Satanism vs. Devil Worship
a group of ideological and philosophical beliefs based on Satan. Contemporary religious practice of Satanism began with the founding of the atheistic Church of Satan in the United States in 1966, although a few historical precedents exist. Prior to the public practice, Satanism existed primarily as an accusation by various Christian groups toward perceived ideological opponents, rather than a self-identity. Satanism, and the concept of Satan, has also been used by artists and entertainers for symbolic expression.
Accusations that various groups have been practicing Satanism have been made throughout much of Christian history. During the Middle Ages, the Inquisition attached to the Catholic Church alleged that various heretical Christian sects and groups, such as the Knights Templar and the Cathars, performed secret Satanic rituals. In the subsequent Early Modern period, belief in a widespread Satanic conspiracy of witches resulted in mass trials of alleged witches across Europe and the North American colonies. Accusations that Satanic conspiracies were active, and behind events such as Protestantism (and conversely, the Protestant claim that the Pope was the Antichrist) and the French Revolution continued to be made in Christendom during the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The idea of a vast Satanic conspiracy reached new heights with the influential Taxil hoax of France in the 1890s, which claimed that Freemasonry worshipped Satan, Lucifer, and Baphomet in their rituals. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Satanic ritual abuse hysteria spread through the United States and the United Kingdom, amid fears that groups of Satanists were regularly sexually abusing and murdering children in their rites. In most of these cases, there is no corroborating evidence that any of those accused of Satanism were actually practitioners of a Satanic religion or guilty of the allegations leveled at them.
Since the 19th century, various small religious groups have emerged that identify as Satanists or use Satanic iconography. The Satanist groups that appeared after the 1960s are widely diverse, but two major trends are theistic Satanism and atheistic Satanism. Theistic Satanists venerate Satan as a supernatural deity, viewing him not as omnipotent but rather as a patriarch. In contrast, atheistic Satanists regard Satan as a symbol of certain human traits.
Quote from Indy/life
A SATANIST ON WHY EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT HIS RELIGION IS WRONG
“As a natural non-joiner I was initially skeptical of the Church of Satan and incorrectly assumed, as most do, that Satanists were members of a devil worshipping cult, and was therefore happy to remain an atheist with a penchant for Satanic aesthetics prior to reading any official literature.”
Janice’s personal experience being raised by devil worshippers.
When Janice began telling me the story of her life it came in very small pieces. She would return again and again to the same horrifying experiences and when she did the same expressionless, almost absent look in the eye could be seen. As I would implore of more details, she would simply look at me and the eyes would say, I want to talk but I’m afraid too. In the years of visiting with her, I would ask a question and she would freeze up. After a couple of months she would return with a very thought out answer. It was always difficult for her to speak of any of her experiences. She had to push through all the fear that had been instilled in her from her very birth. She was a breeder. She would be impregnated and would never know which on was the father. The baby would be born, skinned alive, cut into pieces and the ritual that followed would be too horrifying to consider. Five infants she had. Parents were Pastors and very respected but were secretly involved in generational devil worship at the same time. She would say to me, “Satanism is bad but it’s not really about the devil. Devil worship is all about the manifestations and worship. Devil worshipper will stop at nothing to honor the Devil and worship him. In the day, they appear at to be the most Godly Christian, faithful to church, gently and loving to others, But at close inspection, destruction will follow them and all the while they will have a sweet smile on their faces. Rituals that included infant sacrifice, being buried alive in a casket of snakes, rituals and services where one would marry the devil and more blasphemy than one can comprehend. Thus, this is devil worship and it is alive and well.
With its details of devil worship, sexual orgies, torture and even human sacrifice, hers is a story similar to scores of others that have surfaced in recent years from abuse survivors around the United States.
To find clear definitions of devil worship, one finds that it is nearly always represented under the same heading as Satanism. I have found that this is grossly incorrect. Devil worship is hard core, most often generational, and very seldom exposed. Where Satanism is highly advertised. One will nearly never suspect a neighbor, a church member or a friend as a devil worshipper. It is highly guarded with their lives and never paraded.