Are Jesus and Lucifer the Same Being?
Though it's controversial to compare Jesus with Lucifer, there are a number of mythological and linguistic consistencies that deserve our attention. As such, Christians should be warned that this will not make for comfortable reading.
Lucifer the Morning Star
In the original Hebrew Old Testament, Lucifer is called Helel, meaning "shining one". Similarly, a direct translation of Lucifer from Latin into English gives us the phrase “light bearer” or “light bringer”. This notion of light-bringing is a reference to Lucifer's depiction as the planet Venus, which often features in the sky shortly before dawn. Thus, Lucifer is also given the epithet "morning star" to describe how he `brings the light' of a new day.
So, rather than being a prince of darkness, Lucifer appears to have reputable origins. Indeed, popular myths about Lucifer describe him as an angel who was cast out of heaven:
"How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!" - Isaiah 14:12.
It should be noted that the King James Bible replaces "morning star, son of the dawn" with "O Lucifer, son of the morning". Despite the protests of some Biblical scholars, the translations given earlier show the two descriptions to be interchangeable. Taken in context, the quoted passage compares the fall of Lucifer with the fate of a Babylonian King. Much despised, the King tried to ascend to heaven, but was cast back down to Earth.
Lucifer's celestial status as a morning star that brings the dawn is clear. Confusion arises when Jesus is described in the same way:
"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” - Revelation 22:16.
"May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity" - Easter Proclamation (Roman Missal).
Origin of the Lucifer Myth
The idea of a "morning star" falling from heaven probably has its origins in the Babylonian myth of Etana. This ancient king strove to be higher than the supreme god, Anu, by riding on the wings of an eagle. However, he was filled with fear and forced to return to Earth.
Conversely, it may refer to Inanna's descent into the underworld. Like Lucifer, Inanna is associated with Venus in Babylonian mythology. Indeed, many Old Testament myths originated in the Babylonian (Sumerian) religion, including Noah's Ark.
Using the above quotes, one could claim that Lucifer and Jesus were the same entity. A further connection can be made if we consider their comparative mythologies. As described earlier, Lucifer was thrown out of heaven:
"And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." - Revelation 12:7.
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" - Luke 10:18.
Christian tradition tells us that Lucifer became Satan after his fall, though that connection is also rather shaky. Nevertheless, Jesus also descended from heaven to walk the Earth:
"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons." - Galatians 4:4.
"I have come [as] Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness." - John 12:46.
Accordingly, Satan is called "the God of this world" in 2 Corinthians 4:4, which further blurs the line between these two beings.
Thus, Jesus and Lucifer are both light-centric supernatural beings that arrived on the human plane of existence, and it's quite possible that Lucifer's appearance also required him to be born to a human mother. However, if Jesus and Lucifer were the same entity, then all that followed in the New Testament was the work of a deceiver. Were Jesus' beneficent, miraculous deeds designed to coax the masses into following him? At the very least, one could question whether a true god would flaunt his powers in such a manner.
It would follow that Christianity is a Luciferian cult. When considering that the fall of Rome, Dark Ages, Crusades, Inquisition, and numerous other evils can be attributed to its inception, the idea may actually appear less far-fetched than the traditional Christian interpretation.
Interpreting the Morning Star
Christian scholars have interpreted the Lucifer-Jesus connection in various ways. A common rebuttal is to use the following passage to claim there is more than one morning star:
"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Who laid the cornerstone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" - Job 38:6.
However, this contradicts the quotations given earlier. They describe `the' or `the one' morning star, as if there are no others. Furthermore, there is only one Venus, though when the planet overtakes Earth's orbit, it does begin to appear at a different time in the night. As the Bible is no stranger to contradiction, we may never know which interpretation is true.
Other scholars claim the Bible verse in which the morning star is cast from heaven (Isaiah 14, see above) is not allegorical, but is actually referring to the King of Babylon. This introduces the problem of why Hebrew authors would want to describe this King as a divine (celestial) being. Morning star is more precisely attributed to an angel; not a King they despised.
Finally, there is the parable in which Jesus spent 40 days fasting alone in the desert. He is tempted three times by Satan, suggesting they are two separate beings. However, wise men often wandered into the wilderness to find their true selves by overcoming inner demons. Indeed, no-one is recorded as bearing witness to the meeting, so it's quite possible that Satan symbolized a side of Jesus that had to be overcome or challenged in some way.
Lucifer as Jesus Christ
Perhaps the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he was God. Indeed, what better way to get revenge on a benevolent god than to found a religion that does great evil in his name? This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone:
"And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth." - Revelation 20:7.
"And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." - Corinthians 11:14.
Even the Bible foretold that Satan would deceive the world by masquerading as an angel of light. Indeed, we are also told that Satan is a tempter, a trickster, and a dealer in chicanery and illusion. Would he appear as the beast, or the answer to our prayers?
Jesus found a poor and squalid land, and used miracles and charitable acts to become their messiah. He profited from the misery of the masses, but did nothing to end their suffering on a permanent basis. Instead he claimed that our sins can be forgiven if we pledge our souls to him. Even murderers and rapists can ascend to paradise by selling their souls to Christianity. Has the devil worshiper metaphor gone far enough yet?
For those without a predilection for Christian dogma, this interpretation may be just as (im)plausible as the Christian version. Indeed, many believe the religion spawned by this mythical figure is the source of numerous past evils. Those who deny these evils use deception to prevent their discovery; while heaven and hell are wielded to tempt or threaten those who are too vulnerable or desperate to care. But then, that's just what Lucifer would have wanted, isn't it?
© 2013 Thomas Swan