posted on Nov, 14 2004 @ 12:58 PM
I am by no means an expert on Satanism--and though I've read a bunch about it I have a few questions/comments that I hope ATSers more knowledgeable
than myself can address...
First of all, I find the basic idea expressed in several Satanist websites concerning how Lucifer is the knowledge-bringer & the "illuminator" of
mankind to be very attractive, and that part "speaks" to me. But there are certain things that I have a problem with or am unsure about
1) Is or is not Satanism a religion defined by being the "opposite" of Christianity?
a) From my research into contemporary Satanism, I get the impression that it is officially NOT defined by being in opposition to
Christianity--instead, it hearkens back to more ancient religions like that of the Egyptians & the Sumerians. With no offense to that viewpoint, it
smacks of the same revisionist-history thing that people (and not a few Satanists) criticize Wicca for. While I have no problem with using such
revisionism as a basis for a *modern* religion (like Wicca does), I cannot buy that the "lineage' of Satanism has stretched out unbroken since
b) If Satanism does not define itself as being the opposite of Christianity, then there is no need for any rituals that "mock" Christian rituals
like communion--so basically, all those rituals where the naked chick is the altar & there are upside-down crosses & so forth do not apply, right? And
there is also no need to harp on "The Hated Nazarene" or to get into the theory that angels are the *real* demons, right? Because if this is the
case, somebody needs to inform the many Satanist websites that *do* obviously define themselves as being the "adversary" of Christ.
2) Does Satanism=Being "Bad"? (a rather childish-sounding question, but let me explain)
a) When I was a teenager, kids who "practiced Satanism" defined themselves as people who liked to be "bad." Obviously this is a child's viewpoint
of the religion--but a very widespread one.
b) If Satanists adhere to certain things that would be considered "Bad" by society, what are they? Sexual taboos broken? The belief of the natural
supremacy of the strong over the weak? The willingness to look unflinchingly at such realities as death & violence & extreme sexuality?
c) Do Satanists have a moral code & if so what do they base it on? If they do not have a moral code, are there any things they "draw the line on" --
and if so, what do they base this on?
3) Do Satanists really "draw the line" on human sacrifice & other things that would be considered evil?a) I know that a practicing Satanist
might bristle at the question. But it is something I really need to know. Because as much as there are aspects of Satanism that I find interesting &
that I would add to my own personal philosophy--I am very unsure as to the real answer to this question, and this is what keeps me getting involved in
Satanic groups & so forth.
b) Human sacrifices have been performed by (so-called?) Satanists throughout history who have defined themselves as being the "opposite" of
Christians. And that brand of Satanism was frankly born out of Christianity itself--it might have been a way for errant Christians to express the
massively repressed darker side of their selves in an explosion of violence. But I firmly believe that human sacrifices have been performed in the
name of Satan--the question is whether those who performed such acts were extremists and abberations.
c) Human sacrifices have been performed in the ancient times that many Pagans & Satanists attribute as the "starting point" of their religions. I
think such sacrifices have also been recorded in the Bible, and at least one was requested by God Himself?
d) Where did the common occult belief that sacrificing a human was the most magically powerful sacrifice one could make come from? Also, the belief
that sacrificing a child was more powerful still? When Aliester Crowley mentioned this in his writings, was he serious or was he kidding? Where did
this belief come from?
4) Is it possible that there are two different "flavors" of Satanism going around? On one hand the "fair & balanced" one that believes in
freedom, knowledge, personal power--and on the other the darker, more secretive one that takes the concept of evil to its realization?
a) I unfortunately believe that this is the case, that there are two radically differing Satanist belief systems out there.
b) The "accessible", open Satanism of Church of Satan, etc. seem to be very similar to Wicca in terms of having certain moral lines that they say
they will not cross. It seems to be a religion of increasing knowledge, opening up freedoms, and realizing one's personal power--very noble goals,
and what attracted me to them. These groups say up-front that they in no way sanction any killing, child abuse, etc. The people who gravitate & make
up their ranks are free-thinkers, those honestly searching for an appropriate "real" spiritual path, etc.
c) The secretive, "hidden" Satanism of conspiracy lore & legend I believe has some basis in fact. I think this type of Satanism attracts people who
outwardly appear to be successful & upright citizens of their communities. They totally define themselves as being in opposition to Christianity and
in extension to "goodness" & morality. They really could not give a damn about how the Sumerian god Enki is really Lucifer & etc. They worship Satan
because they feel to do so brings them material possessions & power. Far from opening up websites about their beliefs, I think they would rather die
than ever admit what they are doing. I think such Satanism has led to human sacrifices, child abuse, etc. I think such Satanism attracts people like
politicians, celebrities, religious people from other faiths like Christianity, etc. I think that conspiracy theorists like David Icke bring up some
good points about this but then bury it in the fantastic (shape-shifting lizards) and then the whole thing gets discredited.
I have so far not found a lot of unbiased literature addressing these questions. The major Satanic websites completely deny that anything remotely
truly evil has ever been done in the name of Satan, and say it's a Christian conspiracy. The Christian websites give tons of info on the "downside"
of Satanism, but their viewpoint is so completely biased that it poisons their information. Any insight, info, links, references to books on the
subject would be most appreciated.
In the meantime, I will do what I've always done--take useful bits of philosophy & insight where I find it, shine the light of objective critical
inquiry on the rest. And if I offended anybody's religious beliefs in this post, due to my ignorance and/or annoying ability to play devil's (insert
guffaw here) advocate, I'm very sorry. I'm not "for" or "against" any one religion or philosophy or political viewpoint--I think life is much
too complicated to do such a thing.