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Satanism: A Frequently Misunderstood Philosophy

Updated on August 23, 2017

An Introduction to Satanism

Satanism is a philosophy of the world that is so frequently misinterpreted, sometimes out of neglect of understanding and other times blatantly out of hate. Many individuals feel that Satanism equals to the worship of Satan as a deity. For most people, this is not the case. While there are theological Satanists, frequently those who consider themselves "Satanists" follow the LaVeyan Satanism belief system. I feel that the most misconceptions of Satanism and likewise Satanist come from the religious and political realms. To be quite honest, Satanism in its purest form is fairly peaceful (at least, more so than religions such as Christianity and Islam) and I would compare it most to Asian philosophical religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Throughout this lense I would like to inform my readers about the history of Satanism, Satanic symbols, and the general belief system of Satanists.

Satanism: A taboo belief system

Throughout the course of my writings in this lense, I hope I will be able to inform my readers and also attempt to keep them comfortable. I know from my own past experiences in regards to my previous opinions of Satanism, as well as seeing first-hand other individual's perspective of Satanism; that it takes a lot of courage in a way to dare to study a "taboo" belief system such as this. Before we embark on the journey of understanding the philosophy of Satanism, I would like to make it clear that any comments or concerns about my lense can be directed towards me (and specifically this lense) via the comments box.

I hope you enjoy and learn something from this lense!

Satan Symbolism
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Satanism Begins with Atheism

While some Satanist's may very well believe in an actual Satan (theologically); it is undeniable that modern Satanists do not typically hold this world-view. In fact, there is very little statistical evidence that "real" Satanists even exist (and if they do, it is primarily underground; where I suppose it is meant to be). On several occasions I have met "true" Satanists, yet have asked them what their purpose is, then, if anything. One would rationally assume that if one is living for a higher deity (whether it be god to Christians, Muslims, Jews or Satan for these Satanists) then one would have to do the "work of their master." The honest truth is that many of these individuals are empty, and they do not actually "live" for their supposed master. Their "belief in Satan" is a charade, and at best a comical ploy for social settings so others find interest in them. While that is a negative quality for theological Satanists (again, assuming they exist at all!); it is undeniably a positive quality when we are considering LaVayen Satanism.

For modern Satanists, atheism is where the belief begins. There is no god. When we die, everything ends. LaVayen Satanism falls into two categories for me:

1). A structured form of atheism which essentially allows individuals to come together with similar beliefs (or non-beliefs). This inadvertently makes Satanism function in a similar way as a church (hence, the existence of the Church of Satan organization).

2). A modern day, monetary cult.

The truth of the matter is that both seemingly occur simultaneously. I have never been at such a loss for words, because the fact of a matter is that this is not a simple logic problem as many of us would like it to be. How can an organization be so negative (last I checked the Church of Satan charges 200 dollars USD for membership, and the member receives a membership card and access to an online forum), yet bring people together in such a way that is positive. Satanists do not utilize an actual "church" in the same sense as a Catholic cathedral, yet the idea of a "church" (being a concept of organized individuals with similar beliefs or non-beliefs) is seemingly a beautiful and healthy thing; as it allows for individuals who the goal of nothingness at death to at least enable themselves to find some pleasure (like living hedonistically) by interaction with others.

The primary question asked of atheists (and by extension, these atheistic Satanists) is why would any one desire this if these social interactions will in due time become non-existence and worthless. Unlike the religious stance that we come together to commune with one another so as to prepare ourselves for death and the judgment before the throne of God, Satanists may meet on the grounds that they can all acknowledge together that this existence is futile, yet find pleasure in the moment with one another. This is the ultimate reality as it relates to Satanists (and atheists as well!). They are realistic and live for the moment. Idealistic, religious concepts set the mind on the afterlife as opposed to enjoyment of the moment we have here. The "religion" of Satanism blurs the lines between the traditional religious concept and the ultimate nothingness that we acquire from our lives. As I frequently state when I discuss Satanism, it is a theatrical variation of atheism. There is a spiritual quality to it, though this spirituality is firmly rooted on reality and not on metaphysical properties.

