Christianity vs. Satanism [Worldviews Compared]

Understanding the differences between Christianity and LaVeyan Satanism educates people about the beliefs, values, and histories of these two belief systems.

It also deepens comprehension of cultural nuances, revealing how religious philosophies shape societal values and traditions across large and small communities.

Christianity believes in one God, who is a Trinity, and salvation through the work and person of Jesus Christ, emphasizing sin and redemption with an eternal afterlife.

LaVeyan Satanism views Satan as a symbol, not a deity, emphasizing individualism and rejecting traditional morality. It focuses on the present, dismissing an afterlife.

The following comparison charts and concise summaries shed more light and provide more depth on the differences between Christianity and LaVeyan Satanism.

Christian cross
How many followers do Christianity and Satanism have? See below

Christianity and Satanism: An Overview of Their Differences

“Christianity” derives from the Greek “Christos,” meaning “anointed one,” referencing Jesus Christ, with “-ianity” indicating a belief system.

“LaVeyan Satanism” combines the surname of its founder, Anton LaVey, with “Satanism,” denoting a philosophy centered around the symbol of Satan, rather than traditional devil worship.

See Chart 2 to compare Leveyan Satanism with traditional devil worship.

1ChristianityLaVeyan Satanism
NameChristianityLaVeyan Satanism
SizeApproximately 2.3 billion adherentsEstimated tens of thousands
Date StartedAround 1st century AD1966
FounderJesus ChristAnton LaVey
Key BeliefsBelief in one God (Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit), salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, the resurrection of Jesus ChristAtheistic philosophy emphasizing individualism, Satan as a symbol of human nature and freedom, not a deity, rejection of traditional religious morality
Key PracticesPrayer, worship services, reading the Bible, baptism, communion (Eucharist)Rituals for personal empowerment, observance of holidays like Walpurgisnacht and Halloween, use of symbolism and ritual tools
DivisionsRoman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, ProtestantismMostly centralized, but there are offshoots and individual interpretations
Central LocationVatican City (Catholicism)
Various locations for other denominations
Church of Satan based in the U.S., but no central “holy” location
Sacred TextsThe Bible (Old and New Testaments)The Satanic Bible and other writings by Anton LaVey

The Satanic Bible outlines the philosophy and rituals of this atheistic belief system, emphasizing individualism, self-indulgence, and personal empowerment. Satan is symbolized as human nature, not a deity to be worshipped.

Comparing LaVeyan Satanism with Traditional Devil Worship

2LaVeyan SatanismDevil Worship
Belief in SatanSatan is a symbol of human nature, freedom, and rebellion; not a deitySatan is often believed to be a real, supernatural entity to be worshipped or venerated
Nature of PracticesRituals for personal empowerment and theatrical expression; atheistic in natureRituals and ceremonies to venerate or appease Satan or other demonic entities
Sacred TextsThe Satanic Bible and other writings by Anton LaVeyVaries; may include grimoires or other occult texts, but no universally recognized scripture
Moral CodeEleven Satanic Rules of the Earth, Nine Satanic Statements; emphasis on self-interest and personal responsibilityVaries widely; may involve pacts, invocations, or other forms of commitment to Satan
View on ChristianityRejects Christian morality and dogma but does not worship the Christian concept of SatanOften seen as a direct inversion or opposition to Christianity, embracing what it condemns
OriginFounded by Anton LaVey in 1966No clear origin; various forms have existed throughout history in different cultures
Central Location or OrganizationChurch of SatanNo centralized organization; practices can be highly individualistic or part of small, secretive groups
Purpose of RitualsSymbolic, to release emotional energy or reinforce personal goalsTo invoke, communicate with, or venerate demonic entities
View on AfterlifeNo belief in an afterlife; focus on the here and nowVaries; some may believe in rewards from Satan in the afterlife, while others may not have a defined belief

The Church of Satan is an atheistic organization, viewing Satan as a symbol of personal freedom and individualism. The church promotes self-indulgence, critical thinking, and personal empowerment, rejecting traditional religious beliefs and practices.

