Would it surprise you if I told you that the most popular Satanic organizations don't believe in Satan? Such is the case with the Church of Satan as well as the Satanic Temple. These people are atheists and if you don't believe in God, it's pretty silly
to believe in some other entity. This form of Satanism is typically referred to as atheistic satanism. Satan is not a presence, but rather an ideology. Atheistic Satanism is the form of Satanism that the average person is aware of. It typically has prominent figureheads who make appearances on television and the internet. This includes people like Anton Szandor LaVey (1930 - 1997) who founded the Church of Satan. These individuals benefit greatly from the press and the attention they receive. Personally, I suspect this is the main driver for their "religious" role. It's hard to consider those involved with this form of Satanism as "bad". Greedy, selfish, amoral? Sure, but really bad? Hardly.
"The Temple is a haven for smart people with complicated identities that promotes benevolence and empathy."
Benevolence and empathy? Hardly sounds Satanic to me. Indeed, the Satanic Temple of New York made a pilgrimage to the grave of Fred Phelps' dead mother. Fred Phelps as you might recall is the Minister of Westboro Baptist Church, and outspoken anti-gay activist. There, a pink mass was held with a gay wedding, in which the couple kisses over the grave of Mr. Phelps dead mother, effectively turning her into a lesbian. The ceremony is concluded with Temple of Satan spokesperson Lucien Greaves rubbing his "ball sack" on the headstone. So much for pure evil.
To understand Satanism, we need to look at its roots. Let's go back 4000 years. The Old Testament, the first part of the Bible tells us that the Jews made a pact with Jehovah who is the proper God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). During this time, there was no Satan. Jehovah played the role of good and evil. The word Satan in Hebrew means "opponent". Within the pages of the old testament you will find no reference to "Satan". Jehovah is the supreme God and covers both good and evil. In essence, there is no Jewish Devil as a theological entity.
Make no mistake, judaism has demons, typically in the form of demi-gods or deities such as Moloch and the Leviathan.
Moloch was a deity of an ancient Jewish religion called the Canaanite which existed during the Bronze age in the region known as Canaan or the Levant. Moloch was typically depicted as a bull-headed man. The leviathan was basically a Sea Monster. So while the Jews did not recognize a prince of darkness, they did recognize servants of Jehovah who were tasked with testing mortals. Deities or Demons?
Within the Hebrew Bible, "satan" (No capital) occurs 27 times. Seventeen of these times the word "satan" is not a proper name but a descriptor meaning "the oppressor" and is attached to many different entities, including human beings and the Angel of Yahweh. The satan in Job books 1 and 2 (Old Testament) is an enforcer for God (Yahweh). He's actually an officer of the divine council who polices earth and "accuses" those who disobey Yahweh. So he's not even evil, he's just enforcing the rule of law.
So exactly WHEN did this Satan Fellow step onto the scene? The answer is, with the birth of Christianity and the New Testament.
Jesus is born but he fails to usher in an era of world peace as prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures . Disenchanted, the Jews gravitated to the Romans where they enjoyed many privileges and composed about 10% of the Roman population. Under Julius Caesar, Judaism was officially recognised as a legal religion, a policy followed by the first Roman emperor, Augustus . Between 66-135 AD tensions flared between the Jews and the Romans and wars ensued resulting in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple. Sometime after this was the true birth of Christianity. With the Edict of Thessalonica in 380 AD, Christianity became the state church of the Roman Empire; specifically, Catholicism. Early Christianity was not very tolerant of other religions. Their God was omnipotent and the idea of other Gods running around equally as important was not tolerated and they were considered superstitions. Over time, these entities began to be portrayed by theologians as evil, and demonic. Demons require a leader. The Apocryphal Gospels, written between the Old and New Testaments created the Devil, AKA SATAN. Within these teachings, Satan was described as being the leader of the Watcher Angels. The Watcher Angels were commanded by God to keep watch over the people of the world. This sounds remarkably similar to the Officer of the Divine Council in the Old Testament does it not? Things got bad however, when the Watcher Angels started fornicating with the women, and feeling pity for the sinners. God was not happy and the rest is history so they say.
