‘Lucifer is God …’?

‘Lucifer is God declared by Pope Francis’ the title of an article written by ‘Marinelle’ of ‘Newsgru’ in 2015 – click link for original article.

So is God Lucifer or can God be legitimately referred to as Lucifer?

Lucifer is a transliteration from the latin (vulgate) and it carries the following meanings; ‘morning star’, ‘light bearer’, ‘bringer of the dawn’.  Historically the KJV rendered הילל (*)(morning star – in reference to satan) as Lucifer thus the word Lucifer came to be used as the proper name of Satan; it’s a misnomer in truth.

In Isaiah and Revelation, Satan and Jesus respectively are both referred to as the ‘morning star’ therefore Lucifer can be an appropriate descriptive term (not proper name) for Jesus & Satan in the correct context for one who speaks latin for example.

Check out Isaiah 14:12 in the KJV and then in more contemporary translations such as the ESV, NIV, NET etc and you will see that translations, rather than transliterations, have been used in the newer versions and so they read ‘day star’ or ‘morning star’ instead of Lucifer.

Personally I would not refer to the Lord as Lucifer in English, because of what I culturally mean by the term lucifer, however it is quite possible that if someone is identifying the Lord in latin in a descriptive way that lucifer could well be used:

2 Peter 1:19 in the latin vulgate & NIV:

VUL ‘et habemus firmiorem propheticum sermonem cui bene facitis adtendentes quasi lucernae lucenti in caliginoso loco donec dies inlucescat et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris’

NIV ‘we also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.’

In conclusion is God Lucifer? Well if by Lucifer you are culturally and linguistically referring to Satan, the morning star that fell from heaven then obviously the answer is no.  However if one is referring to ‘the bright morning star’ described in Revelation and one has a latin background then yes, Lucifer is an appropriate term.

 
Pheological

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