What Is Satanism Essay, Research Paper
What is Satanism?
I have never had any reason to
summarize the Satanic belief system; there is no missionary ethic
in my church, but being asked to write an article on the subject
gives me an extraordinary opportunity to pur to rest some lies
about Satanism. I would like to discuss the things that Satanism is
not before moving on to what it really is.
First I would like to point out that Satanists do not worship the
devil! Most Satanist view the term “devil worshiper” as derogatory
as it indicates the assumption that the Satanist is somehow tied to
the belief system of the Christian church. The Satanist believes
that he/she is the god of their own life and they alone rule their
destiny. This is reflected in the Satanic practice of celebrating one’s
own birthday as the highest holiday of the year.
Do not harm little children. Do not kill non-human animals unless
attacked or for your food. The ninth and tenth of the Eleven
Satanic Rules of the Earth forbid the practice of child or animal
sacrifices. Animal sacrifices are primarily used in the
Afro-Carribean syncretistic religions such as Voudoun, Candomble’,
and Santeria. Child sacrifices are used on television by journalists
to improve ratings. True Satanists don’t practice baby breeding or
According to The Satanic Bible, “Satanism si not a white religion; it
is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal – all of which are
ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path.”
Satanism is a religion based on the reality that man is an animal,
like all others – a being of carnality and key to happiness is the
acceptance of human nature as it is. Christianity posits a false
duality of spiritual versus carnal and then condemns the natural
carnality as sinful, a neat trick ensuring sinners in need of
forgiveness. Thus Satanism promotes the carnal side that has been
repressed for centuries. It is the indulgence of this carnal side that
is the premise for all Satanic philosophy.
This carnal nature is expressed by the Satanist through his/her
indulgence in carnal pleasure in the present rather than a hope for
reward in a fictional afterlife. The spiritual religions practice the
suppression of natural behavior, such as sex, by labeling it a sin.
While preaching abstinence, the religious right-wing knows people
will behave according to natural instinct and have sex regardless
of consequences and the “pious” leaders make them pay for their
sins with guilt (and cash). Meanwhile the religious right-wing
leaders indulge in prostitutes, adultery, etc.. with impunity. It is
this hypocrisy that Satanism stands against.
Another essential part of the Satanic belief system is Lex Talionis
(lit. Law of the Talon). Satanists believe the weaker elements of
society should serve the stronger ones or perish. Satanists support
any means of returning to the order of Darwin’s Natural Selection
process (this is inclusive of the elimination of welfare to selective
sterilization of those weaker elements). Weak elements are
determined by performance and intelligence, not race or religion.
So where does Satan come into all of this? We believe Satan (and
other gods) is not so much an entity as a force of nature. These
gods are not at all concerned with the life of mortals. Add to this
that Satan is a very powerful word that serves as an isolation
between us and the herd (i.e. society). It is this separation from
the herd that we hold dear. We choose to separate ourselves form
a society where natural behavior is suppressed and the strong
work to support the weak with welfare checks and charity.
This leads us to the practice of Satanic magic. The Satanic
definition of magic is “The change in situations or events in
accordance with one’s will, which would, using normally accepted
methods, be unchangeable,” according to The Satanic Bible. It
should also be noted that although the Satanist utilizes logic and
science the Satanist chooses to suspend his/her disbelief in magic
while inside the ritual chamber. A Satanist knows that magic
cannot presently be explained by science but many things that are
now science were once considered magic. Considering the large
portion of the human brain that is unused, it is not unlikely that a
magical ritual somehow taps this source for its power. Magic is
used by the Satanist to vent emotional frustration for a need that
is unfulfilled. This covers everything from the lack of and
adequate sex partner, sufficient monetary resources, to anger
towards an enemy. The Satanist uses his/her magical ritual
chamber to cause change in accordance to his/her will and to
relieve him/her form the burden this frustration sets in his/her
life. The Satanist will vent these frustrations, as necessary, and
think no further of them.
In conclusion, it should be noted that Satanism is a very complex
set of beliefs that cannot be completely summarized in a short
article. The Satanists are tired of misrepresentation, of serving as
punching bags for Geraldo and other tabloid talk show hosts.
Although our opinions may not be politically correct we still obey
the laws governing the laws governing man on this planet and we
expect the same protection under the law as other minorities. The
next time a talk show wants to do a show about Satanism I would
like them to get a real Satanist like Dr. Anton Szandor Lavey, Peter
H. Gilmore, or maybe Blanche Barton, not some convenient idiot
who will go down for the count if they pay them enough. The
problem with this idea is that people would learn the truth about
Satanism and the talk shows would lose ratings. I think it is time
for the truth rather than hysteria.