“Langdon quickly explained how most people pictured satanic cults as devil-worshiping fiends, and yet Satanists historically were educated men who stood as adversaries to the church. Shaitan. The rumors of satanic black-magic animal sacrifices and the pentagram ritual were nothing but lies spread by the church as a smear campaign against their adversaries. Over time, opponents of the church,
wanting to emulate the Illuminati, began believing the lies and acting them out. Thus, modern Satanism was born.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
Devil worship is more appropriately called diabolatry, because of its association with the beliefs and convictions of Christianity. You can find many exaggerated accounts of devil worship that can be read in many chronicles written to frighten and terrify the public. Accounts about Devil worship were basically fictitious that Christians typically acknowledged as truths.
Back in 13th century, the word diabolatry was known as Diabolique in French, and as diaballein in Greek, both meant literally “to throw aside”. These words described the attributes of the devil in Christian writings as one who opposes God and who is thrown aside beneath the earth.
Traditional Satanism- Devil Worship
Irrespective of the false chronicled origins, Diabolism is the spiritual idolization of Satan. Diabolists are generally interested in anti-Christian undertakings and religious profanity as a form of spiritual expression. Contradictory to Christianism and other conventional religions, Diabolists or Devil worshipers, do not consider the Devil to be a downright evil being.
Different opinions of devil worshippers:
- Some agree to accept Satan as a god, or as a devil.
- Few replace the god with Satan and reverse the values of good and evil.
- Others totally believe that the Christian god does not exist and that Satan brought the earth into existence.
- Many consider that Satan was not the provider of evil, but in its place, he was a bringer of illumination and awareness.
“Devil Worship” as perceived by Church of Satan
Only a few know the fact that Devil worship was endorsed and encouraged initially by the Church of Satan. In his book, -The Satanic Rituals, LaVey gives an account of the Yazidi populaces whom he considered as the ‘original devil worshipers’. He also recommended that Satanists ought to use them as an illustration of how Satanists should connect with Satan.
Present day the Church of Satan has deviated from this conviction and has only acknowledged Satan as a metaphorical being. As atheists, they could not sustain the notion that they worshipped Satan, or prayed to anything at all.
Diabolatry is often categorized by Satanists who practice devil worship as ‘Traditional Satanism’. The phrase ‘Traditional Satanism’ was coined in an attempt to give a historical milieu to satanic societies who claim that Satanism prevailed before the development of Judaism and Christianity. In the end, these variations of beliefs in Satanism are all a part of satanic interpretations.