lucifer fall?

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There is an ancient tradition that tells the story of the Fall of Lucifer and it goes something like this:

Lucifer was the first and greatest angel. (The word Lucifer itself means bearer of light). Lucifer was created by God and was second only to God in terms of magnificence and munificence. He ruled all the other angels and they were subservient to him.

Then God announced that he was creating humankind. In fact, God predicted that from the loins of man would eventually come the “Saviour”. Lucifer is said to have been insulted at such a suggestion and told his Maker that he would never bow to humankind. Lucifer is said to have rebuked his Maker for demanding that the great celestial angels would serve a being created from dust.

There is another strand to the story that says that the Angel of Light secretly had his eye on the Throne of the Almighy. Lucifer wished to take other Heaven and rule the universe.

And so Lucifer rebelled. There followed a war in Heaven between Lucifer and his angels and the Archangel Michael and those angels loyal to God. Michael won and, in the words of scripture, Lucifer and his rebel angels fell “like lightening from Heaven”.

In my forthcoming book Age of Angels I put forththe idea that the Fall of Lucifer is the start of our world – our very own Big Bang. It is the moment when creation is fractured. It is also the moment from which Redemption will eventually come.   

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About Kevin Flanagan

Kevin is a journalist and writer. He edits The Sunday Independent Travel magazine and is writing a book about his time working with the legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
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14 Responses to Why did Lucifer fall?

  1. That is SUCH a good question!

  2. Zii says:

    Who is this picture by? It is beautiful.

  3. Rebeca says:

    I like knowing that Lucifer will become an angel of light once again. That really shows God’s grace & mercy ^_^
    I’m looking forward to your book 🙂

  4. Thanks for your post Ciaran. There is a school of thought that says that at the very end of time God will offer Lucifer redemption. Which is a great thought. I do not know if anyone has guessed his reply!

  5. Yes free will DOES feel like a huge burden sometimes. I guess it is carrying that burden that makes us deserving of life after death. What do you think?

  6. Derek Smith says:

    I know truth. Uncovered by thoughts parallel to that of the angels. The one that is most high, the tree that bears the fruit that is believed to be evil, is of peace brought by two halves. The angels who feel for us know that free will is an unnecessary gift felt by those who were created to protect. The knowledge was given to keep us from unintentionally harming each other. The tree was a title to give a face to the other half. There will be no winner. Only peace.

  7. Ciaran Freeman says:

    He loved god 2 much to bow to humans so he fell from grace there is a lot of people on this earth who are the same as him wat god wants is for all to love each other the same not just love god but love all even Lucifer just cause he fell from grace for love how better does that make god

  8. Thanks for your post Danielle – I had not heard the Lucifer music link before – can you tell me more?

  9. Danielle Tucker says:

    first of all that story is untrue second i will tell you the true story because i know that god would never do such thing firts lucifer was the one who was the most beautiful out of all the angels second yes hi did fall but he was kicked out because he thought that since god gave him power ovar all the music he got jealous and tried to rule heaven so he most likely convinced other angels snd they consulted then eventually tried and oviously lost and that is how satan fell and how he ha d took his demons with him because he didnt fall alone.

  10. everydayirishman says:

    Very interesting – can’t wait for the book to be released!

  11. Can’t wait for the book to be released!

  12. Mark says:

    Great post – very interesting! I was unaware of the story of Lucifer until now.

  13. Steve says:

    Very stimulating post, look forward to reading your book.

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