The Seven Deadly Sins
By Logan ~ Member of The Sect of the Horned God
According to Christianity the Seven Deadly Sins are
“Satanists are encouraged to indulge in the seven deadly sins as they need hurt no one; they were only invented by the Christian Church to insure guilt on the part of it followers.” -Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, pg. 85
But herein lays the issue:
Is it not as detrimental to indulge, as it is to abstain? Is the “over-correction” of a malady its salvation? I would venture to say it is not. The “Yin and Yan” of life ebbs and flows, like the cylindrical pendulum of life. Is abstinence not the indulgence of inaction?
A man dying of thirst need not sink to the bottom of the ocean to quench it nor does he need to jump directly into a blazing fire to warm himself on a freezing winter night. Too much of anything is just too much. Now the rebellions and heretical nature of LaVey’s teachings would have us naturally gravitate to the opposite of the dogmatic Right-Hand Path. While there is justification clearly outlined in “The Satanic Bible,” I would also like to point out that this book was written during a time of great social reform in the United States.
Anton LaVey was a pioneer of the Left-Hand Path regarding the Western thought. Both he and his teachings have stood the test of time and faced the scrutiny of over fifty years of interest, fear and speculation. But I believe that as all things naturally evolve, so has our understanding of the Left-Hand Path. And of Satanism specifically. I believe both time and the devout practicioner of Satanism have both equally realized the folly of this philisophical polarity. I need not spray my arm with dry ice to treat a burn. Neither will I practice either indulgence or abstinence of anything. And this includes the infamous Seven Deadly Sins.
Satanism promotes logic and rational thought. It should not take the aspirant long to realize the potential dangers of mere contradiction. This is responding emotionally to an issue that can be circumnavigated logically. To merely oppose an archaic or pseudo-sanctimonious dogma, is to simply rebel for rebellions sake. Such a knee-jerk reaction can be exploited by the nefarious observer. I cannot think of any self-respecting Satanist that will not take this into account.
Finally, the very word “Sin” is a misnomer in Satanic terms. If we refute the slavery of dogma; and defy the oppression of the Right-Hand Path, how then can we use their terms without appearing subservient to them or even in rebellion? The time has come for The Left-Hand Path to find the equilibrium of logic and belief within itself. We must break away from these simplistic ideas of “Sin” and “Hell.” These terms were coined and used by those who would enslave the world by its out-dated and simple fairy-tales.