The prompt for today is common mistakes about this deity. To be a devotee of Satan and be asked to list misconceptions about Him could potentially create an endless list. There are the common mistakes within the pagan community about him, within the Abrahamic faiths, and finally my own feelings and experiences with Him that might differ from others. How does one even begin to sort those things out? I’m not entirely sure, but I’ll give it my best try with some of the most common ones.
Satan is a liar – “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” - John 2:4.
The notion that Lucifer is a liar must be based on the idea that He denounces God’s ultimate truth and leads humanity away from some of the teachings. It cannot be based on the idea that Satan lied in the garden, because He did not. He told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit they wouldn’t die; Yahweh told them that if they even touched it they would die. They saw a tomorrow for the next nine hundred and thirty years. If Yahweh is ‘The Truth’ then Lucifer is a liar for His disobedience alone, but the definition of liar is also changed.
From an entirely objective angle, Lucifer’s temptation of humanity was nothing but honesty. There is a quote, attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, which might best describe this; it is ‘Satan does not open a closed door.’ Whatever Lucifer brings to attention was already in existence within the heart of humanity. Lucifer offered Eve the fruit, He never forced it upon her. Eve had already seen that the fruit on the tree was good to eat, and she had already longed to taste it. The only thing that Satan did was tell her that she could have it.
Satan is ugly – “Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” - Ezekiel 28:12
“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.” - Ezekiel 28:17
In those verses, we’re shown that Lucifer’s beauty is considered to be perfect and faultless to Yahweh’s sight. It is important to note, that Jesus Christ himself is written to have ‘no comeliness or beauty that we should desire him.’ Therefore, when Yahweh created Lucifer, he chose to make Him perfect in His form and highly desirable to others; this is not simply his default in creation. Lucifer was made as a charming, graceful and comely companion to be seated beside him in the throne room. This was who was intended to share eternity with him; and so to Yahweh, He was the most stunning. One can only assume that His true form might be too dazzling for human eyes to even behold.
The idea that Satan is physically unattractive is an attempt to make Him appear less sublime; if He is ugly then His agony pains fewer shallow human hearts. Who cares if Yahweh threw a bat-winged old man from Heaven? After all, isn’t the tenderness of St. Michael’s sweet face swell? If it isn’t a soft gentle hand reaching out to offer the fruit to generations of Eves, and instead a clawed, scaled monstrosity that holds sin within its palm…Well, no one will take that, will they? Humanity desires something beautiful, so to tell them that what Lucifer offers is hideous helps dissuade centuries of sweet young things from weeping for Him.
Lucifer loves chaos – “I had no authority over you except that I called you, and you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves…” – Surat ‘Ibrahim 14: 22
Satan is not a creature of chaos as some might write; there is a very clear cut law to Him. The law, however, is not necessarily based on what humanity may proclaim as ‘fair’ or ‘just.’ There are few gods or goddesses who strictly obey human law. The laws which apply to Him are not the laws of a current nation, or those that we may hold as ‘righteous.’ As a deity, Lucifer follows a form of divine law which we are likely not privilege to knowing or understanding. In some variations, His obedience to the law of tawhid is to such a point where He becomes more obedient to Yahweh’s law than Yahweh is.
When Christians think of righteousness and order, they tend to think of Jesus and his teachings. Jesus teaches forgiveness of sins; he teaches us that humanity is not good but that we are able to become better. Lucifer also teaches us that we, as a common race, are inherently full of lust for sin. However, Satan’s actions, unlike the common misconception of Jesus’ teachings, make it clear that to follow Him we must be able to realize what we do and do not truly feel guilty for. To apologize for a sin we greatly savored each moment of and lust be given the same opportunity? That’s nothing more than a lie which will corrupt us, no matter how much we pretend its repentance.
If we are struck by a friend and we turn the other cheek to them, only to be struck once more it is just as much our fault as theirs. Their nature was to harm us, and this had already been made clear to us. Certainly, we are allowed to offer a second chance, but we can’t be shocked when their nature is unchanged by our forgiveness. To sob, feel the victim, and want Him to kiss the pain away and declare us virtuous for it is foolish. There is the law; we alone choose our actions and accept their consequences.
Lucifer hates God – “He fell into the Sea of Majesty, he became blind, and said: ‘There is no path for me to other than You. I am a humble lover.’
He said to him: ‘You have become proud.’
He said: ‘If there was one glance between us, it would have been enough to make me proud and imperious.” (Hallaj)
“He said to him: “You do not prostrate, oh contemptible one!”
He said, “Say rather – lover.” (Hallaj)
Love does not always mean obedience. Love does not mean strict agreement. Love does not require complete unity, nor is it ever simple. This isn’t something I could rightfully begin to explain in one or two quick paragraphs. I’m not even going to make that attempt, because it seems disrespectful to treat a very important concept as something that can be quickly summarized. I’ll suffice to say, with enough research, it becomes very clear that despite distance from his grace, Lucifer does love Yahweh.