Lucifer is an angel, much like the other angels. Except, he’s a fallen angel. As an archetype, he represents the one who is bestowed and blessed with all of God’s glory. But he’s different to the other angelic beings of his kind. Why? The sin of pride.
I rarely use the word ‘sin’, for it is not a big part of the Hindu belief system. Suffering, yes; but not ‘sin’. Not that I hadn’t heard of the concept. Ten years of a Christian education will drum the entire concept of ‘sin’ into your young and impressionable mind.
Forget doctrine, theology and all that. On a very basic and primal level, the idea of sin is doing something bad. It’s doing something that you shouldn’t do. It’s not about an error or mistake in judgment. It’s about committing a fallacy. The dictionary defines a fallacy as a mistaken belief based on unsound reasoning. For me, personally, it means that someone has just got it all wrong; but they don’t know it, can’t see it and can’t hear it.
Why? It’s all because of the Devil. In Christian theology, Lucifer is one of the names for the Devil. Well, at least it was the original name of the devil before his fall from grace. Lucifer, due to his mistaken beliefs based on unsound reasoning, thought himself to be God. It’s how he ended up being the Devil. It’s how he took his place as the adversary, the accuser and the one who leads you astray.
Pride was the deadly sin committed here. It peaked when self-deification became a serious issue. It’s when an angel, a man, a woman–particularly one that has been greatly blessed by God–takes up the mantle of the Almighty and begins to believe that they are God and that they can play God.
Early medieval Christianity made a distinction between Lucifer and Satan. Lucifer, otherwise known as the devil, lives and rules over hell. As Lucifer’s vassal, Satan executes his desires.
Lucifer is the one who rebelled against God in an attempt to become equal to God. That very fallacy, when enacted, became his own downfall. He ceased to be in a state of grace. And not only that, he influences and compels others to do the same. The opposite of being in a state of grace is being in a state of disgrace.
But the story doesn’t end there. The Book of Revelation describes a state of spiritual warfare: a battle between heavenly hosts and demonic forces. Archangel Michael then fights the dragon and this results in the dragon’s fall. The general interpretation has been that the battle occurred after the fallen angel aspired to be independent of God.
As a result, Satan and his legion are hurled down from heaven under the leadership of Michael.