So I stand handing out torches,
Speaking words that are lamps to their feet,
Til’ the time when you come and I’m whole and we are one
And the fire in me is complete.
Brooke Fraser, Love Where is your Fire
Earlier I was asked about my beliefs on the relationship between Lucifer and God—not in regards to their feelings about on another, but rather the very nature of the two, as creation and creator.
I think this is best explained through a metaphor that I find coincides with Lucifer’s role as a seraphim—one of the Burning Ones. Think of God as a blazing fire—all consuming, all encompassing. Lucifer is but a candle flame in comparison, lit from God’s own source.
That which Lucifer is made up of is merely a reflection of the things found in God—all his faults and virtues are present in his creator, and magnified a hundredfold. Lucifer reflects only a small part of him, and so God encompasses a much broader set of characteristics. This means that while God may be capable of much greater acts of mercy, compassion, kindness, etc., he is also capable of much more terrible and extreme acts of wrath, anger, jealousy etc.
And in continuation with the fire metaphor, I believe that Lucifer’s potential was purposefully contained by God upon his creation, as a candle flame is contained to burn only at the wick.He was created for a specific purpose and role, his power limited so as to never outshine his God. Upon his fall, however, he was forever removed from that single source, but through that Lucifer also gained the ability to grow in his potential—to become his own blazing fire.That which was his greatest sacrifice ultimately also became the price paid to come into his own Godhood. But he will forever reflect aspects of his maker. Being transferred from wick to pyre does not greatly alter the substance of the flame itself, and so it does no good to deny his origins, to deny that which Lucifer was created to adore.
If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in (Jeremiah 20:9).
It is because of their shared essence that I don’t believe Lucifer is the antithesis of God, or Christ for that matter. Rather, I see Christ and Lucifer as two parallel figures, two flames from the same fire, each acting in the best interest of humanity—each with their own paths to Truth.
A part of me even wonders if they were not acting as the protective older siblings of a newborn creation, one risking his father’s wrath to grant humanity the ability to become like gods themselves, a wisdom withheld from himself for so very long, and the other sacrificing himself so that their father may be merciful and grant them reprieve.