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  • Sunday, December 16, 2007

    Atheist God Judged and Usurped by Another Atheist God

    Fox News reports an email of a teenage member of the Church of Satan was turned over to the FBI by one of the church's leaders because the teenager wrote in the email he intended "to kill his grandparents and steal their money and car"... and that he had access to an arsenal of weapons and wanted to "kill in the name of our unholy lord Satan."

    Whether the teenager's present claim now that "it was a joke" is true or not I'm not sure, but what I find interesting are the statements found at the end of the article - "Gilmore said members of his group are atheists who believe Satan is a symbol of freedom, not evil. "To the Satanist, he is his own God," reads a statement on the group's Web site from Gilmore."

    Question: If each Satanist (in their account "Atheist") is his own God, then why did one of them have his desire (/will/power/rights/etc.) stripped by another one? [i.e., the God who led the church prevented the God who was a member from carrying out his wishes... or at least the law enforcement did]

    Seems atheists here are using god with a lower case "g", or atheism has some things in common with henotheism or monarchial polytheism. But isn't this a beautiful illustration of the way it is with atheists? It's not that they don't worship anything... they all want to worship themselves and each be their own g/God and have it their own way; the only problem is when another g/God trumps them in authority or power, and then they learn they are not the g/God they thought they once were or wanted to be. (This of course in addition to the limitations and frustrations experienced when they cannot overcome the providence and curse established over them by the real God.) Hence, in the atheist world, it's not just enough for each person to be "his own God", he must seek though influence, position, powere, or whatever other means possible to become the greater or greatest God, but at least the one with the most authority and power.

    Must be rough living in the atheist world, I mean ...with all the other god's and having to compete with them and everything. Seems like it would be no different than the boxing world where there's either somebody else always out there who can put a whoopin on ya (so there's reason for fear and/or frustration), or if you do make it to the top, then everybody out there gunning for ya. I'm not sure, but this much I know, the member whose email just got turned over to the FBI is probably questioning whether all this "To the Satanist, he is his own God," jargon is really all it's built up to be.

    On the one hand, it's kind of funny. On another it's not, because whether on a small scale (with one church member and his leader) or on a larger scale, these types of things are happening in our world every day (be it over world views, power, money, rights, etc.). Think about it.

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