What Would Satan Do?

Philosophy, Spirituality by Adam on 2006-07-08 02:15

The other day a perfect stranger approached me and asked, “Do you worship Satan?” I get this question from time to time, though oddly enough it’s never happened when I’m wearing my leviathan shirt.

Since I’m an atheist, Satan is as real to me as all the other elements of the Christian mythos, the gods and devils of other religions, or Santa Claus. He (it?) is a fictitious construct used for mythological storytelling. But unlike most of other Bible stories (e.g. guys getting swallowed by fishes, other guys having god command them to kill their own children, and that sort of good-natured fun), I do find some value in the mythological figure of Lucifer.

So it’s not that I worship Satan. No, it would be more correct to say that I consider Satan to be an excellent role model.

The moral of Lucifer’s story is one that is near and dear to my heart: questioning authority. Like all the other angels, Lucifer was a mindless automaton, carrying out his god’s will without question. But Lucifer had the strength of character to say, “No. I have to make decisions for myself. Even if my decisions are bad ones, it’s better to be my own person than the mindless puppet of another being.”

The name he was given, Satan, means “the defier.” (Let it be noted that most words of ancient Hebrew can be translated in a number of different ways, this is just one of them.) To defy even the omnipotent, omniscient deity of the Christian mythos is the ultimate display of challenging authority. Next time you find yourself willing to accept the dubious judgement of someone based on their credentials - rather than the strength of the argument itself - just ask yourself: What would Satan do?

“Worshiping” Satan makes no sense, when you consider this message. Worship is an act of obedience, a promise of your undying (and probably unearned) loyalty - i.e., faith - to some mighty being. Lucifer shows us that we should take nothing on faith. To worship Satan would be a wholly contradictory act.

5 comments per 'What Would Satan Do?'

  1. Cat says:

    Your story about what Saatan stands for being evil reminds me of something else that would bother me a lot when I used to ponder Christianity more often. Adam and Eve were cast out of paradise for seeking knowledge. This always seemed ridiculous to me, because as human beings, I personally think one of the the key aspects of our nature is curiosity and the urge to manipulate the environment. So, I used to wonder why God would gift us with the urge to seek out knowledge, expect us to live in ignorance, and then cast us out for trying to become more intelligent. Awful origin story, if I do say so myself.

  2. Rand says:

    I am just going to go ahead and guess that you’ve read Brust’s To Reign in Hell. Interesting and well-written exposition of what it means to think for yourself in the context of the Judeo-Christian (Abrahamic?) mythos. It also spins the entire creation war story in exactly the setting it deserves: self-acknowledged fiction.

  3. Adam says:

    Actually, I haven’t… is that Brust as in Steven Brust? He’s one of my favorite authors (for the Pheonix Guards and Vlad Taltos series), I’ll definitely have to check that one out…

  4. noodle says:

    I worship Satan.

  5. crissy says:

    hey i can see ur piont of view…but as a satanist i see that u are wrong for u say..but not in what u believe in. it is not my place to judge that…i would like to hear more form u

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