and generate an increase of 7700% in searches.
According to Merriam Webster after former Speaker of the House John Boehner had referred to Senator Ted Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh" searches for the meaning of the word skyrocketed.
Really? I realize that I grew up in a tradition and culture immersed in the Bible and Christian ideology and have a very specific training, but I would not have thought people in the US were unsure of what that phrase meant. There is even a TV show called Lucifer.
Then again, I looked for information on this in other places and found this article on the Huffington Post (which we do not like anymore, having found out what they pay - or don't pay - their writers) that claims Lucifer is a "fallen saint." This is from a writer whose bio reads as follows:
Antonia Blumberg works for HuffPost Religion covering a range of faith and spirituality topics. She is passionate about interfaith activism and strives to explore the ways in which religion plays out in contemporary media and politics. Antonia graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Anthropology.
Dear Antonia: Saint dose not equal angel. She, or someone, then embeds a link in the phrase to an article from a KJV only site about the linguistic gymnastics needed to defend the Isaiah passage as actually about some kind of fallen angel. Which it is not, by the way. Isaiah 14:4 clearly shows it is about the King of Babylon. You desire to make it about something to fit your crypto-dualistic world view is not Biblical. Want to hear more about that? Buy my Book.
So maybe I shouldn't be so surprised, but I find the whole thing bewildering.