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from The Satanic Codex 2020 by /Bert LaVey

Copyright © 2019–2021 Bruce Peterson

Chapter 2
Inversion Of Morality

Chapter 2-

The Inversion of Morality (The Crimes of God)

-In biblical mythology, Satan rebelled due to God’s propensity to generate inequalities and perpetrate injustices, and Satan was justified in this rebellion- it is courageous (and may even be seen as moralistic) to confront authoritarian injustice and inequality, be it in myth or reality.

The God of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions- Judaism, Christianity and Islam- is a neglectful and abusive parent to the life that that this God supposedly created, and thus this God is only worthy of rejection and definitely not deserving of the love and respect constantly demanded by the faithful.

However, God does not exist as a cognizant being, and neither does Satan, just as Heaven and Hell do not exist as physical landscapes.

They are all just signifiers of concepts and ideologies, and we need, as a species, to change our interactions with theses ideas- to reject the mythological monopolies of ancient institutions, and to re-imagine and reconstruct old ways of thinking in order to make them suit our current needs and desires as a culture.

It is the individual cognition of Satan as a fictional character, to whom we all share similar characteristics, which empowers The S. O. S.

We do not exalt Satan as a living deity to replace God at the top of a supernatural hierarchy- neither God nor Satan rules over us.

As anarchists, The S. O. S. refuse to accept gods or masters, and thus Satan can fill neither role.

Instead, we see the concept of the character Satan reflected in ourselves- our thoughts, our identities, and our actions in (and reactions to) this world.

Satan is an individual’s adversarial self-empowered nature, not a magical imaginary friend, occult power, or authority figure.

Satan represents not one independent being, but exits as the signifier of an innately shared part of our individual beings- a common aspect of demonized anti-authoritarianism which is found, in varying degrees, in most human life.

God’s institutions on Earth are responsible for many of the worst crimes ever committed against humanity. From its earliest days, monotheism has been challenged to reconcile the violence of the scriptures with the idea of a loving God.

At the root of the mythology of Abrahamic monotheism such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam is the story of Abraham. Abraham is the first of three spiritual fathers of the old testament known as the biblical patriarchs, the other two being his son Isaac and grandson Jacob (aka Israel).

The three major monotheistic faiths claim a direct lineage from these patriarchs. In these three Abrahamic religions the individual, God, and nature are highly separate from each other.

Also, these Abrahamic religions believe in a judging, paternal, fully external god to which the individual and nature are subordinate.

According to the mythology, Abraham was called by God to leave his home and settle in a land which was already settled by the descendants of Canaan, but God promised it to Abraham and his descendants. The Bible's internal chronology places Abraham around 2000 BCE. Despite this, there is nothing specific in the Genesis stories that can be definitively related to known history in or around Canaan in the early second millennium B.C.E.

As a result, it is now widely agreed that the so-called 'patriarchal/ancestral period' is a later literary construct, not a period in the actual history of the ancient world. The Pentateuch (the first five books of the Jewish Torah) was composed in the Persian period (roughly 520–320 BCE), as a result of tensions between the Jewish landowners who had stayed in Judah during the Babylonian captivity (period in Jewish history during which a number of Jews of the ancient Kingdom of Judah were held captives in Babylonia).

These Jewish landowners claimed Abraham as the "father" through whom they traced their right to the land via familial inheritance. From among the earliest examples monotheist mythology (and from a myth which Jews, Christians, and Muslims explicitly share in common), we can see that these myths were manufactured by patriarchal landowners to utilize the concept of divinity as a justification of their claims, and served as a superstition-based insurance protecting the practice of property inheritance via patriarchal lineage.

Later in the Abrahamic mythology, Abraham is supposedly commanded by God to sacrifice his young son Isaac as proof of obedience (a test of faith), but an angel appears to Abraham and prevents the sacrifice at the last moment.

A modern moralist cannot help but wonder how a child could ever recover from such psychological trauma. By the standards of modern morality, this disgraceful story is an example simultaneously of child abuse, bullying in two asymmetrical, hierarchical power relationships, and the first recorded use of the Nuremberg defence (“I was only obeying orders”), yet the legend is one of the great foundational myths of the three main monotheistic religions.

There is some speculation that earlier legends and/or the original story (later redacted and suppressed by various religious authorities) depicted a narrative wherein Abraham was not prevented from committing this sacrifice, and that his faith was proven by the blood of his child sacrificed to God.

Other theories postulate that in earlier (or the original) version(s) of the story God never withdrew the command of child sacrifice, but that Abraham disobeyed God by sacrificing a ram instead, or that the messenger angel who prevented the sacrifice was the being who disobeyed the command of human sacrifice.

Regarding the reinterpretation of the latter myth, it would not be unreasonable for The S. O.S. to surmise that the disobedient angel who prevented Isaac’s murder was the fallen angel Satan,

utilizing direct action in working against the violent sacrificial demands of an immoral God to prevent the unnecessary loss of human life by ‘divine’ edicts.

The legacy of the story of Abraham is that of authoritarian patriarchy, inherited real estate private property, and violent human sacrifice (specifically the sacrifice of children/innocents as martyrs of faith). This ‘divine’ command of human sacrifice (either the perceived command or the actual practice) is the corruption at the root and in the heart of Judaism, Islam, and especially Christianity, which would additionally glorify the practice of human sacrifice by upholding the sacrifice of Jesus as fundamental to the Christian faith. The test of faith through the willingness to sacrifice human life resonates throughout monotheist faiths and philosophies to this day, and this mentality has enabled historical injustices beyond count.

