While luciferians and Satanists do not view Satan and Lucifer the same way Christians do, their choice of those Biblical names reflects their views and criticism of Christianity. Satan and Lucifer are rebels against the Christian God, representing all of the things that God denies humanity according to the Satanic and Luciferian perspective.
God is Oppressive
The God of Christianity is oppressive, cruel, and arbitrary. Christians submit themselves to a demanding deity committing spiritual blackmail by threatening to damn the disobedient. In this context, it’s not important whether or not such a being exists, it’s more important to realize its oppressive nature.
God Derides His Own Creations
According to traditional Christianity, the material world is full of sinful temptations that can lead a person from the path of salvation. These things include the comforts of life such as good food, sex, and luxury items. Why create something with the sole purpose of tempting followers?
Both Luciferians and Satanists unashamedly enjoy life to its fullest, ignoring cultural or religious taboos. For Satanists, physical existence is the sum total of human existence. For Luciferians, both spirit and body are important, but they are not in conflict with one another.
Encouragement of Mediocrity
Christianity downplays the importance of the individual. Pride in one’s accomplishments is considered a sin. Without the promise of some sort of reward–acclamation, wealth, advancement, all of which are temptations–how can one be encouraged to excel beyond minimal expectations?
Mass Religion as a Means of Control
Christianity depends heavily on assumed authority. Christians are expected to accept the Bible as fact and to follow the dictates of church leaders. Personal interpretation is frequently condemned, particularly when it contradicts the understanding of the majority.
Satanism and particularly Luciferianism are esoteric religions. There are no gurus, saints or authoritative leaders. Both groups encourage individual study of all things and to never accept something solely because you’re told you should.
Neither Luciferianism nor Satanism seeks converts, much less pressure people to join, all members want to be actively involved. Many Christians, on the other hand, were born into the religion and, at least in the mind of the Satanist or Luciferian, tend to accept it because they’ve been raised to accept it, or for fear of damnation. They hold their beliefs so closely, they become blind to outside criticism.
Delusions vs. Reality
Christianity paints an image of the world completely at odds with reality. Natural urges are spiritually damaging. People are expected to be polite or even submissive in order to avoid conflict, even when it may be harmful to themselves. Struggle is something to be embraced, not shunned. Spiritual beings judge each soul on arbitrary rules, leaving men in constant fear of their potential salvation.
Satanists and Luciferians agree that there is more to the world than what is readily apparent and those things take time, energy, and investigation to understand. That doesn’t make such things inexplicable, however. The world is able to be rationally understood without the existence of an all-powerful deity.
A Good God Could Not Have Created This World
Christians insist that God is entirely good and that he is the creator of everything. He created a world of hardship, struggle, and pain, yet insists he loves humanity. While the Bible teaches that Satan fell from grace and perverted the Lord’s creation, it doesn’t acknowledge the fact that God allowed that to happen. The all-powerful Christian God is omnipotent, and yet, he overlooked the possibility that his creations would fail him. Rather than acknowledging the mistake, the blame is laid on the lesser beings–humanity and the Fallen Angel, Satan
The Four Satanic Crown Princes of Hell
While all of the infernal names are said to reside in the Royal Palace of Hell, four are set apart as being particularly powerful. These are known to LaVeyan Satanists as the crown princes of Hell.
Each prince is associated with a cardinal direction: north, south, east and west. This is in line with other Western magical practices that commonly associate supernatural beings with the cardinal points. Specifically,ceremonial magic has commonly ascribed the four Biblical archangels—Michael, Raphael, Uriel, and Gabriel—to the four directions for several hundred years.
In the Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey also associates each prince with one of the four physical elements fire, earth, air, and water. This is again a common practice in western magical tradition.
Satan is a Hebrew term meaning “adversary.” Unlike the common Christian view of Satan as opposing the will of God, in his original context, Satan was a servant of God. He tested the faith of God’s followers by being adversarial toward them, tempting them to stray from God’s path or denounce him in their moments of misery.
For Satanists, he is:
“The adversary of: mundanity, mediocrity, right hand path, stupidity, conformity for the sake of conformity, self-destruction, religion, gods.”
—The Aspect of Satan Vexen Crabtree
He is associated in the Satanic Bible with the element of fire and the south.
The Book of Isaiah addresses the Babylonian king by a phrase that translates roughly to “Day Star, Son of the Dawn.” When Christians translated the passage into Latin, the term was rendered as Lucifer This literally means “morning star,” and it came to erroneously be considered a proper name.
There is nothing in Isaiah that associates Lucifer with Satan, but the imagery of Lucifer as a fallen angel struck a chord with Christians. The association of Lucifer with Satan was further cemented in the Christian mind by works such as Dante’s Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost.
The Satanic Bible celebrates the original meaning of the name, describing Lucifer as the “bringer of light, enlightenment,” (p. 57) and associating him with air and the east. He is a person’s inner light, which society attempts to drag into the darkness of conformity.
It is important to note that Luciferians have a slightly different view of Lucifer.
The Hebrew term Belial is generally translated to mean “without worth,” although the “Satanic Bible” uses a less often used translation “without a master.” In the New Testament, the term is used as a synonym for Satan. He is also frequently associated with sex, lust, confusion, and darkness.
The “Satanic Bible” also associates Belial with independence, the earth, and the north, the direction of darkness.
Earth is the element of grounding and realism. It keeps people’s feet on the ground rather than having their head in the clouds, confused by self-deceit and external influence. Earth is also commonly associated with fertility and thus with sex and lust, referring back to the common Christian understanding of Belial.
The Books of Psalms Job, and Isaiah all mention a great sea creature called Leviathan. In these texts, Leviathan is monstrous but not demonic, as Christians often understand the beast to be. Leviathan may also have its origins in Tiamat and Lotan, both monstrous Mesopotamian creatures that sow chaos and are eventually slain by hero-gods.
For Satanists, Leviathan is:
“A great sea monster, sexual desire, from out of the unknown and feared depths. The hidden truth; the hidden and horrible nature of existence and struggle. A great, powerful creature that continually gathers strength to attack all the world’s religions. An unstoppable force from within man.” —Leviathan Aspects Vexen Crabtree
Unsurprisingly, Leviathan is associated with water and the west.