What Is Satanism?


Hey and welcome to BrainStuff. I’m Josh Clark and you’re you, and this is
the BrainStuff where I explain to you… Satanism! Sure, if you like heavy metal and you have
a comb sticking out of your back pocket, you’re probably cool with somebody calling you a
Satanist. But more often than not, if you’re called
a Satanist, it’s because someone is shouting after that, “Burn him!” It’s not a good thing. And traditionally it’s been used to discredit
people. Probably the most famous early use of accusations
of Satanism was leveled against the Knights Templar, the very wealthy, religious army
that invaded the Middle East during the Crusades around the turn of the last millennium. The Templars were accused of worshipping Baphomet,
a form of Satan that turned into this guy by the 19th Century. The thing is, modern historians believe it’s
possible that Baphomet is a mangled translation of Muhammad, and that the Knights Templar
were actually secretly Muslim, and had converted during the Crusades. Even more famously were the witch hunts in
Europe and the Americas that were carried out from the 14th Century onward. All of those people who were accused of witchcraft
were also accused of worshipping the Devil and being in league with him. And even more recently than that, in the 1980s
and 90s in the United States and Britain, there was something called a Satanic Panic. Which was a moral panic that saw everybody
from burnouts to daycare workers accused of worshipping Satan, and murdering people, and
molesting children. All in the name of the dark lord. The thing is, this was a super nutso time,
and people actually went to prison for decades for crimes that they (and actually no one)
ever committed. The whole thing was totally fictitious. Despite the moral panics and instances where
people have murdered in the name of Satan, there’s no evidence that there actually ever
has been a widespread and organized worship of Satan. Despite the fear by some that it actually
exists. Instead, Satanism is a wholly made up philosophy
that focuses on the sanctity and the freedom of the individual. To Satanists, Satan is a symbol of mankind’s
freewill. They don’t really believe in the Christian
version of Satan. And they certainly don’t believe in the red
devil running around with the pointy tail and the horns. Although they did appropriate the beard. The actual Church of Satan was founded in
1966. It’s pretty recent. And it was founded by a guy named Anton LaVey. LaVey believed that Christian churches were
quite hypocritical. So he packaged his brand of individualism
which a dramatic mockery of Christian rites. It attracted likeminded people, and actually,
50 years on, the church is still around. It spawned some offshoots, like the Temple
of Set in 1975. And more recently, the Satanic Temple in 2013. The Satanic Temple’s activities mostly include
shining a spotlight on the lack of separation between church and state in the United States. So, for example, they paid for a 9 foot bronze
statue of Baphomet surrounded by adoring children, that they planned to install at the Oklahoma
state capitol building, after the Ten Commandments went up there. They also distributed a kids coloring book
at a school where Christians were handing out pamphlets. They’re also known as being the trolls who
trolled uber-trolls Westboro Baptist Church, by holding a gay Satanic wedding on the grave
of Fred Phelps’ mother. Fred Phelps is the founder of Westboro Baptist
Church. That’s some trolling. If you want to troll us, go ahead and leave
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100 Responses

  1. zinyo vlogs

    May 20, 2019 1:57 pm

    This is total wrong info. First, in Islam ,Muhammad (PBUH) was not worshipped by Muslim converts in Christianity because Muhammad(PBUH) did not have even one photo, drawing or idol or portrait made and recorded of him because it is forbidden in Islam. So the Baphomet is no one other than the devil. Pls put correct info on your videos. (No offence) (not here to waste time trolling)THANKS.

  2. Nina Jefferson

    May 21, 2019 1:08 pm

    It's not that it was fake guy… It was a
    P S Y O P perpetrated
    by the satanist themselves working for the u. s. gov't.
    Come on tell the complete truth.
    Premeditated psyop.

