Debunking Christian myths – is Satan Lucifer?

I have been wanting to write something about this for a very long time and have been unable to until now. I was taught very early on in Christianity that Satan was one of God’s angels whose beauty got into his head and made him lead a revolt against God. As a result he was thrown out of heaven along with the angels that took part in the rebellion and they’ve been tormenting mankind ever since.

I was quite puzzled when I couldn’t find this account anywhere in scripture and the confusion deepen when I couldn’t find Lucifer anywhere in the NIV bible I had as a young Christian. Before we go into the person of Satan let us first of all explore the name Lucifer.

The reference to Lucifer can be found in Isaiah 14: 12 and quite curiously not every version mentions the name Lucifer like I pointed out earlier. And this really sparked my curiosity! If the name Lucifer was associated with Satan and this verse of scripture was about his demise surely every version of scripture should mention it.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (KJV)

How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations! (ASV)

How have you fallen from heaven, O light-bringer and daystar, son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened and laid low the nations [O blasphemous, satanic king of Babylon!] (AMP)

You were like the morning star, but you have fallen from the sky. In the past, all the nations on earth bowed down before you, but now you have been cut down. (ERV)

I was able to gain a better understanding after digging deep into scripture.

The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic while the New Testament was written in Greek. The original Hebrew text from which Isaiah 14: 12 was translated never contained the word or name Lucifer; instead the original Hebrew word was ‘heylel’ a derivative of the Hebrew word ‘Halal’ which means to shine. It was used to refer to the ‘bright morning star’ an exceptional bright star whose appearance in the sky heralds dawn. Then where did the name Lucifer come from?

The first ever translation of the bible from the original Hebrew/Aramaic & Greek text was the ‘Latin Vulgate’. And Lucifer was actually a very popular Latin name before this time and it also meant ‘bright and morning star’.  So the Latin-Vulgate reads thus:

quomodo cecidisti de caelo lucifer qui mane oriebaris corruisti in terram qui vulnerabas gentes

And the King James Version of the bible, about the only version with the name Lucifer, was translated from the Latin-Vulgate and compared with the original Hebrew-Greek text. The translators retained ‘Lucifer’ in its original Latin form instead of translating it into English along with the other text. This explains why most other versions of the bible do not have ‘Lucifer’ at all. Satan was definitely never called Lucifer at any point in time.

If Satan isn’t Lucifer then who is he?


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