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Satanism April 26, 2006

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I have always looked down upon Satanism as an organized religion. I have no idea how people who supposedly worship an entity who is the perceived antagonist to the christian god. Why in the world would people choose to align themselves with the undoubtedly evil? It just didn't makes sense.

But of course, all those were just derived from the things that the mainstream media. The Satanism that popular culture is familiar with is just the image that is projected by Hollywood, some pretentious metal bands and teenagers who use Satan as an excuse for their criminal acts.

Apparently, Satanism is a valid religion.

The Church of Satan was founded in the spring of 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey. As much as the hyperactive imaginations of the people in Hollywood would love to make us think that Satanists are intensely blood thirsty sick individuals with an appetite for cannibalism, it is easy to see that based on the doctrines of the Satanic religion and philosophy that the church is just as organized if not more clear-cut with their tenets as opposed to the catholic church.

Satanists are followers of a Satanic religion: Most religious historians, mainline Christians, liberal Christians, etc., view Satanism as Satanists themselves do: as a very small religious group that is unrelated to any other faith, and whose members feel free to satisfy their urges responsibly, exhibit kindness to their friends, and attack their enemies. There are perhaps ten thousand Satanists in North America. By far the largest Satanic organization is the Church of Satan. Accurate membership numbers are quite impossible to estimate.

Satanists are followers of a religion other than Conservative Christianity: Conservative Christians generally believe that there are only two powerful supernatural forces in the world: their God and Satan. A few of them believe that if a person does not worship their God and hold their beliefs, then they must be worshiping Satan. The latter are, by definition, Satanists. Thus, they view all religions different from their own to be are forms of Satanism. This would include established world religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism, and might even include liberal and some mainline Christians. Satanists would then make up in excess of 90% of the world's population — i.e. everyone who is not a conservative Christian. Using this definition, the term "Satanism" becomes almost meaningless.

All non-Christians are Satanists: Some feel that all non-Christian religions are forms of Satanism. This would imply that all Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims – in fact about 67% of the world's population are Satanists.

Non-Abrahamics are Satanists: Others feel that all religions other than three Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are inspired by Satan and are thus a form of Satanism. By this reasoning, about 45% of the people of the world are Satanists.

Followers of certain small religions are Satanists: Still others feel that the major world religions are not Satanism. However, they view a wide variety of unrelated religions and practices (such as Santeria, Vodun, other Caribbean religions, New Age, Druidism, Wicca, other Neopagan religions and religious Satanism) to be various forms of Satanism. They often include some non-religious groups and activities — as varied as the Masonic order, the Occult, astrology, and tarot card reading — within their definition of Satanism. There would be millions of Satanists in North America by this definition.
religioustolerance.org

Clearly, the media and christian church has definitely put their own spins into the whole Satanist issue. The mere mention of the name Satan almost connotes something evil. In reality, the Church of Satan does not encourage committing "evil" acts. Quite simply put, the Church of Satan's main doctrines revolve on the autonomy of man how an individual should be respsonsible in the life choices that he is to make. More surprisingly, the Church of Satan does not encourage worshipping an entity called Satan. As ironic as it sounds, the church only fosters the idea that Satan is a concept that 'personifies' certain aspects of daily living. They revel in indulgence of wordly pleasures by feeding their primal instincts.

To put this into perspective, let's zero in on the teachings of Satanism:

Similar to Islam, Satanism also has a core group of concepts similar to the Five Pillars of Islam. They are collectively known as the Nine Satanic Statements. A lot of people might expect to see imperatives like destroy the world and kill as many christians as you can, but as you would see, the statements are very much anchored on sane ground.

Satan represents:

bullet Indulgence, not abstinence.
bullet Vital existence, not spiritual pipe dreams.
bullet Undefiled wisdom, not hypocritical self-deceit.
bullet Kindness to those deserving of it, not love wasted on ingrates.
bullet Vengeance, not turning the other cheek.
bullet Responsibility to the responsible, instead of concern for psychic vampires.
bullet Man as just another animal – the most vicious of all.
bullet Gratification of all ones desires.
bullet The best friend that the Christian Church has had as he has kept it in business for

As you could see, there isnt much debate about the contents of the Nine Satanic Statements. They simply tap into the primal aspects of daily living and in the belief that there is no greater form of existence as opposed to what is available now so there is a need to urgently indulge in the pleasure of life.

Just like christianity, Satanism also has a set of rules that followers must live by. Instead of ten commandments, the Satanist stand by a code called theThe Eleven Satanic Rules Of The Earth.

