Gospel of Satan

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The calumny of evil and the escalation of the oral tales of Jesus cascade together both in the motif of the Temptation and in the condemnatory rhetoric of alleged corruption, taking, it is said, a veritable scripture of the Devil in place of one's testified holy tome. For centuries was the alleged alliance tossed about in accusation, finally taking on a carapacial reference as 'the gospel of Satan'. Sermons, as that by Reverend Arthur W. Pink, attempted to codify and bring to more substantive recognizability the club Christians were using against one another.

In the peak of the Satanic Panic, however, a real version of this epithet congealed out of the hatred of a 'Reader's Digest Condensed Version' of Biblical composites, called "Paradise Lost" by the Bard, which had supplanted the reality in favour of astute evaluations. This "Lost in Paradise: a Milton-hatred" was later recognized as the perfect fit for the "Gospel of Satan" 'shell' due to its focus on the Jesus "godson" character (referred to as 'Yeheshua') and its residence within the perspective of the God of This World.

The intention in part of Satan's gospel (not to be confused with the less ornate but longer "The Gospel According to Satan: or A Satanic Parody of the Bible" published about 10 years later), was to invert the cosmology of Christianity, and of Milton, so as to result in the arrival and ejection of an interstellar interloper, Yahweh, to the domain and residence of the Devil: the Terran Underworld. Leaving the popular gospel accounts largely intact, the pseudepigrapha of Noah and Enoch, the bases for the Christian 'Fallen Angel' mythos, was rejected outright and replaced with this new paradigm in mind.

Unlike the hole-plugging cosmogenesis and eschatology featured standard as dogma in the 'Religions of the Book', the Gospel of Satan is initiated with an observation of the human species, and an admiration of reflective and technical developments, but quickly embraces the dramatic conflict featured prominently in the original (adapting a good portion of the expression of Satan therein wholly and without inversion!). Yeheshua's plot to destroy the Gate of Death, a defensive perimeter to the Underworld against arrogant and invasive skygods, collapses in his capture, and a party ensues.

The most controversial and challenging aspect of the gospel is the refashioning of the relationship between the godson Yeheshua and the human woman, Mary (unnamed). She is selected and used to introduce the godson into enfleshment with the interest of surviving and disrupting the death process (thereby bringing the Gate of Death down as a result). Her conscription is blatantly explained as a veritable rape, no further comment made about her lack of choice in the matter under the thrall of the invading sod.

A peculiar and unusual work, the Gospel of Satan has received very little popular attention, and its restricted appeal and controversial style ensures that this small focus will continue, despite its author's interests to promote it online.