There seems to be a common misinterpretation that Anton LaVey made “rules that Satanists” have to follow. Certain self-styled “Satanists” in the metal community see a contradiction between these “rules” and the “be whatever you want to be” individuality of Satanism. This is ridiculous, if being a Satanist meant you could be whatever you want, do whatever you want etc, that would render the word “Satanist” completely meaningless. This in fact is what it was before Anton LaVey came on the scene, just an insulting term that Protestants and Catholics used to throw at each other, and Christians of all denominations used to throw at the Jews. What LaVey did was attach a meaning to the word Satanism, he recognised a current of heretical thought in the writings of such men as Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Redbeard, Jack London etc and labelled it Satanic. The 9 Statements, Eleven Rules and Satanic Sins contain the bare bones of the definition of what a Satanist is, a definition he fleshed out in the Satanic Bible and his other writings. If you see your own personality reflected back at you in those writings, you are a Satanist. If not, no big deal. What I find hard to understand is why so many people seem desperate to attach this label “Satanist” to themselves when they plainly don’t fit the definition. Do they view themselves as so dull they need that label to make them look interesting?
I am equally puzzled by the so called “theistic Satanism” prevalent in the metal scene. Let’s get one thing straight, the Holy Bible (HB) is the rule book of Christianity. If you take the HB to be a book of truth, ie if you believe in the literal existence of god and the devil, heaven and hell, and an immortal soul that is judged against the HB’s standards of good and evil, then you are a Christian. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to worship god and try to be “good” in the hope your soul will go to heaven, or if you worship the devil and try to be “evil” in the hope you’ll go to hell. The difference between the two is like the difference between two people playing the same Star Wars video game that allows you to play as either Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. The game is the same, and in this case the name of the game is Christianity.