Welcome to the inaugural #SatanicSunday post. Today I’m covering some highlights from the first section in the Book of Lucifer, ‘Wanted! God Dead or Alive.’ As I thumb through the pages of my Satanic Bible, these few pages have the most highlighting, underlining, and parentheses, so I know these words are ringing very truly for me! I’ve summarized a few of those concepts below.
Man has always created his gods, rather than his gods creating him.p. 40
This highlights a concept that I struggled with as a confused kid in Sunday school. If God created the universe, why did man write the bible that I was expected to follow? It never made sense to me, and still doesn’t! (This is further explored in the book’s next section, ‘The God You Save May Be Yourself.’)
Anyone who thinks of Satan as evil should consider all the men, women, children, and animals who have died because it was “God’s will.” Certainly a person grieving the untimely loss of a loved one would much rather have their loved one with them than in God’s hands!p. 40
The Satanic Bible is full of common-sense concepts, which is what I love about it. This is one of them. The quote alludes to the concept of heaven or the afterlife, which I’ve never understood or believed in. Why? Because no matter what anyone tells you, no one knows what happens when life ends. The pipe dream that you’ll be in a gilded cloudy dreamland with all of your friends and family when you die is just wild. ESPECIALLY since you can actually do that shit when you’re alive, and you should! Why wait?
The Satanist realizes that man, and the action and reaction of the universe, is responsible for everything, and doesn’t mislead himself into thinking that someone cares.p. 41
This short statement has a lot of meaning and depth. I have it circled, highlighted, circled again, and marked as DT (deep truth!). To me, it represents independence, humility, responsibility, and freedom. I am independent of any rules and practices that try to stifle me. I am appropriately humbled when comparing my self to the vast emptiness of the universe. And I am responsible for and free to take the actions that shape my vital existence.
If we hope and pray for something to come about, we will not act in a positive way which will make it happen.p. 41
I consider this as a call to action. Satanists don’t believe in prayer (because who would we pray to besides ourselves?). Time spent hoping and praying for changes is time wasted. Altruistically, maybe not, but in terms of making an actual change towards solving your problem, yes, it’s time wasted. A Satanist knows that if they want something to change, they need to take tangible action. Time spent praying is time that could be spent making an actual difference! It’s not to say that positive intentions are all for naught, but it’s “positive thinking and positive actions [that] add up to results” (p. 41). Both are necessary.
Just as the Satanist does not pray to God for assistance, he does not pray for forgiveness for his wrong doings.p. 41
Mistakes are natural, and traditionally a conditioned response after making a mistake is to ask for forgiveness. Satanists believe that, if you do something wrong, you should learn from it and not do it again. Easy, right? Traditional religion has created the concepts of sin, and plays on feelings of guilt to trick us into thinking forgiveness is necessary. A mistake is a sin, and a sinner must be absolved of sins before entering heaven. A sinner must confess, or pray for forgiveness to clear out their cache of sins. The cache is cleared by following what the priest or other religious leader dictates (for example, in Catholicism, one must pray on the rosary for as many prayers as the priest decides).
But if someone can continuously be forgiven, why would they bother to behave differently in the future? It seems that the truest and best way to ‘ask for forgiveness’ is to do the work to change your behavior and make sure the mistake doesn’t happen again.
There’s a lot more great info in this section of The Book of Lucifer, I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for next week’s #SatanicSunday when I’ll be covering the next section in The Book of Lucifer, ‘The God You Save May Be Yourself.’
All quoted material comes directly from The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey.
Interpretations and opinions are my own; I am not a spokesperson for, nor endorsed by, the Church of Satan.