  3. connie fessenden

    May 23, 2019 2:45 pm

    What a lousy description of Satanism. Try saying that to real exorcists who cast out demons from Satanists. All Satanists follow the Satan of the Holy Bible. But what do illiterate secularists know about the Bible? Nothing. Therefore all the information we get from secularists are lies handed to them from Satanists who follow the Biblical view of a Satanist. The Bible and only the Bible defines Satan and his followers. Without the Bible a Satanist doesn't have a religion. The Bible says LaVeyan Satanism is just as real as the Right Hand Path, The Bible also says Satan and all his followers are forever destroyed by Christ in the end. The final scene of Satanism is of birds eating from the flesh of Satanists. So Satanism is based on the Bible but Satanists forgot to check out the End Time prophecy about the outcome of Satan and Satanists.,

  4. Ad D

    May 24, 2019 10:21 pm

    Everything you said is absolutely incorrect. The Templars were killing Christians, ordered by the church. The witches, were most of the time, women who were raped and or abused by men in the clergy who used their power to silence them. (#metoo) Satan means adversary and in the bible is mentioned as our adversary, not God's adversary. Since we are instructed by our sins to do things that we know are not good nor positive, not only for us but for others around us. So in the end, Satan is guiding us to our own destruction. Satan is interpreted by small minded people like you, as a being with horns and tale, but he, in reality, is an invisible enemy that dwells in our minds and souls. Ephesians 6:12

  5. Robert Preston

    May 28, 2019 1:10 pm

    Here is a real Lavey Satanist King Diamond talking about how he once summoned an actual Demon!


  6. Shababa Nanziba

    May 29, 2019 6:35 am

    Peter does a crime and peter gets the blame..
    Abdullah does a crime and Islam gets the blame..

    We need to stop it.. love y’all

  7. Scott Whitley

    May 31, 2019 12:06 am

    Hi friends. Have you ever thought about where you'll spend eternity? It's the most important question you will ever consider. We have all broken God's moral law – the 10 commandments. This is also why we need Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Can I ask you some questions my friend? How many lies have you told in your life? What do we call someone who tells lies? A liar. Have you ever stolen something? What do we call someone who steals? A thief. Have you ever taken God's name in vain (omg)? God said He will not hold harmless those who misuse His name. Jesus said if a man even looks at a woman with lust in his heart then he's already committed adultery with her in his heart. Have you ever looked with lust my friend? This is just 4 out of the 10 commandments that we have broken. Since we have broken God's moral law, we deserve to be separated from God forever in hell. But God in His love sent His Son Jesus to die for my sin and your sin my friend. To have your sins forgiven and have eternal life place your faith in Jesus just like you would a parachute when having to jump out of an airplane at 30,000 feet. You can't just believe in the parachute you have to place your faith in it by putting it on. After you pray to receive Jesus read John 3 and 4. Then read the Bible every single day of your life no matter what and also pray that God will help you understand what you read. Please, please, please think about this my friend. Judgment is coming and this is how you get prepared.

  8. Aivottaja

    June 2, 2019 11:55 pm

    Satanism is ceremonial over-exaggerated narcissism and egoism with thoroughly opportunistic moral relativism.

  9. darkside

    June 11, 2019 10:22 pm

    i got a serious question for you bible lovers, when is God going to do something about satan/devil? let know when yall have an answer

  10. RIOTRAVER v4

    June 13, 2019 8:48 am

    Ppl, how about we watch the video, and I quote, Christian gets handcuffed with satanist for 24 hrs, she literally explains what satanist actually believe in in 3/4 in the video


    June 14, 2019 3:21 pm

    It's christianity
    It's islam
    It's jewish
    It's all religions
    They all Adore a Supreme god
    One that loves you
    Satan is god
    But with a different name
    God is disgusting evil

  12. Poo P

    June 15, 2019 12:36 am

    I'm agnostic but i like both christianity and satanism im just not sure whether it exists or not but i find it interesting


    June 15, 2019 4:21 am

    And that's why we are banned from 2 venues for being Luciferian. Good old Christians at work to keep the bad guys out

  14. lakon childs

    June 15, 2019 6:56 pm

    I was bought up strictly Christian. I now call myself a Satanist. I am not Atheistic but I don't believe Satan has control over us. I believe he is a friend of us, steering us in the right path. I don't believe in God or angels. I believe most of what the church of LaVey says but I believe Satan should be shown appreciation for what he has done to help us.

