satanism and theology in oklahoma

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just a short part of a small book i've been working on about how the comminuty acts in response to many peoples religious beliefs in oklahoma

Submitted: April 21, 2017

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An Introduction To The Author

"My name is Patrick Gaines Jr. I’m 15 years of age and I’m a proud Satanist". This sentence more than anything has brought trouble to me for a vast majority of my faith and I believe that in many cases the same goes with many other fallowers of the same religion. I live in Oklahoma and have for all of my life, in case you’re unaware Oklahoma is a very Christion state. Knowing this you’d understand the hardships of the modern day Satanist. We primarily get a bad image due to different branches of religion by the same name, many people calling themselves Satanist perform satanic rituals that strike fear and concern into many people today. These types of people that may call them self’s Wizards and Witches of the Dark Lord or any other type of magician that performs a ritual type of magic in the name of the Christian Deity Satan or any other name he may go by strike a dark and more or less evil perception of what it is to be a Satanist.  They type of Satanism I am a follower of is called leviathan Satanism. In principle it’s more of a form of atheism more than anything.  Of course during the duration of time that you spend reading this book you’ll learn more about the religion, how ever I’d like to spend a bit of time explaining how and why I follow this religion.

During the duration of my life I have found that over time I have become gradually more depressed. My depression, anxiety and poor use of intelligence has and most likely will continue to get me in more and more “trouble” for years to pass. In the past, my depression inspired an uncountable amount of mistakes and misfortunes. My first memory of my misuse of intelligence and poor thought process was most likely not inspired by depression however I do see how it’s recurred in my life. When I was around 10 years of age, like most children my age I enjoyed fire, what kid doesn’t? It has its beautiful form of sentience, it’s alive but not at the same time, it’s elegant in the since that it can destroy things as well as making them beautiful. At any rate here’s how the story goes, I was playing with a lighter I had stolen from my mother and I caught the corner of my room on fire. Thankfully the fire didn’t spread far and within a short amount of time my mother put it out. That was the first time I really got in trouble for silly things like that and for a long extension of time I had completely stopped playing with fire (Primarily out of fear).

One of my biggest mistakes I have ever made led me to a desire for the truth in life. In early 2015 I was admitted to a mental hospital for self-harm, suicidal thoughts and although it wasn’t said I believe my parents also admitted me for misuse of alcohol and cigarettes. I’m in no since a acholic, in fact I’ve only ever gotten drunk once and since then I’ve stopped for the most part. While in the hospital, I was deeply encouraged to read the Bible, at the time my soul reason for not reading it was that I was a devoted atheist. I also had a very negative view of Catholicism, which in retrospect I regret. However, during my time in the hospital, I had lots of free time to think and lots of time to meet new people, In all honesty I really don’t think I learned much about self-acceptance there. One day while I was thinking alone a thought came to my mind, “What if religion isn’t just magic tricks and nonsense,” for the most part I kept the ideology to myself, not even telling my agnostic mother who was very open to different religious thoughts and ideals. The day after I had thought about this I went to talk to one of my only friends in the facility, I can’t really remember his full name, I know he went by Zack. Zack was an interesting person, he was transgender which was interesting on its own and like many of us he was suicidal. For him the world was nothing more than a sick game, if there was a god then Zack despised him for putting him in a woman’s body. If there wasn’t a god then he hatted biology for not responding to his mental ideals. Me and Zack had a few very short discussions concerning religion, for the most part he solely told jokes about it, on of which was Satanism. 

Religion, to me has always been the subject of jokes, most of my friends at that time where devote Christion’s including my girlfriend at the time. Chasity Nichole Music was a prime example of the evil of religion. She believed that there was a god, the Christion god. The main memory I have of the example of the evil of religion from her was at lunch, she had been having a very unfortunate day, most of our friends had seen how distraught she was from the begging of class. She had tears stained on her cheeks. Her normally happy attitude was now a sadden shrivel of her reality hitting her, and it hit her hard. As me and other friend tried to help her, we asked what the issue was, I don’t remember her exact quote but the meaning of what she said has kept me in disbelief of her god till this day. She said that because of her suicidal nature she was going to Hell, and that she was scared of death even when she longed for its embrace. This both puzzled and enraged me. If there was a god that would do such a thing to someone for the thought and habits that he himself gave to the person then that god can’t possibly be an all caring god and must, by definition be demonic. If however it was the fault of the person in question then the god that cares about his creation must be lenient and understanding, thus he would NEVER send a person like that to Hell.

“God has a plan for you” It’s a quote we’ve all heard before. If God truly has a plan for me and this is how he choices to control my life then I want no part in that interpretation of God. This God knowingly puts people like me, Chastity, Zack and many others into a place of great discomfort and pain all to what end? Saying that it’s part of his grand plan is unexpectable. It’s much like hitting a defenseless child and then saying, “It was destoned to happen” who would you blame? The attacker or destiny? A good example of a theory that contradicts my point is that God simply can’t change your life because of the butterfly affect. Say that a child, a little girl lives in a apartment with her mother. The father is dead and has left them with nothing, the child never gets to experience the world, she knows nothing but that, the filth of the world. If she prayed day in and day out for a kitten, or any other pet, God of course wouldn’t answer, but say he did! Then imagine what would happen, the circular turn of events would be changed. Say the cat hacks up a hair ball, the mother would have to clean it up, no say that she is late to work because of this, in the natural turn of events she (the white car) would be infront of a speeding car (the red car) thus she is rear ended by the red car. Now if she’s late to work she’d wind up behind the white car and the read car rushes through the intersession and is t-boned by another car, the man in the red car is now dead. Now think about how many other people could be affected by this? If the universe is pre-determined then a God couldn’t even change the plan. Who’s plan is it? If its Gods then it’s morally wrong which goes against his nature, which in turn means that he ISN’T omnipotent. If it’s the universe’s natural turn of events then that means god has no power in it, thus once again he isn’t omnipotent.

