You want to freak out the “average” person, tell them you are no longer Christian. Tell them you know longer accept that the man named Jesus Christ was the son of God. A discussion on religion for some causes intense almost irrational feelings. I have observed it and have been the brunt of it. For some, you simply do NOT question Christianity. I am noticing many in this country who demand that we stay a “Christian” country. There is an alarming amount of intolerance for anyone who participates or subscribes to any other belief of a higher power. I would almost be ok with the idea that we took Christianity as the national religion IF and that is a big if–if there were significantly more tolerance of other belief systems. One may say, well mosques are built and no one banned them. Oh, so they are built therefore you have more tolerance? Really? Who are you trying to convince?
Tell them you know longer accept that the man named Jesus Christ was the son of God.
A discussion on religion for some causes intense almost irrational feelings. For some, you simply do NOT question Christianity. I am noticing many in this country who demand that we stay a “Christian” country. There is an alarming amount of intolerance for anyone who participates or subscribes to any other belief of a higher power. I will not write about the historical documentation to support my stand. I am not writing to change anyone’s mind….sway you over to “my side”.
There is a growing trend in my opinion of people, like myself who have had just about enough of someone else’s doctrine crammed down our throats. Christians celebrate when prayer comes back to schools. Never do they question that prayer can be of all backgrounds. So a Pagan prayer could be said and it should be fine–but it won’t.If it is not a Christian prayer, you best believe the school board will know about it.
UPDATED: Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? This is an article written January 2017. His data supports what I have said.
So one article to support my little observation. OK, so they are leaving. What I am not getting are people like myself who have to hide that fact. I went to a Lughnasadh fire ceremony yesterday. This was my first one and I was beside myself with joy and love. Really. I was. I met people like myself, many former Catholics who left not only the church but Christianity. The leader of the ceremony did make it very clear that if pictures would be taken, get the permission of the person. Main reason? Because they have jobs that if found out that their employee was pagan they would be fired or their work lives made so miserable they would quit. What year is it?
We are going backward with religious persecution?
I admit it. I am not shouting my belief system from the rooftops. I am working on this. I get bolder each day. But ceremonies like this in a conservative bible belt state, are held very privately. Thank goodness we are protected under laws but we all know the hell that would be paid.
Even as a Pagan who is a psychic medium, I was told that I am going to hell. This particular person got so fired up about this matter, I honestly thought she was going to have a stroke. It was as if she was personally responsible for people getting into heaven and took the entire burden on herself. It was as if her God was not capable of weeding out all those bad people. I couldn’t even get upset with her because I was finding myself feeling so terribly sorry for her.
The Pagans I have met are well read, intelligent and full of sheer joy. They honestly love life. They have an amazing respect for the Earth and all that makes Earth–mamma. In my short life of 53 years, I have seen what so many have done to other people as they proudly state that they are Christian. Yes, other religions have done the same. I was only a Christian so I can only speak to that. Their condemnation. They are self-appointed judge and jury. Christian religions are so intolerant due to the endless lists of “do’s and don’ts” within that religion. The list includes how to exclude individuals based on how they interpreted a book written by mortal men. I am not looking for anarchy. If you like your list of rules that is great. Do not make my life miserable because I do not follow your particular set of rules.
Paganism was my choice. Others have left Christianity for either other religions, no religion or a total disbelief in any power. Unless this really interferes with my need to be a good person, a functioning member of society, I simply do not care. I do care when those who have made that decision make it difficult in many ways to simply state their belief. To meet with like minded folks without fear of consequence be it verbal ridicule, fear of losing their job or bringing harm to themselves and or the people they love.
I have never felt so connected to Spirit/Source/God as I do now. I see a connection between my soul and what God has made. I truly understand that Golden Rule. I do not simply abide by it once a week for an hour. But I truly understand it and make every attempt to follow it. When I don’t, I sit and think why. How much of those ill feelings towards another human being have something to do with my inability to cope? Paganism has given me a far great sense of self-reflection and accountability. Ask yourself just how much self-reflection and accountability do you think the average person possesses?
We now live in a society that derives all our information about other human beings with little to no actual human interaction. We blame the media for it all. How did they get like that? How did we ALLOW media to speak for us? Make opinions for us? How did we allow SOCIAL MEDIA to let us become cowards?
Years ago I thought Pagans were people who hated God, worshiped the devil and did evil things to people. They wore black and looked like roadies for Marilyn Manson. It is so far from what the reality is. Now during high holidays, many will wear attire that is closely related to the culture of their ancestors of long ago.
This is a brief writing defining paganism. It says nothing about the devil or evil or whatever it is you think it is.