Welcome to Satan Wrote the Bible. Because of the nature of the content, and the often emotional reactions to it, we strongly advise everyone to read these introductory words from the author, Thomas D:
If you come here feeling anger at the notion anyone would have the audacity to claim that Satan wrote The Bible, I apologize. It is not my desire to cause anyone to feel negative emotions. If your neck is stiff or your shoulders are up around your ears, please take a moment to relax. Take a deep breath. Put a smile on your face even if you don’t at all feel like smiling. I hope that makes you feel a little better.
I advise you not to read the Satan Wrote the Bible essay as it is unlikely it will make you feel better. Read the essay on love instead. It is based on the biblical teachings of love for everyone.
The Satan essay is based on what those who believe there is a Satan believe about him. It is a rational argument using empathy. Its purpose is to make people think, nothing more or less. I have no desire to make anyone angry or upset or to change anyone’s belief.
—Thomas D, Christmas, 2007
We encourage reading The Bible. We especially hope that those who have structured their belief system around it will read it. For some perspective, we also encourage reading other cultural “myths.” As Thomas D puts it, in the essay Satan Wrote the Bible:
The Old Testament was written from oft told stories passed on from generation to generation. These stories were part the history of the people and part the myth that they developed to answer life’s perplexing questions. The myths of the Old Testament are very similar to myths in all cultures. Joseph Campbell recommends, “Read other people’s myths, not those of your own religion, because you tend to interpret your own religion in terms of facts.”
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell is also a documentary film featuring Bill Moyers, available on DVD.
So, just what is going on here? It’s a thought exercise. Consider this, again from the essay Satan Wrote the Bible:
Consider the possibility that the Bible was written under the influence of Satan rather than God. Since we are playing with the notion that one of them influenced the stories of the Bible the exercise should begin before the Bible, before Genesis.
Using what we know about the stories in the Bible, Thomas D. puts together this thought experiment to illustrate the power of the myths in the Bible, and the problems that certitude in those myths can cause. By thinking about the Bible in the context of the world from which it emerged, he uses it’s own facts and logic to assume what to many is tantamount to blasphemy. And yet, if you follow the logic of the argument, you can walk away with a less literal, more allegorical understanding of the good book. This site is about perspective and the power that it, or the lack of it, takes on in this world.
Because this is an on-going and open thought experiment, we encourage you to sign up and leave comments on the Satan’s Bible Blog. We’d like to hear your Bible commentaries, questions, and facts. Perhaps you have a unique view of the various myths throughout human culture that would help others understand the many unique views we all share on this planet.