Once upon a time--long long before Adam & Steve
were created--Jehovah realized that the universe could never be
complete without something called "evil". He tried to explain this to
the Host of Angels (his only companions at that early time; though
numbering in the hundreds), but they were all confused and aghast at
this shocking concept. All that is, but one: Lucifer. When the Big
Cheese saw that only Little Lucy was not aghast (but simply confused) he
called him into his inner chamber, where they could be alone. (Archangel Gaybriel served them each a pot of lavender tea before departing behind the curtains.)
"Hey Little Buddy," declares the Good Master, "why aren't you also shocked by my proclamation?" To which Lucky replies: "My
Father, of course I am confused, but I'd never be judging you. After
all, you're our Creator...so even if I don't comprehend one of your
decisions, I still trust you. I could never conceive of you ever doing
any wrong...even though this is the FIRST TIME I have become perplexed
by anything you've ever said or done."
Jehovah contemplatively sips his tea, then leans forward. "You don't really grasp what evil is all about, do you?"
"Of course not." shrugs Lucifer, "This
is the first time I've ever heard of such a thing. And it does what,
you say? Distorts truth and makes intelligent beings feel bad, and do
"Why don't I give you a visual?" resolves YHVH, who then projects a holographic scene that hovers between the two.
Therein, Lucifer witnesses the awesome advent of evil upon a newly
created species called "man". Wherein Lucifer weeps for the first time,
some sparkly tears dropping into the teacup (which by the way is the
primal origin of the Holy Grail). Lucy dries his eyes with the hem of his sleeve, and exclaims, "Oh,
my father, what terrible betrayal. How could you wish such forces
unleashed in any universe? But I can only trust your decisions, and
offer to serve you in this outcome, as best I can. For as much as I
abhor this new energy entering the cosmos, that you call 'evil'...I also
understand that it is a necessary process in spiritual evolution
towards perfection. That without any evil in this world, humans would
never be challenged to become the true hero that dwells within each and
every soul." Lucifer then takes a deep breath and sets down his cup. "Okay, Dad. How can I help you in this terrible mission?"
So with great sorrow and pride, Jehovah requests that Lucifer play the
role of Master of Evil. This time around, Lucy is indeed terribly
shocked, and lowers his head in shame and sorrow for some moments; then
looks up and into the eyes of His Father, to say: "I
will do this, only because if I didn't, you'd be alone to carry this
out. I wish to relieve your burdens as much as possible. For I do love
Jehovah took him up into his strong arms. "You are
the only one of my angels who has never lacked in any way, complete
faith in my plans. For that, I make you The Devil Himself, that you may
tempt man to go astray. And in so tempting, each is offered the chance
to resist temptation, and become a hero in overthrowing your seductions.
You will be vilified, scapegoated, and ultimately despised by all but a
few wise folks. Indeed, not until the end of this First Cycle of
Creation, will the wrongs against you be righted, and will you be
celebrated as My Most Beloved First Born."
Having agreed to be partners in this Great Mission, Lucifer calls
together a meeting of all the angels, and presents his case: to usurp
the Creator and run the show ourselves. He is very persuasive, thanks to
a gilded tongue, and manages to convince a third of the angelic host.
War breaks out. So Lucifer dutifully plays out his incredible roles
through history, including one of his "time out" past lives, where he is
willfully sacrificed on a cross, to reaffirm his total devotion to One
who asked of him this awesome responsibility. For with every seduction,
Lucky always prays in his heart that you won't be tempted.
MORAL OF THIS TALE
Evil is a necessary evil.
And if you really love your enemy, then one must also find
a way to love, and forgive, the Ultimate Enemy.