I Dated A Christian For Two Years

Seriously. This was before I knew that the Church of Satan was a thing, though, even if I was already a Satanist. This is because Satanists are born and not made, which means that if I’m a Satanist NOW, I was a Satanist THEN because I have always lived my life Satanically. It’s a part of me, much like the color of my eyes.

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Yup, there’s photographic proof

So with that in mind, let me tell you about the time I dated a Hard Core Christian for two years. Let’s call him Tim because that’s his name. Tim belonged to a denomination of faith called The Christian Reformed Church. What is that? Here’s a quote that sorta explains it:

Reformed Christians are a small part of a much larger body of believers who love and serve Jesus Christ. We’re part of a family that includes Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Evangelical, and a host of other churches that confess and practice the Christian faith.

Reformed teachings are shared by denominations other than the Christian Reformed Church. What’s different is the emphasis that we might place on them. Cornelius Plantinga writes:

Our accents lie more on the sovereignty of God, on the authority of Scripture, on
the need for disciplined holiness in personal Christian life, and finally, on
Christianity as a religion of the Kingdom.
A Sure Thing: What We Believe and Why
(Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 2001), p. 281

For example, the Reformed faith teaches the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all creation. We can’t imagine a Christian church that doesn’t hold to that teaching. But Reformed believers place a lot more emphasis on this teaching than many other Christians do. As a result, Reformed believers have invested a lot of their energy and resources in Christian education (Christian day schools, colleges, and seminaries), Christ-centered political/social action, and parachurch ministries to those in need.” (Taken from CRCNA.org)

There were more than a few reasons why this was never going to work out, but we’re focusing on the religious reasons today. First off, though he didn’t say it, I was expected to serve him. That was never going to happen. Once, we went to a service (Yes, I went, too) where he told me not to stand until he stood; not to sit until he sat; not to speak until he spoke; and so on. I broke all of those rules.

I refuse to be bossed around. I am in charge of myself and nobody else is. This is why I dye my hair fun colors and wear clothes that make it hard for people to fit me into a category. Depending on the day I am either a punk, a goth, a prep, grungy, lazy, or whatever strikes my fancy at the time I’m picking out my clothes. This makes it hard for me to be in a relationship with somebody who wants me to fit a mold.

So, I mentioned earlier that I went to church with him and I did this because I wanted to support him. I hated it, but I was trying to show that his interests were important to me. That stopped pretty quick, which made him nervous because he wanted to get married and have kids who went to church and all that jazz.

OH HELL NO! First of all, I was 19-21 when we were dating so I was not about to have kids. I was busy going to college and getting on with my life. Second, I am totally uncomfortable with telling kids what to think. When my mom was raising me, I was lucky because she would let me explore religion on my own and never pointed me in one direction or another. This is because my Mom is agnostic and wanted me to discover the world myself.

In the end, I think we could both feel that it was coming. I was his first girlfriend, even though he was 24 when we started dating, and I was the one to take his virginity. Because of these things, he thought I had sent him to hell. His solution? He spoke with the elders at his church and they told him to leave me.

So, that’s what he did. He took me a mile away from my car, out in the middle of nowhere, and left me. I cried, yes, but it didn’t take me long to get over it. I got pissed and walked the mile back to my car with him driving a few feet behind me because I refused to get into his truck.

I get home and go to tell my mom what had happened, but she already knew. Apparently, he decided to take an hour to break up with my parents before breaking up with me. It was strange.

All in all, I’m glad we dated. Seriously, I am, because I know all the arguments Christian’s have! I know the arguments and I know their lies. I’ve been on the other side of the lines and I took notes. Also he introduced me to my DnD friends and I love them so much.

So, in the end, Thanks, Tim, for teaching me all about what I never want to be.

Live your life, loves, and never let anybody change you.

HS!

LH

I’m A Baby

I mean, I’m 24 years old currently, which is still very young, but most people wouldn’t call me a baby anymore. At least outside of the bedroom, that is. But, as a Satanist, I’m still little! Actually I’m pretty confident in saying I’m probably still in First Phase, which means I’m a little dumb still. (Ha). I only received my Membership card back in February of THIS YEAR!That is why I always make sure to emphasize that I don’t speak for the Church of Satan or any of its members.

