Am I right in thinking that you're a literal satanist and believe in Satan as an entity? I'm really interested if you are cos obviously as a Christian (although as we know I'm a gnostic) I was brought up to believe that Satan was evil. As I'm constantly re-evaluating my belief system I'd be really interested to hear from someone else's perspective what Satan means to you. Hope you don't mine my asking.
yes, I believe Satan(or whichever name one might choose to call him) is a Pagan diety pre-dating the Abrahamic tradition. As always, the gods of one culture become the 'demons' of their conquerors.
Example: the goddess Asarte(or Ishtar) was transformed into the 'demon' Astaroth by the christian church... the god Pan is a perfect blueprint for 'the devil'.
I don't buy into all the 'evil' business - we are(can be) evil by choice, not by birth - just as we can choose (hopefully) to be good. And truthfully speaking, 9 times out of 10, 'good' and 'bad' are relative. I think a big chunk of chocolate cake is good - real good! LOL But a diabetic might go into shock and possibly even die if he ate it - so to him, it would be 'bad'.
There is so much about the Abrahamic doctrine that is so blatantly anti-human, I just can't support it.
Here is a good quote that makes ALOT of sense:
"I think that if there were a God, there would be less evil on this earth. I believe that if evil exists here below, then either it was willed by God or it was beyond His powers to prevent it. Now I cannot bring myself to fear a God who is either spiteful or weak. I defy Him without fear and care not a fig for his thunderbolts."
- Marquis De Sade