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A religious system in which Satan is revered as either as a symbolic being or literal entity.
In modern Christianity, the enemy of God, the lord of evil, and the tempter of human beings.
Satan; word origin:
[Pre-12th century. Via Latin and Greek < Hebrew śāṭān "adversary" < śāṭan "accuse"]
Originally Ha-Satan in the Hebrew book of Job. Meaning translates into “the accuser” or “the adversary”. The name “Satan” was first used as a proper noun as one would say “Brother” instead of “brother” when speaking of a specific person. “Ha-Satan”, that is, The Accuser, as it was written in the original Hebrew texts, is merely a title given to an angel.
Since the advent of Christianity, translations have dropped the “Ha-” making it just “Satan.” While the original Hebrew texts call many persons “satan” as a pro-noun, only one “satan” is the “Satan.”
The clue here is that speaking in the time that the Hebrew Bible was penned, satan was a pro-noun, not a being. Many people had been called satan, including David by his enemies.
Over nearly two thousand years the Bible has been translated several times into many languages, but interestingly the instances of the word ‘satan’ being used as a pro-noun now are translated into other more accurate words such as ‘adversary’ as is the case with David. Keep in mind that the root word in the original texts IS still the Hebrew word for Satan.
How old is Satanism? That depends on who you ask.
Some will tell you that the tenets of Satanism was there since the dawn of man. But strictly speaking, Satanism has a much more definite age.
Satanism, if said to be a system that explicitly worships the Satan of Christianity/Islam/Judaism, arguably first appeared around the 11th century when the Luciferians were persecuted. But even then, Luciferians are an auxiliary to Satanism.
As of this video, the furthest back any reliable source has given me for Satanism dates to roughly 200 years ago, hardly that far at all. And even more modernly, there was no organized Satanic order until 1966, when Anton Le Vay
founded the Church of Satan.
The Church of Satan is an explicitly atheistic organization today that regards Satan as an allegory, not real in any way. However, some say the sub-text of Le Vay
’s writings suggest that he might have been a Pantheist, but that is up for debate.
While many Satanists differ in what they believe, Satanism is always rooted in a few main elements.
1) They all worship or revere Satan in some form or another.
2) There is a focus on independent thought, self-growth, and meeting one’s needs and desires
3) They all/most believe in/practice some form of magic/magik, whether or not it is merely applied psychology or a supernatural power, depends on the branch.
Even atheistic Satanists revere Satan, despite what they say. True, they do not believe in him, but they revere/respect him in the same way that one would any other ‘fictional’ character.
As for Theistic Satanists, we also revere Satan, but some take it a step further to actually ‘worshiping him’ as a god. Some of these people are polytheistic, monotheistic, or pantheistic.
Personally I see nothing wrong with this, but many Satanists do not like the idea of “groveling” or feel that Satan does not wish to be treated in the same way as other gods. Regardless, most Satanists have a deep respect for Satan.
Ask any Satanist what their main focus is on in Satanism and you will probably get an answer about becoming stronger. Indeed, the Theist says “we will become gods” (the atheist says “we are gods”).
Satanism’s focus is on the self, meeting our needs and desires, and becoming greater. Satanists seek knowledge and truth based on logic and self-revelation. For what religion can improve life if it does not focus on it’s followers first?
‘It has been said "the truth will make men free". The truth alone has never set anyone free. It is only DOUBT which will bring mental emancipation.” -Book of Luicifer, The Satanic Bible
The last thing I was going to cover was magic. To be quite honest, I do not feel fully qualified to answer this, but the Book of BELIAL provides an excellent definition.
“The change in situations or events in accordance with one's will, which would, using normally accepted [conventional] methods, be unchangeable.” -The Satanic Bible
This could be applied psychology, such as reverse psychology, subtle manipulation, or changing someone’s impression of you through dress or mannerisms.
It can also encompass mental exercises in willing suspension of disbelief in order to purge one’s self of unwanted or unneeded emotions that might otherwise inhibit them.
On the other end, one might believe magic to be fully supernatural. In any case, ‘real’ magic is often subtle. Why raise a rock above your head with your mind when it is much easier to do so with your hands?
In the next video the different branches of Satanism will be covered.
If you seek more dark knowledge, this site is a good source for those seeking a Theistic view. It is one of the oldest sites on the net for Satanism.
For a more atheistic view, http://www.churchofsatan.com
might be a good start.
Though I will say that the former is a much more friendly and less harsh site. The Church of Satan is somewhat overly blunt.
Hail Satan, and Dark Blessings
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