As an atheist myself I can not deny that existence is fleeting. With that said, I can not imagine why anyone would desire to leave this world alone. I figure, while all is nothing and my existence as well as those I will meet is equivalent to nothing; can we all not hold hands as we edge closer to the cliff where we go from existence to non-existence? This point is the one that cultivates in our humanity. No one desires to die alone, even if an individual believes they will live even after their body ceases to exist. This is very much the essence of human nature, and human nature is the component Satanism so firmly builds it's church upon.

"Inside The Church Of Satan" Part 1 of 2

The best way in this modern age to learn about Satanism is to watch documentaries and other related videos of informed Satanists speaking about Satanism. For some of us, books are basically meaningless because our busy lives keep us from being able to truly grasp and understand what is being said. In the next few modules I will be posting several videos directed towards informing you (my reader) about Satanism in a more general sense.

Another reason I wish to post videos of Satanists is to show you that we are just like everyone else in so many ways! We have senses of humor, we laugh, we think. So frequently I see people stereotyping Satanists as being a ridiculous, hate-filled individual. While there are surely many of those people claiming to be Satanists, there is a variety to be found like in any belief system!

Interested in some Satanic Media? - Check out these great titles on Satanism!

While I will be updating this lens more in the near future, I have compiled a great list of resources on Satanism to help you paint a larger picture of their beliefs.

Do YOU believe Satanism is bad?

I would like to be able to better understand the views of those of you who stumble upon this lens on Satanism. I would imagine that many of you are not Satanists yourself, but perhaps interested in the topic as it is rather obscure. The primary question here is, "Do you believe Satanism is bad?" Whichever side you fall upon, please elaborate a little bit. No one learns anything if you just answer "yes" or "no" without much content. Feel free to ask your own questions as well related to this topic!

Do you believe Satanism is bad?

Introduction to Theological Satanism

A brief overview of the sect of Satanism that actually follows Satan!

As states in my lense introduction, I believe Satanism, fundamentally is a "belief system" and not a religion (as many people tend to believe). The fact is, I was mildly false and overgeneralized.

Theistic Satanism is a religion. The follower of this sect of Satanism follow Satan as if he is a deity worthy of worship.

Why do I find this pointless, and likewise many Satanists? Logically speaking by following and worshipping Satan as more than a symbol, individuals are blatantly acknowledging the existence of a God (typically, the God of Christianity); refuting him, and following his opponent. It is rather pointless, and appears to more similar to a political statement than anything serious.

In almost every other way, besides the outright belief in a real Satan; theist Satanists and atheist Satanist are very similar. However, the very fundamental belief of who Satan really is separates this group of people.

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      Satans Crow 19 months ago

      As a theistic Satanist your article is an insult. LaVeyan Satanism is only half the story and it's open to debate how good and true it is. Why prade as a religion if you are not religious? I hate these broad statements, "Satanist believe in this, that or the other", it's nonsense.

      Speak for yourself, you can't speak for a group that has no centralized authority. Some of you self satisfied LaVeyans would do well to remember this.

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      Mista Scissors 23 months ago from Boise ID

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      scapegoat 2 years ago

      Actually theistic satanists do not believe in the christian god they believe that the christian god is nothing but fiction and that satan is our actual creator

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      gerhardt van zyl 2 years ago

      im happy to find someone is doing something in the view of atheists and thank you for this you made a point that some stereotypes are also judging satanists and athiests

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      SamiPearl 4 years ago

      I would love for you to expand on this. I'm glad I found this lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      You opened very interesting theme about beliefs and religion. I think you have a lot of room to expand it. I, for instance miss more theory behind Satanism as philosophy, or maybe some history, different views on Satanism from Satanists...

      I like the part with random links. Not very SEO friendly, but good fun:)

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      esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      This was a well-written and grounded account of a movement of thought that I knew little about. Thanks for sharing this information. Although I can't say I now understand why anyone would pay $200 just to be a part of an admittedly theologically empty ritual. An atheist could always just go to a Christian service for free and get the same thing, couldn't they?

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      carny 5 years ago

      @cryptid lm: That's very interesting. I've looked at the LaVeyan Satanism article on Wikipedia and found myself agreeing with many of the statements and satanic "rules" listed there.

