reply to post by Jesuslives4u
1. Have you met him and if so what does he look like?
This really depends on what form of Satanism you're curious about.
Romantic Satanism, stemming from worship of Lucifer, pictures Satan as a handsome angel, one of the Seraphim (among other choirs), whose chief
attributes were light and beauty, and whose office was that of wisdom.
If you're more interested in Biblical Satanism, then the Devil is an amalgamation of pagan idols. The goat's head come from Baphomet, a Crusade-era
idol supposedly worshiped by Muslims and Christians in the ancient Near East; the fawn-style legs and fur-covered body is that of Pan, the Greco-Roman
satyr-god, participant in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and master of the wilderness; while the pitchfork may be a carry-over from numerous Underworld
gods, like Nergal, Hades, or Hel, who would have most likely used it (or a bident) for breaking rocks to locate precious gems in the Underworld, later
called Hell by Christians.
If you're not looking at any theistic Satanism, but instead at philosophic Satanism, like that practiced by Anton LaVey's church, then Satan looks
like you, or me, because Satan, in LaVey's mind, was just a manifestation and reflection of ourselves: our inner-nature, the primal, animal side we
all deny as a part of who we are.
2. Do you pray to him and if so why?
Personally, I do not. I would imagine that anyone who does pray to Sammael, Lucifer, Semyaza, or the Devil does so for very much the same reasons a
Hindu might pray to Brahma, Vishnu, Kali, or Ganesha; or that someone from Judiasm, Christianity, or Islam prays to Yhvh, Jesus Christ, or Allah. They
all think their chosen god(s) hears, and responds, to their individual pleas and prayers.
3. Has he answered any of your prayers? If so, may I ask what were those answers?
I can't answer this one, I don't pray to Satan.
4. What caused you to worship him?
Again, not something I can answer, as I don't worship Satan.
If I had to take a guess though, I would probably suggest it is one, many, or at least related to, the following:
1. Youthful ignorance. The kind of "high school" Satanist who is simply doing it because of societal pressures, or not being aware of how to form
their own opinions based on facts and evidence. These people are probably worshiping Satan for the shock value of it; the feeling of empowerment they
get by others' attention or disapproval.
2. Philosophic interest. Perhaps they have studied whatever blend of Jewish/Christian/Islamic worship their household provides, and have found it
lacking. In their search for an alternative they may have found the works of LaVey, Crowley, Maxine Dietrich, or some writer of "Dark Paganism" like
Konstantinos, and thought --- for whatever reason --- that said author's worldviews and philosophies are more applicable to their life.
3. Ethical and moral issues run rampant in the Bible, everything from condoning slavery, to blaming the victim of a crime, to murdering children, and
more can be found pleasing to God. Perhaps some of those who worship Satan simply believe that not
doing all of those things God loves is a
better way to live.
4. Because, why not? Whether Christians want to admit it, or not, Satan has a place in their theology. He is entirely necessary, and God created Him.
Without the Devil to test our faith, to tempt us so we can prove our allegiance to God, the whole purpose of Jesus Christ's sacrifice is entirely
lost. With no Devil, there is no sin, with no sin no fall from grace, and with no Fall no need for redemption and salvation. So, if Satan doesn't get
his dues, perhaps He'll stop tempting people, and cancel out God's whole plan.
Satanism, like Christianity, is simply another way of viewing life, its experiences, and their meaning.
~ Wandering Scribe