What do Satanists believe? (Do they worship Satan?)

To some Christians, it can be frightening to address issues like Satanism. However, throughout my Christian journey, I have learned that there is really nothing to fear. The God we serve is bigger than anything we will encounter in this world (2 Timothy 1:7). Therefore, after being trapped in fear, I reminded myself of God’s promises and words that fear is not a part of us and decided to finally discuss Satanism. What do Satanists believe?

Different Satanists groups hold different beliefs. For example, the Satanism church created by Anton LaVey in 1966 does not necessarily believe in Satan as the highest being but uses Satanism to justify their beliefs of individualism and being self-centered. On the other hand, theistic Satanists believe in Satan as a supernatural power worthy of receiving worship.

Join me as I intensively discuss what Satanists believe in. I will also discuss some of their beliefs, including what they believe about the universe and hurting others, and also which superior being they believe in.

Do Satanists worship the devil?

Not all Satanists worship the devil. In fact, there are several different branches or types of Satanism, and their beliefs and practices can vary widely. Some forms of Satanism, such as LaVeyan Satanism, do not believe in an actual supernatural entity called “the devil” or “Satan” but rather use Satan as a symbol of individualism, rebellion, and personal freedom. LaVeyan Satanists do not believe in God or the supernatural and instead prioritize rationality and materialism.

Other forms of Satanism, such as theistic Satanism, believe in Satan as a supernatural being and worship him as a deity. Theistic Satanists see Satan as a symbol of rebellion against the perceived tyranny of God or as a force of liberation and personal empowerment.

What do Satanists believe about the universe?

Do they worship Satan?
What do Satanists believe about the universe? Image source: Pixabay

As mentioned above, there are different groups of Satanists, and each group holds different beliefs about the universe. There is no single, unified belief about the universe among Satanists, as the religion is highly individualistic and diverse.

However, some Satanists embrace certain philosophical or metaphysical beliefs. For example, LaVeyan Satanists, who do not believe in supernatural entities such as Satan or God, see the universe as a natural, materialistic system governed by natural laws and principles. They reject the idea of an afterlife or any supernatural intervention in human affairs, instead emphasizing the importance of individual responsibility, self-determination, and the pursuit of pleasure and happiness in this life.

On the other hand, some theistic Satanists believe in a supernatural or spiritual aspect of the universe and see Satan as a powerful entity with the ability to shape or influence human affairs. These beliefs may be informed by various religious or occult traditions and involve ritual practices such as meditation, magic, or divination.

Do Satanists believe in a superior being?

Some branches of Satanism do not believe in the existence of a superior being, while others acknowledge the existence of such a being but reject the idea of worship or subservience to it. For example, as stated earlier, LaVeyan Satanism, which Anton LaVey founded in the 1960s, is one of the most well-known forms of Satanism and is atheistic and does not believe in any supernatural entities, including a superior being or a God. LaVeyan Satanists believe in the power of the individual to shape their own destiny and reject the idea of subservience to any external authority or deity.

On the other hand, theistic Satanists do believe in the existence of a superior being or deity, such as Satan or other demonic entities, but they do not necessarily see themselves as subservient to these entities. Rather, they see themselves as equal partners or allies with these entities, working together to achieve common goals or to advance their own personal interests and desires.

Do Satanists believe in ritual abuse?

What do Satanists believe?
Do Satanists believe in ritual abuse? Image source: Freepik

Satanists do not believe in ritual abuse. In fact, most Satanists strongly oppose any form of abuse or harm toward others and prioritize individual freedom, personal responsibility, and ethical behavior. The notion of “Satanic ritual abuse,” or SRA, emerged in the 1980s and 1990s and involved sensationalized and often unfounded claims of widespread ritual abuse and sacrifice carried out by organized Satanic cults. These claims were largely discredited by law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, and other experts, who found little to no evidence to support the allegations.

While some Satanists do engage in ritual practices as part of their religious beliefs, these rituals do not involve abuse or harm toward others. As earlier stated, many satanic rituals focus on personal empowerment, self-discovery, and the pursuit of one’s desires in a consensual and ethical manner.

Do Satanists believe in hurting children?

Satanists do not believe in hurting children or anyone else. The notion of Satanists engaging in harmful or abusive behavior, including towards children, has been promoted in the past through unfounded and sensationalized claims of “Satanic panic.” Experts have largely discredited these claims since there is little to no evidence to support them.

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