By Eusebio Tanicala
The original sin was not committed by Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was Lucifer who committed the original sin, the very first sin. Let’s prove this proposition.
Create a timeline. From past eternity all that existed was God. There was a period when all that was, all that existed was God. This deity we are talking about is the Trinity: three persons called God. They are the Father (1st Person), the Word (2nd Person, also called the Son, Jesus, Christ), and the Holy Spirit (3rd Person).
Then came a moment later when God created the Invisible Universe; this happened before the creation that took place in Genesis 1:1. This is the account of the creation of the invisible, non-material universe: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Col. 1:16-17) The Creator pointed to here, the pronouns in the two verses, refer to Christ, the Second Person in the Trinity. He was a persona before Genesis 1:1 and before His incarnation.
Part of the invisible, non-material creation accomplished by Christ is described in Eph. 6:12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Part of this invisible, non-material creation is the spiritual hosts or angelic hosts. Angelic hosts or angels have personalities. There are the archangels like Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel. There are the cherubs and the seraphs. It is believed that one of the archangels was Lucifer. These archangels were assigned thrones or positions of authority and were assigned their own respective spheres or dominions. These angelic hosts, or the angels were created with fully developed understanding with high level of knowledge. Upon creation they were matured with at least, by rough estimation and comparison, the level of a doctoral degree knowledge. So they were expected to know their responsibilities and know what’s good and bad. This fully developed knowledge is inferred from 2 Peter 2:11, “Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.” Angels, compared to humans, have higher or greater power and might, greater knowledge, greater ability, greater authority, greater strength than humans.
Archangel Lucifer was on his throne, in his own dominion with his angelic host of millions or billions in number. Having been created by God, naturally Lucifer should have recognized his inferiority to the Creator. Lower in rank, lower in ability, lower in strength, lower in knowledge, lower in authority. But he had an ambition: to be equal with God or even higher than God. Read Isaiah chapter 13 and chapter 14:1-27. Strong inference is derived from Isaiah 14:12-14 “….. O Lucifer, son of the morning! ….. For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God? I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High!’” (NKJV)
Lucifer’s ambition recorded in Isaiah is reflected in the ambition of the King of Babylon.
Analyze the inference gleaned from the following passage.
“Because your heart is lifted up, and you say ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods’ . . . . . with your wisdom and your understanding you have gained riches for yourself . . . . . you were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold…..was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.” Ezekiel 28:2-15
The ambition of Lucifer as recorded by Ezekiel is mirrored in the ambition of the king of Tyre.
Human beings that are influenced by the Devil reflect the ability of the Devil as recorded in 2 Peter 2:10 with the following acts: despise authority, presumptuous, self-willed not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries. Jude 4, 7, 8, 10 record characteristics of the Evil One as reflected by people that the Devil influences on earth: deny God and the Lord Jesus Christ, went beyond limits of morality, wild imaginations, reject authority, speak evil of dignitaries, speak evil of what they don’t know.
From the above we infer that Lucifer went beyond the limit, went beyond the boundary defined by God for him. This is the same conclusion we find in Jude 6: “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own habitation…”
John 8:44 says, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in Him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” Jesus addressed here the Jewish leaders and unbelievers. These people reflect the attributes of the Devil.
From inference, the Devil reviled God and his fellow archangels. He despised God’s authority, was self-willed and wanted to be equal with God or even higher than God. These were his sins. These were the very first sins ever committed.
Lucifer was created a perfect, beautiful and a holy angel. God set limits and boundary for him. But he was self-willed and didn’t follow God’s will. He had ambitions to be equal or even higher than God. He failed to honor God’s dignity and authority. He reviled and despised God. In doing so, Lucifer exercised his will. He made decisions arising entirely from his will. It was his own choice. But God is a God of justice. God pronounced a penalty for Lucifer and his followers: God consigned them into the darkness of Tartarus.
Did God will and predestine Lucifer to commit sin? No. God could not be the author of rebellion against Himself. God is not the author of sin. Lucifer in opposing God became Satan. Satan (Hebrew term) means “Adversary” “Contrabida” “Opposer” The word “Devil (Greek term) means the same thing Adversary, Contrabida, Opposer.
The lower angels that followed or supported Lucifer in his rebellion also possessed will, the power to choose what they want to do or to have. Originally they were holy and advanced in knowledge. They had the freedom of choice. But they were responsible for their own actions. For their rebellion, they were consigned to the darkness of Tartarus.
Who willed that Lucifer committed rebellion against God? Who willed that Lucifer should become the Devil? Is there any decree of God that predestined Lucifer to become God’s Adversary? Whose fault is it that Lucifer committed the original sin? #
(Note: The next article will analyze the pre-fall attributes and the motivations of Eve).