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"The Description, Philosophies and Justification of Satanism" by Vexen Crabtree

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Matthew And The Goats

I was reading the Gospel of Matthew recently, and in chapter 25 it says of the coming of the "Son of Man in all His glory":

32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

It goes on to say the sheep will inherit the kingdom, but the goats will be sent into the fire.

Of course the sheep, the conforming, unquestioning herd, are beloved of God. They are the meek; the ones on the Right Hand Path.
But the goats on the other hand (literally the left hand), the nonconformists, the rebellious thinkers, are unloved by God. These will be sent (by a supposedly all-loving, forgiving god) to the fire of the Devil. Yet you can send a goat to the fire, but you can't make him burn!

So anyway, does the above excerpt from the New Testament have anything to do with the goat imagery in Satanism, or (as I have read before) does the goat imagery stem from Pagan origins? Or maybe a bit of both?

- Barkara

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