Fallen Angels Driven by Envy?
JH Goossens, Pretoria – Michael Shackleton’s article about fallen angels failed to mention another possible source of their rebellion: envy.
Having observed the creation of mankind, like themselves finite spirits, but with a material body, angels felt passed over.
Some hated matter anyway, the motor of evolution and matrix of mankind. Another setback was learning that humans were gifted with the divine power to create: they could multiply, and angels could not.
A further humiliation took place when God’s Son himself wanted to become man. Were angels not God’s first-born? Had they not served their Master faithfully since eternity?
Learning that at the Last Judgment these newcomers would judge over them angered them further.
They reached fever pitch on realising that, after eschaton, the souls of all deceased mankind would regain their bodies, and angels would be an invisible minority in heaven. They would become strangers in their own land. Invisible onlookers.
Lucifer saw only two ways out: the Benedict Option or rebellion. He chose rebellion, preferring to be first in a lower order, to being second in a higher one.