Who is the devil? How does he looks like?
The Devil is first and foremost...beautiful, gorgeous, exciting, breathtaking.
A stunner and head-turner indeed!
The figure of Lucifer, a fallen angel, is present in most religions and pagan mythologies.
"Demon," "Satan," "Beelzebub": often the most diverse names are assigned.
In the Christian Creed, the Devil is more than a mythological character, the existence of the devil is a truth of Faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The devil and the other demons were created by God naturally good, but they, by themselves, is that they did evil"
THE FALL OF THE ANGELS
Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of sheer envy.
Scripture and the Church's Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called "Satan" or the "devil".
The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: "The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing."http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p7.htm
The Holy Scriptures also speak of him several times.
Only in the New Testament are 511 references to the angel enemy of God.
In one of their encounters, Jesus calls him "murderer" (1 Jn 3: 8) and "father of lies" (John 8, 44). In the book of Revelation, John writes about a struggle in heaven between the great dragon and St. Michael the Archangel, which ended with the expulsion of the former angel of light (cf. Rev 12: 9).
But what or who had provoked this war between the then most beautiful of God's creatures and the humble archangel Michael?
The Church Fathers teach that, before creating humans, God created the heavenly creatures.
Among them, the most powerful was Lucifer, the angel of light.
All these angels had to undergo a divine test, a kind of test that God want to probe the sincerity of their love.
In this trial, Lucifer rebelled against his Lord, because he wanted to become like Him, but without the help of divine Grace.
Indeed, Lucifer's decision for evil was irrevocable, therefore unable/unwilling to do or receive penance, "those who adhere to evil in immutable way, Divine Mercy does not release them," explains St. Thomas Aquinas (cf. Summa Theologica, I q. 64 in. 2). http://www.newadvent.org/summa/3064.htm
This is not a deficiency of the Love of God, as He, the Creator, continues to love him, the Devil.
Satan is the one who freely chose not to serve the Lord, thus sinking and falling into eternal hell, in the total absence of God.
Do not make a mistake about it: the devil does not look like that hideous caricature with horns, tail and trident, which usually appears in many churches' windows and other works of art.
Lucifer is really actually very beautiful.
It is the very same beauty of the fruit that Eve was hypnotized from, filling her mischievous eyes.
Lucifer is really seductive.
And with his velvety soft gentle voice that comes from his envy the man, he led our first parents to the way of death.
Lucifer is really intelligent.
It is with this understanding that he continues to persuade many of his absence - many genuinely believe the Devil is not real and does not exist - while gaining the spotlight of the world, in large cities streets and especially the hearts of so many naive - young and less young - people who get swept off their feet by Satan's offerings and fleeting pleasures.
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