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« Topic Start: December 07, 2008, 04:30:46 am »

I was reading it with some lads i know, it doesnt at all seem the way people portray it to be. Doesnt seem evil all that evil. Just over indulgence maybe? We all are guilty of that, well, at least i am a bit.
I put this here because it doesnt seem in the realm of paganism, but, i have a feeling in your search through paganism this must have come up for you.
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« Reply #1: December 07, 2008, 05:24:41 am »

I was reading it with some lads i know, it doesnt at all seem the way people portray it to be. Doesnt seem evil all that evil. Just over indulgence maybe? We all are guilty of that, well, at least i am a bit.
I put this here because it doesnt seem in the realm of paganism, but, i have a feeling in your search through paganism this must have come up for you.
The impression I have of Laveyan Satanism is that it's a rather harsh, self-centred, atheistic view of the world, which is perfect for some people. I've met some nice Laveyan Satanists and I'm fairly sure it's not 'eeeevil'. As for other forms of Satanism - I don't know enough about them to form a decent opinion.
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« Reply #2: December 07, 2008, 09:07:12 am »

I was reading it with some lads i know, it doesnt at all seem the way people portray it to be. Doesnt seem evil all that evil. Just over indulgence maybe? We all are guilty of that, well, at least i am a bit.
I put this here because it doesnt seem in the realm of paganism, but, i have a feeling in your search through paganism this must have come up for you.

LaVeyan (sp?) Satanism (which is probably what you're referring to) isn't "Evil" per say, but it's also not the ONLY Satanism, just like Wicca isn't the end-all be-all of witchcraft.  As Impqueen said, it is very self-centred (the only god one recognizes is the self) and atheistic.  So, there is no actual Satan or devil in the "religion;" it does not recognize any Deity at all.  However there are many other "flavors" of Satanism, some can be considered "evil" and others, IMHO, not so much.  They all have a range of beliefs, from atheistic to theistic, with various other characteristics.

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« Reply #3: December 07, 2008, 09:30:46 am »

However there are many other "flavors" of Satanism, some can be considered "evil" and others, IMHO, not so much.

I'm not sure I've come across any 'evil' forms of Satanism.  Are there any in particular that you have in mind?
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« Reply #4: December 07, 2008, 09:34:40 am »

I'm not sure I've come across any 'evil' forms of Satanism.  Are there any in particular that you have in mind?

I guess it depends on who's viewing it, but ToS would be/is considered evil by some.
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« Reply #5: December 07, 2008, 09:34:58 am »

I'm not sure I've come across any 'evil' forms of Satanism.  Are there any in particular that you have in mind?

The icky teens that WANT to worship actual evil as a form of rebellion?

They're rare, but they exist.
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« Reply #6: December 07, 2008, 09:38:01 am »

The icky teens that WANT to worship actual evil as a form of rebellion?

They're rare, but they exist.

Aside from the ones with actual mental issues that occasionally go and do something awful, I suspect that most of these kids objectively do zilch.
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« Reply #7: December 07, 2008, 09:52:44 am »

I guess it depends on who's viewing it, but ToS would be/is considered evil by some.
What's ToS? Huh (I only know ST-TOS. Wink )
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« Reply #8: December 07, 2008, 10:13:17 am »

What's ToS? Huh (I only know ST-TOS. Wink )

Temple of Set.  Conversely, I have no idea what ST-TOS is lol
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« Reply #9: December 07, 2008, 10:26:15 am »

Temple of Set.  Conversely, I have no idea what ST-TOS is lol

I think that would be Star Trek The Original Series.  *technically* not a form of Satanism.
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« Reply #10: December 07, 2008, 11:03:21 am »

I think that would be Star Trek The Original Series.  *technically* not a form of Satanism.

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« Reply #11: December 07, 2008, 12:56:42 pm »

I was reading it with some lads i know, it doesnt at all seem the way people portray it to be. Doesnt seem evil all that evil. Just over indulgence maybe? We all are guilty of that, well, at least i am a bit.
I put this here because it doesnt seem in the realm of paganism, but, i have a feeling in your search through paganism this must have come up for you.

I would like to recommend the book: The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots. by T.J. Wray and Gregorgy Mobley  Although this is a more scholarly book concerning the origins of Satan it is easy to read and entertaining.

It has always seemed to me that since Satan is a product of Judeo-Christian religions it would be a good idea to understand how this entity was conceived and perceived through the ages.

What I have found with some forms of Satanism is that they often involve people who desire to be "bad" or "evil" or rebellious and wish to give a more occult flair to their desires. When I lived in Los Angeles my neighbor had to fend off a knife attack from a teen who had joined a Satanic cult (really just a bunch of bored rich kids) who had to draw blood for advancement. I realize that was Los Angeles and not a good gauge for the norm, but my point is that any group or individual can form a religion with any set of values they choose.

If you are interested in Satan it would serve you better to have a little historical knowledge of his origins. This way you will be able to sort out the occult from the fact for yourself when researching various branches of Satanism.
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« Reply #12: December 07, 2008, 03:21:14 pm »

I think that would be Star Trek The Original Series.  *technically* not a form of Satanism.
Not, if you don't count Spock worship.  Tongue
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« Reply #13: December 07, 2008, 05:07:43 pm »

I guess it depends on who's viewing it, but ToS would be/is considered evil by some.

Funky.  Would never have occurred to me.
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« Reply #14: December 07, 2008, 05:25:32 pm »

I guess it depends on who's viewing it, but ToS would be/is considered evil by some.

The Temple of Set doesn't strike me as much more "evil" than the Church of Satan.
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