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.