Living in a predominantly Christian society results in the topic of the worshipping of the devil being avoided by most people. ‘Devil’ is derived from the Greek word diabolos meaning ‘one who throws across’ or creates an obstruction for another. Different deities are referred to as devils, but the term Devil is most often used in reference to the Christian entity known as Satan, Lucifer, The Prince of Darkness and God of this World. Devil worshipping and Satanism are also mistakenly believed to be synonymous, but most Satanists don’t consider themselves Devil worshippers, and vice versa. Devil worshipping in its truest form is the expression of ardent love and devotion towards a deity that has been claimed as slandered.
There are also different types of devil worshipping, with the most prevalent being the worshipping of Satan, the Christian deity in opposition to God. This is referred to as Theistic Satanism, and often includes ceremonial magic. The Devil is considered to be the instigator of all deviation from the word of the Lord, more accurately a ‘God of Evil.’ Most devil worshippers are not advocates of evil, however, but are rebels against the belief that the world operates under the concept of ’good against evil.’ There is no limit to their ideologies and there are many interpretations of who, or what, the ‘powers of darkness’ are and how they should be glorified.
Many conventional religious practitioners often fear, hate or misunderstand this choice of worship.
Devil worshippers consider the deities that they praise to represent intellectualism and the power of humans. They see conventional religion as a means of keeping humans gullible and controllable. The main focus of devil worshipping is the rebellion against authoritarian rule and persecution, in all forms. Devil worshippers believe in defending all people from being persecuted, even those that persecute them.
Satanism can also take many forms, with the majority of Satanists not believing in or worshipping any deity. The Church of Satan was founded in 1966, but doesn’t have any actual church buildings as this would go against their belief in an individual approach to life. The following is based on pragmatism, and the majority of its members live by the teachings of Anton Lavey. They advocate atheism, rejecting spiritual or supernatural based hypotheses, and apply scientific scepticism to all scenarios.
Satanists place a high value on art and symbolism and have adopted Satan as a symbol of passion, pride and liberty. They use symbols associated with the deity to accentuate, what they view as, the hypocrisy of Christian symbols on government property. One example of this rebellion is the petitioning for the placement of Baphomet statues near public displays of the Ten Commandments. Satanists hold themselves in the highest possible regard, believing in their power to achieve beyond the ordinary.