Satan as a Hero
The title "Hero." A profound word, reserved for only the most famous of characters. Since the day of its inception into the English language it has represented an almost superhuman character. In many cases the hero is one who stands above the crowd, one who fights what is wrong and seeks the betterment of mankind. In other cases the hero represents someone who, with his last breath, fights against the veil of ignorance and intolerance. General Ramsey Clark once stated “One mans’ terrorist is another mans’ patriot.” If one reversed the roles in the widely popular Christian mythology - viewing it from an unfamiliar angle - one would see that Satan himself deserves this highly regarded moniker.
First, according to Christian mythology Lucifer’s rebellion against God is the first revolution in the history of creation. If you view Satan in his most basic role, he is rebellion in its purest sense. This being so, then anyone who strives for innovation, revolution or change is simply following in Satan’s footsteps. To illustrate, Osama Bin Laden is a hero to Islamic extremists for his acts of rebellion, in the same way Martian Luther King, Jr. went against what most people viewed as ‘right,’ and just as Jesus was a troublemaker for the religious elite, the rulers, the war-making empire, and the establishment. Satan too rebelled against God.
Secondly, organized religion has a history of atrocities. From the violence of the Holy Crusades, to the burning of heretics in the Spanish inquisition, the church has sought to impose its will and create the world in its image. Throughout history, great men of science and philosophy, such as Aristotle and Plato, have suggested that the world would be a safer, less violent place if there were no religious organizations. The Devil symbolizes anti religion by many experts in the field of religious study. If one views the church or organized religion as evil, he who opposes it can be called a hero.