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Satanism is it really a threat to you

Most religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam have

well defined meanings on exception is Satanism. Most people

have their own definition for Satanism.

Some people feel that non-Christian religions and all

Christian denominations other than their own are forms of

Satanism. This would imply that all Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems,

and Jews. In fact at least 75% of the world's population would be

Satanists.

Others feel that all religions other than Judaism or

Christianity are inspired by Satan and thus are forms of Satanism.

This would still leave the vast majority of people in the world

being Satanists.

Large numbers of people feel that a wide variety of unrelated,

benign religions (such as Santeria and other Caribbean religions,

Druidism, New Age, Wicca, ect.) are forms of Satanism.

Such definitions create great confusion. The following are

recommended terms and descriptions for four essentially unrelated

religions that have been called Satanism.

The first is Religious Satanism, This faith includes the

recognition of Satan either as a deity or as a principle. Three main

denominations exist: the Church of Satan, the Temple of Set, and

the Church of Satanic Liberation. Other short lived Satanic groups

currently exist and have existed in the recent past. According to

Statistic Canada, the 1991 census found 335 Canadians who

identified themselves as Satanists. The actual Number is probably

significantly larger.

A United States Department of the Army pamphlet #165-13

"RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENTS AND PRACTICES OF

CERTAIN SELECTED GROUPS - A HANDBOOK FOR

CHAPLAINS" (1978 - April) estimated that there were 10 to 20

thousand members of the Church of Satan in the United States.

Accurate data is impossible to estimate, since the largest group

(The Church of Satan) does not release its membership totals.

It is important to realize that the Satan they recognize has

few if any point s of similarity with the Christian concept of Satan.

The Satanists' concept of Satan is pre-Christian, and derived from

the Pagan image of power, virility, sexuality and sensuality. To

most Satanists, Satan is a force of nature, not a living quasi-deity.

Their Satan has nothing to do with Hell, demons, pitchforks or

profound evil.

The image of Satanism spawned by Christianity is called

Gothic Satanism. It is an imaginary and profoundly evil religion

that was invented during the late Middle Ages. Concepts included

ritual killing of children, selling their soul to the devil, breaking

crucifixes, conducting black masses, ect. It has never existed in

the past, and does not exist today, except in the imagination of the

public.

Another form of Satanism is Teen Satanism: A syncretistic

religion which is a blend of Religious Satanism, Gothic Satanism,

ceremonial magick, and any other useful sources of ritual that they

can find. It is practiced by rebellious teenagers or young adults -

typically for a short interval. They probably number in the tens or

hundreds of thousands at any one time in North America. An

exact estimate is impossible to obtain, since they are totally devoid

of any central organization. They occasionally engage in minor

criminal activities such as vandalizing cemeteries and graffiti

involving Satanic symbols. In rare instances, a few have been

known to sacrifice animals.

Other types of Satanism: Occasionally, serial murderers will

claim to be Satanists in order to justify their horrendous activities.

Police investigation reveals that they know little about the religion.

A small percentage of child molesters will abuse children in a

Satanic setting as a means of controlling the victims. The

molesters are not actual Satanists; they are simply using the facade

of Satanism to further their criminal acts. Some heavy metal rock

bands pretend to be associated with Satanism. Their main reason

is to gain notoriety in order to sell more records. These tree forms

of quasi-Satanic groups will not be dealt with any further in this

report

Modern Satanism is generally (though mistakenly) regarded

as a creation of Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947). Aleister was in

fact a very prominent ceremonial magician who based his rituals

largely upon Judeo-Christian principles. He was raised in a

Plymouth Brethren family, but developed an early dislike of

organized Christianity. After university, he joined the Order of the

Golden Dawn, which practiced magick (ceremonial magic) based

on: The Kaballah (or Cabbalahl), a Jewish mystical tradition,

Rosicrucianism (a mystical blend of alchemy, Hinduism, and

Judaism), Free masonry ( a men's fraternal organization), and

Theosophy (a Gnostic tradition believing in a common thread that

links all religions).

He was later kicked out of the Golden Dawn and later

joined the Ordo Templi Orients (OTO) , which blended ceremonial

magick, sex magick, and Freemasonry. Crowley reveled in

notoriety, billing himself as the Wickedest Man in the World and

the Great Beast 666 of Revelation. He is alleged in to have

committed at least one animal sacrifice, experimented with many

illegal drugs and engaged in countless sexual orgies. It is not

known how much of this actually happened, and how much is

imaginary and created to satisfy his insatiable desire for publicity.

