Saturday, December 12, 2015

Have you targeted (I mean friended) anyone lately? - Episode 79

Ami and Abby read from SDA mailings. They talk about the problems inherent with conflating witnessing with friendship, and they talk some more about the church's attitude towards sex and sexual abuse.

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  1. My family actually read that book "Charmed by Darkness" by Roger Morneau during family worship time. It was definitely the most far out, occultish book we ever read as a family. You are right, it is an old book; ours was the original "A Trip into the Supernatural." I guess they figured it would sell better if they gave it a sexy title. This was a few years ago when we read it so I don't remember too many details, except that the author frequently remarks upon how incredibly handsome Satan is, and he claims that Satan assigns demons to assist anyone who teaches evolution. It's all about the author's experiences as a young man becoming involved in an underground Satanic Temple in Montreal, and of course there's lots of evil angels vs good angel stuff and Satan working behind the scenes of business and government and the Vatican and every aspect of daily life. He talks about all the different kinds of demons and how you can ask them for money and worldly success and how it works of course.

    You can actually find the book online:
    I skimmed through it for good old time's sake and happened to find a particularly ridiculous passage that I remember, supposedly a quote from the priest of the Satanic Temple:
    "Satan's plan to destroy the Bible without actually getting rid of it has to be the most clever thing I have ever heard or." he laughed. "Charles Darwin, born in 1809, and Thomas Henry Huxley, born in 1825, both came under the influence of spirits at an early age because medical doctors used hypnotism as a form of anesthetic. The spirits decided that when the two children became adults, they would be the instruments to advance the religion that we know as the theory of evolution."

    Poor Charlie and Henry, they couldn't help it that the doctors performed hypnotism on them. Anyway, what makes this particularly funny looking back was that our family read this not long after I had privately gone through the process of losing all faith in Adventism and in the existence of God (so I was 16 or 17), but this was still quite a while before I came out to them as a nonbeliever, which is why I was still part of our family worship. If I were to read the book now I probably would get lots of laughs out of it, but at the time I was too socially stuck in Adventism to find the material funny, so I mostly just zoned out during worship and hated myself for having to listen to all this weird-ass shit every evening and having it taken for granted that it was all true. I still wonder whether the author totally made up everything in the book, whether he was mentally ill and had false memories, or whether he actually did loosely base the book off encounters with a group of spiritualists. I guess I'll have to wait till heaven so I can ask Jesus and find out. ;)