My published articles could make it seem as if I were a satanist, so here’s my stance on any and all religions, including satanism.
As always, I start my essays with a definition:
“-the service and worship of God or the supernatural
-commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
-a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
-a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith”
Parts left out for brevity. Hyphens added by me.
Fundamentally, any religion consists of 1 to 3 of the following:
1. Sacred texts;
The example of Christianity has the following:
2. Sacraments and churches;
3. Wine, beer and liquors, especially in monasteries, though this part doesn’t really contribute to the religion;
Here’s my point:
I. You can read the texts and an intelligent person can understand the several levels of metaphors without believing in a supernatural being.
II. Rituals are performed to achieve a certain effect. If you can achieve that effect in a different manner, you don’t need the ritual.
III. You certainly don’t need to be religious to take drugs.
So, does religion as acted out by most practitioners have any value?
I have several theories on that:
I. Metaphors can pass through people’s weak logical capabilities. In a brain the size of a human’s, something must be able to process information, presumably the subconscious.
II. Religious gatherings motivate people to behave according to the sacred texts, e.g. by peer pressure or by causing feelings.
III. Religion always contains values. A community that shares the same values works better together. Not everyone can critically analyse religious texts and extract correct deductions, but more people are able follow simple instructions (though not all), thus causing more harmonious coexistence.
Lastly, just to piss the right people off: If you believe in an almighty being, you are delusional. I’d realized 3 ways of proving such a being doesn’t exist at 16.