A LOT was going on right before the New Testament. A number of different supreme beings were considered "God". As Judaism fractured into multiple belief systems, everyone wanted "their" God to the one true God. There are accusations that the New Testament was simply a rewrite of history to transfer power from the old gods to a new one - the father of Jesus. It's been even said that Jesus is a false prophet by the followers of Yah (Original Hebrews). How does one handle all of this if you are the most powerful country on earth with Catholicism as the State Religion?
Shortly after the fall of Rome and rise of the Vatican, Earth entered the dark ages. Further fragmentation of religion continued - each with their own belief systems. Gnosticism, Carpocratians, Cainites, Bogomils, Catharism and more declared their values and in response the Catholic Church launched the brutal Northern Crusades in 1208.
Decimated, these offshoot belief systems were driven underground with their idols. What was left? Satan, Lucifer, Hell and Demons.
Where there is darkness, there are mysteries and humans, as they are, are prone to probe mystery. Sorcerers plied the countryside selling potions, and offering predictions and dark services for a fee. The mystique of witchcraft and the occult began to take shape and with it, it's symbolism and legend. Gone were Moloch, and Baal and in was Satan, Lucifer, THE devil and through time, the stereotype of Satan is caste. The
reality is however, Satan isn't really the one we should worry about. Comercial Satanism is a farce. The Church of Satan, and Temple of Set aren't killing anyone - well, at least not in any sort of volume! Maybe a few ball sacks have been rubbed disrespectfully on grave markers but really, are modern Satanists the villains, or rather, are we dealing with something deeper? We see that Satan is really a modern construct based on previous evil entities through a succession of generations. Creatives such as John Milton and his masterpiece Paradise Lost, which was written in 1667, and details Satan's fall from Heaven, standardized the view of the horned Satan with pitchfork and barbed tail.
Let's talk about human sacrifice.
There are five books that make up the Torah; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. All have references to human sacrifice. In the book entitled Human Sacrifice in Jewish and Christian Tradition , Armin Lang explains that child sacrifice is primarily a Canaanite activity.
"Therefore, in Dtn and Dtr texts, child sacrifice is
perceived as Canaanite. In deuteronomistic thought, the ritual of child
sacrifice is understood as one of the pivotal crimes of Israel which neces-
sitated the destruction of the northern kingdom (2 Kgs 17:17–18) and the
punishment of the exile for the southern kingdom (see 2 Kgs 21:6,10–
15). This explanation of the exile as punishment for Judah’s child sacri-
fices influenced Jewish thought for a very long time (see e. g. Isa 57:5, 9;
Ezek 16:20–21; 20:31 (MT); 23:36–39: Ps 106:37–38) and is still attested in a
2nd century B. C. E. apocalypse (see 4QpsDana 13 3f. par. 4QpsDanb 12)."
Within the Book of Jeremiah polemics against Israel’s child sacrifices can be found, i. e. Jer 7:31; 19:5; and 32:35.
7:31 They have built a shrine of Topheth in the valley of Ben-
hinnom, at which they burn their sons and daughters—that
was no command of mine, says the Lord.
19:5 They have built shrines to Baal, where they burn their
sons as whole-offerings to Baal. It was no command of mine;
I never spoke it; it never entered my thought.
32:35 They have built shrines to Baal in the valley of Ben-
hinnom, to surrender their sons and daughters as a Molk-
sacrifice. It was no command of mine, nor did it ever enter
my thought to do this abominable thing and lead Judah to
The near east is not the only location where we have evidence of child sacrifice. In Trujillo, Peru the bodies of 140 children, their faces painted red, their chests ripped open, and their hearts removed - were found alongside the bodies of 200 llamas in a mass grave - sacrificed.
Religions die hard. Especially religions that are so captivating, they convince their followers to sacrifice their own children. And what do we see these religions do when persecuted? They go into hiding.
