"A complete knowledge and awareness of this factor [The Balance factor concerning the casting of magic] is an ability few witches and warlocks ever attain?Have you been the victim of a misdirected, over-blown ego which has caused you to want something or someone when the chances are virtually non-existent? Are you a talentless, tone-deaf individual who is attempting, through magic, to receive great acclaim for your unmusical voice? Are you a plain, glamorless witch with oversized feet, nose, and ego, combined with an advanced case of acne, who is casting love spells to catch a handsome young movie star? Are you a gross, lumpy, lewd-mouthed, snaggle-toothed loafer who is desirous of a luscious young stripper? If so, you'd better learn to use the balance factor, or else expect to fail consistently!" [The Satanic Bible, written by Anton Szander LaVey, published by Yankee Rose, Page 127.]
Originally posted by Cooper_Wriston
This has been suggested by me and sacrament in jest, but I didn't think that someone was actually going to do it. It does cross the line a bit, but ...
It also makes an excellent point.
It will be interesting to see the future of this thread. Either way, you are brave.
Originally posted by Mistress S
If prominent leaders of the Christian faith are rejecting the past interpretation of God, how then can their followers be expected to adhere to previous religious tradition?
With all the debate about whether or not God is dead, if he isn't he better have Medicare! (Satanic Bible LaVey, Anton p.43)
The chief duty of every new age is to upraise new men to determine its liberties, to lead it towards material successes--to rend the rusty padlocks and chains of dead custom that always prevent healthy expansion. Theories and ideas that may have meant life and hope and freedom for our ancestors may now mean destruction, slavery, and dishonor to us! (p. 31)
Popular lies have ever been the most potent enemies of personal liberty. There is only one way to deal with them: cut them out, to the very core, just as cancers. (p. 32)
Life is the great indulgence--death, the great abstinence. Therefore, make the most of life--HERE AND NOW! (p. 33)
A Satanist knows there is nothing wrong with being greedy, as it only means that he wants more than he already has. Envy means to look with favor upon the possessions of others, and to be desirous of obtaining similar things for oneself. Envy and greed are the motivating forces of ambition--and without ambition, very little of importance would be accomplished. Gluttony is simply eating more than you need to keep yourself alive. When you have overeaten to the point of obesity, another sin--pride--will motivate you to regain an appearance that will renew your self-respect. Anyone who buys an article of clothing for a purpose other than covering his body and protecting it from the elements is guilty of pride. [...] Being reluctant to get out of bed in the morning is to be guilty of sloth, and if you lie in bed long enough you may find yourself committing another sin--lust. To have the faintest stirring of sexual desire is to be guilty of lust. In order to ensure propagation of humanity, nature made lust the second most powerful instinct, the first being self-preservation. Recognizing this, the Christian church made fornication the "Original Sin." In this way, they made sure no one would escape sin. Your very state of being is a result of sin--the Original sin! The strongest instinct in every living thing is self-preservation, which brings us to the last of the seven deadly sins--anger. Is it not our instinct for self-preservation that is aroused when someone harms us, when we become angry enough to protect ourselves from further attack?
Since man's natural instincts lead him to sin, all men are sinners; and all sinners go to hell. If everyone goes to hell, then you will meet all your friends there. (pp. 46-47)
I wrote a paper on the Satanic Bible in H.S. You gotta love LaVey--he tries to be shocking with all the satanic terminology and pseudo-magic rituals, but all he's really doing is preaching hedonism and questioning traditional religious morality.
Originally posted by MDTom
To bad no one asked specifically for your opinion!
You just broke rule number one...
Originally posted by ForensicPath
Well let me invoke my favorite rule:
"11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him."
If you do not stop bothering me, consider yourself destroyed.
Originally posted by oudoc08
What's that sound? Sort of like a big crane. Maybe the one that's going to pick this up and drop in the Everyone forum?
But I hear a big flushing sound over there. Hmm. Oh yes, that's the "This thread violates TOS in the Everyone forum" sound.