Joy of Satan
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Let"s take a look at this web venue, Joy of Satan Ministries, because it seems to express a base philosophy that is rampant in nearly all theistic as well as atheistic Satanist "Ministries" today, reaching far into the works of Zechariah Sitchin and Michael Tsarion... and other likes" Illogical contradictions are what appear to me to be persistent among these people"s understanding, theistic or not. And you might disagree with me, and that"s fine, I"m not looking for a debate, this is simply the way I see it. When I was in High School, I had a copy of Lavey"s book and I read it front to back.
The first and primary contradiction that appears to be prevalent in all these different theistic Satanic sects and what their "leaders" present is this: They worship Satan as the Truth and the Light, the True Father of humanity and that all religions are actually the enemy of mankind. I"ll respect that as their belief because I despise most religion, and won"t tread on that basic principle or tenet of their philosophy. My problem is when they say that Satan represents the Truth and the LIGHT" and they always use symbols of DARKNESS to portray him. A goat? The Biblical symobl of the scapegoat? The colors of black and red, death and blood? Black is a void. Not life or light. Light is WHITE. They actually use the same symbols that the Abrahamic religions have used to condemn them, of blood and black and red, to portray their "Father" who they claim represents LIGHT, and state that instead, this portrayal of dark black robes, and the head of a goat surrounded by fire and brimstone and death, instead of doves and rainbows and butterflies, are symbols of goodness, like a snake is a symbol of wisdom. But how is the excessive use of the death-head colors black and red, and sometimes a toxic green and vain purple all of a sudden supposed to represent the lighter colors of white and light blue and life-giving green? An evil-looking goat with red eyes that looks like it"s about to eat you is NOT the symbol of good, and all the Satanic Theistic Sects use it. Why isn"t there a Satanic Sect that uses the color of blooming morning glory instead, if they want to say they represent the Truth and Light? Why use black to represent light? It"s a JOKE.
To take it a little further, the Joy of Satan Ministries says that, "they"re not about EVIL." Well, if that"s True, than how come when we scroll down a little further we see that under the "Satanic Witchcraft" section, we find a spell on, "How to Deliver the EVIL Eye?" If you"re not about EVIL than why are you trying to teach people how to deliver an EVIL eye? I won"t pursue the point, I"ll just leave it to you to meditate on and decide for yourself. I find it obviously contradictory that they state they aren"t about evil, and then try to teach you how to deliver the "evil eye." And also how they use black and blood red and colors of darkness, to represent the light. Any of the Satanic Theists you find on the internet are claiming to be messengers of Light, while using colors of darkness to portray themselves. It"s ridiculous. How can anyone believe this utter crap?
If we look up the origins of the word evil, it doesn"t make sense why they would apply them to something that represents Truth and Light, which they claim they represent. The Etymology Dictionary says the word evil, Old English "yfel" means basically "bad, vicious, ill, wicked," and further if you wish to look it up yourself. That"s what the word has always meant, so if you are good and want to represent the Truth and the Light, you can"t be castin" no evil eyes, period. You can"t have it both ways, and say you are good and yet use evil to achieve your agenda of revenge. There is also according to the Etymology Dictionary the concept of Evilly, or the Evil eye (Latin oculus malus) which was Old English eage yfel. The jocular notion of an evil twin, as an excuse for regrettable deeds, from an old motif in mythology. Why are they using these terms if they obviously by definition contradict what they are trying to represent? To give them the benefit of the doubt at this point would be difficult after reading the dictionaries and encyclopedias. Unless they"re creating new meanings for words and defining them how they want to" How about I redefine the word good as evil. Good actually means evil now everyone so get it right. It"s ridiculous. Michael Jackson sang that he was "bad" and everyone thought it meant he was "cool," and people say no means yes. No, it doesn"t. The difference is, that was a trend, this is not. It"s all about fascion.
So, if we read further, in the preposition regarding the JOS Ministry in particular, it states in the "About" section, we read that, "Satan does not in any way fit the Judeo/Christian or Muslim descriptions that have falsely defined him for so long, nor does he conform to the character depicted of him in Anton LaVey"s, "Satanic Bible." So if that"s True, than how come the very cover of the "Satanic Bible," uses the same image of Satan, the goat, that modern theistic Satanists use to represent their belief system? I"m sure this will delve into a more cryptic answer, but the obvious and blatant is the obvious and blatant. Joy of Satan claims Anton LaVey"s Satanic Bible uses a false image, the goat, but JOS uses the EXACT same symbolism" Again, not making sense, and therefore appearing to be a blatant hypocrisy and dumb. Then again maybe this was all part of the plan to deliver these poor lost souls back into the heart of Rome.
