(Read Marilyn Manson, Part 1 First)
Marilyn Manson - His View of Satan
Marilyn Manson says that he identifies with Satan. "So that was the point where I started to seek out other interpretations of God. And initially, when you rebel, you go for the obvious choices - heavy metal, Satanism. To me, Satan ultimately represents rebellion. Lucifer was the angel that was kicked out of heaven because he wanted to be God. To me, what greater character to identify with?" (Beliefnet.com).
If Marilyn Manson wants to identify with Satan and rebellion, then he should know the true nature of Satan: the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world and he who accuses them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:9, 10, NASB). He is a deceiver and accuser. If we continue to read further into the story, we see what his end (and that of his followers) will be. Second Peter 2:4 says, For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment (NASB).
Marilyn Manson - Is He Just an Entertainer?
Marilyn Manson may say that he's just trying to shock people into thinking. "I've always had a desire to be provocative and to make people think, but it wouldn't be any challenge for me just to be shocking," he says. But his behavior reveals his actions to be less than altruistic. He's already had two brushes with the law. And what about his influence on his listeners? Columbine underscored Manson's pet observation (one that inspired his stage name) that "there's a real fine line between entertainers and mass murderers." (USA Today 11/21/2000).
Disputing the notion that violent art leads to violent acts, Manson says: "You can't blame people's behavior on books, music, film and video games, which are important outlets for emotions. Growing up, I always escaped to music if things got too hard to deal with. When you take away the things people identify with, you create these little time bombs that eventually explode. People feel smothered when they aren't heard." (USA Today 11/21/2000)
Yet we are left wondering whether Manson is really just putting on an act or if he's just acting out what he believes. Jesus Himself made a pertinent point when He said in Matthew 12:34, You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say (NLT). Could Marilyn Manson's words and actions simply be a reflection of his heart?
Marilyn Manson's view of the Bible and God deserve some serious consideration, because they bring up the common questions we all ask ourselves such as: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my future? If you would like to explore these questions more fully, click on some of the links to the right.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus
Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus
I still have questions