posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 08:35 AM
I present this as a thought experiment. One that explores the concepts and ideas that would be present in a philosophy that actually would venerate
the figure of Satan. What would an authentic Satanic faith or cult be like?
To answer this we would have to go back to the original word itself, the Hebrew term Satan.
The term Satan is a hebrew word and appears in a number places in the Bible. It is translated as adversary and often is used in a sense denoting
hostility. It is used to refer to hostile people or beings. In this sense Satanism would mean an ideology of hostility, but this thought experiment
deals with one unique hostile adversary, The Satan or Ha'satan.
The Satan, the Adversary appears in the Book of Job and Zechariah. Both times he is depicted as a cynical accuser who has misanthropic views. He
appears to be cynical of human motives and regards humanity as ultimately selfish. The Book of Job portrays him as wandering the earth in a role like
that of a Public procurator and Agent Provocateur. He acts only with G-d's permission. He is also shown to travel with the Bnai Elohim when he
arrives in G-d's court. In the Book of Zechariah the Angel of the Lord is portrayed as being a satan to The Satan and an advocate for the high priest
Now based on what little information we have about The Satan, what kind of philosophy would emerge from the veneration of him and his apparent ideals?
Its questionable whether or not he would even recognize any veneration, but authentic satanic philosophy would recognize that and seek veneration
though emulation. Rather than being a faith of ritual and ceremony, it would be one that emulates The Adversary.
The Core components of this philosophy and the emulation of the Adversary would be centered on the concept of Misanthropy and the judgement of
humanity. An authentic satanist would hate humanity as a whole, which would include themselves. They would follow not only a path of self destruction,
but a path that would idealize human extinction.
They would partake an active role in not only self destruction but also in the destruction of the species. This would include recognizing human nature
as corrupt, unclean, and focused on selfish desires. Active corruption of the self and as many others as possible would be desired.
This self hate and loathing as well as the loathing of the species would ensure that human life and morality would have no value. Suicide or even
murder of one's self would be welcomed. Self injury and self abuse would be pursued. This would likely include self inflicted burns, cuts, poisoning,
etc. This would induce psychologically addictive behavior involving pain, self mutilation and drug addiction.
It would be a philosophy that ultimately encouraged mass suicide, mass murder/genocide, and various forms of abuse.
It would be absolute horror in contrast to some current retconned views of Satanism or Satan. Yet there are some parallels to some modern cults and
self declared satanists, especially in regards to self mutilation and drug addiction.
I chose this thought experiment to counter supposed "truths" about The Satan or Satanism. The Adversary was retconned into a rebellious light
bringing Prometheus or worse a dualistic force of evil. Both concepts are absurdly false. If one looks at the source material, the Book of Job and
Zechariah, a very different picture The Adversary emerges. One where The Satan is not hostile to G-d, but is very hostile to humanity. I would say
there is almost a conspiracy by people to retcon Satan. The Roman Church actively conspired to retcon the figure of Satan. Many modern churches have
carried on that tradition. This retconning created an environment of Left Hand Path groups who call themselves Satanists and way too much "satanic"
My overall point is that Satan is not one to be venerated or emulated. To equate a philosophy or faith with Satan would be basically absurd in my
view. If one wants to venerate Prometheus, then by all means do. Just remember Satan is not Prometheus and has never been promethean. If one wants to
venerate the Roman god Lucifer, the Son of Venus, by all means do so, but remember that Lucifer is not Satan. If one wants to venerate Ahriman by all
means do so, but remember Satan is not Ahriman.
Satan at his core is a cynical celestial misanthrope, anything else is retconned fan fiction. Knowing that I can't see why anyone would want to
venerate, emulate, or associate with something that hates me, you, and every human being on the planet.