Top 5 True Facts About Satanism
Satanism, the very word brings to our mind the horrific images of darkness, obscene ritualistic sacrifices, esotericism, bloody orgies and other unthinkable violent anti-social behaviors. It has made quite a bad reputation for itself because of all the fear, misconceptions and myths around it.
In spite of all that, in 1990, 50,000 people are self-proclaimed Satanists. Today there are 100,000 people who are proud Satanists. The growing popularity of this religion resulted in becoming socially acceptable in many countries abroad. Do you know that Satanists are eligible to apply for the Royal Navy, in the British Armed Forces? Want to know more?
5) Satanism Does Not Support or Encourage Violence
Yes, it is true. Despite the popular belief, Satanism does neither support, advocate nor promote violence. In fact, Satanism teaches its followers to focus on self, personal growth and free will.
Their belief is based on the foundational Satanist notion that as Satan revolted against God to be free of His tyranny so anyone can be who he or she wants to be, or do anything he or she wants to do, as long as it does not interferes with anybody’s freedom or free will.
However, the only exception to this rule is when it comes to revenge. A Satanist is allowed to harm or destroy a person disrespects or attempts to harm him intentionally and without any reason.
4) Occult and Satanism Are Two Different Things
Media and publication have mixed up occult and Satanism and turned them into the same thing, many times. There’s a common belief that occult uses some symbols which are closely related to Satanism.
Occult consists of a group of people who uses herbs, crystals, amulets, incantations, spells and symbol to invoke the spirits of nature, whereas Satanism is the movement of people who follow the fallen angels and declare their allegiance to Lucifer to defy God.
3) Satanists View Satan As Their Liberator
Satanists view Satan or Lucifer, as a heroic figure who fought against God to live His life freely, without any boundaries or restraints.
Mainstream Satanists do not even worship the devil. They view Satan as a metaphor or a symbol who stands for freedom from subjugation from any kind of systems or orthodox religious beliefs.
Basically, Satanists are atheists. They are not ashamed or afraid to enjoy their life to the fullest, even ignoring cultural as well as religious taboos. To them, physical existence equals to human existence. Both mind and body are equally important. There should not be any conflict between them.
2) There Are Different Types of Satanism
Satanism can be divided into several branches and sects. The most renowned and famous form of Satanism is Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan in Chicago.
There are several branches of this religion which have not achieved so much fame and popularity as the Church Of Satan. Regardless of that, the many followers of the Left-Hand Path have managed to come up with various ways to express themselves.
There are three main branches of Satanism are: a) LaVeyan Satanism, b) Theistic Satanism, and c) Luciferians.
1) Satanists Have Their Own Bible
Yes, Satanists have their very own bible written by Anton LaVey. It is very important to them as much as the bible is important to the Christians or the Gita is important to the Hindus and the Quran to the Muslims.
The Satanic Bible is basically a collection of essays and thoughts by the founder of the Church of Satan i.e. Anton LaVey. It is not a sacred scripture per se. LaVeyan Satanists consider it as an authoritative text but not every cult or branch of Satanists follows it.
Satanic Bible consists of four books: The Book of Satan which has its own ideas of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. The Book of Lucifer is all philosophical and is all about how Satanists should live their lives. The Book of Belial is all about rituals and magic. The Book of Leviathan contains the four invocations of Satan and the nineteen Enochian keys.