Are Being Seen As
Better Role Models
Members of the Satanic Temple,
some argue, sound and act
more like Jesus than Christian groups.
The Satanic Temple (based in Massachusetts with approximately 20 chapters across the U.S. and even more expanding on a global level), lists its seven fundamental tenets:
Strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.
The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
Here's an interesting experiment...read out these statements (listed above) to some individuals, and have them guess what religious group or philanthropic organization holds these as their seven fundamental tenets. DO NOT tell them that you want to talk to them about Satanism or Christianity or anything like that, because such things would lead them to think a certain way and create a bias. Just read it to them and see how they respond...
Even without running the experiment, what you would encounter is fairly predictable. Most people will NOT think of Satanists when you read to them the seven fundamental tenets of Satanism. Ironically (and quite disturbingly), you are going to find that many people will identify these Satanic beliefs as CHRISTIAN. True, some may think of a non-profit organization, or they might guess this seven-tenet belief system came from New Age or Buddhist or Islamic sects, but Satanists will almost surely be the last thing on their minds!
Now do another survey....but this time, simply ask, "When you think of Christians, what words, feelings, images, and thoughts come to mind?" Then take note of what they say. (Make sure you also ask this question to NON-Christians, otherwise you'll receive biased responses).
See how many people reply with negative views of Christians, in contrast to those who may see them favorably and say something such as, "People who love one another."
Now pick up a Bible and read John 13:35.
Next, go to Google and type in the search phrase, "Satanists more loving than Christians?" and see what kinds of articles, news reports, blogs, and so on, pop up as results. Take your time to browse the material and get a good idea of what people are thinking, feeling, and saying.
You will find that the growing trend in society is Satanists are becoming more and more known as people who actually love. And Christians? Well...anything but that.
In fact, you'll hear people say that Jesus and Satanists have quite a bit in common because they're both loving, UNLIKE CHRISTIANS.
Let that sink in for a moment...
If you are reading this and you are a Christian, and you are now sad, shocked, frustrated, upset, confused, indifferent, heart-broken, ashamed, angry, fed-up, irritated, offended, ready to debate, or, more importantly...
...ready to DO SOMETHING...
....are you willing & able (& disciplined enough) to contribute only one minute every month to the cause of Jesus Christ? One minute every month to help others obey Him? (John 13:34) One minute every month to share His love & prove to everyone that we (NOT SATANISTS!) are REALLY His disciples? (John 13:35)
No more words.