So modern day, public, Satanism isn't the problem for the most part. Sure, there are segments of concern I'll address in other posts but my concern lies with the cults that followed practices so anti-social, they were NOT tolerated.
One such "cult" the 13th century was the Cathars. The Cathars were concentrated in the area known as the Languedoc, corresponding to the new French region of Occitanie . There, they built impressive castles which remain tourist attractions to this day. The Cathars were Dualists.
It was a religion of duality, that is existence consisted of good, and bad. There wasn't just one almighty God, but two. The "devil" was actually the creator of earth and had been unjustly banished to hell by the "good" god. The apocalypse, would result in the return of the "devil" god, and an "anti-christ" and victory would be had. As a result, the Cathars tried to stay on the side that was to win, that is "Satan". In order to achieve this, the Cathars practiced the polar opposite of Catholicism. Where Catholic edict preached sex was for reproduction only, the Cathars preached sex for pleasure. They took the same approach to heterosexuality, with homosexuality allowed and advocated. Catholic propaganda on this supposed Cathar proclivity gave us the word bugger, from Bougre, one of the many names for medieval Gnostic Dualists. Such a threat were the Cathars to the world that Pope Gregory IX. (1227-1241) issued the Papal Bull, Vox en Rama. In it, he outlines testimony provided through inquisitors on a rite performed by heretics, presumably Cathars.
" ..a black cat emerges from a kind of statue which normally stands in the place where these meetings are held. It is as large as a fair-sized dog, and enters backwards with its tail erect. First the novice kisses its hind parts, then the Master of Ceremonies proceeds to do the same and finally all the others in turn; or rather all those who deserve the honor. The rest, that is those who are not thought worthy of this favor, kiss the Master of Ceremonies. When they have returned to their places they stand in silence for a few minutes with heads turned towards the cat. Then the Master says: “Forgive us.” The person standing behind him repeats this and a third adds, “Lord we know it.” A fourth person ends the formula by saying, “We shall obey.”
When this ceremony is over the lights are put out and those present indulge in the most loathsome sensuality, having no regard to sex. If there are more men than women, men satisfy one another’s depraved appetites. Women do the same for one another. When these horrors have taken place the lamps are lit again and everyone regains their places. Then, from a dark corner, the figure of a man emerges. The upper part of his body from the hips upward shines as brightly as the sun but below that his skin is coarse and covered with fur like a cat. The Master of Ceremonies cuts a piece from the novice’s vestments and says to the shining figure: “Master, I have been given this, and I, in my turn, give it to you.” To which the other replies: “You have served me well and will serve me yet more in the future. I give into your safekeeping what you have given me.”
In the record on the inquisition of a certain ‘Lepzet’ (Lepret, Lebzer) of Cologne found in a
Codex of Sankt Gallen monastery from about 1300 C.E. Lepzet testifies before a non-secular court under no torture, " Lepzet, who confessed in the public inquiry, that he had carried for five years a hair-shirt in the obedience of Lucifer."  and "..a confession attributed to a heretic named Lepzet of Cologne - proclaims that the man himself, in his zeal to serve Lucifer and offend God has committed more than 30 murders!" 
Given their threat, the Catholic church began crusades against the Cathars and over a period of time considered them eradicated. Or were they?
Do we ever truly eliminate a religion or do we actually cause it to go underground? Would it be possible to completely eliminate Islam? Judaism? Christianity?
I say no.
It's my belief that the real Luciferians are an offshoot of the Catharts and they still exist to this day, just as Christians still exist and Jews still exist. This sect, after 100's of years of persecution took a route opposite the Jews, and became obscure, hidden, and secret. The Luciferians of today's internet are simply namesakes.
Real Luciferians exist and do so secretly. Internet Luciferians are nothing more than claimants and poseurs.
1. Fall of Angels, Themes in Biblical Narrative Auforth et al p. 179
2. Europe's Inner Demons: The Demonization of Christians in Medieval Christendom Cohn p.76