“Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12 presents a
minor problem to mainstream Christianity. It becomes a much larger problem to
Bible literalists. LUCIFER IS NOT SATAN!
Lucifer makes its appearance in the
fourteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, at the twelfth verse,
and nowhere else:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,
son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
“O Lucifer” was used to express “O
shining one”, and not the name of a biblical character, and certainly not
Satan. Its own simple context clearly shows this.
The first problem is that Lucifer is a Latin word.
So how did it find its way into a Hebrew manuscript, written before there was a
Roman language? To find the answer, I consulted a scholar at the library of the
Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. What Hebrew name, I asked, was Satan given
in this chapter of Isaiah, which describes the angel who fell to become the
ruler of hell?
The answer was a surprise. In the original Hebrew
text, the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah is not about a fallen angel, but about a
fallen Babylonian king, who during his lifetime had persecuted the children of
Israel. It contains no mention of Satan, either by name or reference. The
Hebrew scholar could only speculate that some early Christian scribes, writing
in the Latin tongue used by the Church, had decided for themselves that they
wanted the story to be about a fallen angel, a creature not even mentioned in
the original Hebrew text, and to whom they gave the name “Lucifer.”
Why Lucifer? In Roman astronomy, Lucifer was the
name given to the morning star (the star we now know by another Roman name,
Venus). The morning star appears in the heavens just before dawn, heralding the
rising sun. The name derives from the Latin term lucem ferre, bringer, or
bearer, of light.“ In the Hebrew text the expression used to describe the
Babylonian king before his death is Helal, son of Shahar, which can best be
translated as "Day star, son of the Dawn.” The name evokes the golden
glitter of a proud king’s dress and court (much as his personal splendor earned
for King Louis XIV of France the appellation, “The Sun King”).
The scholars authorized by King James I to
translate the Bible into current English did not use the original Hebrew texts,
but used versions translated … largely by St. Jerome in the fourth century.
Jerome had mistranslated the Hebraic metaphor, “Day star, son of the
Dawn,” as “Lucifer,” and over the centuries a metamorphosis took
place. Lucifer the morning star became a disobedient angel, cast out of heaven
to rule eternally in hell. Theologians, writers, and poets interwove the myth
with the doctrine of the Fall, and in Christian tradition Lucifer is now the
same as Satan, the Devil, and — ironically — the Prince of Darkness.
So “Lucifer” is nothing more than an
ancient Latin name for the morning star, the bringer of light. That can be
confusing for Christians who identify Christ himself as the morning star, a
term used as a central theme in many Christian sermons. Jesus refers to himself
as the morning star in Revelation 22:16: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring
of David, and the bright and morning star.”
And so there are those who do not read beyond the
King James version of the Bible, who say ‘Lucifer is Satan: so says the Word of
Finally. With all of Lucas’ previous experiences with dragons, his nervousness came into full view, all of his courage brought up front to finally chat with Corrin. Was was the basics again… find a common point of interest to talk about?
“So uh… dragons’re pretty cool huh? Real mysterious… powerful too.” Of course, he was speaking from first-hand memories.
Human!verse: The mortal Egyptian man is startled at first. Having met this woman & been on the run with her for over month. Things had brewed between them, things he wasn’t prepared for. His daughter ‘Atiyah seemed to like her.
Kissing back with abrupt passion, pulling back & opening his eyes. Anubis doesn’t know much else about her except she’s from another world.
Surely it was just an accident. After all, just one look at the tiny star hiding in his nest of hair and Lucas could tell it didn’t have any bad bone in its body, just a playful gesture. Either way, the blond needs the yellow Luma camouflaging in his hair out for his next match. Can’t go in scruffy, after all.
“s’cuse me, Miss Rosalina. s’this lil’ guy yours?”
When the teachers are bored, they have rap battles. Colin is always the champ and likes to brag about it because he's ' finally better than Tony at something'. Then, one day, Gilbert asks to face off against him and Colin's like, "Pfft, this little guy?? Against me??" and then Gilbert just comes out of nowhere with this epic verse and Colin is speechless and the rest of the teachers lose their damn minds.
’’I couldn’t find your Plath but, uhm…’’ He halts, hovering in the doorway, one foot still lingering outside. ‘’I, I uh –‘’ he clears his throat but the dust clings to his voice, like the creak of an old attic door.
