Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Satan as the most loyal lover of God

I learned about this during The Hero's Adventure episode on the PBS series, The Power of Myth. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the reference in the book. I guess the quote from Joseph Campbell's other book Myths to Live By will have to do:
One of the most amazing images of love I know is Persian -- a mystical Persian representation of Satan as the most loyal lover of God. You will have heard the old legend of how, when God created the angels, he commanded them to pay worship to no-one but himself; but then, creating man, he commanded them to bow in reverence to this most noble of his works, and Lucifer refused... according to the Muslim reading of his case, it was... because he loved and adored God so deeply and intensely that he could not bring himself to bow before anything else.... Persian poets have asked, "By what power is Satan sustained?" And the answer they have found is this: "By his memory of the sound of God's voice when he said, 'Be Gone!'
Of course, this is the Islamic account. Nevertheless, after reading this, don't you have sympathy for the Devil?

1 comment:

jadedj said...

Like many other stories in the bible, I have never understood the whole banishment from heaven of Satan, et al. I thought angels were pure and lovers of how did they get corrupt and consequently banned? And, if God is so powerful, why doesn't he/she/them just zap Satan to the nether regions? It's just all so confusing.