His prime aim was to contact his Holy Guardian Angel Aiwaz. He

did not consider himself a Satanist. He was a prolific writer on

magick. Many Satanists have incorporated portions of his books

into their own rituals. Many authors and TV personalities have

stated that Crowley was the first Satanist, even though evidence

points to the contrary.

Modern Satanism really begins with Anton Szandor La Vey

(1930 - ??). On Walpurgisnacht, April 30 1966 (I Anno Satanas)

he created of the Church of Satan. Anton drew on his previous

experience as a lion tamer and side show barker, and on his

readings into psychology, magick, ect., and wrote the Satanic

Bible in 1969. This was followed by The Compleat Witch (1970)

(later republished as The Satanic Witch) and The Satanic Rituals

(1972). These are essentially the only available books which

accurately describe Satanism. There have been enormous numbers

of books about Satanism written by Fundamentalist or other

Evangelical Christians. However, they are usually filled with

misinformation derived from the Witch burning times in Europe

(circa 1450 - 1792) rather than from any present or past reality.

In 1975, one of La Vey's followers, Michael Aquino left the

Church after a disagreement, and organized the Temple of Set.

This form of religious Satanism recognize a pre-Satanic deity, the

Egyptian god Set as an entity which stands separate apart from the

forces of the natural universe. He was typically portrayed as a

man witch the head of an animal (perhaps a hyena). Set was

copied by the Chaldeans who called him Had or Hadit; this later

became Shaitan, and still later the Satan of Christianity.

At the core of the Church of Satan are the nine Satanic

Statements, written by Anton La Vey. In abridged form they state

that Satan represents:

1. indulgence, not abstinence

2. vital existence, not spiritual pipe dreams,

3. undefiled wisdom, not hypocritical self-deceit

4. kindness to those deserving of it, not love wasted on ingrates

5. vengeance, not turning the other cheek

6 responsibility to the responsible, instead for concern for psychic

vampires

8. gratification of all of ones desires

9. the best friend tat the Christian Church has had has he has kept

it in business for centuries

The Temple of Set is based on its own 21 Satanic points,

which have much in common with the Satanic Church, but many

differences too.

I) Respect not pity or weakness, for they are a disease which

makes the strong sick.

II) Test always your strength, for therein lies success.

III) Seek happiness in victory - but never in peace.

IV) Enjoy a short rest, better than a long.

V) Come as a reaper, for thus will sow.

VI)Never love anything so much you cannot see it die.

VII) Build not upon sand but upon rock, and build not for today

or yesterday but for all time.

VIII) Strive ever for more, for conquest is never done.

IX) Die rather Submit.

X) Forge not works of are but swords of death, for therein lies

great art.

XI) Learn to raise yourself above yourself so you can triumph over

all.

XII) The blood of the living makes good fertilizer for the seeds of

the new.

XIII) He who stands atop the highest pyramid of skulls can see the

furthest.

XIV) Discard not love but treat it as an impostor, but ever be just.

XV) All that is great is built upon sorrow.

XVI) Strive not only forwards, but upwards for greatness lies in

the highest.

XVII) Come as a fresh strong wind that breaks yet also creates.

XVIII) Let love of life be a goal but let your highest goal be

greatness.

XIX) Nothing is beautiful except man: but most beautiful of all is

woman.

XX) Reject all illusion and lies, for they hinder the strong.

XXI) What does not kill makes stronger.

More of El Vey's theology contains the following concepts:

Heaven and Hell do not exist, Satan is unrelated to the modern

concept of the Christian devil. They look upon him as a god who

represents the carnal, earthy, and mundane aspects of life, Satan is

not a being, it is a force of nature, Ritual killing is not allowed,

blood drawn from a victim is useless, victims are killed

symbolically not actually; human life is held in sacred regard.

The highest of all Satanic holidays is the birthday of the

Satanist, Walpurgustnacht (April 30). Holidays of less importance

are Halloween (October 31), Solstices of June and December, and

Equinoxes in March and September.

Local groups of Satanists are usually called grottos or

temples, They correspond to Christian congregations and Wiccan

covens. Their rituals do not include Black Mass (a parody of

Roman Catholic sirvices) actually there are few, if any elements

which ridicule or invert the beliefs or practices of Christianity or

of any other religion.

As you may see, society and the Christian Church have made

many believe in the misconception that all Satanists are evil and

the Satanic Church is a vile organization bent on destroying

Christianity and perverting the world, when actually it is just a

religion that, to a point practices religious toleration, and doesn't

present a threat to you or anyone else.

By doing this report, I would like to state that in no way do I

condone Satanism, nor am I a member of the Church of Satan. I

just wanted to point out some misconceptions that many have

about Satanism, and I hope I didn't offend anyone by doing this

report.

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