Aside from the numerous depictions, both ancient and modern, of massacres and attempted genocide perpetrated by the followers of God, the mythological deity itself is chronicled in the Bible as having committed the largest and most thorough act of genocide in history- the ‘great flood,’ or the story of Noah’s Ark, where God is reported to have murdered nearly all life on Earth by the method of drowning.

How can an all-powerful and benevolent creator God decide that creation up to that point had been a mistake, and decide that the solution to that mistake was to drown nearly every living creature and start over?

To drown a breathing being is a cruel method of murder- prolonged and agonizing.

Did all these lives have to end so horribly and painfully because of God’s mistakes? How can an all-powerful being even make mistakes?

How can a benevolent God inflict such a cruel and gruesome death on so many beings that this God supposedly created?

This God would give free will to humanity, and would then hypocritically drown everyone who utilized that free will and did not act in accordance with God’s wishes.

This is just a hint of the contradictions and cruelty of God, and is a horrid example to the followers of God that mass murder is somehow a viable solution to the world’s problems.

Throughout history, monotheists would emulate this murderous wrath of their evil God.

The Tower of Babel myth parallels the Edenic myth, again depicting God as a villainous, oppressive tyrant who punishes human aspirations by seeing such aspirations as hubris from a heavenly hierarchical vantage point. In this myth, God specifically acts as a violent reactionary in response to cooperative and collective human efforts to explore the sky and outer space (or “the heavens”).

As punishment for the labor of cooperatively constructing a massive tower in Babylon which threatened to exceed God’s property boundaries, God destroys the tower (assumedly murdering the laboring builders and architects within), but further forces linguistic (and resultant cultural) divisiveness upon humanity by imposing differing languages on different groups of humans- hence why the word ‘babel’ became synonymous with ‘nonsense’.

This action is committed specifically to hinder or prevent such cooperative, collective effort from again threatening God’s private property and hierarchical position. This action pushes humans into linguistic and cultural competition and away from cultural cooperation and space exploration (cooperation and exploration which God implicitly finds powerful enough to be threatening).

The Jewish Old Testament (the Torah) contains the horrific account of what can only be described as a biblical holocaust- in order to keep the ‘chosen people’ apart from and unaffected by the beliefs and practices of indigenous or neighboring peoples, when God commanded the ‘chosen people’ of the Jewish tribes to conquer the ‘promised land,’ God placed city after city ‘under the ban’- this meant that every man, woman and child (and sometimes even the local livestock) was to be slaughtered at the point of the sword.

The Old Testament contains several passages (especially in the book of Deuteronomy) in which God commands the Israelites to exterminate many nearby nations, and describes several wars of extermination that annihilated entire cities or groups of peoples (these groups included the Canaanites, the Midianites, and the Amalekites).

The Battle of Jericho was an act of genocide perpetrated by ancient Jews against the Canaanites. There is a direct link between these biblical campaigns of extermination and the violent religious attitudes of our modern era… leaders of the Jewish fundamentalist movement considered the Palestinians to be like Canaanites or Amalekites, and suggest that infers a duty to make merciless war against Arabs who reject Jewish sovereignty over Israel.

European colonialism in the nineteenth century was ideologically based on the biblical narratives of conquest and extermination.

Many European Jews who migrated to Palestine (before the nation-state of Israel was formed in 1948) relied on the biblical ideology of conquest and extermination, and considered the Arabs to be Canaanites.

The views on war expressed in Deuteronomy created the psychological foundation for the misguided ideological justifications that enabled the genocides of Native Americans and of European Jews.

Militant Zionists have identified modern Palestinians with Canaanites, and hence as targets of fundamentalist Jews in Israel- to these Zionists, the Palestinians are the modern equivalent of the biblical Canaanites, and some Zionist leaders suggest that they ‘must be prepared to destroy’ the Palestinians if the Palestinians do not leave the land the Zionists claim as Israel. The Zionist movement has drawn inspiration from the biblical tradition of blood-soaked conquest, and there are obvious parallels between the ancient genocidal Israelites of Deuteronomy and modern Israeli Jewish fundamentalists.

The Ten Commandments is a list of ten rules supposedly given to Moses by God on a mountaintop after the exodus of Jewish slaves from Egypt. However, there is very little historical evidence to support the claim that a large number of Jews were ever enslaved in Egypt, which renders the story of “Exodus” a fictitious literary construct along with the vast majority of biblical texts.

According to this myth, God afflicted the Egyptians with several plagues, including the mass murder of firstborn children, to end the supposed enslavement of the Jews.

This is particularly confusing given that God enabled that supposed enslavement to occur and actively "harden[ed] Pharaoh's heart" in response to the plight of the Jews. To ensure that the omniscient and ‘all-knowing’ God did not forgot which households were Jewish, Jews were required to sacrifice an animal- a goat, sheep or lamb- and paint the sacrificed animal's blood on their front door. 

Within this narrative, in the aftermath of this final plague of mass murder of children, the Pharaoh has a change of heart and frees the Jewish slaves, wh...

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