Rule One: Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.

Unlike the christian practice where in compassion and helping the needy without necessarily being asked first, Satanists respect the autonomy of individuals. They give REAL premium on independence and free will – something that mainstreamchristians would never do. christians are generally nosy people – as the people who are clamoring for the banning of the Da Vinci Code movie would prove.

Rule Two: Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.

This is almost the corollary of the First Rule. Since Satanism puts weight on the privacy of individuals, it has to cut both ways.

Rule Three: When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.

Once again, its a concept of privacy and respect. I'm even the christians who are reading this would like to believe that they abide by pretty much the same rules.

Rule Four: If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.

This is where a slight digression can be seen. Whereas christianity champions the whole concept of "turning the other cheek", Satanism upholds the idea of retribution and absolute right to vengeance.

The Rest of the Rules.

. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.

6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.

7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.

8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.

9. Do not harm little children.

10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.

11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

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1. rex aka joe_higashi - April 27, 2006

Dude from what i learned from a former satanist 2 klase yan:

"LaVeyans and devil-worshippers

The LaVeyans (Church of Satan)are more the philosophical Satanists. Satan is a construct, not a being as a Judeo-Christian perspective would see him.

The other Satanists (First Church of Satan, etc…) worship Satan as a being opposed to the "good" God."

so i think youre only talking about The LaVeyans.

Source: Sola_Gratia of BARM.

lateralus: wordpress is insane, dude. I cant edit your comment. wow. haha 

2. lateralus - April 27, 2006

yup only the LaVeyans – not the people who worship the pre-Christian Egyptian deity Set.

I dont even see anything "evil" from the way the philosophy is phrase. Apathy is not an entirely evil concept, imho. 

3. Bronto aka. Pandaemonaeon - April 28, 2006

Are there any other satan sects (is that even a phrase)? I don’t think so. As the guys from Ackercocke (a satanist band) once said – these guys burning churches and going to great lengths to display their indifference to christianity are ANTI-CHRISTIAN, not satanists.

4. lateralus - April 28, 2006

there are two major satanist sects – those who worship a deity (Set/Satan) and those who just choose to heed the call of the wild and be as animalistic as humanly possible (pun intened).

the satanists who burn churches will be similar to the KKK and the Al Qaida, I guess. They take their fundamentalism to the next level.

5. windang tigbak - May 2, 2006

but the fact that a person is ANTI-CHRISTIAN, then s/he is against the church. that person would aslo be anti-CHRIST… if you want to negate CHRISTIANITY, then you’d be on its enemy’s side.. thus, you’re on SATAN’s side…

trivia: i read in a book (the conspiracy against life) na a form of satanist religion believes that there are two gods.. SATANEAL and JESUS.. SATANEAL is the ‘older brother of JESUS’ according to them na hindi binibigyan ng just kasikatan.. according to me, dun ata galing yung word na SATAN? kasi the ‘devil’ lang naman ang tawag sa EVIL entity sa bible.. yun lang.

6. lateralus - May 2, 2006

thanks for visiting my humble blog.

you said:
but the fact that a person is ANTI-CHRISTIAN, then s/he is against the church. that person would aslo be anti-CHRIST… if you want to negate CHRISTIANITY, then you’d be on its enemy’s side.. thus, you’re on SATAN’s side…

my reply to that will be very simple. so what? what is so wrong about being anti-christ? christ could be one con artist who deceived millions (heck a billion) of people in to believing that he ineed is the messiah. Im only on the enemy’s side if you only consider the perspective taken by christians. did you bother to read the post? there are many different perspectives and hopefully, you would learn to step out of your christian leaning from time to time.

again, in LaVeyan Satanism – the kind of satanism that i discussed in this pos — Satan is being represented by certain manifestations in daily life, and not the serpent or whatever luciferian entity that christians have designated for satan.

there is nothing wrong with being against the church given that your convictions are aligned with that stand. satanists exist for themselves – and not to burn churches, kill christians etc. imho, christians are the nosy individuals who keep on giving satanists a bad rap.

i do not consider myself a satanist YET. but as of now, i think satanism is much better than christianity as a religion and philosophy. id rather be associated with satan rather than be associated with the church or the malevolent christian god. thanks.

if you read the satanic laws, there is premium on autonomy and independence. it is important to satanists. unfortunately, christians are among the most meddlesome people in society. that’s the reason why there’s usually friction.

satanists = territorial
christians = pakialamero

at the end of the day, satanism is about two things
enjoying life without harming others
and
minding your own business.
😛

7. w.tigbak - May 2, 2006

at the end of the day, satanism is about two things
enjoying life without harming others
and
minding your own business.

