What is the Church of Satan?
The Church of Satan as defined by Wikipedia “is an international organization dedicated to the religion of Satanism as codified in The Satanic Bible.”
The Church of Satan (according to their official website) considers itself to be “the only valid organization whose goal is the dissemination of the philosophy of Anton Szandor LaVey (their founder).”
The Satanic Bible “is a collection of essays, observations, and rituals published by Anton LaVey in 1969. It contains the core principles of Satanism, and is considered the foundation of its philosophy and dogma. It has been described as the most important document to influence contemporary Satanism” (Wikipedia).
Satanists are atheists. We see the universe as being indifferent to us, and so all morals and values are subjective human constructions.
Our position is to be self-centered, with ourselves being the most important person (the “God”) of our subjective universe, so we are sometimes said to worship ourselves. Our current High Priest Gilmore calls this the step moving from being an atheist to being an “I-Theist.”
Satan to us is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. We do not believe in Satan as a being or person. – Official Church of Satan Website
What is the problem?
The first problem to note is that the satanic philosophy is built off of the idea that there is no God or any supernatural beings. This belief is justified through belief in the the Big Bang and the Theory of Evolution. However, this idea does not hold up with the empirical evidence we find in our universe.
Secondly, the Satanist position “is to be self-centered, with ourselves being the most important person (the “God”) of our subjective universe, so we are sometimes said to worship ourselves.” This is clearly a problem, because the true and living creator of the universe said to the Israelite people:
You must not have any other god but me. – Exodus 20:3
A fact which Jesus reiterates when asked by the pharisees which is the greatest commandment.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. – Matthew 22:27-28
It is very clear to see that the reason which this religion has an appeal to people is because it truly embraces our fleshly and sinful desire to worship ourselves and do whatever we feel like doing. We read in Paul’s letter to the Romans about this type of behavior.
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Romans 1:18-25
When asked whether they support sex with children, the Church of Satan replied that “Satanism has strong rules prohibiting sexual activity with children and non-human animals. In fact, if a Church of Satan member abuses children sexually or otherwise, his membership is automatically terminated without possibility for re-instatement.”
Yet, my question is why? They state that “all morals and values are subjective human constructions. Our position is to be self-centered, with ourselves being the most important person (the “God”) of our subjective universe,” yet proceed to impose an objective moral on their members.
If all morality and values are subjective to each individual, then the Church of Satan is contradicting itself in making a rule, such as this one, for its members to follow. According to their own philosophy, if someone wants to have sex with a child, then no one can tell them it is wrong, because there are no objective morals. Besides, each person is their own “god” and is the “most important person” to themselves, they have no reason not to.
We can see that the Church of Satan contradicts itself in regard to their philosophy on morality.
This religion is a perfect example of what Satan wants mankind to fall into.
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
Satan is, in fact, a real being, and we need to be aware of this so that we can do as Peter commands:
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8
We must be very careful because “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14) “so humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
We do not need to fear Satan, but we do need to be aware of his schemes which lead us to reject God and worship the creation instead of the Creator himself.
Tyler J. Collins | Creator of Discover the Answer