We all love stories and storytelling. When storytelling urges, however, even sprout off the
Bible, it not only misleads in that it distorts the Bible, but likely to become a false myth as well.
Same could be said on identity of Satan for it has been combined with much unbiblical traditions and myths. End result is that we tend to perceive Satan based on such distortions than how the Bible really describes him. Hence, we ought to correct these; here are some of them.
1. Satan’s name was never a “lucifer”. (Note the lowercase ‘l’)
Hebrew term ‘heylel’ from Isaiah 14:12, of which has been mistranslated to ‘lucifer’, has three meanings, yet there are no grounds to take ‘heylel’ as ‘to shine’, and hence, as a ‘morning star’. Nowhere in the Bible was this term ever used to denote a star. In the Old Testament, term ‘kokab’ was used to denote a star and so did Isaiah in following verse in verse 13, a preceding chapter in 13:10 and later in Isaiah 47:13.
Even in Latin Vulgate where the term ‘lucifer’ has originated from (still, a wrong rendering) it was used with lowercase ‘l’ not upper ‘L’;
[Isaiah 14:12 Latin Vulgate]
quomodo cecidisti de caelo lucifer qui mane oriebaris corruisti in terram qui vulnerabas gentes
So not only the term “lucifer” is a wrong rendering, but it, also, is not a proper name.
It’s more biblical to call Satan perhaps ‘Beelzebub’ (Mark 3:22 and its parallels) or ‘Belial’ (2 Cor 6:5).
All these and more, in details, have been already examined in my article; “Why Satan was Never a Morning Star“.
2. Satan was never a morning star – at least the Bible doesn’t tell us so.
With reference to the above, it is best to denote this controversial term ‘heylel’ as ‘one that is boastful’ as the whole context of the verse and the latter part of the quoted 14:12 which alludes to an image of tree being cut down all likely refers to the Antichrist, not Satan.
Not to mention this latter part of 14:12 is always overlooked as we are so “enchanted” only by the mistranslation of the former. So Satan was not a morning star.
Again, these were all discussed in the article mentioned above.
3. Satan was not a Cherub in Eden – the Bible does not say anything like that.
And quoting my abovementioned article once more,
Eden was created AFTER the creation of the world, not before. Hence, to take Satan as “anointed Cherub in Eden” (Ezekiel 28), it would imply that Satan fell well AFTER the creation of the world and creation of Eden. Such view, then, would not be biblical. (Genesis 3:1)
Furthermore, Ezekiel 28 is explicitly laid against the King of Tyre who has been likened to “Cherub in Eden” – not Satan – as the verses clearly say so. (v 2, v 12 and previous chapter)
4. We do not know how or why Satan fell. Nor should that be in our interest – again the Bible doesn’t tell us so.
Now that we know Isaiah 14:12 and Ezekiel 28 are NOT referring to Satan at all, there are no other passages in the Scriptures to learn how, why or when he fell.
If you had thought the Bible would somehow encode “mysteries” before the creation, then you are wrong. The Bible’s author is God and His target audience is the entire fallen mankind – that is, it’s addressed to us, not to the angels or other creatures in the spiritual realm. In that, the Bible is all about what our God is really like and how He is prepared to save mankind. In other words, anything else than He had intended in His revelation, we are not permitted to go over – just like how some of us are trying it now only to end up in creating illogical, far-fetched and unbiblical myths. Clearer knowledge, perhaps, will only emerge when we are united with Christ. (1 Cor 8:2, 13:9-12)
5. Satan has not been cast out “like lightening from heaven” (Luke 10:18) YET.
The mentioned words are Lord Christ’s response to the seventy of whom He had sent out earlier to preach and later came back to report with joy how demons were subject unto them through Jesus’ name (v 17) – so what Jesus really meant here was how Satan’s authority started to fall apart, not Satan physically being cast out from heaven.
Satan and his angels will be cast out from heaven only by when Revelation 12:7-9 takes place. Again, “Why Satan was Never a Morning Star” will explain this in detail.
6. Satan is not currently bound in either abyss or hell.
As Satan has not been cast out yet, he still holds place in heaven and is wandering all over the earth (Job 1:6-7, 1 Kings 22:21-22, 2 Chronicles 18:20-21, Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 13:39, Luke 4:2-11 et al) and he walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). This is why James also told us to submit ourselves to God so we may resist the devil. (James 4:7)
He will be bound by great chain in bottomless pit for a thousand years and then released for the final battle that he and the deceived lose and then he would be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone for eternal punishment only by Revelation 20.
7. Satan is not ignorant of the Bible.
Satan, in fact, was the first to twist one of God’s very first commandments to the very first mankind to tempt (Genesis 3:1) them in which he succeeded. Similarly, he even dared to tempt Christ with God’s words (Matthew 4:6 and its parallels). And we know such efforts to distort God’s words and plans to lure believers away continue till this date. (1 Peter 5:8 and et al)
So Satan is not ignorant of the Bible; he knows about God’s words and plans at least as equal to or, quite likely, much better than we do.
BIRTH OF MYTHS AND FABLES
In biblically rebutting the misconceptions laid above, we saw two common problems.
One is that quite often, contexts of the verses used have been totally discarded. And doing so created unbiblical myth.
If I wrote “Christians would be stupid if they are to discard the context in the Bible passages” and devil came and deliberately rephrased that as “Christians would be(come) stupid”, discarding the latter, then we have totally different meanings. Same is for the Bible. Discerning context(s), thus, is always crucial.
Second problem is that we have tendency to satiate our desires for fables and mythologies (2 Tim 4:4, Titus 1:14) which does not help godly edification (1 Tim 1:4). We’ve seen how deception takes place and being deceived will also be condemned, similar could be said for having “itching ears” for myths and fables. (2 Tim 4:3)
We are commanded to reject these for they are godless (1 Tim 4:7).
It, thus, is about time we stopped adding more onto or spreading John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic poems or other myths more than the Bible. Let alone distorting the Scriptures! For continuing in such would definitely not please God, but somebody else.