I've been called a satanist in the past. If you're not a Christian then people assume you are, or might be the anti-Christ. That logic only makes sense if you have the view that because your god was nailed to a piece of wood and is in your corner in the afterlife, that because you are incontrovertibly 'saved' (from the devil?) and right, then everyone (and everything else) is wrong.
It may seem like a harmless way of thinking, but it isn't.
There have been a lot of disturbing reports of satanism lately. When you hear about the contents of these 'deals with the devil' you wonder what the IQ's are of the people involved. Often drugs are the agent that make people gullible enough to believe virtually anything. Drugs and alcohol.
The worrying part is that christians can lay satanism at the door of atheists. Do atheists believe in the devil? Or hell? Atheists don't believe in ANY supernatural forces. Atheists don't believe in gods (or devils, or ghosts, or demons) of ANY kind. If you think about christianity on the other hand, it believes in a loving god, angels and prophets and all those cuddly things. But it also believes in talking snakes, demons and devils, and the pits of hell. Satanists get their information - and their delusions about the nature of supernatural power - from the bible. The 'good' book.
It is ironic that if you believe in the christian god, you also have to believe in the devil. If you believe in the idea of heaven, you must also believe in the idea of hell. Separate the two and you get belief in the devil, in demons and eternal damnation. Satanism is a sick anti-life cult, but it gets its fuel from christianity. It is typical that christians would disassociate from this and say, oh, no, it has nothing to do with us, it's atheism. Because it's about not believing in Jesus (a trait atheists share with Jews) atheists must be satanists. Really? That shows a very limited knowledgebase, very limited understanding full stop. Is that what christians are, people of limited intelligence, and limited understanding?
What is satanism them? Satanism is the only anti-religion. It's directed against christianity based on the beliefs of christianity which include the devil. It is based on beliefs, whereas atheism is based on non-belief in superstitious ideas.
When you read about people offering to set themselves on fire, and young people murdering each other (incredibly brutal acts) you wonder how it is possible for a human brain to be susceptible to such hooey. Religion. That's how. It's all about believing in things that don't make sense because somehow these beliefs serve one's own agenda. Are they real? Only if you believe in them. Whatever you believe is your reality, which makes WHAT you believe so important, and being able to discern the difference between reality and fantasy. And atheists don't have any fanciful religious beliefs whatsoever. Believe it or not, we're the good guys. How your beliefs work though, are since you rec ognise that what we believe is different to yours, and your beliefs are 'good', atheists must be bad. The point is all your beliefs do is justify you to yourself. That's a recipe for insanity, and every unhappiness we see in the world.
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