Each Satanist will have an origin story they are attracted to, as if tracing the origins of Satan, the Devil or Daemons proves something. What does it prove you ask? That the Satanist has done some research and is offering that research to any person which asks: How do you know that Satan is real?
I wrote my own piece a few years ago called Satan as a pagan symbol which covers some of the origin myths as well as cultural development and use by ’pagans’. In other works I discuss what it means means to be pagan and how I personally use this term. This is to distinguish from Neopagan notions of modern paganism.
Some of the more religious Satanists need an origin story, cosmology and mythos cycle to address not only their personal beliefs, but the teachings they will pass on to other religious Satanists. The descriptors range from Theistic Satanist, Spiritual Satanist, Devil Worshiper or Daemonolator…Among others. Some Satanists see Satan as a demon as portrayed in various cultural myths. They also embrace this demon as the embodiment of evil, and by paying it homage the devotee gains its favor.
The reality is, some devotees believe in both benevolent and malevolent spirits. How they use them specifically is reliant on the individual or group. Do they use them to cause harm? Some devotees not only believe they can summon malevolent spirits, but can align with them to do their dirty deeds and often at a price to the demonolator. So long as the fee is paid, they are more than willing to wield evil to their advantage.
For those Satanists that don’t believe in these spirits, it all seems rather foolish, as if stories taken from Babylonian influences have any real world effect on the non-believer. This is also a point of contention for Atheistic Satanists to ridicule, criticize and harass these religious Satanists. In my observations, they believe these folks do more harm than good to any rational acceptance of Satanism in a modern world.
I’ve written about acceptance in the past, in my opinion when you seek acceptance you seek slavery. If a believer doesn’t give a damn about the acceptance of their beliefs they will continue to believe what they will, and practice their religion accordingly in spite of ridicule.
Some believers are zealous and fanatical. It’s just a reality we deal with when dealing with the religious. What makes it so? I believe that depends on the pathology of the believer and it’s often very fascinating to examine. Even more so when you are trying to deal with the zealots that go marching into to society believing they can dictate the nature of things for the rest of us.
Another aspect to consider is that often times, religion includes magical practice. What magic is or isn’t also relies on the beliefs of the individual. People often give me a rash and a shit for demystifying magical practice. This is much like demonstrating how the stage magician turns his tricks for cash. I do leave a fair bit to the imagination, but when reality runs off with the mind, well then you have to offer some reasonable explanation as to why this ‘magic’ worked its mojo or it’s just fantasy, complete randomness, or coincidental.
Some religious folks design rituals that take the essence of their god into themselves. They believe they are altering objective reality while in a subjective state. This is their belief, and often their own UPG (unverified personal Gnosis). Since their Gnosis can not be verified by the outsider, they insist that you must participate yourself to experience it thus making the subjective reality yours as well. If you have no desire to invoke their imaginary friends, these folks often get testy. You have to remember these people are zealous believers, so any argument to be had would be an effort in futility. Sometimes it’s best to just be polite and respectfully decline. Each of us pick our battles accordingly.
It doesn’t mean the believers will handle rejection well. In fact, they may run off into oblivion ranting about your disbelief and how foolish you are. How you react to that is entirely up to your own pathology. People have a tendency to react, and even over-react. Then the battle rages on between the believers and disbelievers. To what end? Sometimes it’s an endless battle that can’t be won.
Not much different than other world religions. There will always be fanatics, radicals, and the institution of religion. To me, the issue to address is obvious. Man creates religion, so the human conditionshould be addressed.
Some of these origin stories are used to both explain belief and justify it in some way. How it later becomes verified is up to the individual. Personally, I don’t have a distaste for the religious. I prefer to be aware of the fanatics and their causes. Some of those causes need to be stopped in their tracks, especially if they presume to think they are in a position to effect culture in such a way that it directly effects me in the long run.
Not on my watch.