God believes in the existence of Lucifer. Lucifer was the first angel (ranked first above all angels) who grew jealous of humans who had the love of God when Lucifer regarded humans as inferior to him. When Lucifer rose up against God, the Archangel Michael lead the loyal angels against Lucifer and his followers in a war in Heaven. When it was over Lucifer and his followers were cast out of Heaven and removed from the Word of God. And that is why Lucifer is indeed separate of God and not an agent of God.
The torment of Hell is not some horrific experience but rather the torture of being removed from the Father's Word and Kingdom and therefore not being able to rest.
I don't understand how you can't see the connection unless you are an atheist.
As Christian, this what most Christians believe.
Er, if you believe that then you're a victim of Christian media. It doesn't need a religious scholar to know that Lucifer was a later invention, so were the pits of fire. Specifically 12th century popular literature.
Because actually he doesn't. The name 'Lucifer' is a transcription of the original Hebrew phrase "son of the dawn/morning star" by Latin scribes. He was never named, ever. Except perhaps descriptive titles, like Satan/Shaitan
, which simply means 'The Enemy', Baal-ze-bub
- 'Lord of flies', 'Red Dragon, 'Belial
' - 'Worthless', Iblis
- 'He who causes despair', 'Devil' - from Greek Diabolos
, 'He who throws slanderous accusations' etc. This was from earlier mythology (Babylonian ones) which actually regard stars as beings, not the flaming suns we know them now as. (in fact several 'lesser' demon names were borrowed from other mythologies, like Ashmedai/Asmodeus or Abaddon/Apollyon).
Most of the mythology surrounding the war of the angels in heaven is NOT from the Bible. They are from works of fiction made after the Bible. the most prominent of which is John Milton's Paradise Lost
and Dante's Divina Commedia
. This also applies to the image of hell as a burning place of eternal torment, this was partly because the writers of the new testament were influenced by the Greek version of hell. It is also NOT the original depiction of Sheol nor of Afterlife which more closely resembles the modern Catholic version of Purgatory (the image of which incidentally is also derived from Dante's Divina Commedia
) than anything else, not the lakes of fire and brimstone, demons with whips, souls screaming in pain for eternity that preachers seem to be fondest of now.
In fact, demons and satan were not originally hurled down to hell at all. The traditional version was they were simply thrown down to Earth
. Nor were souls supposed to go to heaven or hell immediately after death. Nor were there probably really souls at all. Resurrection is just that - resurrection, the second life as immortal flesh and blood, not souls with angel wings gallivanting among clouds. Nor were they supposed to heaven at all, the 'immortal life' was all to happen ON EARTH after the second coming and the resurrection of the dead. It's all lore. Superstition accumulated from years of parachristian literature.
As for the question of Satan being separate from God itself... that's another matter. Funny how an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God is always depicted with weaknesses. Yet it never seems to make Christians realize how paradoxical that was that Satan rebelled (for reasons in which God himself seems to be guilty of), or that he even had to put it down through a heavenly war, nor that God didn't seem to have foreseen this, nor that he did nothing to stop him from 'corrupting' his newest creations "made of clay". It makes it seem awfully like he doesn't give a shit.
Christianity/Islam/Judaism don't realize it but they're not monotheistic. Satan is also a god to them. Albeit a minor, evil one. But still treated as a god. Not to mention, Mary, the saints, the prophets, etc... ho-hum.