Sunday, August 4, 2013


CHRISTIANS IN NAGALAND, INDIA - Christian groups in India's northeastern state of Nagaland are working to quell the rapid growth of Satanism after reports that thousands of teenagers from churches had taken up devil worship in recent months. The Vatican's Fides news agency recently reported that more than 3,000 young worshipers of Satan have been identified in Nagaland's capital of Kohima alone.
The actual strength of Satan worshippers is difficult to determine, but such groups also exist in Nagaland's largest city of Dimapur, and they are using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to expand their network, said the Rev. Wati Longkumer, director of the Nagaland Missionary Movement, a group of mostly Baptist associations and churches.

Longkumer said he has seen membership forms for a group calling itself the Black Bulls and inviting youngsters to become part of devil worship. Longkumer's organization, part of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, which consists of more than 1,300 churches, has assigned its youth department to conduct a detailed report. More than 90 percent of Nagaland's 2 million residents are Christians, and about three-fourths of those identify as Baptist.
The Rev. Ben Dang Toshi Longkumer, a Nagaland-based representative of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (no relation to Wati Longkumer), said Satan worship has considerably changed the demeanor and the worldview of the youth, though no criminal activity by them has been reported thus far.

Many Christian youth have adopted Satan worship in Nagaland, India. The Roman Catholic Church and Protestant groups are struggling to counter this phenomenon. One way to overcome this tendency is to give young people real spiritual instruction. In the Vedic philosophy we know about different types of demons, but there is no place for a devil figure who tempts people to do evil things. Western religions say that God is constantly struggling with such a devil. This concept of having an “Evil One” like Satan for a scapegoat is often used as a cop-out to escape personal responsibility. On the contrary, the Vedas explain that one is tempted by maya, illusion and the desires of being independent of the Creator and the controller and enjoyer of this material world. (Editor's note).

Vedic tradition says you were born divine and must merely awaken to that divinity, while western religions say we were born sinners or “in sin” and must work to be rectified and saved from our sins. Vedic followers accept responsibility for their actions as part of their own karma, while the western religions say it is the devil that tempts them to do evil things. ... In the Vedic tradition there is no supreme evil force or devil, or prince of darkness, though there are certainly evil beings that exist in both the gross material realm and the subtle realm. Whereas in conventional western religions there is a devil or Satan that is the cause of the evil in the world, and who in this way fights with God.

Dr Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“Why All Religions Are Not the Same”

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

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