The word Luciferianism is rarely used because 'Lucifer' is equated with Satan in Jewish-Christian theology. It is nevertheless the philosophy one finds in the highest levels of society, which we call the 'occult elite'. Interpreted in various forms, Luciferianism is present in philosophical currents such as humanism, Gnosticism and the Kabbalah, and it is the driving force behind secret societies such as the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and many others.
Interestingly, the word Lucifer does not appear in the Bible. It is rather a later interpretation. Luciferianism is about the idea that humanity can reach divinity through human means. This philosophy is represented symbolically by two mythical figures, which have the same characteristics: Prometheus and Lucifer. Both are regarded by certain groups as benefactors of humanity, since they brought fire and light to the aspiring people, representing divine knowledge. They help man to become God himself by man's own means.
This perspective does interpret the Bible quite differently. In Genesis, the serpent who gives man the forbidden apple, emerges as a hero, giving man the knowledge of good and evil, and all that is in between. The story of the Tower of Babel is interpreted positively as the human effort to reach divinity. The building of the mighty tower, however, was stopped by a tyrannical god who wants to keep the people trapped in the physical world. He confused the language, and because people no longer understood each other, they could not complete the building of the tower (Genesis 11: 1-9).
While most people who sympathize with transhumanism have no idea of "Luciferianism", one of its founding fathers clearly recognizes the link: the British philosopher Dr. Max More articulated the principles of transhumanism in 1990. In one of his essays ("In Praise of The Devil"), he combines transhumanism and luciferianism.
The Devil - Lucifer - is a force for good (where I define 'good' simply as that which I value, not wanting to imply any universal validity or necessity to the orientation). 'Lucifer' means 'light-bringer' and this should begin to clue us in to his symbolic importance. The story is that God threw Lucifer out of Heaven because Lucifer had started to question God and was spreading dissension among the angels. We must remember that this story is told from the point of view of the Godists (if I may coin a term) and not from that of the Luciferians (I will use this term to distinguish us from the official Satanists with whom I have fundamental differences). The truth may just as easily be that Lucifer resigned from heaven.
While actually not believing that Lucifer really existed, but rather taking him as a symbol for reason, intelligence and critical thought, Max More describes perfectly the fundament of the Luciferian notion:
God, being the well-documented sadist that he is, no doubt wanted to keep Lucifer around so that he could punish him and try to get him back under his (God's) power. Probably what really happened was that Lucifer came to hate God's kingdom, his sadism, his demand for slavish conformity and obedience, his psychotic rage at any display of independent thinking and behavior. Lucifer realized that he could never fully think for himself and could certainly not act on his independent thinking so long as he was under God's control. Therefore he left Heaven, that terrible spiritual-State ruled by the cosmic sadist Jehovah, and was accompanied by some of the angels who had enough courage to question God's authority and his value-perspective.
Lucifer promises man "freedom" of this tyranny by giving him "fruits of knowledge", which the despotic God had forbidden him. Lucifer gives man rational knowledge and therewith the means to become like God, which the jealous God wanted to prevent. Lucifer is thus the liberator of mankind, who helps man to develop his true potential and to become independent of God with increasing knowledge. Yes, man even becomes God himself! As we can see, this promise seems to come true in a few years.
However, we also see that the more man plays God, life on this planet is anything but positively influenced. In fact, not only Satan's promise comes true, but also that of God, who said that when man eats of the tree, he surely must die.
The eating of the fruit of knowledge created polarity (symbolized by the recognition of the male and female) and thus also opposition:
Thus did he lead them on with guile. And when they tasted of the tree their shame was manifest to them and they began to hide [by heaping] on themselves some of the leaves of the Garden. And their Lord called them, [saying]: Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you: Lo! Satan is an open enemy to you? They said: Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If thou forgive us not and have not mercy on us, surely we are of the lost! He said: Go down [from hence], one of you a foe unto the other. There will be for you on earth a habitation and provision for a while. [Al-Araf 22-24]
So they recognized their shame that is to be man and woman. By eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they became aware of polarity and diverted from the original unity. Adam and Eve were in paradise like small children who also do not reflect yet. But Satan caused them "to deflect" therefrom, that is starting reflecting and thus suffering polarity:
But Satan caused them to deflect therefrom and expelled them from the [happy] state in which they were; and We said: Fall down, one of you a foe unto the other! There shall be for you on earth a habitation and provision for a time. [al-Baqarah 36]
Polarity is a condition to gain knowledge: we can only know what is cold when there exists hot; we only know what is dark when there is light; we only know what is good when there is evil. The knowledge of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is polar and antagonistic. It destroys precisely the paradisiacal primordial state of unity on which all life is based (Satan has symbolically two horns). Rational thinking that is based upon reflection is thus not in conformity with life itself and destroys it. This has been recognized by people from all epochs.
The term "rationality" includes the deliberate selection of and the decision for reasons that are considered rational to achieve a particular goal. "Reason" in turn implies images or concepts that are mentally detectable, follow a logic, and a subject-object relationship (polarity). The irrational, on the other hand, is a state or action which is not supported by rational reasons but often by dogma.
Many classical philosophers distinguish between Ratio and Intellectus. Ratio is, as a rule, a lower faculty of perception which operates comparatively and discursively. Intellectus, on the other hand, means a uniform and coherent faculty. Intellectus would be the synonym for Aql in Arabic, on which "knowledge" or rather "insight" should be based. The sentence e.g. "I know that I know nothing" is not understandable with rationality, as it is a paradox, but with our intellect. Absolute knowledge or truth is unknown to man, as it is God Himself (Al-Haq).
For the believer, the foundation of all things is God. For the unbeliever, there is no ultimate reason for anything, and therefore no higher purpose in life. Everything is more or less meaningless to him, and he sees a meaning foremost in giving himself to the satisfaction of his senses. Since all sensual satisfactions become dull, he always wants more, and goes further and further into the extreme and also the perverse. In doing so, he destroys all morality and ultimately himself.
Dr. Max More's view was mainly inspired by the Bible and the atrocities described therein, and by a tyrant church, which tortured and burned at the stake hundreds of thousands of people. Surely, we have sympathy for that. But rejecting all faith and dogma is a dogma in itself.
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