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From The Sun

What I do do (ha) is interviews. I like to get as many perspectives on a position so that mine might become more informed. Always keep learning, children. A few months ago, if somebody asked me to define Satan, I would say “An external, fictional representation of one’s best self”. That has changed a bit. Now I say, “An external, fictional representation of one’s best self, free from Abrahamic laws”. This little additions means so much, at least to me.

All of these things said, I’m going to throw another interview at you! This one is from a lovely Satanist who, like me, is also young. Actually, he’s 20! He has been in the Church of Satan FAR longer than me, though, and is an Active Member. You can check out more from our wonderful friend of the left-hand path on his blog Just A Young Satanist!

Now, sit back, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, and enjoy the latest entry in…

The Infernal Interviews

1) What made you realize you were a Satanist?
It was really a gradual progression. I came across information on Satanism almost by accident while doing research for a high school project. The more I read, the more I found myself agreeing. Even after reading The Satanic Bible I didn’t feel comfortable calling myself a Satanist as I hadn’t tried a ritual yet and I felt that if ritual wasn’t for me, then I probably was not a Satanist. The first ritual I ever did was the one in the Youth Communique on Churchofsatan.com because I was broke and I didn’t need a whole lot to do it. After that ritual, I was kind of like “Yeah, this is right for me” and I’ve called myself a Satanist ever since.
2) Do your friends and family know?
I live in a very small, religious town. I remember getting pulled aside by my vice principal because he was getting calls from concerned parents. I think most of my graduating class at least heard I was reading the Satanic Bible in school. All of the friends I kept from high school know and my closest friends in college know, but I don’t make a big deal about it. As far as family, I try to keep it private but that doesn’t always work out.
3) You can only use one condiment forever, which one do you choose?
Ranch is a condiment because I say, and it wins hands down.
4) What have you done in your life thus far that you are most proud of?
Well I’m really just starting to change focus from my achievements to my goals as an adult. The things I was once proud of don’t mean a whole lot to me anymore. I’m working hard on getting my associate’s degree without going into debt, and I plan to have that goal accomplished by August. After that, I’ve got sights on bigger and better things. I’ve got a few other personal projects in the works, but they’re too far out to make any kind of announcement. I’m proud of the hard work I’m putting in now more than anything.
5) Where do you see yourself at 60 years old?
In a comfortable chair in my home library. I’d like to have a couple of novels published, to have traveled, and to have a good group of friends. Life isn’t over at retirement, and I’m sure I’ll be pretty active in it.
6) If a wizard told you he would give you three powers, which would you choose?
If the wizard has the ability to give me any power I want, I would probably want the power of the wizard. If that isn’t an option, I would definitely go with mind reading, shape shifting, and whatever you would call the powers of Aang from Avatar.
7) Do you have any pets?
I do! Skunkie is my 16-year-old mutt of a cat named for the coloration of her face, Cookie is my 10-year-old tuxedo cat, and I have a 7-year-old black lab named Ranger. Some people count our poultry as pets, so at any one time we could have 20-30 chickens, 10-20 turkeys, or no farm animals whatsoever.
8) If you couldn’t live in the USA, what other country would you move to?
Germany. I love the food, landscape, architecture, and language. It also puts me in a position to easily travel to most of the other countries I considered, like Italy, France, Norway, and the UK.
9) What is your stance on Pineapple on pizza?
Generally speaking I think pizza is gross. Keep it off my pineapple and everything will be okay.
10) Describe your ideal home.
My ideal home would be approached by a long drive that winds its way through the dense forest. Once deep enough into the wood that privacy is guaranteed, the woods open to a clearing revealing Victorian style home. My attitudes on how it would look inside vary, but two things never change. Firstly, I want a secret room. Second, I want a large personal library. Overall, I want it to be a place of quiet appreciation of the natural world, a reflection of my interests, and a refuge for those friends who need to escape the outside world from time to time.
I hope you young kids out there who are now discovering Satanism take these answers, as well as the rest of his blog, to heart. We have all been exactly where you are now and we want to answer any questions you have. Now, I want to make it clear that I’m not telling you that you are a Satanist. Honestly, you’re probably not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take some of the teachings of Satanism and apply them to your life.
Take no shit, my Sweet Satanist.
HS!
LH!