A-Z: General definitions: Fall of the angels


Belief based on an account pieced together by some of the Fathers of the Church from scattered biblical allusions, that a number of angels led by Lucifer ('lightbearer') rebelled against God and were expelled from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15). Lucifer became Satan (Hebrew: satan, 'adversary'). The Devil and his followers became demons, seeking constantly to alienate humankind from God, thus turning the world into a spiritual battlefield. (2 Peter 2:4)

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