There’s been a lot of this type of thinking in my life, and yes before you ask, there was a time when I was a believer. However once I started thinking about it I just couldn’t make since of it. Sure, I’ve hard ships in life, many of them I haven’t even said in this and I may never say them. This doesn’t mean I hate God, nor does it mean I simply choose to disbelieve in him. I simply just can’t see any evidence that show his existence.

Chapter 2: Let’s talk Satanism

LaVeyan Satanism is a new religious movement founded in 1966 by the American occultist and author Anton Szandor LaVey. The religion's doctrines and practices are codified in LaVey's book, The Satanic Bible. Its core philosophy is based on individualism and egoism, encouraging an epicurean pursuit of fleshly indulgence, an eye for an eye ethical code, and the concept of "self-deification". The philosophy positions itself in favor of Social Darwinism and opposes egalitarianism, seeing it as a conservator of mediocrity and decadence, and to a larger extent, the Abrahamic faiths, which are seen as lies which promote idealism, self-denigration, herd behavior, and irrationality. The philosophy seeks more draconian measures taken in the realm of law and order and may also support some forms of eugenics. The religion propagates a naturalistic worldview, seeing mankind as animals existing in an amoral universe.

Ok, the definition is great but what does it really mean? Ok so first off, it isn’t a cult think of it more as a religion that focuses more on principles and values of humans. We don’t believe in creationism, we know that all humans are animals and we all came from animals. Satanist have strong values, such as “If a man strikes your cheek hit him twice as hard!” Which morally to most it may not be the best rule….but it’s how people and animals are. What happens if you hit a bear? It WILL end you, trust me, I don’t see it going well. Now the age old question, “Don’t Satanist worship the devil?” No, we don’t, Satan is viewed as a positive archetype who represents pride, carnality, and enlightenment, and of a cosmos which Satanists perceive to be motivated by a "dark evolutionary force of entropy that permeates all of nature and provides the drive for survival and propagation inherent in all living things" The Devil or Satan is like…a metaphor! He doesn’t exist we know that, in fact Satanist really don’t believe in an afterlife of any kind. Once you die, you die, that’s it!

Satanism has 9 basic sins that make more since to me than God’s 9 sins, (mainly because it doesn’t just say WORSHIP ME, GOD ALLMIGHTY NO ONE ELSE)

  • Stupidity: "It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid."
  • Pretentiousness: "Empty posturing can be most irritating and isn’t applying the cardinal rules of Lesser Magic. On equal footing with stupidity for what keeps the money in circulation these days. Everyone’s made to feel like a big shot, whether they can come up with the goods or not."
  • Solipsism: "Projecting your reactions, responses and sensibilities onto someone who is probably far less attuned than you are. It is the mistake of expecting people to give you the same consideration, courtesy and respect that you naturally give them. They won’t. Instead, Satanists must strive to apply the dictum of “Do unto others as they do unto you.” It’s work for most of us and requires constant vigilance lest you slip into a comfortable illusion of everyone being like you. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point."
  • Self-deceit: "We must not pay homage to any of the sacred cows presented to us, including the roles we are expected to play ourselves. The only time self-deceit should be entered into is when it’s fun, and with awareness. But then, it’s not self-deceit!"
  • Herd Conformity: "It’s all right to conform to a person’s wishes, if it ultimately benefits you. But only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being enslaved by the whims of the many."
  • Lack of Perspective: "You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right now, every day. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in mind. That is an important key to both Lesser and Greater Magic. See the patterns and fit things together as you want the pieces to fall into place. Do not be swayed by herd constraints—know that you are working on another level entirely from the rest of the world."
  • Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies: "Be aware that this is one of the keys to brainwashing people into accepting something new and different, when in reality it’s something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the genius of the creator and forget the original. This makes for a disposable society."
  • Counterproductive Pride: "Pride is great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The rule of Satanism is: if it works for you, great. When it stops working for you, when you’ve painted yourself into a corner and the only way out is to say, I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could compromise somehow, then do it."
  • Lack of Aesthetics: "Aesthetics is important in Lesser Magic and should be cultivated. It is obvious that no one can collect any money off classical standards of beauty and form most of the time so they are discouraged in a consumer society, but an eye for beauty, for balance, is an essential Satanic tool and must be applied for greatest magical effectiveness. It’s not what’s supposed to be pleasing—it’s what is. Aesthetics is a personal thing, reflective of one’s own nature, but there are universally pleasing and harmonious configurations that should not be denied.”

Chapter 3: Satanic Magic

We had to talk about it at some point. Magic in general is real, and before you close the book let me explain myself! Magic is science, it’s simply science that we are yet to explain. If a magician makes a card disappear the wizard in question knows how it was done, and he can repeat and observe it. Magic is nothing more than science. When Jesus “came to Earth” (I’m not saying he wasn’t real he probably was real, he was just an artist that was highly respected) he did nothing more than tricks of the mind and he may have been skilled in the medicinal field. There is no such thing as Satanic magic, the is no such thing as miracles. They’re all just simple things that happened for no reason and someone just happened to be there at the right time. Now the Satanic bible does mention satanic magic, however most people seem to see that a sarcastic point of view. If you know a Satanist, deal with it. He won’t sell your soul. He/she is just a human being. There is no reason to be scared about someone’s religion. Unless they actively try to harm someone then it’s not an issue.


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