I was asked an interesting question the other day. It was interesting enough that I thought it would be good to cover on my Friday short-question blog.
Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou oh prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls.
Question: How can people believe in Satan and not believe there is a God?
I recently was listening to a talk by a former Satan worshipper, Betty Brennan. She was immersed in the higher echelons of Satanic worship. Thankfully, she is now Catholic and has left that life very far behind. During her talk she said two things that really stuck out to me.
- Satan worshippers believe Christ is real. Satan, as we must remember, is a fallen angel. He believes in God, but he does not worship God. Those who follow Satan, believe God exists and they work very hard to take down Christianity. They are most interested in taking down the Roman Catholic Church.
- In the Catholic Church we have seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Holy Orders, Marriage, Reconciliation (Confession), and Anointing of the Sick. These are seven weapons that Christ gave us to use against evil. The reason that they are weapons against evil is because they infuse grace–sanctifying and sacramental–into our souls. They bring the Divine Life into us and help make us holy. Mrs. Brennan said that Satan worshippers understand the power of the seven Sacraments and that they “have seven rituals that they engage in that are in opposition to the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church.” They also have Black Masses, which are anything but holy.
I have heard of those who say they “follow” Satan but they more correctly identify as just “followers of this world.” However, those that are steeped in the Satanic lifestyle do believe that God exists, they just don’t worship or adore Him. It is also a powerful witness to the Catholic Church that the number one enemy for them is the Roman Catholic Church. To be sure, there is a spiritual battle being waged and it’s important that we pay attention.
I ask that you take a moment to pray for those souls that have turned from God and chosen to follow one that will only lead them to misery. St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.