Many in the Christian traditions view Lucifer as "the devil." However, many of the early gnostic sects held just the opposite view. According to many gnostic schools, the god worshiped by Jews and Christians (and later Muslims) is in fact a false, blinded and ignorant being that vainly thinks itself to be the only true god. This god was called "Yaldabaoth," and is the creator of matter, in which he imprisoned the divine light or immortal soul of man. Lucifer and the serpent in this view is an allegorical type of the savior, who sacrifices his place in heaven, descends to earth, and brings forbidden knowledge of man's divine origins to awaken imprisoned humanity from its slumber. Sound familiar? That's right - read between the lines is the serpent is fact Jesus Christ, who left his place in heaven, descended to earth, and was ultimately killed by the followers of Yaldabaoth.
Need further proof? The Christian Bible, even in its adulterated form, reveals this truth. Jesus in speaking to the Jews (who worshiped the god of the Old Testament, the one who cast man our of the celestial garden) warned them that their father was "the devil" (or "adversary" of humanity). Why would he have said this if their father was the same as his? In addition, at the last supper, Christ is quoted as having said "now the god of this world is cast down from authority." St. Paul would later refer to a "god of this world" who had "blinded the eyes" of the Jewish nation. Who is the "god of this world?" The Bible answers its own question - the one who created it, "Jehovah," the demiurge.
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This view has been known to many secret societies throughout history, but has been kept underground in large part due to fear of persecution by Yaldabaoth's "loving" followers, who have a penchant for massacring anyone who challenges this petty deity - including the man Christians ironically worship. Often you will hear conspiracists refer to Freemasons and other secret orders as "Luciferians," insinuating that this implies bad intent. In reality, there is a Luciferian conspiracy - a conspiracy to free humanity from the shackles of false religion and false reverence to a spirit that is no more than a petty child breaking its toys. Lucifer is the light bearer - the Promethean god who brings the torch of knowledge to mankind. This is a far cry from the dark covens posited by conspiracy theorists, which if examined are more akin to the religion of Christianity or Judaism, with their fixation on blood sacrifice to appease an angry, jealous god. Lucifer demands no sacrifice, except that ignorance and vanity should die upon his altars.