Samael is not God.
It’s become a very common misconception that, since Silent Hill 3’s release, that the God in both Silent Hill 1 and in Silent Hill 3 is that of Samael. This is entirely incorrect.
Upon making Silent Hill 3, Team Silent decided to go back through and rectify some of the things that were questionable with Silent Hill 1, and they did well with it. But one of the most important things that is being addressed now is “Who is God?”, and, as mentioned, it is commonly referred to by as Samael who was, until SH3, without a doubt the true villain behind Silent Hill. Silent Hill 2 shines very little light on the subject, only mentioning the questionable Xuchilpaba in the Book of Lost Memories, but providing no real information about the deity.
So this is to clarify some of the misconceptions on the religion that is a key factor in Silent Hill’s history and presence.
First off, Samael.
Dahlia’s goal was to bring God into the world, creating the True Paradise, and doing so required her daughter, Alessa. This would have been possible had it not been for that meddling Harry Mason. (Rather than delving into the entire story of Silent Hill 1, I’ll just give the crucial elements that will come into play later.)
Alessa knew what her mother was trying to achieve, so to prevent her from attaining “Paradise”, the [otherside] was created using her powers. Keep in mind though, Alessa herself only carries half of the soul of God, thus the [otherside] is brutal, but not near as vicious as Heather’s (1). Harry is able to trek through the nightmarish world, until finally confronting Alessa in Lakeside Amusement Park. The device that Dahlia gave him, the Flauros, was used in order to dispel Alessa’s power. It worked, much to her dismay, and left her world crumbling and staggered – thus the creation of Nowhere.
My point. Dahlia tells Harry that, in Alchemilla Hospital, that the “Mark of Samael” is being spread all over town. It’s obvious that Dahlia has a considerable amount of control of the cult that is arranging the birth of God via Alessa, thus it seems likely that Dahlia is a rather highly appointed figure within the cult. Whether she’s the “leader” or not isn’t important – the fact that she had considerable control and all of the knowledge of the situation is enough.
By the end of Silent Hill 1, it is known that Alessa doesn’t want to be involved with what her mother has planned – proof is in the final hallway in Nowhere, leading to the basement. So the mark being spread all over town is the doing of Alessa – we’re told she’s doing it by Dahlia in order to summon “Samael”—God, rather—, but in actuality it’s the exact opposite; Alessa is trying to prevent the birth of God.
“I was shocked to realize the Talisman of Metatron was being used.” – Dahlia.
The Seal – or Talisman as it’s referred to by in the US version – of Metatron is, as seen in Silent Hill 3, identical to what we’ve come to believe solely as the Mark of Samael. This brought speculation that Samael is Metatron, but again, that can’t be true either.
Basically, Samael is the name Dahlia is referring to the Mark by in order to trick Harry into believing Alessa is doing all of the evil on her own. It’s obvious Dahlia is the culprit and is solely using Harry for her own gain.
The Seal of Metraton:
“It will bring results regardless of whether the target is good or evil: its strength, therefore, places a very high burden on the caster... This is why it bears the name “Metatron”, after the angel Metatron, also known as the ‘Angel of God.’”
As one should know by now, Samael is the true name of the ha-Satan – the Adversary – thus is the practical opposite of Metatron. This is why Dahlia calls the true Seal of Metatron as the Mark of Samael – what better way to confuse Harry than to tell him it’s the exact opposite of what it really is.
But this still has yet to prove precisely why Samael is not God.
“Silent Hill’s Ancient Gods: A Study of Their Etymology and Evolution.”
(There is also one rare example of the chief deity, “Creator of Paradise” or “Lord of Serpents and Reeds”, being dubbed with a demon’s name. Of course, this was not done by believers, but by their opponents.”
Samael, as stated above, is the name of a fallen angel – a “demon”.
Chapel Painting 2.Birth
“A man offered a serpent to the sun and prayed for salvation. A woman offered a reed to the sun and asked for joy... God was born from these two people.”
A serpent and a reed. “Lord of Serpents and Reeds”. God was born from these two.
In the basement of Nowhere, Dahlia never again refers to God by the name of Samael--in fact, not once did she refer to God by a name, only the Mark/Seal being spread across town--and she even goes back by calling the Mark of Samael the Seal of Metatron. As said earlier, Dahlia knows what she’s talking about, and this is clear proof.
One quirk though: Dahlia refers to God as He, whereas Claudia – whom was “brainwashed” by Dahlia – refers to God as She, just as the paintings in the Chapel refer to God. Going back, let’s take a look at the book “Silent Hill’s Ancient Gods”.
“There is no religion that has remained unchanged from the moment it was founded. This one is no exception.”
There has been an obvious span of 17 years from the events between the two games, and that is ample time to alter some beliefs within the order of the cult. Moeru, aka Blue Phoenix, explained this thoroughly elsewhere, including the difference in God’s actual appearance, according to its prestidigitator.
So there you are. Simply put, God is not Samael.