      Still, it baffles me that they would choose a name like "satanism", since it pits them against religious people (esp. Christians) who might automatically think of "satanists" as worshipers of Satan from their own religion.

      Then again, since the ideology of this LaVeyan Satanism seems to be opposed to that of Christianity, I guess the name "satanism" might have been chosen to reflect that.

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      cryptid lm 5 years ago

      @carny: Nope, you have a good grasp on it. Ritualism is deeply embedded in human nature. You can consider pagan cultures that pre-date many modern religions, and how they often go through a variety of apparently arbitrary and ultimately meaningless rituals. The rituals of Satanism (as in LaVayen) are designed primarily to be theatrical and stress relieving in some manner. These people do not believe in "god" or the "devil" (or any other metaphysical entity, like ghosts, ESP, and similar things). This is why I say "Satanism begins with atheism." Satanists essentially are atheists with some added theatrics.

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      JoyWriter LM 5 years ago

      Very informative and well designed. Great work! Keep it up!

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      carny 5 years ago

      @cryptid lm: So "real" satanists don't actually believe in god(s) or devil(s) of any sort, but they do all these rituals and stuff like that for... fun? Am I missing something here?

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      cryptid lm 5 years ago

      @Cinnamonbite: That is a misconception with most Satanic church sects, or at least the Lavayan styled Satanism which I highlight here. The key point people should take away about Satanism is that it is essentially, what I could call, theatrical atheism. The rituals (like the "black mass") are theatrical. They don't actually do anything. If there are curses in Satanism, they are equally not real. Satanism essentially provides atheists an outlet that is religious-like. There are religious qualities to Satanism no doubt (traditions and rituals). However, theological Satanism is generally not practiced. It is all an illusion, and that is sort of the point for most Satanists.

      Thanks for commenting by the way! It just reminded me of my need to update this lens!

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      Cinnamonbite 5 years ago

      I don't understand satanism. On many levels, I agree completely but I don't have any patience for wooo and reading about satanic rituals to cast curses on people, well, I could never be a member if that's how they roll.

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      JeremyCrow 6 years ago

      Liked this page on Facebook and added it to my Luciferian Headquarters squidoo group and added you to the featured lensmasters on that group as well.

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      My2centsplus2more 6 years ago

      @cryptid lm: To tell you the truth, most of what I was saying was tongue in cheek to a degree. Yes I have been in a car accident. That is the situation I had referred to in the original post. "I've been pronounced clinically dead once in my life. I saw something beyond this existence, and I can't deny that fact." So I'm not believing in something because I should. I experienced something I can't explain. I have theories about it, but that doesn't explain it. I guess the car insurance thing wasn't a very good analogy and your right, there can't be any Christians in the foxhole either. The saying is, of course, self evident in it's meaning. When faced with death, every man has fears. ( I would believe ) Nothing is a stretch for a dying man. There are a lot of unexplained things in our world and the universe beyond. "What have I done, there is something very wrong" Supposedly a quote from Anton LaVey on his deathbed. Here's one from Alister Crowley. "I am perplexed" What does it mean, who knows. Only those two men did at the time. What if they happened to see the same thing that I saw? That is the epidamy of the foxhole saying. I think it's great the way you think outside of the box and for yourself. You're right, car crashes are something you can see and are documented. There are also a lot of people who have experienced something after death and came back to tell the story. Me being one of them. I'm still gonna have my insurance just in case. That's what insurance is for. Thanks for listening and I do respect your stance on the whole subject. Good luck with your music.

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      cryptid lm 6 years ago

      @My2centsplus2more: Thanks for your reply, and additional thanks for not being closed minded as many others tend to be when examining a topic such as this. To give you a bit of a response:

      One thing I majorly have disliked is people believing in things with little reason to do so. It is easy to accept that getting car insurance may be a good idea. Why? Because accidents do happen. They are documented, you can see them with your own eyes. Hundreds of people can pass by one. Maybe you've been in an accident (I've been in three and I am 20). There is good reason to get car insurance.

      The problem with just believing in something because we should "believe in something" is kind of ridiculous on the grounds that it satisfies no one. I view it from the perspective of a high deity. How would you like it if your creation believed in you "just because" without any cause. By cause I mean science not qualia.