  15. Nobiwan Kanobodi

    June 25, 2019 8:22 am

    Hey!!! Ur a fuckin DORK, u Need a new haircut, & btw, Youre Mom Dreeses u "funny"…ur video only wasted 3:46 of my time…lol..in FACT i didnt even watch all 3mins & 46 secs…Ur dumber than u look..lol

  16. heather attafi

    June 25, 2019 5:34 pm




  17. Peter Ward

    July 1, 2019 1:49 am

    Satanism is sleeping around, gay sex, fornication, adultery, getting high or drunk, lying, stealing, murder, slander, the occult. These are the things that the BIble declares offend God and cause people to end up in Hell when they die. Jesus saves. Or keep your sins and be doomed.

  18. Even Berg

    July 9, 2019 12:29 am

    Actually, I am not a blind follower, thus I am not religion material. Ok… I am not theistic.

  19. Arturo Ochoa

    July 9, 2019 4:53 pm

    I personally believe in Satan and I believe he is a beautiful angel who fell from heaven. So I'm not your average satanist/theist

  20. Mr mc nugget 1.2M views

    July 15, 2019 4:28 am

    Dont listen to this guy, ppl are worshiping satan without realizing it, drugs, unmarried sex, lying, cheating, same gender relations these are all sins that have been brought forth slowly to you to become not a big deal, now they are feeding Gay activism down our throats. go ahead everyone else is doing it .. NO !!! GOD makes himself very clear about the penalty of sin.. repent

  21. DevilAriana

    July 16, 2019 6:22 pm

    I’m atheist and am I satanist??? Hmm this fucking Christian put a cross to my face and I threw the cross at his face and said fuck off

  22. Joshua Jones

    July 17, 2019 12:36 am

    The Temple of Set isn't an offshoot. They were a group of people the COS jettisoned in the 70s.

    The Satanic Temple are publicity hounds that have nothing to do with Satanism.

  23. Maureen E

    July 21, 2019 4:01 pm

    I bet the average age of this feed group is 18 to 33… 🤔 A consistent state of 4 year old Children who haven't grown up

  24. Christian Social Media

    August 12, 2019 3:18 am

    Please read throughly and praise our God, Yeshua (Jesus).

    The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of satan & Salvation through The Messiah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, The Holy One of God.

    The Kingdom of Heaven-

    There are two kingdoms at hand, on one hand The Kingdom of God, that through Jesus Christ brings salvation to many. The Kingdom of God is ruled by The Almighty God, The Great I am, The Alpha and The Omega. In God there is no darkness for he is The Perfect Father. “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.“ 1 John 1:5.
    “I am your PERFECT FATHER, the one you always wanted to have …” Matthew 5:48.

    Because of the mercy and grace that God had for us, He sent his only begotten Son to teach us how we should live our lives and to bring salvation for our souls by giving up his life for the ransom of many. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7).

    the kingdom of this world

    The kingdom of this world is ruled by an evil entity spirit whose name is Satan. The Bible refers to him as “the serpent” (revelation 12:9), this evil entity literally poisons the minds and hearts of humanity, by tempting them to sin and depart from the truth, which is in Christ Jesus. “…He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jesus Christ, The Living God. (John 8:44.)

    As a serpent is sneaky in its ways, it attacks the heart of humankind when we get close to reading The Word of God. “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4.

    Accordingly, when Christ came to this world he explicitly and specifically warned us about the two kingdoms at hand. “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus Christ, The Living God, (John 18:36).

    Christ spoke to us in parables so that the humble in heart may understand The Truth.
    Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus Christ, The Living God; (Luke 10:21.)

    If you want to come close to God, you must repent from your sin, make peace to the people that you have sinned against, read the Word and believe that Jesus Christ was crucified for your sins and has risen from the dead for the sake of humanity. Let’s pray wholeheartedly the following prayer:

    “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” Mathew 6:13, Jesus Christ, The Living God.

    Father I ask you to forgive my sins, and to make me humble in heart so that I may get to know your Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was raised from the dead, Glory to Christ, my Lord and my savior. Amen.