His eyes fasten on the floor, studying the patterns of pastel blue and the way it reflects the room; muddled and distorted, there but still too far away. Just the same, the weight that cloys at his chest, it seems distant, while attached to him in some convoluted, farfetched way.
So after much thought we need to focus on Michonne and Iris outside of the men they are with b/c I have noticed that the writers seem to ignore that our girls are smart and crucial outside of the men they are with... I do not want my Michonne reduced to mom/wife nor Iris wife. I love my WestAllen Richonne but I want my lead girls to lead instead of the writers propping up Carol/Spivot/Cait write complex and strong pieces for Danai Candice b/c if not I know we the fandom have some great ideas.
I am not sure how this applies to Michonne. I am nowhere near as versed on Iris as I am Michonne, so I’m just gonna start with her:
Michonne is the co-leader to Rick, and the co-parent of his children. She wasn’t reduced by embracing his family; they enhanced her. Though she was suffering all kinds of PTSD, when Michonne first arrives on the scene, she came across as yet another angry, black woman; two dimensional, but with a sword. But when she enters the prison, Rick and Carl manage to crack her open. Better still, she adds a great deal to their group in terms of planning and execution, while also nurturing Carl as a mother [and can I say how much I love that message? Cause I sure AF do].
I know Andy and Gimple have given Jessie credit for opening Rick up or whatever, but the truth was, he was already there because of Michonne. She teaches him to trust again; to believe again; and yes, to love again. Cause he sure as shit loved her before he walked through the gates of Alexandria.
But yeah, speaking of–going north towards Washington and thus running into Aaron–that was because of Michonne’s insistence, as well as Rick’s love for Michonne, as he ultimately had to make the call. She proposes the idea, and he executed it. No one ever makes the claim that love has weakened Rick, yet we see him act because of it time and time again–for Carl and Michonne. It can also make him kind of crazy, but…Anyway, the only reason Team Fam made it to the oasis of Alexandria is because Michonne said, “We’re going,” and truth be told, there was no room for argument. Rick agrees, but the decision was already made; everyone knew it.
And even after a night of sweet, honey love, Michonne hops out of bed, naked, reaching for her weapon. Nothing was reduced or held back for Michonne’s character after finding her love…I’m sorry Anon, I just don’t see it.
As for Iris–
I see the writers trying with her, adding more things for her to do. However, I don’t think she was reduced, as she wasn’t Barry’s wife or girlfriend or lover, just his love. We see how that love affects Barry and his actions, as it is his story. But I’m trying to think…
In a hypothetical world where Iris and Barry didn’t have love for each other, how would she be incorporated into Team Flash? (Sidebar: Is there another name for that?) She is brave and a thinker and a detective [in another world, but still…], but her strongest bond at present is her attachment and love for Barry and vice versa. But I don’t think that is a bad thing or an unnecessary thing or the only thing she has. And now that the timeline is fucked, I don’t know what they will do…
But, my suggestion, from a writer’s perspective, would be to give Iris a stronger voice. Like, let speaking be her power in this ‘verse/Earth 1. She’s a writer, and that makes the most sense (to me). She can get her point across and make others listen, including Barry. I’ve heard some wonderful speeches on The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel…
Let Iris be the speech giver in The Flash. Let her be the voice…
No reply needed, but it may help you when writing. I'm a bit disappointed. I already see a disturbing trend, where Dean is written the unfeeling dick to Sam & Cas's good guys who he'll repeatedly hurt. It's a trope in SPN Sam/Cas fanfic to make Dean a dick that I dislike intensely. I admire what you are doing, but I won't be on the ride. I do hope you'll consider giving Dean a 3D character, not just the foil to prop up how awesome Sam & Cas are... complex, not just to be the ass they tolerate.
I feel like a reply is needed. If you don’t want to read that’s perfectly fine, but just as a reassurance, we haven’t made him ‘the unfeeling dick’. We have only made two post that include Dean directly, and so far both have been very banter heavy.
Danielle had recently arrived in Paris. She hadn’t been before, so she hadn’t quite got used to her surroundings. Her father had sent her to the market to collect a few things, but she must have taken a wrong turning because all she found was never ending streets. She sighed, knowing she had no idea where she was or how to get home or to the marketplace. She truly was lost with nowhere to go.