      In addition to this, the slogan "no atheists in the foxhole" is pretty vain. I suppose one could invert it though, "there are no true Christians in the foxhole either, as they're profaning and murdering others." In this scenario, I'd rather be the atheist.

      Anyway, I agree with you on the rest primarily. The pentagram seems to be a symbol who's origins is fairly debated. At this point I've heard quite a few accounts for its origins. Its strange and I will need to look into it more. The only reality I would account for is that it is not the "evil" symbol many believe it is.

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      My2centsplus2more 6 years ago

      Origins of the pentagram.

      This symbol apparently originated as the symbol of a Goddess who was worshiped over an area which extends from present-day England to Egypt and beyond. Her name was Kore (a.k.a. Car, Cara, Carnac, Ceres, Core, Kar, Karnak, Kaur, Kauri, Ker, Kerma, Kher, Kore, Q're, etc.). As Carmenta she was said to have invented the Roman alphabet. From her alternative Roman name Ceres have evolved many English words: cardiac, carnal, cereal, core, corn, and kernel. The port of Caraalis, (now Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia), was named after her.

      Kore's sacred fruit is the apple. When an apple is cut through its equator, both halves will reveal a near-perfect pentagram shape at the core, with each point on the star containing a seed. Many Wiccans, other Neopagans and Roma (Gypsies) continue to cut apples in this way. The Roma refer to the core as the Star of Knowledge.

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      My2centsplus2more 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this read, so don't take me the wrong way in anything I say. When it comes to religion, I have my beliefs. Of course it's hard to imagine an old man up in the sky, all knowing, passing down judgment on our mortal souls. It's very hard to swallow. I agree. I've been pronounced clinically dead once in my life. I saw something beyond this existence, and I can't deny that fact. I might be wrong in saying this but, to believe in something isn't a bad thing. I have insurance on my car, in case something happens. ( Peace of mind. ) What does it hurt to believe? My favorite saying, and I use it often because of my past experience, " There are no atheists in the foxhole." I love that one. My nephew recently decided he was an atheist. It broke my Mothers heart. In turn, because my Mother was hurt by it, I didn't feel so great about the situation either. I consoled her in the fact that everyone has their own opinion. America was founded on that simple fact. She's still not OK with it, but that's life. I really can see you are an intelligent guy, so I'm not going to offend your level of intelligence. I'm just chiming in and I'm definitely not preaching to you at all. I thought what you had to say was well thought out and quite diplomatic. As far as the pentagram thing. I once read that it came from an apple. If you cut the top off of an apple ( in the center ) and look at cross section of the seeds, it's in the form of a pentagram. The symbol comes from Wicca, and they worshiped the Earth and everything on it. It only makes sense to me that that's where its origins comes from. Doesn't seem so bad to me, but I'm definitely not going to worship an apple any time soon. So to finish, I think life should be enjoyed while you have it. Atheist, Christians, and all other religions alike. I'm still going to buy car insurance and I still believe there are no atheists in the foxhole. Thanks for the interesting article.

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      cryptid lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: One thing I find funny is that there are practically no (valid) reliable cases of those "dark" Satanist sacrificing animals, committing crimes, raping children, and what not. It seems to be a folklore story created on the darker side of folk stories (because, after all, a folk story would not seem complete without a nemesis of some sort). I plan to acknowledge this type of Satanism in here shortly, as I become active here again; but the reality is it is such a small sect (if it exists at all in all certainty).

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      cryptid lm 6 years ago

      @HERBMASTER: I am not particularly any more for Satanism than I am against a deity. The purpose of this lense is primarily informationally based, because there are many misconceptions with regards to Satanism (especially in its modern form). I like to think of it as organized atheism, with more theatrics (black mass) and what not. My mind is open, but I try not to be irrational in my beliefs. I see no reason to believe in god, therefore I do not.

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      HERBMASTER 6 years ago

      Nice expose! Seems this group is just an oppositional stance to God. I don't mean that you are displeased with religion which I accept and understand. However it seems you are afraid to embraced the true connection with the Creator. Are you so locked into your position that you are unable to be open to a higher etheric experience? Why you be so turnd off to listening and hearing the pur woods of his love for you. I don't mean a proselitizing presentation but rather a true attempt to dialogue our caring message.