And my final misunderstanding, as I"ll call it under the benefit of the doubt, is that JOS says, "THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES HAVE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IN ORDER FOR SATANISM TO ADVANCE, MONEY IS NEEDED." The donate button is not difficult to see. I"m not sure why something representing real Truth would need money, God don"t need cash". but these guys believe that He does too. Then at the bottom of the page an image appearing to be a Skull with horns is portrayed, rather than a dove and a rainbow, the colors of light, no, the colors of blood and death, yes, and who wants that? Nobody wants that. Now there is some interesting research on JOS, but I have to say, Maxine Dietrich, shut up ya f"n douchebag. Nobody believes you, except these teens who have nobody to love them. Yes, she has a separate site for teens who have no one to love them but Father Satan, totes lame, a way to take advantage of young people who feel alone and rejected by society, especially by a society dominated by religious dogma and bigotry. Kids, this material, in my opinion, is piss, and some of you might like piss, but whatever. I just think it"s dumb, my own personal opinion, maybe you feel that Maxine is you"re light at the end of the tunnel, but my advice is don"t get caught up in all the research presented by this organization and focus on the basic principles it presents, and you will see, it"s ridiculous, absolutely. But again that"s just my own personal opinion. Believe whatever you want to, you have free will, it won"t affect me or anyone else regardless because to people like me it"s lame and a trend overdue of it"s own demise.
I'm going to shorten the whole rant into one sentence: this form of Satanism is false/contradictory since it claims Satan is good, and different from other religions, but uses their negative symbols. I'm not going to go in depth into all your examples, but your first one is why call Satan truth and light when use darkness. Light, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, can be "spiritual illumination." Religion is not meant to be taken literally, and there could be many reasons to use darkness. Black soil is fertile and grows life. It could be any number of things and judging the religion based on color is not a real criteria.
Next, your main second point is why use the goat head when the goat head in Christianity is evil? Well, you did quote that they are not connected to other religions, so you can't judge their symbols on other religions. However, the contradiction is the point. You claim evil/bad, I will use to mean something good. An example is the Impressionistic movement, where "impression" is used as a criticism and insult, but was later turned around and accepted. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster used the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an arbitrary symbol to criticize religion, but later embraced it and started a whole new religion off that. Now you do briefly touch on by saying "and people say no means yes. No, it doesn"t." However that's your opinion that A is always A, whereas other thinkers who push pass the norm would rather say A alludes to B and C. This is a matter of opinion and also many words have roots that differ from what they mean. Trim use to mean in Old English "to make firm or strong; to settle, arrange," while the current usage (and thus is now defined as) "to remove by or as if by cutting."
The bit about money is irrelevant since all religions need money to advance, particularly when a rival/parallel religion has more and in your opinion spreading the wrong idea. It's their duty to spread "truth," a virtue that this form of Satanism agrees with.
Also I would like to remind my opponent to be respectful and not make random baseless assertions (your entire last paragraph), saying it's your opinion doesn't excuse or validate these claims. Thank you, and I'm curious to what you'll say.
It"s the imagery and the messagery associated with colors, that also adds to the picture. Joy of Satan Ministries uses a picture of a goat with horns in black and red. Then it talks about an "Evil Eye" spell. Therefore it"s promoting "evil." And it"s using symbols which were used by the church, to represent itself. And I"ll leave the debate open - to show that the symbols weren"t created by the church. The point I want to make, I"ll be honest, isn"t clear at this point. I just feel that the colors and symbols they use in ALL Satanic philosophical cults, is not "Luciferian" by definition.
Actually all sects and cults of Satansim I have come across profess that they represent Truth and Light and so colors are not necessarily the key factor. Symbols on the other hand are more telling. You seem to make the point that the reason theistic Satanists use symbols that Christianity also uses them is because they belong to Satanism and Christianity hijacked them to condemn them. I get that. But the problem is that, and I have considered the cognitive dissonance manipulated into my mind, is that
A: Joy Of Satan says they "hate" evil, when they teach how to deliver the "evil" eye.
B: They (as well as ALL so-called Satanists) use reprehensible symbols of death to represent their way of life.
I mean there is obviously yes, red and black can mean either life or death. But when you use it to represent what you literally call "evil," and it has a face of a goat with scary red eyes and horns that look like they"re going to screw you". I mean yes horns can represent strenght". Ok it"s getting ridiculous now.
What my main point is, look at that face of a goat with horns and blazing red eyes and tell me if you think that represents something good. I guess it all relies on opinion" I don"t know, which is why I"m looking for other"s ideas. When reading Joy of Satan I feel that it"s actually good and right, but when I delve deeper, I feel that it"s wrong.
I'm just going to refute the two main points my opponent consolidated for me.
A. I've mentioned that when it comes to religion, words and meaning gets distorted in my little bit the last round. It's like how one country's freedom fighter is another's terrorist.
B. No, I cannot look at goats with flaming eyes and tell you it represents good. I also cannot look at a snake woman and see anymore meaning. It's because the way you and I were raised puts the stress of good and bad differently from other cultures. It's the whole Plato's cave, on how our perception is based on society's. Goats are actually symbolic and good in other cultures. It's all about being open-minded and accepting.
Note: These arguments can excuse many crazy people/action and there is a large chance you will feel like it's wrong. However if they don't hurt anyone, you cannot be so narrow minded and bad mouth it.
Just a note, my opponent has accepted all my rebuttals and is just debating on my grounds. None of his original points stand beside the idea that "it's contradictory."
I'll give another example can be Islam, or Judaism. Maybe just proving Christianity makes one example null (I would disagree but I have no intentions of debating this) and there are an endless religions and you can't force understanding on to people in the first place.
AOP forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by kman100 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Fofeit by con. I thought that Pro's rebuttals were mostly semantic and not very effective, but Con replied to them even less adequately. Essentially, Con went down to pro's level, which enabled pro to defeat them
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