I was in the process of writing a review for Convivium (yes, finally, though now that I got sidetracked that’s being put on hiatus) when this prompt struck me out of nowhere and wouldn’t let go. I don’t even know if I can get my thoughts on this across in an understandable manner, but I’ll try.
I’ve mentioned a few Christian phrases that are ironically accurate when it comes to describing Lu, such as
“The devil strikes when you’re at your weakest”
“Satan plants seeds of doubt”
Here’s another one: “The devil masquerades as an angel of light”
Okay, I know they use this in context with Lu being the so-called Prince of Lies, but I’ve got a different take on it.
He’s a charmer.
You know those depictions of the devil as a suave and courteous tempter? Fucking accurate. He uses those charms to play the role of the stereotypical view of angels—all light and goodness and virtue (okay, maybe not goodness and virtue in the sense of biblical standards, but integrity all the same). Well, at first anyways. That’s how he draws you in.
And he uses those charms for his own personal gain. Yes, I realize I’m sounding like those that preach against him. I might not agree with them entirely, but they have a point.
When I first met him, he seemed like the embodiment of honor and righteousness. Despite my fear and distrust, his reasons for rebelling made so much sense, much more than the reasons that I was given by my church for his exile, and because I had a grudge against Christianity at the time, he seemed like a better being than YHWH. He sounded more worthy of reverence than the god I had grown up being told to worship.
But this doesn’t mean he lied to me about who or what he was, or even his intentions. Rather, he showed me exactly what his intentions were, and left it up to me to decide what to do with that information. He knew exactly how to play me and use that grudge for his purposes. He knew exactly what to say to get me to trust him. Now, I haven’t read the Lucifer comics that the following comes from, but this quote strikes me as being oddly accurate to my experiences with him:
“When the Devil wants you to do something, he doesn’t lie at all. He tells you the exact, literal truth. And he lets you find your own way to Hell.”
I’ve never been lied to by Lu. Charmed and manipulated? Yes. Lied to? No.
But in the process of his manipulations, he also taught me to question him and his intentions, because while other ‘angels of light’ may be blunt and straightforward in their intentions, he is not. While they may have the justification and validation of ‘God’ behind their actions, he is not held back by the same morals or virtues as they are. And yet, I’ve found that he doesn’t hold the same double standards on humanity as these so-called ‘angels of light’, or as his maker. He doesn’t condemn our faults while mitigating his own. He doesn’t hide behind his divinity when faced with his faults.
So take this as you will. The devil masquerades as an angel of light, with all his charisma and politesse, but he isn’t one of them.