Know Thy Enemy
I’ve always thought Lucifer and Satan were the same demon. Turns out I was wrong or at least incorrect in thinking that they are always one and the same even though it seems the names are many times interchanged to mean the devil or the “head” demon. In fact, there are many demons and many of their names are known to us.
According to Wikipedia a few of the demon’s names and the vice to which they chiefly tempt are as follows:
- Lucifer: pride
- Mammon: greed
- Asmodeus: lust
- Leviathan: envy
- Beelzebub: gluttony
- Satan: wrath
- Belphegor: sloth
There are many, many more as illustrated here.
Anyway, in this troubled world (and Church) in which we live its important to know who we are battling and that we are, indeed, in a battle and that we are being constantly attacked by evil spirits who are invisible to us but are, non-the-less, real and whose only desire is to draw us into sin and deprive us of the friendship of God. It’s good to know thy enemy.