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      JeremyCrow 6 years ago

      Hey, great page! Hadn't checked it out in a long time. Forgot how informative it was. Kudos!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Good lens on a very misunderstood topic - blessed by a Squid Angel (slightly ironic I know, but hey!) :)

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      VenusSatanas LM 7 years ago

      I love satanism! I got into satanism in 1992. Great lens you have here

      and ignore the serpentis666 link, the joy of satan are neo-nazis who pose as satanists to collect funds for their neo-nazi org. for shame!

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      whatisitlike 7 years ago

      good lens but what about spiritual satanism? that is definitely a big branch of satanism as well. http://www.angelfire.com/empire/serpentis666/HOME....

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      Skidpig 7 years ago

      I am a proud LaVayen Satanist, and i have to commend you on an excellent account of our belief system, hopefully it continues to open minds.

      HAIL SATAN

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: die

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I REALLY LIKE YOU!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The swastika was originally a Hindu symbol, not a Jewish/Hebrew symbol. You might want to clear that up.

      But aside from that hiccup, this does clear up many misconceptions about satanism. Maybe some people will be less narrow-minded about we satanists after reading this

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well first off, to some people hell could be their heaven and heaven equals their hell. So it goes by what u belief. I have dedicated my body the devil by the statnic ritual committing to satan. I am proud of it. And i live life how i want and don't take shit from no one. So please stop trying to force ur belief system on others that is what we are giving choice for.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Satanism is not a horrible, taboo worship like many claim it is. Sacrificing animals, committing crimes, all people who simply claim they are satanists when they are not. The killing of animals is thought of as a foolish offence that no satanist would do. Maybe if everyone looked a little more openly at life, they would actually see the REAL truth behind satanism and see that satanists are normal people who follow simple rules and live their lives happily. I've read The Satanic Bible and I feel it's helped me fill my void in my life. I am a proud follower like many others.

      Hail Satan!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      doing witchcraft or satanism or any type of of other weird stuff the pay in HELL will be worst even for a christian who knew about the lord. One of the commandments says that u shall not have any god before me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I had been praying to the wrong God for so many years ..... no wonder my prayers were never answered. HAIL SATAN

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to jessica r] Read The Satanic Bible. Im 25 years old and always had a problem with god, the devil, hell, heaven, etc.... I came across Satanism read The Satanic Bible and felt at home. I am now I registerd member of The church of Satan. We don't sacrifice babies, or animals or anything else for that matter. Nor do we believe in any false deity like god or the devil or the bible which is the biggest fictitious book ever written. We are realists who live our life to the fullest because we only have one life to live.

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      cryptid lm 8 years ago

      The irony of this little blog is that it is primarily meant to be informative. It is also kind of amusing in that I screen all my comments before allowing them to be publicly visible, however I feel ignorant Christians and Muslims (and whoever else) just express their stupidity; and likewise the decency about Satanism (and any other pagan/atheistic viewpoint). At no point did I make any attacks towards a religious institution, though I have every right too. The Bible tells people to "love their neighbor" and be "peace keepers", yet here we see the exact opposite. This is what I would consider stupidity, which is one of the "commandments" of Satanism to avoid.

      Its all irony.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey Cryptid,

      I respect you for posting this:) It's really nice to read the correct meaning of satanism whether it maybe worshiping satan or just living your life without so much authority that Christianity tends to have. Yes there are rules in Laveyan Satanism but they are so easy and honestly I think natural that it wouldn't be hard to follow. And don't worry about the others that comment rudely and talk about judgement day they are intitle to there opinion as you and I are. But if one is reading the Quran or someone is Christian why so judgemental. Maybe they need to question what they believe in or what they were told to believe growing up. I think that Christianity,Catholism, Mormonism...and Wicca/Pagan has its problems because its so complicated and never simple. Christianity has all of these commandments and Wicca/Pagan has the Wiccan Rede, Rule of Isis and so on. But then I am more of an individual. People need to worry less about judgement day and just focus on better things.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to brother of jesus] its fucking idiots like you that are forcing there religion on other people...so why don't you get off of your high horse you dumb ass bible humper and praise your demented god on your own time...

