(~simul iustus & peccator~) (lovelies) wrote,
(~simul iustus & peccator~)
lovelies

For in devils there are three things to be considered - their nature, their duty and their sin; and by nature they belong to the empyrean of heaven, through sin to the lower hell, but by reason of the duty assigned to them, as we have said, as ministers of punishment to the wicked and trial to the good, their place is in the clouds of the air. For they do not dwell here with us on the earth lest they should plague us too much; but in the air and around the fiery sphere they can so bring together the active and passive agents that, when God permits, they can bring down fire and lightning from heaven.

This is actually pretty Essean, only in inverse. All the different sects had a different name for the Devil; Mastema, Belial, Samael, who had dominion over a tenth of the fallen angels and before the flood, the Watchers. But it was the Malechs, the actual angels, that held a lot of the natural powers given to demons in later times. These active and passive agents, demons of the post-Tomistic era were actually once good angels. Mastema was just... a shit-stirrer.
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