Satan

If Satan had not fallen would he have been the angel sent to Mary for the annunciation?

[quote=wanttoknowGod]If Satan had not fallen would he have been the angel sent to Mary for the annunciation?
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How could anyone answer such a question?

Maybe to put it better another way, could Satan have been the greatest of all angels?

Isn’t it Biblical and orthodox to believe that he was the greatest of all angels?

[quote=wanttoknowGod]Maybe to put it better another way, could Satan have been the greatest of all angels?
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Many saints believed him to be the greatest of the angels. It is certainly possible.

[quote=wanttoknowGod]Maybe to put it better another way, could Satan have been the greatest of all angels?
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According to the Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas, it is most likely that the highest angel of all is the one that sinned.

… if the motive for sinning be considered, we find that it existed in the higher angels more than in the lower. For, as has been said (Article [2]), the demons’ sin was pride; and the motive of pride is excellence, which was greater in the higher spirits. Hence Gregory says that he who sinned was the very highest of all. This seems to be the more probable view: because the angels’ sin did not come of any proneness, but of free choice alone. Consequently that argument seems to have the more weight which is drawn from the motive in sinning. Yet this must not be prejudicial to the other view; because there might be some motive for sinning in him also who was the chief of the lower angels.
catholicprimer.org/summa/FP/FP063.html#FPQ63A7THEP1

He was either over all, or else over a subset. This is according to nature.

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Simplest answer is NO!

Without Satan’s Fall, there would have been no temptation of Adam and Eve. They were perfect and without the “push” would have remained so. No need then for Mary’s annunciation.

Pretty moot point afterall.

Actually, one of the doctors of the Church (can’t remember which one, sorry) proposed that the Incarnation is the focal point of all creation and that it would have occurred even without original sin. Speculation, of course, but still possible.

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