—okei?
rule 11 of your post : When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

tsaka if satanists are territorial, then evrybody is na?

hmm.. actually, i do NOT really lean IN and OUT of my Christian persona. tho i do read and research about religion once in a while.

i believe the catholic church continuously iterates na the ‘devil’ can ummm be in any form. beautiful, charming, rish, powerful, alluring. that he was the perfect angel who thought highly of himself and led a revolt against God.

this is what Catholics believe.

i dont remember lines of catholics actually ordering to do harm on other people.. at whatever cost? turn cheek blah blah.. well, dko gagawin yun kasi baka sapukin ko lang rin yung gagawa sakin nun. pero that’s what they’r teachin. kasi daw you wont step down to their level of kababawan na pagnagsuntukan eh patayin mo na.

i learned something na sa satanistic religion eh they order to negate the 10 commandments of GOD. thou shalt not kill and thou shall honor thy father and mother belong to God’s orders. to negate it highly very well is to kill your parents.. which umm.. yeah.

–thing is, the satanistic religions actually DO NOT invite people to join. yep. they dont. they wait for people to join. ayun, pwedeng hindi sila accountable sa decision ng tao if ever a person supposedly follow their teachings. weird to for me since it seems na they dont want to be blamed if ever you f**k up. or will they enjoy it

naku! bakit ba lagi akong nawawala sa topic..?

basta, hehe.. im not only Christian, im also a Catholic so forgive my beliefs. mm.. tapos, if you say it’s because my family brought me up to be like this, and that it’s popular blah blah, well.. im sorry but i think i know my lot of historical facts. i still choose to be catholic thanks.

–no, i do not belong to any religious organization.

trivia: in case you do not know, the Priori of Scion was actually proven a hoax years before this dan brown circus thingy.

rakenrol.

8. lateralus - May 2, 2006

again, thanks.

what is true for christians isn’t necessarily true for everyone. christians don’t own the world 😛 so you can’t expect everyone to immediately adhere to your definitions of certain things and concepts.

the satanic religion don’t necessarily negate the ten commandments – at times they do — but they don’t go out of their way to negate the commandments like killing their parents, etc. come on, you cant possibly believe that. 😛

yes, they dont ask people to join. people join in their own free will. this is a good thing considering that the opposite is true for christianity. one is born into the religion – baptized without his consent. satanism is a choice and if you read the doctrine, it has everything to do doing what you feel like doing as long as you dont harm others – once you harm others, the other people have every right to defend themselves and probably kill you.

the christian religion and satanism are just on equal footing as far as stature is concerned. they’re both religions. i just think satanism makes more sense.

9. w.tigbak - May 3, 2006

hmm.. i really dont get how satanism may be more sensical than Christianity. i mean, if you’d consider Christ as holy and not a man, then all Christ’s teachings are good. tapos sa satanism you’d believe na there’s this all-powerful satan-god?

if you say as from your previous post: Satan is being represented by certain manifestations in daily life, and not the serpent or whatever luciferian entity that christians have designated for satan.

then why in d world should you even call him satan? i mean if you give that entity your worship, and even call him satan, then you in turn are worshipping satan. same difference.

weird pa is your rule 7 :
Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.

magic? accept? umm.. yeah.

again, this would depend upon your belief, but i doubt na this magic thingy are them card tricks done by clowns. they (satnists?) then force you to believe in their miracles or whatever. and if you dont, beware.. what’s their threat? you’d go to heaven? or you be at class e portion of hell?

id rather like to think that i have a purpose in life and that id go somewhere nice (if i do something good here) after life, thank you.

10. lateralus - May 3, 2006

hayyyyyyy… dude, you’re not reading my posts. 😦 sana basahin mo yung main post, kasi yung mga points raised mo – nadedebunk na nung first post.

i dont know what to make it. sobrang di mo binabasa yung sinasabi ko.

There is no all-powerful satan god.

Satanism doesn’t need the christian god’s existence to hold true. Satanists don’t consider Christ as “holy and someone greater than man”. The name satan is arbitrary – even the manifestations are. Technically speaking, it’s not even the same entity being described in the bible. The only thing that’s common is the name.

