A friend on a forum recently pointed out an article from The Huffington Post to me. Basically it states that around the world, even in secular societies, people seem to believe that if you don’t believe in God you are more likely to be immoral. Or that atheists have less morals and are more likely to commit violent and sexual crimes.
I think that is rubbish although I concede that a lot of religious people probably do think that way. However, when I was talking to another Satanist friend he told me that my opinions don’t make sense either because I call myself a Theistic Satanist and you can’t be both an atheist and a theist and you can’t really be a serious Satanist if you are in any way theistic. I think he is wrong about that but I can see I have some explaining to do. So let me make some statements which I will then explain in more detail.
I am a Satanist. I am a Theistic Satanist. I don’t believe in God. In fact I think it is ridiculous to believe in God. Still, I am a Theistic Satanist. I believe there is a “thing” called Satan which is not a god in the way people usually understand but which takes the place of a god in many ways. I am an atheist. I do have morals.
So, to explain a little further…
The problem with atheism is that it is too often defined by what Christians and other major religions describe God to be. Of course I don’t believe in the Christian God, or the Jewish one or the Moslim one… Those ideas of God are unscientific and obviously false. I don’t believe in Hindu or Pagan gods either. Well certainly not as “Gods” anyway… I believe that everything that exists in any dimension, exists according to scientific reason. I believe in the Big Bang and the expansion and evolution of our universe in the way that science explains it. And I think in time science will fill in all the gaps in our understanding of these things.
The problem with some atheists is that they sometimes go too far; or even that they are too lazy to think of Gods in any other way than the way old fashioned religions describe them. Some of them seem to be saying that nothing can exist unless science can “already” explain it. That is stupid. There are many, many things that science can’t explain yet.
I do not believe that there is a God who created the world and who sits in judgement over us. But I do believe that there are many things in the universe which science can’t yet explain. I believe that there are things/entities/energies in the universe which we can sometimes connect with. These are not Gods in the ways old religions understand, but might still have an influence over us. The disgusting power crazed thing that Christians worship might be one of those things, if it exists at all, but it certainly is not a god; and certainly not worthy of any respect.
Satan, on the other hand, is an energy which exists, which is not selfish and which can help us to grow. I have experienced that thing and I respect it. It is not a God, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real or important. Some people might argue that Satan is “just” an aspect of our own selves. I don’t know. It might or might not be true. What I do know is that Satan is something I find worthy of respect and something which is empowering. I do not worship Satan but I do respect him or it. In doing that I am also showing respect to myself and the power I (and potentially all individuals) can have.
I also know that philosophically Satan is the opposite and the enemy of what the Gods of Christianity and other old fashioned religions represent. Satan stands for the power of the self and not the power of the Church or religious authorities.
Therefore I am a Satanist and I come under the heading of Theistic Satanist because I believe Satan is an actual “something” but not a God in the way most people interpret the word. I don’t believe the common perception of God exists at all, so I am still an atheist.
I also think I am a moral person. In fact I think those of us who are atheists probably have more meaningful morals than those who aren’t. When we are good it is because we decide it is the right thing to do and not because somebody else tells or forces us to do the “right thing”. Only the morally weak need somebody or some “thing” else to tell them what is right and wrong.
If I do something bad I am not going to blame God or “Sin” or some other thing; I will be honest and blame myself. If I do good I will take the credit and not give the credit to God or Grace or some such stupid notion. It is all just me.
People who can’t do that are not very mature in my opinion.
Also I am not going to believe something is good or bad just because the Bible or some other book or some religious leader says it is. I will make up my own mind.
For example I think it is normally wrong to steal or to kill people because that just makes logical sense and our society just wouldn’t function if we all went round stealing everything and killing anybody we didn’t like. Plus, I’m not a psychopath! You don’t have to be in any way religious to see the wisdom of these kind of morals.
It is also obvious to me that it isn’t wrong to love or have sex with somebody of the same sex (as long as you both agree to it obviously). But it does seem wrong to me to be prejudiced or hateful to people who have a different sexuality or colour or whatever… People who have those kind of prejudices because of their religion are the most immoral and weak minded people I can think of.
So to conclude… I am a Theistic Satanist and and Atheist and that is possible if you read my explanation. I also have morals. I don’t claim to be good all the time but I do have morals. Morals are not in my opinion in any way connected to religion. There are moral Christians and Immoral Christians. There are good atheists and bad atheists. There are moral Satanists and probably immoral and amoral ones too. But if you can’t decide your morals for yourself; if you just do and believe what others tell you to all the time, you are weak and your morals mean nothing.