Lucifer, as we’ve been told, was the most beautiful of all the angels. But when the angels and their followers fell, they became disembodied spirits. They fell into a spiritual void. Their state of disembodiment is precisely why they keep trying to possess bodies on Earth. They lost their heavenly perfected beauty of form and everything that goes with that supreme level of perfection.
That’s also why Satan had to appear in the Garden of Eden as a serpent. He had to possess the serpent, as he had no body of his own. In the garden, Adam and Eve spoke and interacted with animals just as people talk to each other, so Eve would have thought nothing of the serpent talking to her. We’ll be able to talk with animals again in Heaven – not like we do now (“Heel!” “Down, boy!” “Whoa!”), but full conversations.
In Heaven, everyone is beautiful. Not just the face, but the body as well. There are no flaws in anyone or anything in Heaven, and the state of perfection never ends. The perfected physical beauty is matched by athletic grace and skill that comes from a body in perfect proportions. For me, as someone who was born not beautiful and not athletic, these rewards in Heaven are a huge motivation. I don’t care if that makes me sound shallow. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be perfectly beautiful and perfectly athletic forever.
The physical perfection also translates to perfect pitch and perfect intonation. That’s why angels are such beautiful singers. If you make it to Heaven, you’ll sing like an angel, too, along with being beautiful and athletically gifted beyond anyone on Earth. All of your senses – hearing, vision, taste, etc. – will be perfected.
You’ll also have a beautiful speaking voice. The most beautiful voice I ever heard came from the heavenly spheres. I heard it while I was attending a church service in Toronto a few months after I was born again. Halfway through the sermon, I was suddenly struck by an intense pressure that pushed in on me from the outside while at the same time pushing out from the inside. I can’t describe it any other way. It threw me into a momentary tizzy, as I had no idea what was happening.
Then I heard the voice. It was beautiful beyond compare and spoke directly into my right ear (the one that doesn’t hear very well). The voice said: “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” I looked around, thinking there was someone behind me whispering directly into my ear, but there was no-one there. The pew to my right was empty, as were the pews several rows back.
The feeling of pressure disappeared as quickly as it had started and I was flooded with a glorious ecstasy. My childhood friend was sitting to my left. She was the only friend I had who was raised as a believer, so I’d made contact with her after I was born again. She had graciously invited me to stay with her and even looked after me financially for a while. I glanced over at my friend, thinking she must have heard the voice, too, but she just smiled at me quizzically. I smiled and nodded back, saying nothing.
What we know of Jesus during his time on Earth in a human body is that he was not good-looking. Isaiah says that Jesus had “no form or comeliness that we should desire him”. Being unattractive in a world that prizes physical beauty was part of his challenge in becoming the Messiah. Jesus chose this role knowing he would be unattractive, knowing he was handicapping himself right out of the gate. People wouldn’t follow him because of his good looks, but because they believed in him and knew he spoke the Truth.
Attractive people have a different experience of reality. I’m not particularly attractive, though I’ve learned how to create the illusion that I am. Some people in my family are model attractive, and I’ve seen up close and personal how differently the world responds to them than to me. I’m not jealous of their beauty, and in fact I used to use their looks to my advantage. They were my secret weapon. Their beauty and the social power it afforded them got me out of many scrapes when I was younger.
Beautiful people command respect without trying. People generally listen to them and do their bidding, and are more prone to giving them the benefit of the doubt. Their beauty gives them a natural authority that spills over into other areas like believing everything they tell you, even when it beggars belief. The most accomplished and successful liars I know are physically beautiful people.
Jesus did not have the advantage of beauty during his ministry years. If people listened to him, it was because of the Truth of his words. That same advantage – speaking God’s Truth – we can all have, regardless of how we look.
By the way, Jesus is beautiful now. He started gaining his heavenly body after his resurrection, which is why none of his disciples or followers initially recognized him. If and when we make it to Heaven and we stand with Jesus face to face, we will see his beauty in all its glory. I am certain that even in a place of perfect beauty, Jesus is still the most beautiful of all.
Well said. Lucifer was a narcissist. He looked at his reflection and fell in love with himself. He was too beautiful.
He fell in love with himself and therefore fell as he became arrogant. The rest as they say is history.
Yes, Lucifer was beautiful, but it wasn’t his beauty that was the problem, as you pointed out. It was his pride. God loves beauty, which is why he’s made so many beautiful things for us to enjoy, both here on Earth and in Heaven. Beauty in and of itself is not evil; what is done with beauty may, however, be evil.
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Thank you for your reply. Pride was the issue true, but he was covered in jewels, so many jewels that he considered himself beautiful because of these.
This is the flaw in those who consider that the jewels they wear somehow make them more beautiful.
But this is not the case, for God looks at the heart, not the outward form.
Please note I did say ‘too’ beautiful, and did not make out that beauty is wrong, far from it. You are correct of course to say God loves beauty.
However, beauty in a thing is one matter. A thing, a flower for example, has no pride. It blooms, it withers, it dies. The next spring it blooms again.
On the other hand a soul can have pride. This might be to tell oneself one has done a good job, being assured that you have done your best.
Or it may be Satan, once Lucifer, who loves jewels and heaps up treasures for himself on earth where he currently lives creating mayhem as usual.
And this is narcissism, a form of selfishness to extreme where the individual falls in love with themselves to the exclusion of others.
Lucifer was made so beautiful, too beautiful, it was his undoing.
Whereas we understand Isaiah refers to Jesus who is described as
“He had no stately form or majesty to attract us, no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.”
We see the problem of too much superficial beauty today turning the individual’s heart to arrogant pride. And like Lucifer they will fall as pride come before a fall.
Lucifer is our cautionary tale, for sure, but we need to remember that God loves him as much as he loves us. Satan can’t receive or return God’s love, but God loves him nonetheless. And just as Jesus chose to be conciliatory towards Judas Iscariot, we also need to withhold an accusatory finger when it comes to the fallen beings. “There but for the grace of God go I” springs to mind. They are our cautionary tale. I don’t want to join them (again) or be where they are, but I won’t speak badly about them, no matter how much they provoke me to do so. Remember Jesus and Judas Iscariot. “There but for the grace of God go I.”