posted on Jul, 31 2008 @ 01:32 PM
R2, I'm gonna drop my intellectual and PC online persona for you, just cuz you're my buddy, and give you some straight poop.
Almost everyone who lives in America has been indoctrinated (by TV, books, movies, music, etc.) since early childhood that Satan (the Devil) is the
ultimate bad guy and boogeyman. He's out to kill you, destroy you, and tempt you into condemning yourself to Hell to burn forever. And anyone who
"follows" him must have the same goals.
That's what we've been taught to believe, that's what we believe subconsciously, and that's what gets triggered every time Satan or Satanism is
brought up. And if you challenge that, you make it even more likely that he will target you or manage to drag you into Hell, or cause everyone around
you to turn against you because they think you've gone over to HIS side.
That's the way it is, and that's the way it's gonna be for the forseeable future. And no matter how educated, intelligent, reasonable, and open
minded the people here at ATS (or anywhere else) may be, that programming is very difficult to overcome. Satanists will continue to be hated
and blamed for all kinds of stuff they didn't and don't do until they change their name and disassociate themselves from "Big Red," the world's
most famous Boogeyman, monster, and all-around black-hatted bad guy. Yep, it's wrong. Yep, it's unfair. Get over it, you aren't gonna change it in
Remember also, as I think I tried to explain before, that many (if not most) Christians are incapable of "stepping outside" of a Christian
worldview; Christianity IS their worldview, and it encompasses their life and their reality, and that's that. They can't meet you at a reality that
isn't a Christian point of view because for them, there is no such thing.
I like both of you for different reasons and I hope neither of you will be mad at me for this, but you two were destined to butt heads. Agree to
disagree and walk away, because you two won't "get" each other no matter how earnestly both of you try, and I do believe that both of you have been
trying your best.