reply to post by YAHUWAH SAVES
I call myself Witch, but I do not follow "religion" nor do I say NOT to believe in God, God Herself is within all of us, I preach for seeking a
PERSONAL connection with the Divine. One of the reasons I stopped going to church was because I didn't see the necessity of sitting there for an hour
listening to SOMEONE ELSE'S interpretation of what MY beliefs should be. A book may be able to guide me to a certain place or thought process, but it
will NEVER be as strong as that of a personal relationship with our Godself, that is not something one can just read in a book, it must be
experienced, and each one of us has our own experiences that led us to whatever place we are now.
As far as blind faith goes? I do not follow based on blind faith, the experiences I've had with the Divine have proven to me without a doubt where I
stand and what I am a part of, I can't say the same for anyone else. I do not fear death because that is the cycle of life, all life on this planet
follows that rule. To be born, to live, to die it is all part of a natural cycle, and that concept is hard for some to accept, "if God is so good why
must we suffer", because suffering is a part of growing up and it's a tough pill to swallow, but it is neither a thing of evil, nor is it a thing of
good, it just IS, and we have to learn to accept and grow from that to respect it and take it as another of life's lessons.
I believe in reincarnation, why? Because I believe that energy is neither created nor destroyed, but reused, since I am made up of energy where does
that return to? My physical body will decay and serve as nourishment for the Earth, my spirit/essence/energy will be reused by the universe as She
As far as blame and responsibility? I don't blame the Goddess for wrongdoings in my life, they were decisions I made as an individual, therefore the
consequences are none but MY OWN, I have no one to blame but MYSELF.
I believe religion has done a lot for our world, but like everything else it has it's own unique balance, the good for the bad and vice versa,
Spirituality on the other hand is quite different, you may get rid of religion, but you will never take away that which is ingrained in our psyche.
Sure you can choose to believe in nothing but yourself (contrary to what many believe, Satanism is somewhat similar to this in that they believe their
very being to be Divine, needing no outside deity to shadow that, they create their own reality through their personal power), or believe in something
greater than you. There is a saying that goes something like, "if you cannot find it within, you will not find without", many of us have chosen to
look within ourselves and face that which most people fear, ourselves!
My boyfriend and I often discuss religion versus belief etc., one of the things that I bring up (which is a theory of my own), is that certain people
are wired a certain way ("wired" being a metaphor, I know how all you ats'ers like to pick at wording, myself included!), for me, the belief in
something greater is as natural as breathing, it wasn't something that was taught to me, because if that were the case, I would have abandoned
"religion" a long time ago. It is something I sought out, and still do because I believe we never stop learning, never stop evolving. For others,
the fact that there is no God comes just as naturally, and like oil and water the two do not mix.
And as far as that whole "cat dog god" thing that was going on a few pages back, COME ON dude, it's an interesting thought to have, but personally,
I don't think there is a need to go that far. What you're doing is comparing human beings to dogs, or cats. Not going to lie, we are animals, but we
are a far different animal than those which you speak of. I believe they are already a part of Nature, it is man that has disconnected himself from
Which brings me to another thought, but one that really doesn't need to be discussed here, other than to mention our ancestors, before RELIGION
existed, they worshipped not because they were told to(although at some point I'm sure they were, as with all things there are extremists in all
walks and times of life), but because it was the natural thing to do, give thanks to the Earth for providing a means of livelihood, their entire way
of life was decided by the turning of the seasons, the cycles of the moon (hell most farmers still plant their crops by the phases of the moon even
today!). Something often said is "yesterday's magic is today's science". What seemed the unexplained back then is simple scientific fact now, does
that make it any less valid?
By the way, RELIGION may equate to GOD, but GOD IS NOT RELIGION, GOD is within us, and within Nature. You cannot control God, you can't just simply
title Her as "religion", She is more than that, as someone said earlier "religion" simply is a means to reconnect with the Divine (though the word
and usage has been twisted beyond recognition, and I myself do not believe in any one "religion").
On that note, I think the OP actually advocates for the right to choose which path to take to the Divine, instead of listening to the masses, go
within yourself and find out your own truths, albeit, opening up a can of worms while he was at it. Sorry for the huge response, 10 pages worth of
thinking up responses will do that to a girl lol!
Anywho, that's my $.02, take it or leave it, ultimately you have that choice
edit to add:
One MUST question things, that is the true art of evolution, without questions, where would we find answers? We need more philosophers in this time,
we need more QUESTIONS
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