Lucifer TV Series (part two review – Is Satan good or evil?)

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I wrote about the new Lucifer TV show when I saw the pilot a few months ago. Since then, I haven’t watched much because it’s a pretty boring cop show, which happens to have Lucifer dealing with the personal crisis of becoming more and more human (while keeping some gifts, like making people confess their deepest desires).

But in Episode Six, there’s some interesting theology happening.

And angel comes in and wants Lucifer to embrace his role as Satan.

Lucifer has been saying, fuck this shit, I didn’t choose to be the devil, I don’t want to govern hell, it’s all so unfair, boo-hoo.

But heaven needs Lucifer to play devil or God’s whole system doesn’t work.

So he sends an angel down to try and force him into it.

When that doesn’t work (and how could it, really…. they’ve already punished Lucifer enough, what more can they do to him to force them to do something he doesn’t want to?) the angel manipulates Lucifer’s psychologist into trying to goad him back into service.

And that’s where things get weird.

The angel tells the psychologist that Lucifer needs to embrace his role, that he’s evil. The whole thing doesn’t work unless Lucifer plays along and accepts that he’s “evil” even if he doesn’t actually do anything wrong. Evil is a title, not a condition or an adjective that describes his being. He must be evil because God is good.

The psychologist says that Lucifer was the light bearer – God’s favorite son – and that’s why God gave him the great GIFT of running hell.

Angels fall, but they can also RISE.

So all Satan has to do is… what, accept the role God decided to give him, go back to torturing people because God wants him to? Why would he do that?

He can’t go back to hell, because someone stole his wings… but that’s kind of beside the point.

What’s more interesting is that God’s entire plan for the salvation and punishment of billions of human beings depends on Lucifer staying in Hell.

And even if Satan is evil, and rebellious, there is nothing that indicates he, or anyone else, would enjoy being locked up and forced to torture people, forever. Nobody wants to do God’s dirty work, so they must be forced, and Satan – just like any sane person – would rather be a human cop, fall in love with a girl and possibly die than be chained to hell for all eternity dealing out punishments in the name of the same god that put him there.

So I like the TV show, because it makes Lucifer sympathetic while also dealing with practical theological matters and inconsistencies.

  • Glenn Hefley

    If I didn’t let anyone know it was god, and then listed the actions of god out.. ordered his army to genocide, under the command to “rip any unborn fetus from it’s womb,” demanded the human sacrifice of one of his general’s only child — a teenage daughter. Didn’t send an angel to stop that one.. used weapons of mass destruction o annihilate two cities because they didn’t believe as he demanded. Took control of the Pharoh’s mind and forced him, against his will, to ride out after the escaping Hebrews so he could drown him in the ocean with his army. Mass murder, genocide, infanticide — oh, the slaughter of every first born in Egypt.. that too. Are these the actions of a god? Not one worthy of my respect, let alone my worship. It is the resume of a fallen, a demon. A blood drinker. If you ever find yourself looking for something of interest to do, figure out the daily sacrifice totals in Israel at the time of the last temple.

    When i was a kid i use to wonder why the Hebrews were always trying to make golden calves and stuff, like they were trying to get away or … escape… maybe…

  • samyaza

    Episode 6 was good because that particular dialogue was straight out of the comic, which is true to Milton’s Satan. A friend recommended the comic and it was truly awesome. The thing about Milton’s Satan is, I believe we are not supposed to only sympathize with him, but admire him, and that’s what the comic does.