An Examination Of Satanic Beliefs
Striving To Please?
Lie: One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason
Truth: If we strive and rely on our own reason, we're doomed to disappoint and be disappointed. It's infinitely more satisfying to deny of our own will and rely on God's.
Lie: The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
Truth: We don't decide what right and wrong is, and to try to convince ourselves and others of that is a fruitless pursuit. God decides what's Right and True, and the more we're consumed by Him the more content we are.
Lie: One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
Truth: The more we love, the more we open ourselves up to another's influence. That can bring both pain and joy, both more satisfying than self-gratification.
Let People Hurt You?
Lie: The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.
Truth: If we let each other do whatever we want, we're headed toward destruction. We need to correct and help each other while protecting and correcting ourselves. No wonder Satanists live in the shadows.
Science Is God?
Lie: Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
Truth: What is believed to be true in science always changes. One minute a tomato is a vegetable, the next it's a fruit. Basing one's value system around an ever-changing world is setting one up for continuous failure. God's Truth, the real Truth, never changes. Let's build our houses on rock, not mud.
Lie: People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and remediate any harm that may have been caused.
Truth: One man's sincere apology is another man's pitiful justification. If we really want to live a fulfilling life we have to realize our purpose is not to constantly please ourselves and others. We can only make things right with God. It's easier to do good when we're not constantly thinking about bad.
Lie: Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
Basing decisions on feelings and impulsives ensures destruction. As a Psychology major, I learned how our emotional states are based on chemical reactions and responses to stimuli. As Christians, we have a manual to life and a world of fellow believers to lean on and celebrate with.
Do these people actually live by these “beliefs”?