Answer from a Satanist
For the most part, we feel that it was the name that was put on us.
For example, we believe in breaking all of "the 7 deadly sins" as it leads to physical, mental and emotional gratification. In previous years, the Church would have had us tortured and killed for being Devil worshippers because of the philosophies we believe in and live by.
Also, it's no secret that some Satanist perform Black masses, which again in previous years would have earned us the title (as well as an early death) of a devil worshipper, disciple of evil or a Satanist. Now that times have changed, and the Church can no longer kill us or torture us we kept up the title.
Lastly, LaVey went into some detail (which I'm not going to get into here) about how 'Satan' means the adversary. Since we oppose a lot of the Christian dogma it was a suitable title.
Satanism is, in a sense, a genre of different religions put together. Some people consider Pagans, Occultists, Wiccans, Luciferians, and Atheists to be under this category.
Answer from a Luciferian
Satanism is a very broad description. Satanism includes Luciferianism, LaVeyanism, Occultism, and several others. Satanists were considered satanists because we are considered adversaries of the Christian church.
Many LaVeyans are atheists, while all Luciferians believe in God and Lucifer (Satan). Luciferians worship Lucifer as a good deity. This is where the name came in, since Lucifer (after his fall from heaven) became Satan.
Answer from a Theistic Satanist
Our beliefs vary but we all agree that Satan is the deity we worship what differs is our belief about that deity. whichever way Satan is what we call who we worship and the reasons vary as one must get to know Satan personally.
Answer from an outsider
The name Satan simply means adversary. LaVeyan Satanists are mostly atheists and thus consider themselves adversaries to organized religion. Theistic Satanists call themselves Satanists since they worship the deity who was maligned with the name Satan and who, by nature, opposes the god of The Bible.
Yes. They call themselves Satanists and are part of the "Church of Satan".
How about: The Jolly satanists?
probably because it makes it sound more creepy and evil
No, they are not Satanists. Most of the members are either Atheist or Catholic. None of them are Satanists.
There are two types of Satanists one atheistic, and the other not. Atheistic Satanists (based on the teachings of Anton Levey) do not believe in God, Satan, Heaven or Hell. In reality, they are Atheists in religious form. Atheists aren't necessarily Satanists, but Satanists are Atheists. So, no belief in Hell. Satanists don't necessarily hate God. It seems that theistic Satanists, or what some may call Luciferians, simply have a different belief about who is God. They may believe in Hell, but may believe that is the 'good place' or have different ideas about who is going there.
Satanists worship Satan or Lucifer, for various reasons.Pagans worship gods and spirits other than the Abrahamic/JudaeoChristian deity.AnswerNot all Pagans worship Gods or spirits. Rather they revere nature, and her representations.AnswerTrue Satanists usually do not believe in any form of Divine, but worship themselves. They believe that nothing should be held back from them if it causes pleasure. Satanists have rules they abide by, however. Most Satanists are fun loving people who live their lives how they see fit, and do not restrict themselves of any vice they want.
No, Three Days Grace are not Satanists.
They call themselves Rastas.
They call themselves the Diné. :)
No, most Satanists are not hate groups. However, there are some sects that are.
Devil worshippers, or Satanists.
they call themselves tamalians
Australians call themselves Aussies.
They called themselves catrachos and argentinian cal themselves argentinians
No. They call themselves Muslim, but not Arabs.
No, not at all. they are not a satanic band and none of them are satanists. andy is an athiest, but he is not satanistic.
They don't call themselves Dutch. The English call them Dutch because of a mistake with Germany (Deutschland). The Dutch call themselves Nederlanders.
They call themselves Evangelicals
No. Very, very few rock musicians consider themselves Satanists, or have any interest in Satanism at all, and Def Leppard is not one of them.
A Satanist is opposed to the beliefs of Christians. It is like darkness and light, the one being opposite to the other. Though Satanists know that there is a God, for it was that same God who placed Satan in his present state, they will do all in their power to turn man away from God and become as miserable as themselves.
No, they're not.