The following are quick personal views on certain philosophical points:
External to self, nature is the ultimate authority. Nature is the sum of everything. All that has ever existed, does exist and will exist is part of nature. There is nothing beyond or outside of nature. Nature is an information system. The language of nature is mathematical, organized in patterns. If there is one external authority worth working with it is nature. The only truth worth knowing is what is observed, demonstrated and experienced in nature.
Satanic Temple, Greater Church of Lucifer and even the Church of Satan regard the branches of the Left Hand Path such as Satanism or Luciferianism as a religion. There are many interpretations of what a religion is. The current definition of religion by this writer is:
“An orientation that defines the self, the world and the place of self in the world. “
Based upon the above definition this writer considers Satanism as a religion.
Nature consists of patterns, the human mind can convert those patterns into tools in which to manipulate the world. The car, the State, the internet are all tools. Groups such as Satanic Temple or the Greater Church of Lucifer are also tools. For those that join groups, the challenge, is the tool or the self master in their own life? Satanic Temple is a tool for the individual to manifest their will as social-political activists in the issue of separation of Church and State, or the rights of minorities. The Greater Church of Lucifer is a tool that offers the first viable international point of meeting of Luciferians to learn about the complex philosophies of Luciferianism. For those that participate with groups, there is nothing wrong with using any tool to benefit the self, but once the tool becomes the master of self, then those individuals no longer walk the Left Hand Path, they have embraced the Right Hand Path outlook.
The current personal definition of the Left Hand Path:
“The path where the individual retains personal sovereignty over their choices and will to action in all situations in their life.”
Satanism is a branch of the Left Hand Path. The essence of Satanism is the individual, the self. In Satanism there is no master but self in their own life. The focus of Satanism is purely selfish, focused on satisfying the needs, dreams and goals of self. Only the Independent Satanist truly expresses the authentic core of Satanism, which is the selfish self.
Satanism is not Luciferianism, for the Luciferian is motivated to benefit humanity through their individual activities, whereas the Satanist focus starts and stops with self.
Just as a child needs a parent to act as a “tool” to help them in the world, there is a time when the adult must let go of such tools and seek their destiny alone. The groups are tools that the Satanist can use to advance their goals, but if the Satanist desires to follow the path of Independent Satanism, they must reject all affiliation with Satanic groups.