Other Religions Alternative Religions Luciferian and Satanic Views of Christianity Share Flipboard Email Print Krzysztof Dydynski / Getty Images Alternative Religions Satanic Beliefs and Creeds Overview Beliefs Mythological Figures By Catherine Beyer Wicca Expert M.A., History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee B.A., History, Kalamazoo College Catherine Beyer is a practicing Wiccan who has taught religion in at Lakeland College in Wisconsin as well as humanities and Western culture at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. our editorial process Catherine Beyer Updated July 23, 2018 While Luciferians and Satanists do not view Satan and Lucifer the same way Christians do, their choice of those Biblical names reflects their views and criticism of Christianity. Satan and Lucifer are rebels against the Christian God, representing all of the things that God denies humanity according to the Satanic and Luciferian perspective. God is Oppressive The God of Christianity is oppressive, cruel, and arbitrary. Christians submit themselves to a demanding deity committing spiritual blackmail by threatening to damn the disobedient. In this context, it's not important whether or not such a being exists, it's more important to realize its oppressive nature. God Derides His Own Creations According to traditional Christianity, the material world is full of sinful temptations that can lead a person from the path of salvation. These things include the comforts of life such as good food, sex, and luxury items. Why create something with the sole purpose of tempting followers? Both Luciferians and Satanists unashamedly enjoy life to its fullest, ignoring cultural or religious taboos. For Satanists, physical existence is the sum total of human existence. For Luciferians, both spirit and body are important, but they are not in conflict with one another. Encouragement of Mediocrity Christianity downplays the importance of the individual. Pride in one's accomplishments is considered a sin. Without the promise of some sort of reward--acclamation, wealth, advancement, all of which are temptations--how can one be encouraged to excel beyond minimal expectations? Mass Religion as a Means of Control Christianity depends heavily on assumed authority. Christians are expected to accept the Bible as fact and to follow the dictates of church leaders. Personal interpretation is frequently condemned, particularly when it contradicts the understanding of the majority. Satanism and particularly Luciferianism are esoteric religions. There are no gurus, saints or authoritative leaders. Both groups encourage individual study of all things and to never accept something solely because you're told you should. Neither Luciferianism nor Satanism seeks converts, much less pressure people to join, all members want to be actively involved. Many Christians, on the other hand, were born into the religion and, at least in the mind of the Satanist or Luciferian, tend to accept it because they've been raised to accept it, or for fear of damnation. They hold their beliefs so closely, they become blind to outside criticism. Delusions vs. Reality Christianity paints an image of the world completely at odds with reality. Natural urges are spiritually damaging. People are expected to be polite or even submissive in order to avoid conflict, even when it may be harmful to themselves. Struggle is something to be embraced, not shunned. Spiritual beings judge each soul on arbitrary rules, leaving men in constant fear of their potential salvation. Satanists and Luciferians agree that there is more to the world than what is readily apparent and those things take time, energy, and investigation to understand. That doesn't make such things inexplicable, however. The world is able to be rationally understood without the existence of an all-powerful deity. A Good God Could Not Have Created This World Christians insist that God is entirely good and that he is the creator of everything. He created a world of hardship, struggle, and pain, yet insists he loves humanity. While the Bible teaches that Satan fell from grace and perverted the Lord's creation, it doesn't acknowledge the fact that God allowed that to happen. The all-powerful Christian God is omnipotent, and yet, he overlooked the possibility that his creations would fail him. Rather than acknowledging the mistake, the blame is laid on the lesser beings--humanity and the Fallen Angel, Satan.