I hope you read my posts first. you are posting comments based on your perceptions of what satanism is eh. Again, your christian dogma doesn’t apply to everyone so don’t be shocked when not peopel subscribe to it.

you are absolutely missing the “magic” point. ever heard of black magic? :p this is the point i dont like the most as well, but weighed against what i dont like in christianity, its not even close. I don’t believe in the afterlife, so i dont care at all.

and yes, if your christian god truly does exist and he chooses to base his decision on who gets to go heaven/hell on 60 years of existence, i think it supports the malevolent god theory. god is a big jerk if that’s the case.

hindi ka nakinig sa pinag usapan natin. a belief in a god is not innate to everyone. if you’re not capable of believing, kahit anong pukpok pa sa ulo mo, di ka parin maniniwala. 🙂


i recommend you read stuff on maltheism
http://maltheism.blogspot.com

or read my post on “Dying For A Cause”

That philosophy dabbles of the “malevolent god theory” – the theory wherein there is belief in a god, but he’s probably a jerk. I doubt you’ll get it really, but at least I tried.

11. lateralus - May 3, 2006

joe_higashi

I actually got it wrong. I am quoting the First Church of Satan – not the Church of Satan that Anton Szandor LaVey founded.

12. st.anger - May 3, 2006

hail satan. heh.

13. FYI - May 4, 2006

FYI, “Satan” is derived from the Hebrew word for “accuser.” ‘La lang.

14. John the Atheist - May 5, 2006

Satan became the "enemy" only after the Babylonian captivity of the Jews. Before that, Satan is called the "accuser", not the "adversary". Ginaya lang ng Judeo concept ang concept ng mga Zoroastrianism, where Araga Mayu is known to be the enemy of Ahura Masda (God).

Sabi nga: "Zoroaster was thus the first to teach the doctrines of an individual judgment, Heaven and Hell, the future resurrection of the body, the general Last Judgment, and life everlasting for the reunited soul and body. These doctrines were to become familiar articles of faith to much of mankind, through borrowings by Judaism, Christianity and Islam; yet it is in Zoroastrianism itself that they have their fullest logical coherence….” – Mary Boyce, Op. Cit. p. 29.

Ta-Ta!

15. batzky (aka numetal) - May 6, 2006

Is it a sin to curse Satan? heheheh!

16. arvin - May 7, 2006

there is nothing evil on the 11 rules… it’s pretty practical except that ‘magic’ thingy

I don’t want to meddle anymore so let them all be… since we have our free-will, we are fully entitled of the right to choose what to believe…
You’re a smart guy Benj, I hope you find what you are looking for, so am I and the rest of us here, which I could say ‘concerned’ of their religion and beliefs.

*but I’m not switching sides hehe :D*

17. lateralus - May 7, 2006

batzky said:

Is it a sin to curse Satan? heheheh!

ang slow ko. ngayon ko lang naisip yung point ng tanong mo. hehe

to a certain extent, Satan (if he is an entity) is still supposed to be a brother to us so he should be protected by the 10 commandments a well. But what if you “kill” Satan? That would be a monumental violation of a commandment! hehe

18. lateralus - May 7, 2006

arvin said:


there is nothing evil on the 11 rules… it’s pretty practical except that ‘magic’ thingy

I don’t want to meddle anymore so let them all be… since we have our free-will, we are fully entitled of the right to choose what to believe…
You’re a smart guy Benj, I hope you find what you are looking for, so am I and the rest of us here, which I could say ‘concerned’ of their religion and beliefs.

*but I’m not switching sides hehe 😀 *

ayokong maging tokenistic at patronizing, pero bihira ang mga open-minded na christians na kagaya mo na malakas ang paniniwala, pero walang ilusyong maging pastor para mag "preach" sa mga hindi naniniwala.

the worst type of christians (read: the stupid and those who don't read/comprehend) ) brings out the worst in me – as proven by this thread. hehe

19. cyberpunk - May 9, 2006

yeah, Satanism is a legally recognized religion in US. I once read in college a site about it, stressing that Satanism is different from devil worshipping. Too bad, though, Satanism is plagued by black propaganda from Christianity (What’s new? Christianity has done this to all other religions, especially the old ones.).

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21. jeffrey - August 29, 2006

jesus christ can distroy you all

22. jeffrey - August 29, 2006

let jesus christ the son of god leave in your minds

23. benj - August 29, 2006

three straight retard posts in a row!

amazing. this hasnt has happened since windang tibak last posted here.

24. eugene - September 12, 2006

hi….. im eugene and i also worship satan…. kindly text me in my cp no. @ 09217109698…. please support me to stablish here in Manila, Philipiines the real Church of Satan…. pls….. help me!
Hail Satn!!!!!


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