Satanism/Devil worshipping

Most people confuse the word Satanism with devil worshipping. The words are today used in a synonymous way, but this is actually a mistake. Or perhaps the misuse of this term is because it seems to refer to Satan, the evil force of Christianity. But this is simply not the case. Satanism and devil worshipping are not related.

Devil worshipping is a religion (actually a part of Christianity), based on the worship of the evil force of Christianity; Satan. In doing this, a del worshipper worships evil. And, to be a devil worshipper, you have to believe in Christianity, or at least part of the Christian teaching. But you have to be religious and believe in the supernatural in order to worship the devil (it makes no sence to first claim that you are an atheist, and then claim that you worship Satan!). You have to have faith, in short.

Satanism has nothing to do with this. The philosophy of Satanism started as a movement against the tyranny of the Christian church. The Satanists turned crosses up side down, read psalms backwards, ect, in order to show the world their dissociate with Christianity. Later on, it has developed into a form of philosophy, using Satan as a symbol of anti-Christianity. This philosophy is more positive to the individual, and the life right here and now. It also has a different view on moral, and focus more on the individual instead of being a servant of a god. Hence, a Satanist can be a atheist (and I think that Satanism works best combined with atheism), but in order to be a devil worshiper, you have to have faith and believe in the supernatural.

A modern form of Satanism believes in the supernatural, magic and "unearthly" creatures. For example, in the Satanic Bible (written by LaVey, and a common book among modern Satanists), magic and rituals are described. This book is actually... quite silly, since it first seems to be agnostic, and then in the end tells you how to use magic! But this modern version is not the original version of Satanism.

Devil worshipping worships an evil force and violence, and there for I do not like it! But a Satanist does not have to be evil. The sheer belief of a Satanist does not make him evil. Unless your definition of evil means that you do not believe in the Christianity. But the time when Christianity had monopoly on moral is long gone!


 From the "New Catholic Encyclopedia"
_DEVIL_, the supreme evil spirit. The term devil is derived from the
Greek word [diabolos], which etymologically means an accuser, a
slanderer. In classical Greek the word [diabolos] was applied, as a
noun or an adjective ("slanderous"), only to men, and in this way it
is used also in 1 Tm 3.3; Ti 2.3. The Septuagint, however, used the
term [o diabolos] to translate the Hebrew term *hassatan* (the
accuser, the adversary), and so also in the NT [ha diabolos] (the devil)
is a common synonym for the somewhat less frequently used term
[ha satan] or [ha satanas] (Satan). Other NT synonyms for the devil are
Beelzebub, Belial, the Evil One..., the Accuser..., the Tempter..., 
the Great Dragon and the Ancient Serpent...., the Prince of This 
World..., and the God of This World.... The only NT occurrence of
the term "a devil" (without the definite article in Greek) is in
Jn 6.70, where Jesus speaks of Judas Iscariot as a devil, no doubt
because Judas was already in the power of the devil.... Although
strictly speaking there is only one devil, just as there is only one
Satan, the term is often used broadly in the plural (devils) as a
synonym for demons (though never thus in the Bible)....
_DEVIL WORSHIP_. Cultic practices of homage paid to Satan,
frequently developed from the doctrine that there are two supreme
beings, the one all good, the other all evil. Devil-worshipers
have argued that since the God of all the good things receives his
homage from many, it is only fitting that the god of wickedness
should also have cult and worship paid to him.
The chief liturgical service of the Satanists, or Luciferians, as
they are called, was the celebration of the Sabbath. They also
possessed a service called the Black Mass, over which they believed
Satan himself personally presided. In devious ways they obtained
Hosts that were truly consecrated, or, whenever possible, they
invited apostate priests for the purpose of consecrating the sacred
species so that they could be descrated and profaned.
Devil worship maintained this manner of cult whenever it was
practiced by those acquainted with the Judeo-Christian history
and the story of the fall of Lucifer.
There are others, like the Kurd Yezidis... who still exist today
in Upper Mesopotamia, worshiping Satan under the name of Iblis.
They do not believe in dualism, but profess the belief that Satan
rebelled against God, and that at a later time he was forgiven
and given the government of this world and the administration of
the transmigration of souls....
"New Catholic Encyclopedia", The Catholic University of America,
 1967; pp. 828-9.