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Archangel Lucifer by TestingPointDesign Archangel Lucifer by TestingPointDesign
"One fatal tree there stands of Knowledge called,
Forbidden them to taste: Knowledge forbidden?
Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord
Envy them that? Can it be sin to know,
Can it be death? And do they only stand
By ignorance, is that their happy state,
The proof of their obedience and their faith?"

-Satan, Paradise Lost by John Milton

"If the account given in Genesis is really true, ought we not, after all, to thank this serpent? He was the first schoolmaster, the first advocate of learning, the first enemy of ignorance, the first to whisper in human ears the sacred word liberty, the creator of ambition, the author of modesty, of inquiry, of doubt, of investigation, of progress and of civilization.

Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!"

- Robert Green Ingersoll from The Gods

I was sure to try and stay close to the Greek Orthodox iconography style and use of symbolism. The only thing is I wasn't praying and fasting as is required when an icon is being created in Greek Orthodox. Then again this is an icon of Lucifer so it's already about as blasphemous as it can get.

This is number 1 of 5 in a series titled Unlikely Icons
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:iconwinterbuck:
Winterbuck Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still confused as to why medevial people thought that long hair was sexy in that style...
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Father Lucifer was ever the best of angels.
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donnamm Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
love it.
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Pimsleurable Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
74 x 9
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DukeMills Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lucifer does promote freedom, but with freedom from control, we also have freedom from God's protection. So it is important to know that as well.
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Lucifer is an idea.
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DukeMills Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe so. I was in no way forcing my beliefs on you. I am a religious person, but a sensible one. :)
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Freedom from God's protection? If we suppose that nothing happens outside of God's will, we simply play the role God ordains for us. Freedom has nothing to do with God. Lucifer or freedom is the idea that rebels against the notion of God and the judgment and damning predestination that comes with it.
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DukeMills Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy necro-comments, Batman! I don't even remember what this conversation was even about til I went back and scrolled through all of them..

And if you go by Kabbalah's definition of God, our free will is entirely an illusion.
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Hahaha. Indeed. An illusion. Agreed
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DukeMills Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyway. I do apologise if I offended you, I know sometimes in religious discussion it is nearly entirely unavoidable in this day and age considering all the radicals and extremists. When one states "I am Christian" people instantly assume we are homo haters, that we are against gay marriage, carbomb and jihad people and molest kids or whatever other stereotypical nonsense is associated with us these days..
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
No offense taken at all. I invite people to "offend" me. It can set the stage for discussion.
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moshrocker Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I always thought Satan was the perfect villain. It all his grandeur, he lost sight of what he was doing in reality. The simple sin of arrogance turned the line between good and evil blurry and vague. And it gets to the point where even he doesn't know why mass murder is a bad thing.
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very good indeed, I'm reading Paradise Lost now, by John Milton, I love it!!!
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ChemicalCatalyst Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
The idea of good versus evil is a common myth. In reality, it is freedom versus oppression. Which side do you choose? To be freed by the wings that knowledge will give you, or to be shackled by the heavy chains of ignorance?
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ChemicalCatalyst Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
How cruel God must be. In its omnipotence, God planned Adam and Eve's downfall which proves that God had always been a sadistic, malevolent entity from the beginning. Tragic.
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moshrocker Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
The twist of free will is that you get to choose whether or not you want to be a good person. God's only alternatives in the Adam/Eve scenario were to not create mankind or create it as a mass of slaves. Either way, you wouldn't have the ability to poetically bitch about your right to bitch.
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omnistar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Your description really makes you think a little. Very good!
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool work !
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thanks!
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ZeeExtra365 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
i knew satan had curly hair... but wasnt he a blonde? or a ginger?
cuz u no gngrs hav no soul
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh dear.
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ChrisGaccione Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
This is great! As a symbol of Liberation and Freedom, I'm not digging the handcuffs, but hey, to each his own. It's so nice to see another take of Lucifer, than to see ANOTHER Pan (Ancient Greek) mash up. Something most don't know, is that gnostic christians actually worshipped and honored the Serpent. As the Serpent brought them Gnosis (Greek for: To Know. ie Knowledge) and shunned the "god of abraham." Every religion you look at, there is ALWAYS an entity giving Knowledge to Humans. Sadly, all of these icons (except for Sophia, in Gnostic Christianity) are treated as horrible beings and devils. So, the next time you win ace that math test, or have the know how to get that touchdown, show "props" to the one that fought for you to have that. Not a "god" that wants you to remain as dunce as a child and too afraid to question. 93 93/93
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Nightsong18 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
lucifer is the best
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halosfather8889 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Student Writer
You love the fallen Angel? BLASPHEMY!!!
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Nightsong18 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
I like him that doesn't mean i serve him dude
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XchuckyXtiffanyX666 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
same here!!
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Nightsong18 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
=D
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XchuckyXtiffanyX666 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
:) :blackrose:
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Nightsong18 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
:XD::rose::blackrose:
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XchuckyXtiffanyX666 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
hehee thankies :blackrose: backz
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halosfather8889 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student Writer
Oh ok?
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Rui-Shi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutley fantasic..I am speachless
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Thank you so much! :)
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
I always like the evil guys--Lucifer, Judas, Bowser (no that is NOT a Bible character =D ), etc., and I like this series (at least, what I've seen of it). Some thoughts I wanted to share:
--If you look in the book of Job, "Satan" is far more of a job description than a particular individual. His duty is to test and try the faith of all, putting obstacles in their way and seeing how their faith can stand the challenge.
--Similarly to Prometheus providing flame, the guy did us a favor by removing our immortality (or so I believe and will detail if you wish). I like my life a lot, but I don't want to live forever.

