I want to start by saying that I do not believe that the Christian bible shows the true Satan. There are so many adversary figures in world religions, these may be either different interpretations of the same person, or they may be separate entities. There are many similarities, but just as many if not more differences. Because of this I don't believe that we can say for sure if they are the same until we are lucky enough to meet them, though I am very much leaning towards the idea that all of the worlds lords of evil are different entities... though, the ancient Greeks and Romans, for example, have a scarily similar religion to Christianity... I reject the Christian bible as an authoritative guide to history, as often as it has been torn apart, glued together, and censored I believe that there is little, if any, truth to it. Because of this I also reject the bible's form of Satan, Lucifer, and all of the "fallen angels". As such I do not look to Judeo-Christian sources as a learning tool, nor do I draw any of my beliefs from them. I will say though, that turning what is in written in the Christian bible against those who say that we abuse or kill innocent animals and children is pretty entertaining... Anyway, I believe that Satan has been the Lord of Hell since long before Judaism, Catholicism, and Christianity came about. Even if "Satan" is another name for Set, or Hades, or any other adversary deity that I can't think of at the moment.... Some demons may have been angels before, I will not argue that anyone can turn to the dark side, or that certain events in the bible did or did not take place, I just do not assume that they did because a collection of stories made thousands of years ago says so. This same book also said that dinosaurs did not exist, but we have enough physical proof of that to put together a basic timeline of prehistoric times. If that doesn't tell you anything I don't know what will. To clarify, I do not know exactly what Satan's backstory is, or if any human knows for sure, but it is something that I would like to find out for myself, but not by mindlessly reading one book.
When I first found Satan I simply called myself a Satanist. Anything with Anton LaVey's name in it I ignored because I did not agree with his concept of the self being more important than Satan, Lucifer, or any Demon and I was more focused on finding others who agreed with me. I agree with many of the beliefs he outlines, most sound like he took Theistic Satanism and switched it up a bit to make it something that suits his needs. Anyway, I never found another group I completely agreed with (surprise, surprise). There are so many different covens out there and I fit in completely with none of them.
After numerous experiences with those who assumed that I was LaVeyan and accused me of being an attention seeking atheist, I labeled myself a Theistic Satanist. Some ignored me completely after this, others verbally assaulted me, many more tried to convert me, but after six months or so I stopped receiving abuse. Sure people didn't agree with me, but when I was not trying to get attention for it and didn't bring up religion whenever possible, most of the kids in my school forgot about it. Even in my heavily Christian hometown I was basically left alone. No household pets went missing, cattle were not slaughtered in their pastures, and the areas churches were left intact, so no one gave me trouble. Now if anything like that had happened I would have most definitely been blamed for it, but that is of no concern now.
I also use the term "Devil Worshipper" when I am talking to those who are genuinely interested in learning, if I use this term with some other people who do not know me they tend to slowly back away... but Devil Worshipper is simply a term for a Satanist with the traditional theistic beliefs (that Satan and his demons are actual entities), but it sounds scary and has a negative perception because of popular culture and the media. Most often I refer to myself as a Theistic Satanist; same meaning, slightly less scary term.
I do not want to argue about his historical existence (or lack thereof), but I personally believe that he has no power. Using his name in banishing rituals, torturing witches and Satanists, or just to be using it annoys and insults me.
Religion is as old as human culture itself, and there are many religions that predate those we follow today. Not only that but they can be traced back to specific areas, where precursors of our modern religions originated. Personally I believe that angels, demons, older gods (such as Egyptian, Greek, Shinto, etc.) are the same type of entity. They may even be representations of the same entities, but are interpreted differently because those who see them would struggle to comprehend what they are seeing and will interpret it as whatever they could make some sort of sense of.
Within the thousands of cultures around the world, each seems to have extremely different beliefs, deities, customs, and morals. On closer examination though, all religions share many of the same basic ideas as well as similar gods, goddesses, or servants of their gods, and a darker "Satan" figure who also has followers and/or servants under him or her... This leads me to believe that most religions have a similar beginning. They may have split off when different groups did not agree and created their own cult and the process has been repeating itself since then. Humans by nature are hardheaded and have difficulty getting along sometimes, and we see new religions popping up every day, which is proof enough for me. Though I am not stating fact. Another possible reason for the similarities between religions could be that humans all have a fundamental need for guidance or to have an entity (or many) that they can look up to.
Originally cultures around the world worshipped many gods, but each god or goddess had a cult that identified with them specifically, this may have been the beginning of monotheism as the other gods may have been seen as not-so-important and slowly evolved into servants of the main god.