  25. theproject568

    September 2, 2019 8:29 pm

    Oh yeah, the eternal loser. I'm not a Christian by any means, but taking the name of this idiot to support your atheism is just plain crazy. I'm a devoted atheist, but I'm real with people and don't change who I am or how I live my life for shock value. The Satanists need to grow up and stop playing dress-up.

  26. Nachuak

    September 5, 2019 9:15 am

    Satanists are just naughty Christians. It's just like Gandalf and Sauron. You've got to have both or you don't have the complete Hobbit books. You're all believing in the same fantasy, Christians and satanists.

  27. toby smith

    September 6, 2019 7:30 am

    right if anyone is gonna insult me for what am about to say it dose not bother me and if you gonna praise satan or brag your a Satanist the only thing your gonna do is anger god . and it will back fire on your ass.but you people who worshipping satan you making a huge mistake.satan is the bad one he wants to turn people away from god.i no about demons.they got kicked outta gods world.satan thought he was above god he wanted be worshiped he caused shit and got kicked out with the demons.they want to destroy your chances with god so all this shit that satan is the good one and god is the bad one is you being fucked with .the demons don't give 2 shits about you they laughing at yas..do ya really think demons will care about you no way .they only still exist cos god wants to test people he don't want a repeat of satan so we have go through shit in life to see which way we go .your all in the wrong direction .don't let religious people turn u against god .don't let hatred change u .the demons want u to hate each other it was prob them who was behind many religions so they fight each other.god dose not want that he just wants us to be good people and not let hate take over and not harm each other .even satan tricks religious people into making them think its ok to kill none believers .satan is doing what he can to turn people further and further away from god..

  28. Frank Reiser M.S.

    September 6, 2019 9:58 pm

    In the beginning, before the creation of the angles, God
    created Satan to worship God for which he did. 
    When God created the angels, Satan was the highest angel, a cherub.  In this position, Satan became proud.  Pride is a belief that you are greater than
    God, but it was God who created Satan. 
    Satan crated war in Heaven.  He
    won one third of all of the angels, for the book of Revelation in the Christian
    Bible that Satan swept one third of the stars and cast them to the Earth.  When Satan fell, all of creation fell with
    him.  Now entered Earth animals with
    fangs that would survive only by killing other animals for food.  All animals have fear, and hide from predators.  Disease entered the fallen Earth, where Satan
    and his angels were cast.  Today we have
    hospitals.  Our bones break, we get sick
    with colds, we grow old, we get diseases and die.  In the Garden of Eden, a perfect entity
    without any sorrow and disease, we listened to Satan and ate of the tree of the
    knowledge of good and evil because we wanted this knowledge to be like
    God.  It was Satan that tempted Eve and
    Adam to do this.  Does it seem fair that
    we were not there but suffer the consequences of sin—disease and death?  If we were in the Garden of Eden, we also
    would have eaten of the tree.  How do I know
    this?  In undergraduate school, a friend
    of mine came over to my dorm room with LSD. 
    I saw the blotter papers.  I
    always wanted the knowledge of what it was like to see, feel, smell and hear
    things that were not there.  What were
    these things like?  So I tried a
    trip.  Ever since then, I have used
    hallucinogens for the purpose of gaining a higher understanding of reality than
    what we experience daily, to get in touch with God, and to see my place in the
    universe.  I am 51 years old now and realize
    that hallucinating does not show us any extra reality then what the wise words
    of Soloman taught in ccleasiates in the Christian Bible.  Soloman tried all types of living and
    hallucinogens of the time to see what the meaning of life is.  In the end, he said that the sole purpose of
    man was to fear God and obey his commandments. 
    God is love.  He gave us a second
    chance to enter into Heaven after we die through Jesus Christ, that who ever
    believes that Christ, who lived a sinless life and died on the cross as our
    sacrifice and took our sins upon him and suffered in Hell for three days, would
    inherit Heaven.  All we have to do is
    believe in that and accept Christ as our lord and savior.  We will continue sinning until the day we
    die, but through prayer to God through the name of Jesus we will, after we die,
    not suffer for ever in Hell, but enter into Heaven where there is perfect
    bliss.  Satan said in his heart, stated
    in Isaiah 14, I will ascend into Heaven, I will preside upon the mount of
    assembly in the far sides of the North and be like the most high (God).  But god says in the Bible that satan will be
    cast into the pit.  Man will look down on
    him and say “was this the one who shook the kingdoms of the Earth, who caused
    the Earth to tremble?”  God created
    Satan, so Satan has no power over God.  Who
    do you want to follow?  God, or Satan.  You already see the results of Satan being
    the prince of the air—sickness, pain, hard work, suffering and death.  Please pray “Lord Jesus, come into my life, I
    make you my lord and savior.”