      Hail Satan!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Satan is who got your father out of paradise in the 1st place man ... keep worshiping him ... he will do the same thing that he did to your father ..... Life is tough and nothing but a test.. I believe Satan Believes there is hell and paradise too, and he will be laughing at the people in hell saying: I totally had no power over you, All I did was showed you my plan and you fell for it.. Life is a test .. live it right, and wait till your death either paradise or hell ,, THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD ,, not 3 1 = 1 or 1 1 1=1 ,, Its one GOD , . Simple ... Islam is the only true way I am telling you from now ... if you sincerely looking for a religion .. read the Quran here ... http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i feel srry for how you're gonna be surprised on judgement day O and ya eternity with your father who you say isn't real yet you bear his name and all his symbols but he doesn't exist ,ya makes a lot of sense the prince of this world the author of confusion has u brainwashed.THE GREATEST TRICK THE DEVIL EVER PULLED WAS CONVINCING THE WORLD HE DIDN'T EXIST,WHILE REIGNING OVER IT......SOUND LIKE SOMEONE YOU KNOW....REPENT....HUMBLE YOURSELF GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS........................GOD IS REAL SATAN IS REAL AND MORE IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNO IS HELL IS REAL...... I LOVE YOU BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND I DON'T YOU TO BE IN HELL BEING TORMENTED ETERNALLY .......USE THE SPIRITUAL MIND U WERE GIVEN NOT THE CARNAL......SEARCH FOR 23 MINS IN HELL.READ REAL CASE OF ANNALIESE MICHAL...STUDY THE FACTS IT IS NOW THE TIME REVELATION THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF TESTIMONIES... USE YOUR BRAINS OPEN YOUR EYES PERCEIVE INTELLEGENTLY ,BE OBEDIENT TO GOD AND ASK HIM TO AWNSER YOUL C REALITY

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i am only a teen and i feel like somethings missing in my life...this really interests me and reading this has really got my attention...i hope to look into this much more and its a real joy to learn about satanism

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this is a peace of shit and its a lies you fools are god bless you!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      you did a good job on this, as a satanist, i enjoyed how you showed how we are just regular people and not dark scary "to-be feared" persons. we have lives and we just want to be happy in our lives, and that's the true message of satan, thank you for not being ignorant.

      Hail Satan!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what the eff. this is bull shit.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i well researched and interesting article. However, i am not certain about your research on the swastika as a Jewish symbol. The swastika is though to have originated in Nepal and then its was appropriated by numerous religious organizations.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Satanism is a much misunderstood and sadly maligned philosophy. If more people kept their minds open and enquiring, rather than closed and tainted with ignorance and prejudice, the world would be a much better and happier place :)

      5*, featured and lensrolled on my Pentagram and Goat of Mendes lenses

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      Steve Dizmon 8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Interesting. I give you 5 Stars because you have presented information to me of which I was not aware. It's always nice to have your horizons broadened.

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      Steve Dizmon 8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Interesting. I give you 5 Stars because you have presented information to me of which I was not aware. It's always nice to have your horizons broadened.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like the calm approach to something that a lot of people get mad about. I like how you do a bit to fight the stereotypes, and kept an open mink. a very interesting read.

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      humboldt84 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. In my mind this is what Squidoo is about; Sharing knowledge with others. Great Job!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      oh yeahhh...

      mmmm.

      somethings cooking in the oven :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      satisfied me

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a fascinating lens! I agree with you that theistic satanism is pointless and I appreciate the way you point out that satanism can be compared to Eastern world-views. Your calm style of writing on a subject (to which many people respond instantly and instinctively in a negative manner) is welcome. I can compare your approach to the approaches of others who write stridently from the viewpoint of the mainstream religions. Well done.

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      interesting start to your lens.....the second "satanism" is mentioned, though, I'm sure, it raises eyebrows and automatically triggers negative thoughts......it will be interesting to see how this lens progresses, and, hopefully, people will approach it with an open mind.....

      if you aren't a 'satanist', it MAY be good to separate yourself from it, but, at the same time, informing people about it....