The Satanic Bible, written by Anton LaVey in 1969, is a collection of writings that outline the ideology of the Satanic religion.
The Satanic Bible is an atheistic philosophical belief system that empowers people to be their own Gods and to live as they wish. It is basically a form of Humanism with some black magic and rituals tied in. The book has remained in its original language (English) and has never been altered in any way.
Outside of the introductory elements, the core content of The Satanic Bible is divided into four main books: The Book of Satan, The Book of Lucifer, The Book of Belial, and the Book of Leviathan. Each book explains different aspects of Satanism and the philosophical beliefs behind it.
The Nine Satanic Statements
The opening 9 satanic statements basically set the tone for the entire book. Below you will find these statements as taken directly from the book:
- Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
- Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
- Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
- Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates!
- Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the other cheek!
- Satan represents responsibility to the responsible, instead of concern for psychic vampires!
- Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his "divine spiritual and intellectual development", has become the most vicious animal of all!
- Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
- Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!
The Satanic Bible - Anton LaVey
The Book of Satan
The Book of Satan talks about how God has been used wherever seen fit through the centuries. It mentions how the concept of "good" and "evil" has been inverted by false prophets and questions many of the common religious believes such as being kind to your enemies, heaven and hell, abstinence and similar concepts. The book is written in a poetic type manner with short, concise statements.
The Book of Lucifer: The Enlightenment
The Book of Lucifer explains many of the core concepts behind Satanism. The book talks about many "enlightening" concepts that are divided up into 12 separate essays.
I. Wanted!: God - Dead or Alive
This essay lays the foundation for how Satanists define God. It explains how God is the balancing factor in nature and how everything is built on action and reaction. The book also disapproves of fate and prayer as they lesson your chances for success because they allow one to sit back complacent rather than taking action.
II. The God You SAVE May Be Yourself
This essay explains how God is nothing but a figment of your imagination and how God has been man-made for centuries. It claims that if you worship a God, you are in fact worshiping another human by proxy, as this human has created the God with his mind. The book goes on to explain how one should regard themselves as the highest form of God as they are in complete control of their life and have the ability to fulfill their every desire.
III. Some Evidence of a New Satanic Age
This essay explains how Satanism is a religion that is compatible for human needs. It talks about how the Seven Deadly Sins (greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust and sloth) are actually instinctual behaviors that all humans desire and should therefore be promoted. He claims that the Christian religion created these as being bad because they knew people would continually fall victim of these sins and have to continually go back to God and beg for forgiveness, which makes them dependent on the church.
LaVey goes on to explain how religions are always having to change their views to keep up demands of people looking to be permitted to indulge in their natural human desires.
The essay also talks about how dogma and ceremony are a necessary part of religion and talks about the magic and rituals that Satanism promotes. This is one of the key reasons Satanism is different than other atheistic philosophies.
IV. Hell, the Devil, and How to Sell Your Soul
This essay explains the real meaning of the word "Satan" and why it fits appropriately into the philosophical belief of Satanism. He shows how the term Satan means adversary and how it received its negative connotation that is so desperately used in Christianity.
V. Love and Hate
This essay talks about how kindness should only be given to those who deserver it and not wasted on the less deserving. LaVey claims that it is not possible to love everyone, therefore you should love strongly and completely those that deserve your love. He claims that you should never turn your cheek to your enemy.
VI. Satanic Sex
This essay explains the Satanic view on "free love". In the Satanic sense, free love means the freedom to be faithful to one person or the freedom to indulge your sexual desires with as many others as you feel necessary to fit your needs. Satanism encourages any type of sexual behavior as long as it hurts no one else. Satanism also is in favor of any type of sexual activity whether it be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or even asexual.
VII. Not all Vampires Suck Blood
In this essay LaVey coins the term "psychic vampire" which is used to describe somebody who constantly will use a minor flaw as an excuse for their problems and as a way to gain sympathy from others. LaVey claims that people who use a victim status as a way to induce guilt in others are fundamentally weak, and Satanism does not promote it. The term psychic vampire means that they are psychologically draining on people.
VIII. Indulgence... NOT Compulsion
This essay explains how Satanism encourages its followers to indulge in their natural desires. Satanism claims that by doing so you can become a completely satisfied persons with no frustrations that can be harmful to yourself and others around you. The Satanic belief on this is: Indulgence instead of abstinence.
Satanism holds the atheistic view that since there is no afterlife, all happiness and satisfaction much be obtained on earth and for these reasons Satanism advocates spending your years on earth to the fullest extent of indulgence.
IX. On the Choice of a Human Sacrifice
This essay condemns killing or harming animals or babies for magical or ritualistic purposes. It instead promotes anyone who has gone out of their way to harm another individual as a prime candidate for human sacrifice. LaVey claims that when a person has cried out to be destroyed by their actions that it is one's moral obligation to grant them their wish.
X. Life After Death Through Fulfillment of the Ego
In complete harmony with the concept of materialistic, non-spiritual view of the world, this essay explains how there is no afterlife.
XI. Religious Holidays
XII. The Black Mass
The Book of Belial: The Mastery of the Earth
I. The Theory and Practice of Satanic Magic (Definition and Purpose)
II. The Three Types of Satanic Ritual
III. The Ritual, or "Intellectual Decompression", Chamber
The Ingredients Used in the Performance of Satanic Magic
The Satanic Ritual
The Book of Leviathan
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