The topic of Satanism may be a bit uncomfortable for some people, and it is understandable that some will take offense to our inclusion of it on this website. Though we apologize for any offense taken, we do not apologize for tackling this difficult subject. We feel that Satanism is a very serious threat to anyone's spirituality, and we must stand up for our Father, and His Son, The Holy Spirit.
To start with, one must discard one's notions of Satanism being full of blood drinking, sacrificing, Black Mass celebrating evildoers. Those practices are related to Devil worship, which is different from Satanism. The difference is that Devil worship is the actual worship of the evil spirit entity, whereas Satanism teaches that Satan is someone/something non-evil.
In general, Satanists actually prefer life over death, because a living being is more useful than a dead one (unless one needs an animal for food). Also, most Satanists regard themselves as potentially being their own gods, therefore they don't see a point to making sacrifices to other gods, which is one of the reasons they don't sacrifice people or animals.
Satanism is a very persuasive, very deceptive system that can convince a person that the True God (Jehovah / Yahweh) is either evil or nonexistent, and Satan is either a beneficial entity or simply a beneficial concept. Anyone without a solid knowledge of Bible teachings can fall victim to this religious system because it persuasively twists Bible passages to make their teachings seem right, and for Christian teachings to seem wrong. Most of us would believe that only the weak minded could be so deceived. In reality, far too many of us could be deceived, and it is this recognized danger that compels us to write this particular essay.
FORMS OF SATANISM
There are various forms of Satanism. This essay will focus on the three primary forms of Satanism (LeVeyan, Luciferianism, and Religious Satanism) and show the errors in their perceived "goodness". Although there are various forms of Satanism -- and each form has its own variations -- there are still common threads that tie all these versions of Satanism together: They tend to teach ideas that seem "good" on the surface such as: Not harming children or animals, that Satan is actually a good entity or concept, and that one needs to continuously improve oneself and one's station in life, among other things.
Satanism creates a lure for people to be interested in learning more of the teachings. Most Satanists are indeed law abiding citizens, preferring to harm none. However, despite the shiny surface, their beliefs aren't as altruistic underneath. This is because Satanism is filled with concepts of ego-centric living, self-ambition and disbelief in the True God, Yahweh, leaving no room for the purity of true Godly love.
Satanism in any form attempts to elevate humans to god level and promotes selfish endeavor, which is essentially what the whole hullabaloo was about in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5 ...“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”..."). Although some think achieving god-status would be a good thing, in reality it is an attempt to usurp the True God's rightful position as sovereign of the universe. Because Yahweh made all things, we actually belong to Him. (Psalms 24:1)
Satanism is especially dangerous for people who are new Christians with only the rudimentary knowledge of the Bible. Their lack of solid Bible education makes them vulnerable to the twisting of Scripture common to Satanists. This is not a surprise, since the Bible shows that the real Satan adroitly twists Scriptures in order to draw people away from God. The most famous example of this is when he tried to tempt Jesus by twisting Scriptures at Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus, however, was able to demolish Satan's attempts because he had solid knowledge of Scripture.
WORLD WIDE INFLUENCES
Interestingly, we can see the influence of Satanism throughout world in ways that don't seem to be directly linked to Satanism. Religion is a big one, with many of them promoting the concept of achieving self god-like status.
Aside from religion, there are other manifestations of Satanism's influence in the world: The loveless ambition of tyrannical dictators, the selfish ambition of drug cartels and organized crime groups, the self-centered lifestyle of many celebrities...we could go on and on! The same selfishness and ego-centric ambition that is promoted in Satanism also causes war, inflation, poverty, and other diseases of society. None of these would exist if, instead of the Satanic laws of self ambition and self glorification, we'd live according to the True God''s laws of love and generosity. Think about this: Which would make the world a better place:
As you can see, the world we currently live in tends to be like choice "b". It is obvious that, even though many do not claim Satanism as their religion, the influence of Satanism has saturated the world. This is why Satan is referred to as the god of this world (John 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2, 1 John 5:19). This is also why the Bible states that if we are to follow Yahweh and Christ, we will be no part of the world (John 15:19, James 4:4, 1 John 2:15). Being a part of this world will slide us into the selfishness and "me-ism" that Satanism enjoys.
Satanism may seem like an enlightened path to many people; however, the reality is that it is a subtle way to draw humanity away from the love of God. If we take care to keep others' well-being in mind in everything we do, we can avoid slipping into the influence of Satanism that surrounds us every day. It takes very little effort to successfully keep others' well-being in mind, as even little things can make a difference: Give money to the poor, give a half hour's time to your kids after work, let someone in ahead of you at the supermarket checkout line, do a good deed, etc. Everything you do, no matter how small, can keep you one more step away from the influence of Satanism, and one step closer to the Love of Yahweh.
May our God and Father bless you in all your efforts.