Satanism, Is it really a threat to you?

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Most religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam have

well defined meanings on exception is Satanism. Most people

have their own definition for Satanism.

Some people feel that non-Christian religions and all

Christian denominations other than their own are forms of

Satanism. This would imply that all Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems,

and Jews. In fact at least 75% of the world's population would be


Others feel that all religions other than Judaism or

Christianity are inspired by Satan and thus are forms of Satanism.

This would still leave the vast majority of people in the world

being Satanists.

Large numbers of people feel that a wide variety of unrelated,

benign religions (such as Santeria and other Caribbean religions,

Druidism, New Age, Wicca, ect.) are forms of Satanism.

Such definitions create great confusion. The following are

recommended terms and descriptions for four essentially unrelated

religions that have been called Satanism.

The first is Religious Satanism, This faith includes the

recognition of Satan either as a deity or as a principle.

Three main

denominations exist: the Church of Satan, the Temple of Set, and

the Church of Satanic Liberation. Other short lived Satanic groups

currently exist and have existed in the recent past. According to

Statistic Canada, the 1991 census found 335 Canadians who

identified themselves as Satanists. The actual Number is probably

significantly larger.

A United States Department of the Army pamphlet #165-13



CHAPLAINS' (1978 - April) estimated that there were 10 to 20

thousand members of the Church of Satan in the United States.

Accurate data is impossible to estimate, since the largest group

(The Church of Satan) does not release its membership totals.

It is important to realize that the Satan they recognize has

few if any point...