So by your rationale, if you had someone who consired Satan to be a genuine, concious anthropomorphic deity and chose to worship that deity using the ritual and dogma of The Satanic Bible,
How, exactly, could one possibly do that? If they view and worship Satan as an athropomorphic deity, then such actions go directly against what's stated in The Satanic Bible
. The dogma presented in the book goes directly against the idea of worshipping an externalized deity.
And if they're flipping right to the back of the book to perform the basic Satanic Ritual or one of the conjurations as if Satan was real, then they're ignoring the entire Book of Belial and are taking things completely out of context.
One believes that a deity exists outside of thier immediate physical realm. The other believes that no such thing, with the individual being the deity.
But the ritual and dogma used by both people is identical.
Oh no they're not! Do you even know what the word "dogma" means?
And as far as ritual goes, even if you look at old versions of the alleged "Black Mass" upon which the Satanic Le Messe Noir
is based upon, or the various general "circle" rituals that inspired the standard 13-step Satanic ritual, you'll see that key parts were changed so as to make it compatible with Satanism's (dare I use the following word) dogma. There are no notions of bowing-down or self-sacrifice in the rituals found in LaVey's books.
The Satanic Bible does say that MOST people don't believe in Satan as an actual deity. It leaves room for the handful of lunatics and nutters (read: devil worshippers) that believe that Old Nick is real.
That hardly means that the book was written for such people too.
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