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What are your thoughts on LaVeyan Satanism?
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Posted 3/29/14
I want to hear your thoughts on LaVeyan Satanism. Is it good or bad? I am LaVeyan Satanist so I well versed in the subject. For those who do not know what LaVeyan Satanism is here is a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanism
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It has parts that I'm really fond of. Like its version of the ten commandments and its answer to the seven deadly sins I think are, for the most part, really great.

I like the focus on individuality, independence, honesty, how it tells a person to always strive towards becoming the best that they can be, and how it always tell you to be respectful towards others. Never to meddle in private affairs that you have no business with and not be an unnecessary burden upon others (in other words, basic human decency).
I also like that it's pretty much the antithesis of abrahamic religion when it comes to a lot its archaic bullshit. Particularly in matters regarding sexuality.
Because fuck that shit.

But then there are also parts that I don't like about it so much.
Due to the ideology's focus on the self, it has a tendency to make its followers a bit arrogant. Also, because it emphasizes vengeance, it sometimes words things in a way where things seem unnecessarily cruel. Like the 4th rule of the earth for instance.
While I do believe in standing your ground and not taking shit from others, I also believe in empathy, understanding and patience towards others. A viewpoint that Satanism, as far as I understand, does not share. And that's just a dealbreaker for me, as those are things that I find to be extremely important.

Also, I don't believe in magic, but that's not terribly important. Not to me anyway...

If it wasn't for these problems, I might've considered myself a Satanist. But alas, there are too many ideological differences for me to feel comfortable in associating myself with the movement.
Also, I am generally not comfortable with associating myself with any movement. Which ironicly is a mentality backed up by LaVeyan Satanism (kind of a self-contradiction maybe?).

Anyways, these are just thoughts based on my limited understanding of the ideology. Please correct me if I'm wrong on anything.
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Posted 3/30/14
Do what you want. I'm a Christian and you're a Satanist, that's fine with me.
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Posted 3/31/14 , edited 3/31/14
I don't find some of the beliefs to be very practical or smart.

For instance, treating people cruelly if they mistreat or offend you. Regardless of whether they deserve it or not, it is foolish to make enemies, which is almost guaranteed if you take revenge and mistreat people, even if they started it. This is especially true if it is just a one-time thing and something relatively minor. There is very little reason to make enemies and few can keep on wronging a person who keeps being nice and thoughtful.

I believe in never burning bridges. Even if you never use a particular connection again, you never know when you may benefit from it. One neutral or friendly person means one fewer potential enemy. You are more secure in the long run that way and it's much easier to get something out of someone who likes you. It's for your best interest to never make enemies if it's up to you. Instead, make people like you and use them to build a big web for your future endeavors.

Obviously, I do not count cases in which the other person's motive is just to harm you, like some street thug. In those cases, hit first and hit hard. But for little things like something someone may have said behind your back....lashing out just ain't worth the energy and you don't benefit in the long run.
Posted 4/1/14
My opinion= Meh. Too religious for me.
Posted 4/2/14
Card-carrying Atheism with a cool Satan theme. The organization is even more corrupt than Satanism appears to be up front.
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Posted 4/2/14
Has a lot of random quirks. I really don't care about it, though it aeems a little arrogant overall.
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Posted 4/15/14
The fourth, fifth and sixth satanic statements represent a call to constrict, not expand, one's mercy and compassion, a trait called "Loving-kindness", or, in the Buddhist tradition, Metta ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metta), and I believe that any religion, or anything that seats itself in the role of a religion, must call its followers to increase that trait.
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Posted 4/21/14 , edited 4/21/14
Honestly it seems a lot more practical than other religions I've looked at it, it encourages you to be a good person without putting too many restrictions on yourself. Most of it I like but the 4th and 11th rules of the earth seem out of place and I don't really agree with them, unless I'm understanding them wrong.
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Posted 4/21/14
Question: What are your thoughts on LaVeyan Satanism?
Anton LaVey was a slightly wacked individual who was in it for the money.
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Posted 4/21/14 , edited 4/21/14

sgillott wrote:

Question: What are your thoughts on LaVeyan Satanism?
Anton LaVey was a slightly wacked individual who was in it for the money.


You didn't answer the question, though...
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Posted 4/21/14
The question was, what are my thoughts, I gave it.
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Posted 4/21/14 , edited 4/21/14

sgillott wrote:

The question was, what are my thoughts, I gave it.


The question was what do you think of the ideology. You gave your opinion on Anton LaVey himself.
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Posted 4/21/14
It is called LaVeyan Satanism, therefore it's founder and his teachings are a part of the religion. Just as Jesus is a part of Christianity.
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Posted 4/21/14

sgillott wrote:

It is called LaVeyan Satanism, therefore it's founder and his teachings are a part of the religion. Just as Jesus is a part of Christianity.


Uhm, no. How much do you know about LaVeyan satanism, exactly?
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