(Stillness in the Storm Editor) The explosion of Satanic ideologies over the past 150 years is no accident. Nor is it an accident that a rather Hollywood version of Satanism has emerged in the past 50 years, which leads many to believe it’s nothing more than a quant, yet twisted, belief system. But in truth, the satanic agenda stretches much further back into history. And in particular, the tenant held by adherents to LaVeyan Satanism to do things that “offend God, and cause anguish” is directly tied to an earlier Sabbatean concept that seeks to glorify sin and suffering.
The Sabbateans were a sect of reformist Jews who were inspired by a self-proclaimed messiah, Sabbatai Zevi. The philosophy of this reformist movement centered around a set of prophecies related to the return of God to earth that would come in either great times of sin or great times of virtue. Zevi asserted that “since we can’t all be saints, let us be sinners” implying that instead of trying to make the world good and virtuous they should work hard to offend God and create as much hardship as possible.
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This same group later became the Frankists, converted to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism as crypto adherents, and founded the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati in 1776. An examination of their writings reveals that these Satanists were working tirelessly to infiltrate almost every aspect of society so that they could reform it in their twisted image of debauchery. And by all accounts, they succeeded, and are now entrenched in almost every aspect of society as generational satanists—although they don’t refer to themselves as such. In my estimation, the hedonistic nihilism that characterizes the 20th and most especially, the 21st century, is no doubt influenced by the machinations of these dark occultists.
Satanism today, the public variant, is a recruitment arm for march darker groups, according to former Satanist priest Mark Passio. Other former Satanists have asserted the same claim.
The question as to why more and more people are falling prey to this insidious ideology, I posit, is possibly due to the rampant moral relativism, nihilism, atheism, and propensity for the materialism of the modern age. The psychological effect of constant subtle influencing from media, tv, and music, combined with the neurological alterations that come from using modern technology, particularly pornography, lead people to justify a self-serving way of living. Part of the problem with video games, phones, and modern technology, in general, is the instant gratification mindset developed by using it. This behavior literally changes your neurology such that you experience less empathy and are more selfish—which is one of the biggest tenets of Satanism. Consider the rise in obesity, mental health issues, and related life problems of millennials, which some contend, is evidence of a sharp increase in narcissism.
Make no mistake, if one examines the values and philosophy of Satanism, a well-established propaganda and marketing campaign to indoctrinate people is at work in society at large. The average person embodies some form of a satanic ideal, although they often don’t know it—moral relativism being one of the easiest to identify.
In short, many subtle yet powerful influences have been socially engineering society for decades, the effects of which, are becoming more apparent with each passing year. The powers that be are patent and work their plans over decades and centuries of time. Fortunately, a counterculture is also emerging alongside this indulgence prone mainstream population. It seems the more inauthentic and materialistic the masses become, and this is showcased by the media, the more others begin to see it for what it is and align themselves in the opposite direction.
Of course most mainstream news articles about Satanists attempt to portray them as ordinary people that have simply been “misunderstood”. And ultimately that is what the Satanists are trying to do for Satan – they are trying to get all the rest of us to view Satan or Lucifer as a “misunderstood” being that only has humanity’s best interests at heart. And since the values of Satanism line up more accurately with the values of modern society than Christian values do, Satanists are finding increasing success in bringing in new recruits
Today, there are Satanic churches just about everywhere. For example, a Satanic high priest named Adam Daniels started “the Church of Ahriman” in the heart of Oklahoma City…
Adam Daniels, 35, is the “dastur” – or high priest – of the Church of Ahriman, which is based in Oklahoma City, USA.
The Church of Ahriman has 15 members and worships Ahriman, another name for the original Persian devil figure Angra Mainyu – the God of Hell.
The church’s followers meet in Daniels’ home, where he has converted a storage room into the ritual chamber in which he performs ceremonies including devil worshipping weddings and Satanic exorcisms.
Daniels says that he was attracted to Satanism after a deadly encounter with an armed thief sent him on a quest for answers…
Seeking a way to come to terms with ending another person’s life, he began to see a therapist and turned to a variety of religions – all of whom suggested he should have turned the other cheek.
Daniels said: “I tried to find solace and I was told that I had committed the sin of wrath by the Christians and the Buddhists – even by my mom.”
Instead he found comfort in The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey, whose motto is ‘self preservation is the highest law’.
Daniels is married, and his wife is fully on board, but having a father that is a Satanic high priest has been very rough on their daughter Amber…
“When I was six because I was given the Baphomet [an ancient deity, traditionally depicted as a horned goat] necklace in first grade and I wore it to school and was told by a teacher that I wasn’t allowed to wear it so I had to take it off and put it in my backpack.
“In sixth grade my grandma got me to go to my local bookstore and was able to get my full name printed on the Holy Bible – which my parents threw away.”
But before you start feeling tempted to feel sorry for this family, you should keep reading.
The truth is that Daniels is not a pleasant man. In fact, he openly admits that he purposely commits blasphemy and that his entire goal is to offend God…
He said: “I have ritualistically burned the Holy Bible, the Qu’ran, the Talmed, the Torah, Buddhist Sutra’s, different Hindu Sutra’s you name it, I’ve burned it out of blasphemy.
“I am not responsible for God and no God is responsible for me.
“Through my words and my deeds, I am offending God and that is my whole goal, to make his people miserable, to bring about apostates, to bring about anguish.”
At one time, nuts like Daniels would have been a very rare anomaly, but times have changed.
Today there are Satanic communities that gather from coast to coast, and the following is how the Los Angeles Times described one of these gatherings in the L.A. area…
In November, in the candlelit basement of a house just above the Silver Lake Reservoir, Alexandra James walked over to an altar where her husband, Zachary, waited near a bleached human skull, teeth locked in eternal rictus. From the altar, she lifted a sword and drew points across his chest while a circle of onlookers watched solemnly (well, a few giggled too). An organist played eerie minor key chords and Alexandra turned to face the group.
“On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will,” she said. “A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.”
“Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan!” The group chanted back.
So how many people are we actually talking about nationwide?
Well, there is not a single national organization, but all major Satanic groups have claimed large increases in membership since the election of Donald Trump.
In particular, the Satanic Temple reported gaining “thousands” of new members within the first 36 hours of Trump’s victory…
The Satanic Temple attracted “thousands” of new members in just the first 36 hours after the election of Donald Trump, according to co-founder Lucien Greaves. The 4-year-old temple, which had a pre-Trump membership of around 50,000, has never before seen a spike in registration nearly this big.
“It’s crazy,” Greaves said after a speech in front of some adoring fans at CU-Boulder. The emails, registrations, donations and social media posts are pouring in faster than the temple can respond. “People have a desperate need for something to rally to right now.”
Right now, membership in the Satanic Temple is somewhere around 100,000, and it has become a hub for the anti-Trump resistance.
Of course most have joined various Satanic groups for spiritual reasons. Today there is a tremendous spiritual hunger in America, but Americans are also leaving traditional churches at a staggering pace. People are looking for authenticity, but they aren’t finding it in the traditional places, and so many are seeking out new options.
Unfortunately, an increasing number of Americans are deciding that Satanism is the answer, and that is a very, very troubling sign.
This article originally appeared on End Of The American Dream.
About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.
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