The story of how Lucifer rebelled against God and became Satan is a very interesting part of Christian mythology. It goes something like this: Of all the angels in Heaven, Lucifer was the most perfect, the most beautiful, God's favorite, the "anointed cherub". God created Lucifer for a very special purpose. What that purpose was is unclear. Some say it was to proclaim and protect God's glory. Whatever his job was, it was a very important position in the heavenly hierarchy. God created the angels with intelligence and freewill as he did with mankind, and Lucifer, being second only to God Himself was full of pride and began to get the idea that he deserved more, that he should be worshiped like God. Pride became jealousy and eventually Lucifer sought to usurp God's divine authority. This was where "evil" was born. Lucifer plotted and schemed and led a rebellion along with one third of the angels in Heaven against God. There was a war in Heaven and Lucifer and his minions were cast out. Today they reside in a realm we call "Hell" and the universe in which we live exists somewhere between Heaven and Hell. There are different variations of the story but this seems to be the basic gist of it. There is some disagreement over when these events took place. Some believe it was long before the creation of the universe. Others believe these events coincide with the fall of man. Either way the story does not mesh well with the notion of an all-seeing, all-knowing God who should have known before he created Lucifer, what would happen if he did. So I made up my own version of the story in which there is no rebellion and Lucifer's transformation into Satan becomes part of God's plan..... The Creator was putting the finishing touches on his finest creation when it occurred to him that some element was missing. But he just couldn't quite put his finger on what it was. So he called a meeting of the heavenly hosts to hear their ideas and opinions. Perhaps one of them could discern the missing element. When the Creator unveiled his new project, the heavenly hosts all marveled and proclaimed its perfect beauty. "What is it for?" they asked. And the Creator answered, "Here I shall bring about countless life forms and they shall all be happy and witness the beauty of my creation." The heavenly hosts all agreed that it was perfect. Finally a voice spoke up, the voice of Lucifer: "It's too perfect," he said. The heavenly hosts all gasped at such blasphemy. How could perfection be a flaw? "All I see is beauty," said Lucifer. "Beauty here, beauty there, beauty everywhere. How will those who live there recognize this beauty if it is all they see? How will they know it is beautiful if there is nothing ugly to compare it to?" At this the heavenly hosts began nodding their heavenly heads in agreement. Yes, Lucifer was right. The Creator smiled down at Lucifer, his most cherished angel and said, "I have a very special task for you......"