This book is possibly the most misunderstood piece of literature there is. While I don’t consider myself a Satanist, Levayan Satanist, nor a Luciferian, I do innately follow many of the things spoken on inside this book. If you take away the rituals it condones, it is simply a book advocating natural instincts. Take the seven sins for example, without lust there would be no human reproduction, without greed your pride would not step in and make you stop committing sloth. These are things the average person does on a daily basis without even thinking of the fact that they are considered deadly sins under the Christianity they most likely are following.
It somewhat builds on the foundations of Atheism; not believing in any deity, God nor Satan. It points out that these deities have no external existence, instead they are represented by the good and/or bad qualities in every man and woman. When I say individualism, it is the idea that no one has any set path because you create your own. There is no fate, no heaven nor hell. Heaven is simply bliss and hell is simply imprisonment, figuratively speaking. If you want to build, build. If you want to destroy, destroy. Countless so called Christians on this earth share the traits of a Satanist or even an Atheist, yet they condemn both.
Since I do not advocate the rituals that Satanism entails and I do not like the idea of committing to any organization, I would fall more under the category of a contemporary Atheist, nevertheless, Lavey’s teachings of Satanism are very eye opening and fascinating to who we all are as people. Just like the Holy Bible has it’s evil and it’s good, as does the Satanic Bible. Whatever makes the most sense to your own logic. Never be afraid to investigate what you know you do not fully understand.
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