I was struck by reports about the rise in Satan worship among young people in a region of Northeast India. It is causing some concern to religious leaders.
Church leaders of Nagaland claimed that in Kohima alone, 3,000 people, who are mostly teenagers and youths, have taken up such practices.
Rev. Zotuo Kiewhuo, senior pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church here, said there were more than 3,000 Satan worshippers in the capital alone and the cult was spreading like “wildfire”.
He said the cult was practised by youths in schools and colleges and added it has been going on for the past four to five years. The Baptist clergyman said youngsters have imbibed the culture through social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.
What is going on here? If I had to guess the causes, I suspect that it may nothing more sinister than young people rebelling against the traditions of their parents by going in the opposite direction. They do it with clothes and music, so why not do it with religious practices?
I knew nothing about Satan worship except what I saw in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby a long time ago and it seemed to me like campy fun. Here’s the climactic scene, so don’t watch it if you plan on seeing the film!
So I looked up what Satan worship actually consists of and came across this description about the basic tenets as laid out in the book The Satanic Bible by Anton S. La Vey.
- Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence.
- Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams.
- Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.
- Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates.
- Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek.
- Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires.
- Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all fours, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all.
- Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.
- Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years.
Actually, many of these seem pretty reasonable. No wonder the young people of Nagaland find these tenets preferable to their traditional religions. It is only surprising why it is not even more popular.