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How could Lucifer, an archangel, have rebelled against God?

Full Question

Revelation 12:7-9 says Lucifer and his angels fought against God and were cast out of heaven. Since Lucifer was a highly intelligent creature — not to mention the fact that he had an intimate knowledge of God– I can’t comprehend how he (or any angel for that matter) could rebel against God. That seems to be utterly insane. What was the particular sin that Lucifer and the angels allied with him committed?

Answer

You’re right in characterizing Lucifer’s rebellion as an insane act. Don’t forget that, although Lucifer had a superabundance of spiritual gifts, he was also endowed, as we are, with the gift of free will. God left him free to choose good over evil, and, as we know, he chose evil.

Consider Adam and Eve. Before the Fall they possessed immortality, control over their passions and appetites, the complete integrity of their wills, as well as a human intelligence far superior to that which we have now. Yet, like Lucifer, they chose to commit a mortal sin. This means God allowed them to exercise their free will.

As for the particular sin the bad angels committed, many theologians believe that in their pre-fallen state the angels were given a foreknowledge of humans (who would be inferior to them), as well as a foreknowledge that God himself (the second Person of the Trinity) would be incarnated as a man and redeem the universe through his death on the cross.

This revelation angered Lucifer because it meant he and the other angels would have to worship God incarnate. Lucifer and the other angels who fell were so proud of being superior to men that their overweening arrogance wouldn’t allow them to worship Jesus Christ the God-Man. This refusal–this non serviam–stemmed from pride. That, anyway, is the theologian’s theory.

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  1. I have heard this theory – and it’s a good one – I want to accept it – except for one huge, gaping hole it’s it’s circular logic. Lucifer could have only been angered by the requirement to worship God-as-man given God incarnating – which was only done in sacrificial love to redeem us – our redemption only being required as a result of our Fall – which was a result Man being tempted by Lucifer – this temptation being dependent upon Lucifer being a temptor and desiring to destroy God’s beloved creation – which would be dependent upon his already fallen state – which brings us back to why he chose to fall – and if the reason is to be his anger at worshipping God incarnate… You see what I mean? Please tell me if I’m wrong, if my logic is flawed… But I still think there’s some knowledge missing in the picture of our perfect understanding.

  2. And now We know what is going on with Mr Patrick.
    This is the perfect example of what happens to our young people in The church their bad experience growing up and not have at least one person to tell you that God Loves you and cared about you.
    Brothers and Sisters We Need to Wake up and really live the Gospel!!!

    1. I understand what you are saying
      I have been there, there was a time in my life that I question everything and let me tell you the more questions the less answers I got
      Now I am not trying to convince you of anything you have free will and I respect it.
      I believe that God will call you if you say yes like He did to Me and believe me I was stubborn He is Almighty and He loves you.give Him and give yourself a chance
      I know is worth it !
      I love you Brother don’t get discouraged!

  3. Am I correct, remembering being told that after Lucifer’s fall, with his followers, God decided to take away the remaining angels free will, so this rebellion by the angels could never happen again? I absolutely don’t remember where I got the idea! It could’ve been a dream, for all I know!

  4. Patrick, I’ll keep you in my prayers. Whatever misery you might have endured growing up Catholic pales in comparison to the misery you’ll endure from dying in your current embittered, hateful, and ill-informed state. Your catechists might have sucked at communicating it (I know mine did), but God loves you more than you can imagine.

  5. Dear Patrick, God will always be God and he does what ever he wants.as you bring up more disputing views about he’s existence,he is aware that’s if you are human or not but for when you will encounter him I do not know.I just want you to know the world it’s self has already enough evidence to if or not God exist,but believe is key and believe is free will therefore choice is important.it is only a thing of grace to have the strong believe in God and on your human side the effort towards your believe is your choice.
    Fire is seen,but heat is spirit.

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