“If the universe did not contain the possibility of evil, it would not be the universe, but God Himself.”
If God can do anything, can he create a rock too heavy for Him to lift? This is the Lucifer Conundrum, in a childlike nutshell.
As you’ll see, I prefer to keep this subject childlike. Becoming as little children may be our best, or only, way out of Hell. I will let author Charles Upton do the grown-up stuff:
Lucifer represents not the descent from Principle into manifestation, but the potential, on every level of the ontological hierarchy, for delusion, privation, and subversion—the concrete manifestation of which, however, is only made possible by that very descent. As the “light bearer” he is symbolic, in his unfallen mode, of the Nous, the First Intellect, the first eternal motion of God’s knowledge of Himself as “other.” In his fallen mode, he symbolizes the possibility of spiritual subversion and metaphysical error on the highest possible level—in terms of the human microcosm, the subversion the Nous (which appears, in the Qur’an, as the refusal of Eblis to bow down to Adam). The Nous, the Uncreated Intellect within man, cannot be subverted in its essence, but it most certainly can be counterfeited and veiled.
Me, I need a break from intellectual heavy-lifting. Whenever we use our intellect (Nous), we are in danger of falling, like the L‑guy, into the crater created by His impact, after he plummeted like a rock from Heaven. That original landing, in fact (or myth), was the starting pistol that got the human race running.
But back to the rock (kephas): the esoteric version of that childlike saying is: Can God Create a Being So Evil that His Infinite Mercy Cannot Save Him? The answer to this, as to all conundrums, is Yes and No (or No and Yes).
Charles Upton is a Moslem and his wife is a Catholic (I spoke to both for The Liminalist recently). When it comes to deciphering esoteric Judeo-Christian doctrine, sincerely and devoutly, they have the edge on me. Specifically, Charles’ “The Fall of Lucifer” (included in Vectors of the Counter-Initiation) is sampled below, with occasional commentary from myself. If you only like pictures, skip to the comic (click on image for larger view).
[E]vil, privative though it be, does not manifest simply as a kind of weakness or lack, but also as attack, subversion, and counterfeit.… Hell is not a neutral chaos, but an inverted order; not a loveless indifference, but an active attack upon Love; not a stupid impermeability to metaphysical Truth, but a swift, ingenious and infernally “intelligent” war upon that Truth. As a parasite on order, evil forms its own counterfeit order, chaotic in essence but nonetheless marshaled into a semblance of order through naked power.…
Does any of this sound familiar in 2021–2? If this world is a mirror for the state of our body, our soul, and the many layers of psychic, emotional, and mental obfuscation (trauma) that come between them, then the current worldwide attack on the human body, by viral and vaccine bio-weapons, is perhaps only the coarsest and most visibly malevolent front-line of an organized and ancient attack upon the human soul.
[T]hose who in their spiritual life overly concentrate on the intellective pole, the realm of metaphysics, to the detriment of the existential pole … may foolishly believe that it is relatively easy … to “rise above” evil, that there is really no such thing as “spiritual wickedness in high places.” Such complacency is not derived from true metaphysical insight, however—which includes the gift known as “discernment of spirits”—but from that state of spiritual delusion which [reduces] metaphysics to an abstract, academic exercise, a parlor game for people who want to entertain themselves with religion instead of saving their souls by means of it.…
There can be no evil in the Divine realm; the seeds of evil do exist in the celestial realm, but they remain latent since they have no context for deployment; it is only in the psychic realm that evil actually constellates as a subversive force [emphasis added]. [E]vil only makes its appearance at the end of the trajectory of cosmic manifestation—not at the ultimate end, however, which is matter, but rather on the psychic plane, where “worlds” constructed with the ego not God as their proximate cause first become possible.
Translation: bad shit begins at the top, but it only really starts to stink once it has moved down the system, and come out the baby’s bottom. It is necessary that evil come into this would, but woe unto those through whom it comes, and unto those who think their shit doth not stink.
In our recent conversation, Upton said that Lucifer was eternally damned because He made His fatal decision (not to serve God) in eternity and not in time. But if Lucifer’s damnation, or Fall, came about as a reaction against entering into the realm of separation, of matter, and of temporal not eternal, physical not spiritual, reality, which is the chicken and which the egg? Does the sin cause the trauma, or does the trauma create the sin? Does the intellectual faculty come about as a result of egoic separation, or is it what makes such separation possible? Yes, and No.
[T]he etiology of the fall of Lucifer is, precisely, the etiology of the ego.… That man has a body is not evil, though that body is subject to many evils. That he lives in a material world is not evil, though matter and material concerns are a heavy veil. The nature and activity of the Devil must not be sought in these mere facts of earthly man’s existence, but in the satanic subversion of the true significance of them. [emphasis added].
The devil’s greatest trick was to get people to believe he didn’t exist. And for those he couldn’t fool that way, he gave the tools (intellectual analysis, mythic imaging, high-conceptualization, even psychic inquiry) by which they would attempt to understand and do battle with him. To propagate an endless circle-jerk of spiritual bypassers and displacement activists, staring at goats and practicing Mind over Mater, while being slowly & inexoraby consumed by Satan’s digestive fluids.