Statesboro, GA, USA
Very interesting thread...
alot of views here. Is Satanism real? There are etablished organizations that profess the worship of Satan and they are many. Even an earlier reply to this thread attested that the CoS (church of satan) is a real entity. But the question at hand has to do with the touted abuse, or ritualistic atrocities which other groups claim that satanists do. Are they fake? My guess is that alot of these stories are sensationalistic, and run along the same tracks of emotion as do macabre legends and ghost stories. They are mystical and create a sense of awe and dread, and so people stretch them, exaggerate, or even lie. But are the ALL fake? I wouldn't bet on it. While many of the groups that profess to worship satan may express their religion in more socially acceptable ways, it would be foolish, in my opinion, not to think that these sort of things could happen among diverse groups who profess to worship a being who has traditionally been known as the personification of evil and rebellion. Not all of the satanists are philanthropists and humanitarians. There have been too many accounts of brutality, violence, manipulation, fear, etc.. etc... for all of them to be false.
The above would be a sensible outlook even for those who don't believe in Satan, or the Devil, or any personal expression of true evil. For those like myself who believe that Satan is, in reality, a fallen angelic being and the originator of all sin and evil in this world, to deny that satanists have done or do anything evil would be ludicrous. I am aware that many stories full of exaggeration and propaganda have been circulated among religious groups, and being a Christian I understand that I am at risk of being categorized as a like-minded person as those who have erred. But I am like the man (to steal an idea from C.S. Lewis) who believes in spies well enough but doesn't believe every spy story.
If I were satan, the fabrication of many outlandish stories which might distract others from my true agenda and bring those who know of my existence into disrepute, is exactly what I would encourage. . . so that the other (seemingly more discerning) would write me off as a myth.
Just some thoughts.
[This message has been edited by Stephanos (edited 10-17-2001).]