Continued from "Why do atheists hate/disaprove of Christiany?"
I'm answering joec who said, "And what about church of Satan that believe the same crap xiana believe but believe that xians have it bwkwards?"
There was never a Lucifer, Satan or a devil? No! Lucifer Is A Misinterpreted Word. There was never any entity known as Lucifer the Devil or Satan, and the word lucifer in the King James Version is a misinterpretation of a word. There are many misinterpretations of Hebrew words and meanings and "lucifer" is just another one. The King James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as the Latin word lucifer. This misinterpretation is why lucifer is thought to be the name for Satan. However, in Isaiah 14 the prophet is taunting the king of Babylon in the figurative language of the Hebrews a star was used to describe an illustrious monarch and the King referred to is the King of Babylon who surpassed all other kings in royal splendor. The passage is a song of derision over the downfall of a Babylonian king. The term lucifer is never used in Jewish legend. The term "a star" meaning a brilliant monarch was translated into Latin as "lucifer" by Christian writers who identified Lucifer with Satan. According to Luke 10:18 (Lucifer fell from heaven like lighting) consequently, Lucifer became one of the terms for the devil in Christian theology.
There are older Babylonian and Greek myths of a casting out of heaven of Phaethon. In 1927 Franz Xaver Kugler published an essay entitled "The Sibylline Starwar and Phaethon In the Light of Natural History." Kugler was a Jesuit scholar who had studied the cuneiform astronomical texts. His immense knowledge of ancient documents of celestial events, and the growing consensus of opinion that the Crater at Coon Mountain Arizona was in fact produced by a large meteoroid. This gave Kugler the scientific basis for his assertion that a large impact event in the Mediterranean Sea inspired the legends of Paethon. The comparison to the Phaethon myth (and the falling star) is obvious.
The myth asserts that Paethon the inexperienced pilot asked his father to let him drive the chariot. With rays about his head he rises early, his father, Helios, follows behind finally taking control of the reins after Phaethon falls from the chariot. The inexperienced charioteer balks nearly halfway across the sky and is not destined to make it to the west. He travels against the stars before being struck by a thunderous bolt as the Earth catches fire. Helios, in grief, refuses to bring light to the world. This is a reference to what is now known as a secondary event if a large asteroid impacts the earth. There would be a cloud of aerosols blocking the sun for long periods of time.
All of the ideas about Lucifer, Satan, demons and the devil come from ancient myths and misinterpreted words, and misunderstood celestial events. There is no reason to believe that there ever was a Satan or Lucifer since it is obvious that the word "lucifer" came from a misinterpretation of a word in a story about a king and (the falling star) part was first a mythological depiction of an astronomical event. No matter what the claims are that are made about Satanist or devil worshipers this is where the belief came from, it is part of, and equivalent to all of the myths that eventually evolved into Christianity. The term Lucifer is never used in Jewish legend; but Christian writers identified Lucifer with Satan. According to Gospel Title according to Luke 10:18 (Luke is not a name) and nobody knows who wrote it, Lucifer fell from heaven like lighting; accordingly, Lucifer became one of the terms for the devil in Christian theology. This story most likely came from the myth of Paethon. A belief in (lucifer, Satan, devil) or any mythological supernatural being is not atheism - no matter what anyone claims.
The concept of Lucifer and the many references to Satan in the New Testament come from Origen. Origen (no eyewitness) made the connection between Satan and Lucifer. He used different texts and put them together to unite Lucifer and the devil as one, and he used these texts to show that pride was what caused Satan's fall. However, ignorance is what causes anyone to believe that this has any credibility what so ever. Christians do not know the history of the use of the word lucifer. All they know is that Lucifer is Satan, and they don't question it any further. Tertullian (no eyewitness either) spread the myth that before Satan's fall he was the highest angel. The Lucifer myth primarily came from the teachings of three theologians, Origen, Tertullian, and Jerome. The book of Enoch is not the source of the Lucifer myth because it is a later document.
Ancient literature indicates that there were many variations and philosophies associated with myths about demons. Much of the terminology and belief in demons was traced to Mesopotamia, Sumeria, but the stories originated in the ancient Phoenician city-state of Ugarit. The influence of the Phoenician literature of Ugarit can be found in the Old Testament in the Hebrew works that were composed between the seventh and the third century B.C. Proverbs, Song of Songs etc. including the creation story. Besides the chief god at Ugarit there were lesser gods called demons. This was a polytheistic religion with gods and demons that do turnabouts. There were good or bad demons and good or evil gods. The monotheistic religions evolved from these early myths, and so did the evil spirits. Ancient religions mingled angel, spirits and demons. The opponents of God demon concept of Christianity was a left over from the demons of polytheism, but the Christian demons status as diabolic powers differs from that of the demons in polytheism, because demons in polytheism were not necessarily evil.
The myth of the doctrine of "Satan's Seed" comes from extremist Protestant propaganda that comes from the book of Genesis; it's a charming talking snake story that occurs in the Garden of Eden. What is even more fascinating is that Satan the devil took on the form of a serpent and had a sexual encounter with Eve, and Cain was the result of that encounter. The literature of Ugarit attests that the god of death, Mot, warns Baal not to boast "because you have smitten Lotan (Leviathan) the evil serpent, you have destroyed the crooked serpent, the mighty one of seven heads." A remarkable parallel to Isaiah 27:1 and the Garden of Eden serpent story in Genesis that explains why we are not mortal. The serpent was combined with the story of The Garden of Eden and after the ingredients are mixed it becomes an anti-Semitic story because this is how they account for the physical appearance and evil nature of certain races of people on this planet. It became a Christian anti-Semitic doctrine aimed at the Jews. Later this tale included all other races, but the original claim that all Cain's descendents are "Satan's seed" was aimed at the Jews that had been at war with the Romans and were finally defeated by the Roman Empire.
Ugarit has attracted much research since it is now believed to be the origin of much of the Old Testament. Since the 1970's the study of Ugaritian Texts has emerged as a discipline in its own right as the Rosetta Stone for understanding the poetry, parables and the meaning of words in the Old Testament.