It has been said “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19: 24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25.
But what now of a Christianity that espouses wealth, and equates the rich and the powerful with being God’s Chosen? Where are the biblical underpinnings of such faith as this?
Perhaps the answer lies in these verses:
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In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you may hear. To the East and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign
proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong! (I:1)
Gather around me, Oh! ye death-defiant, and the earth itself shall be thine, to have and to hold! (II:3)
The chief duty of every new age is to upraise new men to determine its liberties, to
lead it towards material success – to rend the rusty padlocks and chains of dead custom that always prevent healthy expansion. (II:8)
Hate your enemies with a whole heart, and if a man smite you on one cheek, SMASH him on the other!; smite him hip and thigh, for self-preservation is the highest law! (III:7)
He who turns the other cheek is a cowardly dog! (III:8)
Give blow for blow, scorn for scorn, doom for doom – with compound interest
liberally added thereunto! Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, aye four-fold, a hundred-fold!
Make yourself a Terror to your adversary, and when he goeth his way, he will possess much additional wisdom to ruminate over. Thus shall you make yourself respected in all the walks of life, and your spirit – your immortal spirit – shall live, not in an intangible paradise, but in the brains and sinews of those whose respect you have gained. (III:9)
Stop the way of them that would persecute you. Let those who devise thine undoing be hurled back to confusion and infamy. Let them be as chaff before the cyclone and after they have fallen rejoice in thine own salvation. (IV:4)
Blessed are the strong, for they shall possess the earth – Cursed are the weak, for they shall inherit the yoke! (V:1)
Blessed are the powerful, for they shall be reverenced among men – Cursed are the
feeble, for they shall be blotted out! (V:2)
Blessed are the bold, for they shall be masters of the world – Cursed are the
righteously humble, for they shall be trodden under cloven hoofs! (V:3)
Blessed are the victorious, for victory is the basis of right – Cursed are the vanquished, for they shall be vassals forever! (V:4)
Blessed is the man who has a sprinkling of enemies, for they shall make him a hero –
Cursed is he who doeth good unto others who sneer upon him in return, for he shall be despised! (V:10)
Thrice cursed are the weak whose insecurity makes them vile, for they shall serve and suffer! (V:10)
On to other chapters:
A [True Believer] knows there is nothing wrong with being greedy, as it only means that he wants more than he already has. Envy means to look with favor upon the possessions of others, and to be desirous of obtaining similar things for oneself. Envy and greed are the motivating forces of ambition – and without ambition, very little of any importance would be accomplished.
Let no wrong go unredressed. Be as a lion in the path – be dangerous even in defeat!
The above passages have been taken from The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey. That they echo the sentiments of a group that has been established by The Family to follow a Shadow Christ should not be surprising.
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