The first thing that comes to the mind when we hear about Satanism or a Satanist is that the practitioner of such dark arts “might be a psycho or a lunatic”. Why do we say so? Satanists, in basic terms, are those who are against the existence of god but that doesn’t mean that they are filled with every kind of “wickedness”.
Here are some of the misconceptions about the said group that need to be cleared.
- DON’T CLUB SATANISTS AND ATHEISTS TOGETHER
We often get confused between the two because both the groups do not support deism but they are two separate groups.
First, let us know who they actually are. Satanists are those having ideological and philosophical beliefs that revolve around the reverence of Satan who is basically a biblical invention whereas Atheists are those who deny the existence of a supreme being.
True atheists reject all mystical and magical things whereas Satanists believe in such superstitious and occult stuffs.
Atheists worship no religion whereas Satanists worship Satan, though Satanism does not involve the literal worship of any being other than the self, but rather uses “Satan” as a symbol of earthly values, of man’s inherent nature. He is just of a symbol that represents liberty.
- SATANISTS DISLIKE PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT VIEW POINTS AND THOSE WHO INTERFERE IN THEIR WORK.
That’s not true. We all have this misconception that Satanists hate everyone or people with different perceptions and for that matter everything. They are often judged as frustrated people with obnoxious personality who enjoy putting the fox in the henhouse but let us know that Satanists always welcome new ideas and believe that one shouldn’t be ashamed of having a different interest even if it might fetch one a lot of criticism in return.
- SATANISTS HARM CHILDREN AND SACRIFICE ANIMALS.
Again we stereotype Satanists on the assumption that just because they do not support the teachings of god so they can be involved in such ferocious practices.
People who perform such scarifies are those who believe in a supernatural being who would consider such sacrifices in some form of request or worship, but as we know that Satanists do not believe in the existence of supernatural beings like God, so there is no reason for them to make any sacrifices of any sort.
People who believe in some devilish supernatural being and worship are “Devil worshippers”, not Satanists. The ninth rule of the “Eleventh Satanic Rules” clearly states “Do Not harm children” which is mandatory for all the Satanists to adhere to.
Under NO circumstances would they ever sacrifice an animal or a baby. They cannot even kill animals unless they are attacked and the violation of these rules will result in brutal punishment.
- SATANISTS ARE IN FAVOUR OF VIOLENCE.
Satanists do not have a problem with violence but only in retaliation which means that they do not believe in violence but will put forth their opinions if and when they have to, even if it means garnering criticism.
They do believe in kindness but only to those who actually deserves it rather than letting love being wasted on the ungrateful ones.
- SATANISTS FORCE PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THEIR ACTIVITIES
The church of Satanists is not a traditional “cult”. It does not force anyone to join. People join out of their own free will. Also, it does not encourage any illegal activities or wicked actions.
- SATANISM IS A CULT
The very first thing that one needs to know is that Satanism is not simply a cult, a secret society like masons have. It is an established religion founded in 1966 by Anton Szander LaVey. He was the one who founded the Church of Satan which is around even today.
- SATANISTS WORSHIP “DEVIL”
This is one of the biggest misconception out there. We often consider Satan as Devil but Satan to them is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, they do not believe in Satan as a being or a person. According to some sources, it serves as an external metaphorical projection of their highest personal potential.
People who believe in some devilish supernatural being and worship are “Devil Worshippers “, not Satanists.
Satanists believe that neither god nor Satan is ultimately good or evil. The balance between the two brings harmony and peace in the universe. To the Satanists, they are their own god.
Thanks to shows like Supernatural, Salem etc., movies, books, and other media that Satanism is still regarded as evil. The term “Satanist” is misinterpreted and often results in criticism from both Christian and non-Christian parties.
In my opinion rather than stereotyping people and being judgemental, it’s better to respect someone’s perception even if it is unconventional.
Can’t we make this world a happy place by living and letting live?