I'm sure that some of this does come from confusion about the Church of Satan but, from my experience, a lot of it stems from the idea that anyone who's not the correct type of chirstian must have been mislead by satan. More that one I've heard that Hindu gods really exist, they are just fallen angels deceiving people--so all Hindus unknowingly worship devils. I've been told from the pulpit that satan sometimes gives the pope visions of the future to aid in luring christians away from true christianity--so catholics worship satan; unknowingly for the rank and file catholic but the priests know full well who they really follow.
I suppose that admitting all the other religions are man made errors could lead to doubts about one's own religion while 'knowing' that they are traps created by your religion's devil to trick people away from your one true religion actually acts to reinforce the validity of one's religions belief.
Very well put. People are willing to go to extremes to protect their ignorance. It does make me sad though because seeing every other religion as Satan worshipers has to have a negative impact on them and their interactions with others. To believe that an overwhelming majority of people are worshiping evil and lost all morality must be a terrible way to live. I imagine they can't even research it themselves for fear of bringing evil into their own lives which is also sad because they are quite fascinating with rich histories.
Great "diary" entry ... still like your symbol too.
A lot of people are simply ignorant, not all are bigots. For those who are ignorant, who you can be open to ... you are as much saving them as any Christian missionary could save you. Don't hate the ignorant. Try not to hate bigots (I know it is hard not to).
Thanks! It's forever on my leg now and I love it still :)
I don't necessarily hate bigots unless they're extreme; I just find them tiring.
I told one young lady I was an atheist. She was quiet for a second and then said, "Well, it happens, people get abused..." The idea that I had never been a believer simply wasn't an option for her.
Oh my god! I had someone tell me that when they found out I wasn't straight! They thought that one had to have been abused to be like that. I had a terrible childhood sure, but it didn't contribute.
I seldom have these kinds on interactions with Christians, since they have no need to know the state of my relationship with God. When it does come up I'm unapologetic concerning my lack of belief, and to hell with them if they don't like it.
I sometimes use the word nullifidian to express my unbelief, since no one knows what it means and so it lacks all that negative baggage the A word has.
It's not like I go about screaming it from rooftops, but as religious as my area is, it can't be avoided.
I wish we didn't have to find new words at all. Their hate is so misguided and illogical. We aren't hurting anyone.
Which, even if that were true, and you literally worshipped the devil, that's lesser of two evils considering all the stuff God is said to have done in the Bible.
Oh yeah. The biblical god was a crazy, manipulative, petty, jealous, mass murderer. The devil, Satan, and Lucifer all read to be far less evil by comparison.
A group that lasted about a decade and had maybe a few thousand adherents at its peak, and that's being generous. Their influence has since played up to a ludicrous extent.
I know. I have yet to figure out why people think they are an all powerful group of atheists or devil worshipers or whatever. They make interesting fiction fodder, but are no more a threat than Hydra from Marvel, The Other from Girl Genius, or Alchemists from Bloodlines (Richelle Mead).
Which is literally the exact opposite of what actually happens.
Oh yes. Most of us just want to live our lives in peace at most fighting for continued separation of church and state and the same protection against discrimination that those who follow a religion have.
That one seems like a post-conversion demonization of the old affiliation because I very much doubt current witches would have that sort of complaint.
Seeing as my best friend is a witch, I would have to agree. It makes her happy and helps her. She has been one for years. She was raised Christian, but it never felt right. When she stuck her town in the water, it felt right but her parents found out and demonized it. She went back to it as an adult and never looked back. Most people don't realize it's a very positive faith with them believing that energy you put out into the world comes back to you, so if they did bad things or used dark magic, it would eventually come back and have a negative impact on them and their lives. Knowing that, I don't know how she could have seen it as inviting negative energy in her life.
I dunno. It seems like the go-to association for bible-thumpers even though logically, people who don't believe in supernatural beings are unlikely to be in league with the devil, a supernatural being. It's like accusing vegans of being cannibals. Makes no sense.
Lol! Lovely way of putting it. I still find it bizarre.
Seems like a common theme.
It really is isn't it?
Well, at least that's good. It's puzzling how these people get so sheltered they don't encounter atheists or LBGTQ+ people. You'd think most people would at least hear about that stuff in their teens or 20s.
You underestimate my town. I seen my first gay person in my 20s and my sister shields her boys from TV shows with gay people even going so far as covering their eyes. And the mental image of atheists here is insane. I called myself not Christian/religious a long time because I didn't know what atheism actually was. It's a definition you never question because that's all you know. It's like being told your whole like that your eyes are brown when in a mirror they show blue; you might try to bend the truth to fit their belief or discard it as false, but you can't hide from it forever. It takes courage to question.
I haven't said to very many people that I am not believing the story line anymore. Nice to see what I get to look forward to. I don't know that I should be trying to disillusion anyone I know ( definitely not my brother-in-law who is a pastor).
There is good along with the bad. My Christian long distance friend reacted with a shrug. My witch best friend had a few questions and then was supportive. My other best friend is also an atheist and we both figured out the definitions together (she knew she was an atheist before but didn't know what it meant). These are just my most memorable examples. This isn't the everyday. If it was, I would have moved by now ;)