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Originally posted by Arkham
What are their fruits? What attraction could there possible be in burning in eternal hellfire? Are they kind of like sado, or are they attracted to raw power?
All right. Thanks guys. I just have 2 problems with buying the bookstore book.
FAQ: What is Satanism?
Answer: Satanism classes as an "auto-theistic" belief system and/or philosophy in the first instance, meaning that Satanists believe in the divinity of Self but are not necessarily united on the divinity of anything other than Self, including Satan. There are two primary divisions of Satanism which subsequently fall into additional subdivisions. The first of these is "Theistic Satanism" which holds that Satan is a literal Being/Force who can be invoked/evoked and worshipped the same as any other god. The second is generally classed as "Philosophical Satanism" which holds that Satan is more a Principle/Force of Mind/Nature residing within individuals themselves. Not all Satanists are strictly of the one camp or the other however as Satanism is a highly individualistic philosophy that often blends a little from both sides. Philosophical Satanism (also referred to as Modern Satanism) is popularly attributed to the writings of Anton LaVey who established the Church of Satan in the mid 1960's, though in more recent years LaVey's part in the development of Philosophical Satanism has been challenged, many feeling that the real credit more properly belongs to Eliphas Levi and a trickling down of individuals who came after him. Theistic Satanism boasts a number of divisions within its ranks including Traditional Satanism, Gnostic Satanism, Diabolism and others, though none of these has ever really demonstrated any definite historical lineage to date. Between these two camps there seem to be new forms of Satanism emerging almost daily as Satanism is an emerging cross-cultural movement still finding itself and therefor evolving at an astonishing rate. Very few things tie it all together in any clear-cut fashion. (author: m1thr0s)
FAQ: Isn't Satanism Just Reverse-Christianity?
Answer: The christian belief teaches that any being outside of the christian god is evil, and worshipping any other god is an act of turning away from god. So, in accordance with this definintion, anything outside of christian worship is considered false, and therefore, evil. Does this mean that people have been evil since they first created gods to worship? No, an answer like that hardly makes sense when you consider the diversity of the many cultures and gods that have permeated our existence. According to the actual history of mankind, there have been thousands of gods since people have first recorded them. Many cultures, for thousands of years before the bible was even written, created their own supreme beings to deal with the forces of nature. They did not understand nature and science, and so had created archetypes to name these things. This in itself, is not worship of false Idols, but it is how we as humans, have tried to reach out into the unknown and name it.
Religions like Buddhism, which emerged 600 years before christ, were part of the development of the social culture of the world. Hinduism, a religion with many gods, came into existence over 1500 years before that. Most of our satanic (religious) beliefs come from aincent cultures like egypt, sumeria and old europe. The name of Satan was errantly translated from the greek, and its meaning, is Adversary. Any god outside of the judaic belief, is gods adversary. It is also said that the name came from the aincent Egyptian god, Set and his followers, who were called "Setians". This means that the practices and beliefs within a satanist's culture are not anti-christian, but are a part of history that we try to keep alive through our beliefs. (author: venus666)