Satanism is an evil cult or religion. For many years, the biggest misunderstanding of Satanism is the belief that Satanism consists of worshiping evil and wrongdoing. This common belief about Satanism is a big misconception. It may be a big shock toward those who truly believe Satanism worship the devil, and those who have not taken the time to truly explore what Satanism is really about. Satanism do not believe in God and their teaching is based on the idea of individualism.
It is believe that Satanism has been worshiped and revered for thousands of years. However, many people are confused on what makes a person a Satanist. They believe anyone who worship in any religions other than their own is a Satanist. The most common believe is that any religion other than Christianity, Judaism, or Islam is considered Satanism. Other religions such as Santeria, Wicca, New Age, Druidism, and other neopagans religions are also mistaken for Satanism.
Many people to this day, especially conservative Christians, view Satanism as a threat to our peaceful culture. Their fear of Satanism are based on Gothic Satanism, which made its first appearance during the Middle Ages. According to Church leaders of the time, Satanists were evil incarnate: They sold their souls to the devil, killed children in ritual ceremonies, changed shapes between animals and humans, flew on broomsticks, conducted Black Masses, and performed black magic to harm others. Some people believe that Satanists continue to practice many of these evil deeds, especially human sacrifice and ritual abuse.
There are three different types of Satanism. While there are similarities in all the three groups, each group have their own differences. The first group is Theistic Satanism, also known as Spiritual Satanism. Theistic Satanism acknowledge the existence of Satan. They believe Satan is a deity in which they must worship him.
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