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Satanic Community: Yay or Nay?

There has been a lot of talk online lately among Satanists, especially Theistic Satanists, whether or not there can be such a thing as a Satanic community.

In order to be sure what it is that we define as a community, here is the definition:


"community

/kəˈmjuːnɪti/

noun

1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

2. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common."


Is it possible for Theistic Satanist to be part of a community as defined above?

I would like to rephrase this question and say: how would it not be possible for Satanists?

Or maybe the question should even be: would it be beneficial for Satanists to form or be part of a community?


Let's examine some possible pro's and con's.


Pro's:

Being able to interact with other like-minded people;

Sharing information regarding Satanic events and news;

Sharing experiences and learning from each other;

Supporting other Satanists who are dealing with challenges and build each other up;

Sharing book/study reviews that might help new Satanists develop their relationship with Satan;

Creating a stable presence that can deal more publicly with issues caused by abrahamic religions, especially regarding Satanism.


Cons:

The possibility for people to try and take control of the community;

The possibility of herd mentality where individual thinking and beliefs are made inferior to the herd opinion;

The possibility of creating dogmas which have no place in Satanism;

The possibility of sacrificing a personal relationship with Satan to the above mentioned herd mentality or dogmas.


After having put a lot of thought into all pro's and cons, I believe the (Theistic) Satanist can benefit from being part of an online or even local community as long as they make sure to guard their personal beliefs and views of Satanism and don't allow themselves to be integrated into a herd. Since we as Satanists highly value our individual beliefs, we should be able to form a community where we can communicate, interact and support each other while maintaining a complete individual perspective of Satanism.

In a time, where there are several christian leaders who are openly opposing Satanism it would be good to have a support network. We are stronger together and I personally believe it would be an opportunity to put Satanism on the world map of religions in a stronger and more serious manner.

A lot of Satanists move in the shadows because there is an obvious taboo on Satanism and although not openly persecuted, speaking out can have a tremendous impact on someone's life, From losing friends, family, jobs etc. to even receiving insults and death threats. Being part of something larger might help those who struggle with this. That is not a form of weakness, as some seem to think.

Let's not forget that self-preservation is a big part of Satanism.


However: the most important question of all is: what of this serves Satan? I can only give my personal opinion on this.

I believe that Satan is the God of this world and so His rightful place is on the throne of this world. A stronger community makes His existence harder to deny and might have a larger impact on religious and judicial rulings. For example: the abortion debate that is now taking place again. Many cultural aspects and laws in western society have been dictated by christianity for centuries and in most of Europe for nearly 2,000 years. It takes an organized group of people to be able to bring any changes about. We can continue as individuals and put very little weight on the scale, or we can seek to combine our strengths and make our voices heard.

So, in answer to the question: would it serve Satan? I believe it would. And, as Theistic Satanists, should we not seek what serves Him first and foremost?


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