I believe that there is some form of afterlife, that our soul is recycled again and again, or settles in the afterlife we choose. For me that afterlife would be Hell. I don't fear this outcome, simply because I do not agree with the Christian concept of Hell. I believe that Hell is part of the Astral Plane. Maybe those who worshipped Jehovah but were rejected by him will be tortured there, but this will not pertain to me, so I honestly don't particularly care. I believe that Hell will be a place where I can learn and would not involve my unending torture. As for my soul, I'm not sure what will happen to it after I die. I might become a demon, or be trapped in Hell for eternity working in the service of a demon. As I have said, both of these outcomes will suit me well and I am sure I will be very content.
Though I do not believe the events in the Christian bible took place, the characters I believe exist, but most are not shown in a way that I agree with. The demons are treated like horrible monsters because they believed that they were belittled and deserved better. This was completely unfair. Why should a being who is stronger, smarter, and capable of causing us extreme harm be forced to bow to us? In any case, I never had an attachment to "god". Even when I was younger and lived with a heavily Christian family, the religion always seemed off to me. As I grew up and began looking for information I learned that I did not agree with any part of Christianity. The more I read, the more angry and embarrassed I became. Animal sacrifice, human sacrifice, intentional torture, slavery, and the hypocrisy of Jehovah sickens me. The seven sins and the ten commandments are often, if not constantly broken, and many Christians not only agree that this is right, but are completely fine with being walked all over. In modern times sins, hypocrisy, human and animal sacrifice, child abuse, and tormenting followers are attributed to Satanism/Devil Worship. Most Theistic Satanists do none of these things. I use the word most because I met one boy, a young teenager who was confused and angry because of the abuse he suffered at the hands of extremely religious, who went to popular culture as a means of finding his place. Within a week he had learned that Satanism was not a way of getting revenge on a specific person or group, but a real religion that was about gaining strength and wisdom, as well as finding knowledge and standing up for our rights. Eventually this boy decided that he was an atheist, but he does stand up against all those who don't know what we are really about and helps to give others a small peek into our minds and beliefs. We do commit the "sins" of most religions, but this is because they are our natural instincts and suppressing them can drive us mad or cause us to spiral into depression. This does not make us monsters. We are strong, independent, and do not want to be walked all over and controlled. The Christian "god" is sadistic, controlling, hypocritical, power mad, and not deserving of our worship. This leads me to another point. Most people who worship Jehovah (or any name he goes by) spend their entire lives searching for their god and never find anything that proves to them that he exists. Not at least acknowledging his followers is bullshit. An old Amish saying goes "You need not call the Devil, he will come without calling." I love this, and it is very true. We do not need to look for our Lords, they get curious and come to us in their own time, which is more often then not very quickly.
As I said before, I am not sure if the Christian god exists or not. There are so many cultures whose religion has a "good" and "evil" god as well as other (supposedly) not quite so powerful supernatural beings who serve one or the other leader. The similarities between so many religions from far away cultures does make me wonder, so I believe that there is a sort of war between two or more deities or groups that humans have noticed and are picking their sides. As I have already stated I do not believe that the events depicted in the Christian bible occurred as they were written. Even so, they are useful resources when confronted by someone who believes you are trying to kidnap their child for use as a sacrifice or a toy... *shudder*
I was encouraged to write a "Black Book" or a grimoire for years, but never thought I needed it... I was wrong. Everything I have learned has gotten mixed up, lost, or changed from trying to remember everything (names mixed up, specific paths confused etc.) that I have read over the years. I have a notebook that I write these in, but I would like to post this online for a few reasons, the main one being that if something happens to my notebook (I would cry my eyes out) I have another place for my notes and essays. I also would like to be able to share my beliefs for those who are curious or are looking for others who have similar beliefs. These will definitely be added to or changed as time goes on, and I am happy to share all of my beliefs with those who care to learn, but these are my beliefs, what I have found and agree with. As such I probably will not include a link for most, but I will have a post that includes a list of my favorite links.
Previous PostsWho Is Satan?, posted February 9th, 2013
How I Label Myself and Why, posted February 6th, 2013, 2 comments
jesus christ, posted February 5th, 2013, 1 comment
What I think of other religions and why, posted February 5th, 2013, 1 comment
The Afterlife/Hell/Reincarnation, posted February 5th, 2013
jehovah, posted February 3rd, 2013
Introduction (this blog is copied and pasted from my tumblr), posted February 3rd, 2013
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