Some people have asked me if I believe in Satan as a deity; and I do. But then they also say, that if I believe in Satan, I also believe in god. I believe that the christian god is as real as the many other gods that are out there but i am not obligated to be a part of *his* religion in order to be a satanist. This is because the Satan that is known to me, the Satan that is known to other satanists is not the same Satan from Christianity.
This is not opinion, it is based on several different factors, which makes Satanism unique from Christianity. One of these, is that satanism as an organized religion didn’t start until the 1960’s and since then it has developed into what it is today- a separate religion and philosophy which has borrowed from many different sources for inspiration, much like neo-paganism and other religious movements today.
Why is this Satan different than the christian Satan? There are characteristics that satanists identify with, through the mythology of the christian Satan. These are usually the desirable traits like freedom, individuality, and opposition.
However, unlike christian teachings the Satan of satanists is not an evil thing; while it personifies the dark aspects of the soul satanism seeks to reconcile these halves to make a whole, instead of denying that both good and ‘evil’ come from within. The christian seeks either to please god or to fear the devil; while the satanist only seeks to please the self.
My personal relationship with Satan has been an experience that has been with me for a long time. Satan is a living god to me, but I am not a religious satanist. Religion requires faith and belief, and the use of religious doctrines and that is not my path. Satan as the one who puts challenges into my path and through his works I see ‘Satan’.
My greatest communion with him is during the times that I realize my full potential, either spiritually or magically. Satan has inspired me as a role-model of independence which is why i am loyal to Satan, but I do not feel the need to worship him. My form of spirituality is manifestation of the satanic current through satanic works.
My worship and praise is in the form of action which helps Satan to manifest in this world in one more unique way. My search for who or what Satan is over the years has also been a search within myself. Satan does not direct my actions, nor does he ‘tell me’ what to do, or guide my decisions. I don’t look to Satan for guidance, I look within, because that is where my true answer is. What I’ve learned in magic and the occult, I’ve learned through practice and experience.
And this is the metaphor of Satan; that he only needed himself, “I” from beginning to end. That to me is the greatest teaching of Satan. This is one of the reasons why I am an independent Satanist. But, i have to digress; everyone has their own personal spiritual view, and personal communication with Satan.
Others may have different relationships with Satan, and achieve different results. I have known others who worship Satan as a deity and see him either as a master “The Master” or as a father figure “Father Satan”. Satan could be strictly symbolic for others, who see him as a motivator. What does Satan represent to you?