The Witch and Satan

In ancient Hebrew the word "satan" merely meant "the adversary", and simply referred to the person who took the opposition viewpoint for the sake of disputation in theological discussions. Such a role is never a popular one. Much later the word was applied to anyone who defended an unorthodox view in Christianity. Subsequently the word came to be applied to the idea of the anti-Christ, and Satan worship was the charge made against followers of the Old Religion in order to convict them of heresy. When they were burned for this so-called crime their estates were divided equally between the church and civil authorities. Eventually the idea of Satanism became so repugnant and dangerous to so many people that its utility was lost. Finally the charge of Satanism became obsolete because no real opposition of any kind to the Church was left. It is curious that the Protestant Reformation arose at this same time.

A recent innovation has been the revival of the idea of Satanism in modern religion. These people take pride in the idea of the reversal of Christianity taking advantage of the freedom inherent in a country that prides itself on its religious tolerance. These Satanists are rather like naughty children who take delight in displays of unruliness in order to spite their elders.

This would probably be entirely unimportant save for the fact that as the word witchcraft has long been attached to the idea of Satanism these people openly refer to themselves as Witches. When they do so they are clearly displaying their understanding of Christian propaganda and their complete ignorance of even the most basic teachings of the Craft.

The Wise Men have never been concerned with the concepts of a "devil" or "hell" and recognize the Satan concept as a necessary dogma in Christian structure. Thomas Mann said, "Those who believe in the devil are already His." To the Wise Ones all people are the literal children of God, and everything in creation is engaged in a cycle of eternal progression through the teaching of natural law and the cycle of rebirths. Thus everyone is growing wiser through each subsequent lifetime. Every person gets in life what he himself earns and nothing more. If there is any "punishment" it is only natural consequences caused through his own acts, but such consequences are only to learn by and they are solely for teaching and are therefore not eternal, but passing.

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