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However, while Wallis identifies movements such as neo-Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity as being 'world-accommodating', strictly speaking, such a view applies to most major religious traditions.
This is a philosophy of improvement rather than of the nihilistic rejection of this world.
Satan, then, represents our ties to this world, our ego, successes, the things we want to do in this world.
Satan is the things that keep us tied to this world, not wanting to escape it.
It represents the fact that we're not willing to give up worldly things for spiritual goals ('Spiritual pipe dreams') attained for an afterlife.
Suicide is never an option for Satanists - we fight to the end, we do not want to escape from reality! The world is deemed bad, even evil, and believers must distance themselves from it as much as possible, sometimes to the extent of denying themselves any pleasure, indulging in any desires, or enjoying anything except essential food and religious study.
Such withdrawal has often been a hallmark of suicide cults although it is also present to an extent in otherwise peaceful groups such as the Amish.
Some have even held that the world itself is a great illusion, or was created by an evil god.The first of the nine Satanic Statements is that "Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence! Anton La Vey, the founder of the Church of Satan, explained "the difference between indulgence and compulsion.Indulgence can be controlled, compulsion controls." and hence argued that a Satanist, although indulgent, is not controlled by the passions.This is what happened in November 1978 when over 900 members of Jim Jones' Peoples Temple committed suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.".Christianity" JQPU_Content="Belief that a single creator god had a son, Jesus Christ, born to a human mother, and that Jesus' crucifixion by the Romans brings salvation About Christianity" href=" is, at its core, a negative reaction against the suffering of the world, as it claims that there is a perfect paradise that we should strive to attend, disregarding this (Satan's) world.
You might think that Satanism is utterly opposed to everything that any of the apocalyptic, nihilistic or rejectionist religions have to offer.