Prometheus and Lucifer

I cannot help but to notice that there are certain similarties between the story of Prometheus and that of Satan/Luficer. Bother were once great on the side of God, and both would fall becasue they were given to a rebellous nature.

Prometheus was once a great Titian and a God long before Zeus, and he once stood with Zeus agains Cronos, but he grew to be displeased with Zeus and the way that Zeus viewed and treated both the other Olympians, and the mortals on earth.  So he saught to rebel against Zeus, whom is descirebd as being the all seeing and knowing father of the gods. He tricked Zeus to give fire to the mortals below and for this he was punnished but Prometheus was not punished alone, the entire world of Titians whom were sene as rebel gods were punnished along with him.  In punishment Proemetheus was to be changed for all etenrity, where an eagle, or in some accounts a vulture would constnatly feed upon his liver, as it would grow back again each time it was devored.  So the punishment was endless.

Now in the story of Satan, as with Prometheus, Satan once was illustrious. He was a glorious angel, said to be the most beloved of God. The All Seeing Father. And just like with Prometheus dispute came on account of the mortals, though in this case the roles would be changed slightly. While Prometheus had pity and compassion for the mortals, and Zeus looked down to them, in the case of Lucifer, God seemed to cherrish the mortals above the angels and gave them free will which was denied the angels, Lucifer grew jealous of God’s affections for these mortal men and rebled against God as he thought Gods treatment of the angels was unfair, and this can be paralled to the way Prometheus viewed Zeus’s treatment of the Titans.

In punsiment Lucifer was cast out of heaven just as Prometheus was cast from Olymepious, and just as Proemetheus, Lucifer’s punishment would be an endless and never-ending tourment.

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9 comments on “Prometheus and Lucifer

  1. phyreblade says:

    Nice article. I also found it interesting that there also seem to be similarities between the some of the later generations of Titans of greek mythology, and the Nephilim of the bible. Both are described as earthbound giants that were the sons and daughters of fallen Angels or Greek Gods.

  2. Chuck says:

    I was giving this matter some thought and stumbled upon this page while doing some research. If you take the story of Prometheus and apply it to Lucifer then Lucifer, the angel of light, brought forth intelligence and hope to mankind. As punishment for his interference with God’s work Lucifer was banished to walk among the earth forever and humans would use their intelligence to create religions that worshiped God and feared Lucifer despite everything he sacrificed for us. Pretty gnarly huh?

  3. Matt says:

    A very important difference between the two, however, is that mankind was created by God from a Christian’s point of view, and by Prometheus in another. So in a way, Prometheus is more like a cross between God and Lucifer.

    I think Jesus Christ is a better parallel to Prometheus personally. Prometheus gave makind forbidden knowledge to help us, and pays for it daily, much like how Jesus chose pays for our sins after he tried to give mankind a different kind of knowledge; knowledge that talked about God. Putting it together though, they both gave mankind knowledge to help us and were punished for it; Prometheus by Zeus, and Jesus by man.

    Lucifer’s intentions were different from both though; whereas they taught to help man, Lucifer gave man knowledge to cheat us out of the “perfect life” in the garden of Eden to distrupt the plans of God out of jealousy, as he felt that God wasn’t treating angels with fairness.

  4. ladyofspiders says:

    I personally thinkg that Luficer gave us knowlege when God would have us live in ignorance. I do not think that Satan cheeted us out of life, but gave us the ablity of true choice. To me the Garden of Eden always sounded like it would get dreadfully boring after a few days or so. God wanted man to live like slaves to him, having an intellect no more adanved then a childs. Satan gave man the ablity to think and pholosophise and live how he chooses.

    There would have been no liteature or art if it had not been for Satan, there would be no diversty, and none of the things that acutally make life interesting and wroth living.

    In Eden we would all just be ignorant and docile with nothing ever changing, no vairty, no ablity to reason, or set forth and explore, or create or question.

  5. magisteria says:

    “In Eden we would all just be ignorant and docile” – according to Genesis, we wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the snake! The tree of knowledge brought the knowledge of procreation, without it there would just have been Adam and Eve living for all eternity, with no children.

    Also note that the identification of Lucifer with the snake (or Satan with the snake) is a much later idea.

  6. Pina S. says:

    It’s not hard to see the similarities between the two. My only suggestion is that you may want to use spellcheck.

  7. mike says:

    On June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm ladyofspiders said:

    I personally thinkg that Luficer gave us knowlege when God would have us live in ignorance. I do not think that Satan cheeted us out of life, but gave us the ablity of true choice. To me the Garden of Eden always sounded like it would get dreadfully boring after a few days or so. God wanted man to live like slaves to him, having an intellect no more adanved then a childs. Satan gave man the ablity to think and pholosophise and live how he chooses.

    *I agree with you there! Prometheus, in the same way, gave fire (often used as a symbol of inspiration, creativity, and knowledge, probably because it was our most useful early invention) to mankind against the wishes of a jealous, greedy, King of the Gods who wished for mankind to remain as idiotic slaves. Lucifer was actually a greek god who was the light-bearer or morning star, not the “Satan” of Judeo-Christian doctrine. Both tales are of a being who defied the Powers-that-be in order to vindicate humanity. They are both beautiful legends of sacrifices made to give us freedom, and those sacrifices are wasted when mankind turns to jealous, oppressive Gods that don’t exist.

  8. ryan says:

    Yes, there are similarities between the two stories. I’ve always thought it curious that many Christians think that Mankind should have left the fruit alone, when the greatest virtue is not simply to have choice (the free will initially granted in our creation, as the story goes) but to have informed choice (the fruit of knowledge) and then be able to choose to live a good life nonetheless (good in humanist terms rather than religious). Besides, the idea of ignorant enslavement to the will of an, ultimately, whimsical at best and downright bloodthirsty at worst deity that craves veneration like an drug addict craves their next fix and condemns anyone that simple doesn’t believe in them to an eternity of unimaginable torment…is a little bit much.

    One of the things you find in emerging religions is that they typically either incorporate elements of the previous ones (Christmas was initially a pagan holiday and the real date of the birth of Jesus isn’t known, etc.), which makes conversion easier, or they demonize whatever came before as “pagan” or heretical (Paganism would be a pretty obvious example). They’ve all done it at some point.

  9. Grace says:

    I think Mike is totally wrong. GOD has COMPLETE CONTROL OVER satan. It’s one out of 7 sides of GOD. GOD and satan are one and the same.

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