=)
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
"I always like the evil guys--Lucifer, Judas, Bowser"

And then Toad said unto Mario, "Thou must eatest of the red fungus, but do not eat of the purple fungus, for in the day thou eat thereof, you shall surly die!"

XD
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
:rofl:
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
I figured you'd like that. XD
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I'm a fan of the "evil" guys too because they tend to create conflict whether theologically or morally or both. The characters in my icons are more paradoxical in a religious sense because they are seen as evil and yet necessary (as in Job). I guess I'd say I'm a fan of any character that brings a religion's logical and moral deficiencies to light. Haha
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Then here's something you may enjoy: in the Lakotan (or Sioux, if you prefer) culture, people joined groups that spanned between tribes on account of their spirit animal. However, if someone dreamed of storms, they joined a group which wore smiling masks at festivals (rather than a costume representing their animal spirit), and behaved in ways ranging from peculiar (complaining of the heat in the coldest part of winter) to downright wrong (stuffing oneself at a feast in a culture that celebrates minimum waste). The point being, of course, to highlight the way not to do things so that others will behave properly.
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
That's really interesting. Never heard of that before. Thanks for sharing!
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Squinterian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I quite liked the previous symbol, but you're right; tree of knowledge is much easier to understand here. That the first teacher would have been a rebellious anarchist like him ought to give most people dissatisfied with school and learning a pause. :)

It's very nice, and makes me think of icons in the digital age. The contrast between the woodcut-like wings and the fluidly coloured figure is interesting. A question, though, if I may - is there a specific reason for the three gash-like lines on the left wing to be there?
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Thank you for the thoughtful comments. Those gashes are supposed to be scars from the war in heaven against god.
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Squinterian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Ah, I see. They add to the overall interesting-ness. :) And thanks for the reply!
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Kieranfoy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Exquisate as always. Why, might I ask, are his hands in chains?
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Thanks! He is in the chains god put him in after the fall. Symbolic of course. Chains wouldn't work since god likes to use Satan quite frequently as it turns out. heh
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Kieranfoy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
True, look at poor Job. Of course, his family were the only peoplel Lucifer ever killed in the Bible, while God racked up a body count of... oh, everyone? Delightful religion...
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Stael Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Great Romanic Art scene/icon. I wanted to draw one Lucifer too... maybe I can try. So, what's this simbol that he brings up??
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TestingPointDesign Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Thank you! You should totally take a stab at Lucifer. I'd really like to see your portrayal of him.
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