Satanism

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The devil is a supernatural being thought of by society and Christians as an entity of pure evil. Although there is no hard evidence proving the existence of the devil, there are certainly plenty of testimonials of people who have claimed to see Hell. So let’s hypothetically say that the devil is real. If this were the case, then that would mean that the horrifying testimonials are actually true, which may lead one to wonder why people even call themselves a Satanist to begin with. Contrary to what one might think, Satanists do not believe that the devil is something of pure evil, nor do they view him as an actual person. Satanists view the devil as an actual deity or force that is to be worshipped and given complete allegiance to. Surprisingly, people started claiming to have sold their souls to the devil before the existence of the first satanic church. Anton LaVay first established “The Church of Satan April 30th, 1966”, but this isn’t where the idea of selling ones souls came from (Barton 1). It wasn’t until the Christopher Marlow’s play, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus was performed that humanity was first introduced to the idea of selling their souls to the devil. Unfortunately, in the day and age we currently live in, many people interpret things in a very literal manner, which in turn can cause some of the horrifying, satanic events that we may hear about through the media. But in an attempt to assuage feelings of neglect, adolescents sometimes rebel and turn to faith as a source of comfort and stability when in essence a corrupt religion can become overpowering and controlling. Since the Middle Ages, people have always been looking for a way to rebel against what is deemed to be normal. Whether ... ... middle of paper ... ...d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. .Emerson, Shirley, and Yvonne Syron. "Adolescent Satanism: Rebellion Masquerading as Religion." Counseling & Values. , P145. 15p. 39.2 (1995): 145-15. Academic Search Complete. Web. Lodhia, Pooja. "Teen Claims Clear Lake Murder Suspect Raped Her Last Year." Teen Claims Suspect in Clear Lake Satanic Ritual Murder Raped Her Last Year. KTRK-TV, 12 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Merrill, Mark. "5 Reasons Why Your Teen Is Rebelling." Home. IMOM, 2012. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. Spellman, Dennis. "Satan Worship Confirmed In Clear Lake Murder Of 15 Year-Old." News 92 FM Official Site for Houston News Traffic Weather Breaking News RSS. N.p., 11 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Swatos, William H. "Adolescent Satanism: A Research Note On Exploratory Survey Data." Review Of Religious Research 34.2 (1992): 161. Academic Search Complete. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

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