Marilyn Manson says, "So initially I was drawn into the darker side of life. But it's really just human nature. I started to learn that everything that's considered a sin is what makes you a human being. All the seven deadly sins are man's true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you're made to feel guilty for being human, then you're going to be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can't escape from" (beliefnet.com).
Marilyn Manson is correct when he says that the darker side, sin, is human nature. The Bible agrees. The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? (Jeremiah 17:9, NLT). But he is wrong when he says there is no escape from what Manson calls "a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle." We can break out of this cycle. Ephesians 4:22-24 says, Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness--righteous, holy, and true (NLT).
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 - His Veiw Of Satan
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 - On Religion, Politics & Life
"When I turned about 14, I developed a friendship with this guy whose mom was the secretary to Ernest Angley, the faith healer, who's very popular in the Midwest. He had a television show, and he was sort of like Liberace mixed with Jerry Falwell - very glitzy, very high-tech. He had a gold cathedral, one of the most decadent places I'd seen, until recently when I went to the Vatican - that outdid it! But whenever I spent the weekend with my friend, I would have to go to these Friday night services that began at midnight. It was odd because you were starting to fall asleep - it's the perfect time to brainwash people. People were tossing money onto the stage and speaking in tongues. It was very terrifying, like a horror show. It may have been what inspired me to become a rock musician!" (beliefnet.com).
"You're fighting to fit in, and you realize when you get there that the people around you are the same ones who held you down and humiliated you. You've finally arrived, but that bite from the apple of knowledge is bitter and causes a resentment that turns into revolution. Starting a band was my revolution. The story is very traditional, very symbolic and inspired, strangely enough, by the Bible. I look at Christ as a revolutionary and the first celebrity, someone who had dangerous ideas, was ultimately sacrificed and became merchandised into a necklace or something to hang on the wall." Cain had no slasher films to persuade him to kill Abel." (USA Today 11/21/2000).
"Bleeding-heart liberals. I find them very insincere, especially in Hollywood. Those are the people I would like to punch in the face the most. I guess a lot of people would find me more right wing than left wing, although I find myself in both wings. That's what lets me fly." (USA Today 11/21/2000).
"America has created an environment through the media where people know they can get their picture on the cover of Time or Newsweek by doing something outrageous, either as an artist or by hurting someone. They will always put the killer on the cover before they put the victim, because it's more dramatic for them to help sell fear."
"Maybe I should become a Christian and make them all happy. But I think if I found Jesus--which, I didn't know he was lost in the first place--i don't think he would be all that different from me." (beliefnet.com)