Music and Satanism

Posted by Sulabh Shrestha | Posted in | Posted on 6:22 AM

Satanism share the feature of symbolism, veneration or admiration of Satan (or similar figures). Satanists view themselves a very small religious group that is unrelated to any other faith, and whose members feel free to satisfy their urges, exhibit kindness to their friends, and attack their enemies. The bible states that there are only two powerful supernatural forces in the world: God and Satan. It also clearly states that Satan is the god of this age. In the broader sense, Satanists are all those who do not believe and put their trust in Christ. However, they don't believe themselves to be Satanists. In fact, they have deceived themselves into believing they can get to heaven by their own good works which is what their personal religion teaches.

Heavy metal music has often been connected with Satanism, in part to the lyrical content of several bands and their frequent use of imagery often tied to left hand path beliefs (such as the upside-down pentagram). As a result, members of several bands, including Slayer, Venom, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and Marilyn Manson have faced accusations of being Satanists. More often than not, such musicians say they do not believe in legitimate Satanic ideology and often profess to being atheists or agnostics, in some instances, followers of right hand path religions, while using that which appears to be "Satanic" for entertainment purposes and shock value.

Glen Benton, vocalist and bassist of the band Deicide, once openly claimed to be a practitioner of Theistic Satanism, and has spoken publicly on numerous occasions to profess staunch anti-Christian sentiment. Norwegian black metal artists such as Euronymous from Mayhem and Infernus from Gorgoroth have also identified themselves as Satanists and actively promoted their beliefs.Numerous burnings of churches that covered parts of Norway in the early 1990s were also attributed to youths involved in the black metal movement, which included people claiming to have theistic Satanic beliefs and strong "anti-LaVeyan" attitudes. However, the legitimacy of such actions as Satanic endeavors, rather than simply rebellious actions done for publicity, is something that has been doubted by even those who contribute to the genre.

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