Cross of Christ
How do Christianity’s and Satanism’s views of the afterlife compare? See below

Comparing Christian and Satanic Beliefs

The Trinity in Christianity is the belief that God exists as three persons in one essence: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Each person is distinct yet fully God.

3Christian BeliefsLaVeyan Satanism Beliefs
God or godsOne God, existing in three persons (Trinity): Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy SpiritNo deities; Satan is a symbol of human nature and freedom, not a god
The universeCreated by God; has a purpose and will be redeemed in the end timesNeutral and indifferent; there’s no inherent purpose or moral order
Ultimate realityGod is the ultimate reality; eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresentThe self and the observable universe; reality is what can be perceived and understood
Human beingsCreated in the image of God; inherently sinful but redeemableHumans are animals with desires and instincts; there’s no inherent sin or guilt
The problem with the worldSin, leading to suffering, injustice, and separation from GodSocial constructs and religious dogmas that suppress human nature and individualism
The solution to the problemSalvation through faith in Jesus Christ; repentance and forgiveness of sinsEmbracing one’s true nature, rejecting external moralities, and personal empowerment
The afterlifeHeaven (eternal life with God) for the righteous; Hell (eternal separation from God) for the unrighteousNo belief in an afterlife; focus on the here and now
three crosses
How do the practices of Christianity and Satanism compare? See below

The Practices of Christianity and Satanism

4Christian PracticesLaVeyan Satanism Practices
Prayer/WorshipPrayer to God; regular worship services in churchesRituals for personal empowerment, not necessarily to a deity
Reading Sacred TextsReading and studying the Bible (Old and New Testaments)Studying The Satanic Bible and other writings by Anton LaVey
RitualsBaptism, Communion (Eucharist), Confirmation, Marriage, Anointing of the SickRituals like the “Infernal Names,” “Invocation of the Infernal Names,” and other symbolic ceremonies
Moral and Ethical ConductFollowing the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ teachings; emphasis on love, forgiveness, and charityFollowing the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth and the Nine Satanic Statements; emphasis on self-interest and responsibility
Festivals and CelebrationsChristmas, Easter, Pentecost, and other Christian holidaysBirthdays are the most important holiday; other observances include Walpurgisnacht and Halloween
SymbolsCross, fish, dove, bread and wineInverted pentagram, Baphomet, inverted cross

In LaVeyan Satanism, the inverted cross symbolizes opposition to Christian theology and tradition. It’s used to challenge religious beliefs and promote individualism. The inversion represents a rejection of Christian values in favor of satanic principles of self-indulgence and personal freedom.

10 Key Events in Christian and Satanism’s History

5Christian EventsLaVeyan Satanism Events
1.Birth of Jesus Christ (circa 4-6 BC)Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan (1966)
2.Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (circa 30-33 AD)Publication of The Satanic Bible (1969)
3. Conversion of Paul the Apostle (circa 33-36 AD)Establishment of the First Satanic Church by Karla LaVey (1999)
4.Council of Nicaea (325 AD)Creation of the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth (1967)
5.Conversion of Emperor Constantine (312 AD)Creation of the Nine Satanic Statements (1967)
6.Great Schism (1054 AD)LaVey’s death and leadership transition to Peter H. Gilmore (1997)
7.Crusades (1096-1291 AD)Publication of The Satanic Rituals (1972)
8.Protestant Reformation (1517 AD)The Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 1990s
9.Council of Trent (1545-1563 AD)Publication of The Satanic Witch (1971)
10.Second Vatican Council (1962-1965 AD)Establishment of the Temple of Set by Michael A. Aquino (1975)

The “Satanic Panic” refers to a widespread fear during the 1980s and 1990s, primarily in the U.S., where many believed in the existence of satanic ritual abuse.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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