  29. Tim Rubin Halcomb

    September 7, 2019 5:14 am

    Every satanist I have ever met will start out acting like a friend, but don't be deceived! Their goal is to humiliate and trap others. Jesus said we must learn to suffer humility, and now I do understand the reason why he is correct. It is because there is no true foundation in the flesh, and the more we put faith in it, the less we will have spiritual strength. Just today someone made a smirking comment toward me and stated that I'm not a teacher. My reply was as follows, "well, I'm obviously not your teacher." Personally, when I see someone who is trying to do good, my goal is to encourage that person and even try to help him/her to achieve that goal. I definitely don't try to scorn others because it always comes back in a bad way! I choose love instead.

  30. Tim Rubin Halcomb

    September 7, 2019 5:21 am

    Every satanic person that I have ever known who is experiencing a near death situation become fearful and cries for help. I'm not saying that I'm above doing that myself, but I'm not satanic. I believe in God. Even though that is true, when I was facing death, I still didn't cry nearly as much as those miscreant satanists who harm so many people, and I really wasn't all that afraid. I came back, but it wasn't for me as much as it was for my loved ones! When I was in the hospital, there were several people who referred to me as being tough, but I'm not tough! Rather, I only deal with situations to the best of my ability. Oh and yes I do realize that I'm not perfect, but I don't like harming people, and I don't get my jollies by trying to discourage others! People who do that just stink! I've turned my back to them!

  31. Coffee Cake

    September 7, 2019 4:54 pm

    I read some interesting info on Satanism in joyofsatan org
    I think you'll find it informative as I have if you are interested in learning about Satanism.

  32. Nathan Sharp

    September 9, 2019 1:36 am

    I wish satanic churches played heavy metal music and used the powers of darkness to summon up orgies with a bunch of hot bitches. I might try it then.

  33. sabbir ahmed

    September 9, 2019 6:27 pm

    Mohammed was a man of justice, mercy and compassionate love for every human,, even for disbeliever far away from satanic belief,,, Christian scholars and judaism's schoolar romans used to visit him and everyone was amazed for his behaviour… satanist Mohammed??
    Prophet Mohammed..

    He was a chaste man in the days of sexuallyhyper arab,, he was a trustworthy man from the beginning that people did not believed their brother but they believed Mohammed.. he never screamed like satanists,,,

    Only those will be punished,,, who understood islam is true but arrogantly disbelieved
    Same for those in time of moses and jesus..

    A jew must believe jesus has arrived.. jew and Christians must believe last messenger mohammed has arrived

    Mohammed is not a satanist,,

    He was illiterate but in quran there is scientific miracles that
    ¤Women bee collect honey
    ¤ bee have more than one belly

    ¤sun will expand

    ¤universe is expanding

    ¤heavens and earth were joint (big bang)

    ¤created every being from water

    ¤sky is a shield

    ¤iron is from another star

    See rational believer youtube channel and merciful servant youtube channel to know more

    "Their heart percieved our sings are true,, but they disbelieved arrogantly,, thats why they will inhavit hell"

  34. sabbir ahmed

    September 9, 2019 6:46 pm

    But those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance,- they are companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for ever).
    surah al anaam verse no 49

  35. Maria's Limpieza

    September 10, 2019 7:00 pm

    I'm Christian and I'm shocked that these crazy people are believing in the devil go to hell well they are going to hell sooo who gives a freak


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