I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789
religion, and to revisit an older post, I was making the analogy that Atheists are identical to Satanists on another blog.
In the discussion about Atheists praying, (I know, right?) someone said in a flippant manner, "Because the theists will mock you if you allow them to own prayer — right after they tell you you’re a Satanist or some such nonsense."
So I chimed in with my comeback that received an unexpected response. I did get quite the chuckle, or evil laughter you pick, to the comment.
The professing Atheist said to me, hopefully in jest:
"I never thought I’d say it, but thanks, Dan. I don’t believe in a Satan, but you make Satanism sound so interesting, life-affirming and intelligent that I’m going to go research Satanism now. I want to learn how accurate your description is!
Have you ever considered becoming a Satanic evangelist?"
That sure makes me glad I started this blog, you know, to help the ranks of Satan's army. Ah good times. God will be so proud of me, as a proud Father watching his kid grow up. I can't wait to meet Him. Is there a revolver in the house?
The discussion, or what I said, went something like this:
">>Because the theists will mock you if you allow them to own prayer — right after they tell you you’re a Satanist or some such nonsense.
Now, don’t get all mad at us because we point out the fact that both atheists and satanists (LaVeyan Satanism) worship the same god, “self”. LaVeyan Satanists consider themselves “their own god.” (They are atheistic.)
The essence of Satanism is more of living by your own standards. Satanism promotes indulgence, free thinking, and skepticism. It shuns stupidity and conformity. Sound familiar?
There are also a few other minuscule branches of Satanism such as Luciferianism. (Luciferians, not Satanists) They worship the pre-Christian god of Lucifer.
For the most part no one can tell the difference if you two are in a room describing your beliefs. Sad."
So is it, as one Satanist described, "Satanism is just atheism dressed up for entertainment"? Is this really the worldview that you want to label yourself with, or at the very least be identified with?
Now go to your leader, he is picking out a special place for you in that moment of eternity.
Its not too late though. I will remain hopeful, skeptical, but hopeful.
BTW, Is Al Pacino an Atheist? He sure plays a good one in The Devil’s Advocate.