If to fear God is the beginning of wisdom, then to not fear God is
the beginning of freedom. You can be wise and afraid or wise and
free, but you cannot be free and afraid.
I continually run into debates and conclusions of
"scholarly" exegesis based on suppositions. There are a few points that need
to be cleared up on this particular issue.
1) Heylel is a Hebrew word adopted from the Chaldean
language. It is not a Babylonian word (since "Babylonian" is used in a
political sense and not in a cultural sense. The Sumerians were the first
(or "old") "Babylonians" and the Chaldeans, of Nebuchadnezzer fame, were the
second (or "new") "Babylonians"). Heylel means "Light Bearer" and is a
euphemism for the Morning Star. The
Morning Star, which we now know to be the planet
Venus (hence the name), was an astrological sign for the Redeemer or Savior
(cf. the legends of Horus and Mithras as well). The Morning Star rises in
the East just prior to the onset of Dawn so I am sure you can see the
2) Heylel was not a word for Nebuchadnezzer. Isaiah
was using this word derogatorily (14:12) and parallels the prophecies of
Daniel ch 4. It was Nebuchadnezzer who was calling himself Heylel and Isaiah
was mocking him.
3) It was not Shakespeare who first equated
"Lucifer" with the Devil. It was John Milton in "Paradise Lost".
4) Furthermore, it is especially difficult for the
Christian to assert that "Lucifer" is the Devil given that the
book of Revelation has Jesus referring to
himself as "Lucifer" (Rev 22:16). In this passage Jesus was reasserting his
claim to Messiahship by way of the ancient symbol--authority by antiquity.
These anomalies caused problems for The Church in an earlier time. In 1263
Pope Clement V commissioned a Franciscan Monk, Roger Bacon, to investigate
these apparent problems arising from translation. In his investigation he
discovered papers by Jerome where, on his deathbed, the latter recanted the
Latin Vulgate translation due to errors caused by haste. Jerome
particularly singled out the Isaian translations. Bacon's report back to the
papacy that "Lucifer" was the Messiah and not the devil earned him not
accolades but prison time until he recanted his investigation -- which he
did. After all, the Earth was not officially round until sometime this
century so what could we expect. Please refer to "The Opus Majus of Roger
Bacon", "Causes of Error", Ch. VI.
It appears that the various Christian sects spend an
inordinate amount of time arguing about their particular erroneous
translations rather than objectively seeking truth. "Come now and let us
REASON together.", commanded the Lord (Isaiah 1:18) and "My children are
destroyed for lack of knowledge" He warned (Hosea 6:4). This is a call to be
a little more rigorous in our investigations, a little less specious in our
content and a little less sophomoric in our dialectics.
Peace to you,
Posted by Lexmagus on July 10, 1998 at 16:00:55: