As perspective changes incrementally over time and becomes the normal routines of the world, many people are entirely unaware parts of their mindset today parallel the attitudes and philosophies of Satanists.
Forget everything you’ve seen about Satanists in Hollywood movies, as well as some things you may have heard from preachers. A large percentage of today’s Satanists aren’t devil worshipers – they don’t even believe such an entity exists. For them, Satanism is a philosophy. Many are activists. They view Satan as a metaphor or avatar representing freedom and independence. Satan is an iconic figure who metaphorically set humankind free from blindness and bondage.
Overall, Satanism is a philosophy of self, driven by ego and the survival of the fittest mentality. This echoes a lot of the thinking in our competitive, materialistic world. Yet, many people are unaware of how our current worldview is very much in tune with present-day Satanism.
Further, Satanism views no Creator or afterlife; it posits a “get everything you can while you can” worldview in which life is seen as a no-holds barred pursuit of personal pleasure and happiness.
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
– Isaiah 14:13-14
The above verse demonstrates the mindset of Satan. “I will be the most important.” Satan seeks to usurp God.
We live in a world that emphasizes a high sense of self and a focus on success, or at least its appearance. Social media further drive Self-focus, yet many people are aware of the hidden parallel and commonalities between this self-worship and egotistical Satanist philosophy.
Many Satanists prescribe to the teaching of famed occultist Aleister Crowley who wrote in his book The Book of the Law: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Some take this to mean “you can do whatever you want.” But some Satanists would disagree. Crowley also emphasizes that “love is the law, love under will.” Satanists emphasize that love comes first and that we serve our own interests, but in a loving way that doesn’t harm others.
Nonetheless, modern Satanism is very focused on putting self first in all aspects. At its core, it is very ego-centric and narcissistic.
The Bible teaches the opposite:
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
–1 Peter 3:8
Jesus taught we should love and serve others
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
– John 15:12
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
– Luke 6:35
“The greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Many people today no longer believe in objective truth but instead, say the truth is subjective. They speak of “my truth,” meaning what feels like truth to me is the ultimate truth. In this viewpoint, right or wrong is also subjective.
Satanism holds the same philosophy. There are no rules other than not willfully harming others (exceptions to this will be discussed shortly). However, there is also a “survival of the fittest” mentality, and if someone has to lose – it isn’t going to be them.
The Bible teaches that the source of all truth comes from God and that the truth is evident through His creation.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
While Satanists serve their own will while trying not to harm others, that doesn’t mean it’s never okay to harm others. In Satanism, it is perfectly acceptable to harm someone who is causing harm to you. For example, if someone at your workplace is purposely trying to stop your advancement, it’s okay to retaliate in harmful ways to put an end to their efforts.
This is the opposite of what the Bible teaches.
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”
– Romans 12:19 (also see Deuteronomy 32:35)
Jesus taught that we should not repay evil. The apostle Paul wrote:
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.”
– Romans 12:17
Satanism takes the position of doing no harm unless someone tries to harm you, and then it’s okay to crush them mercilessly. This mindset aligns with the so-called “cancel culture.”
Today, especially people in the spotlight or high positions, who cause harm to another, whether purposely, accidentally, inadvertently, or even those accused without evidence – are “canceled.” The outcry, mainly in social media first, and sometimes major media, causes people to be banned, shunned, and even lose their careers due to the outrage of the “cancel culture” mob. Cancellation is usually permanent.
The Bible teaches the opposite that people make mistakes and should be allowed repentance and offered forgiveness.
“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.'”
Certainly, all of humankind is guilty, and without God’s forgiveness, we would all be without hope.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
But through God’s mercy, we have Jesus Christ as our Savior who paid the punishment for our wrongdoings so that we are all forgiven.
“‘Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;'”