posted on Oct, 29 2011 @ 07:59 AM
Normally I prefer to read all posts on a topic before I comment, but I wanted to tell my side of all of this while I have the time. So, if anything I
say is redundant, I apologize. I will return and read all the posts later today.
I grew up in a Christian household and never understood "because I said so". Christians are not allowed to question. The word is truth, end of
story. I could not accept that.
As a teenager I began exploring. I spoke to anyone I could find who held a different belief. I read as many of the great books of the other
religions I could find. I eventually found the pagan beliefs to actually be more understandable than any other.
The Wiccan Rede states:
Do as ye will, lest ye harm none.
Many do not understand that this is all encompassing. Every action and thought you have is your own, you are truly free, AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT HARM.
Yourself is included in this, as well as your friends, neighbors, enemies, and environment. In order to follow this it takes a lot more
consideration than mere fear of persecution. Wiccans, as well as the vast majority of the current pagan religions, believe that there are guides here
who help to shape the world around us, and that there IS a creator, BUT our own thoughts and actions are accountable to US in this life AND the
Because of this thought process I never took the step into the spell casting. The vast majority of the spells I came across had some aspect to it
that I could see harming another. Money spell?- what you receive has to come from someone else, and you cannot know if that person truly needed it or
not. The examples are vast.
I no longer call myself Wiccan, mainly because the title doesn't quite fit. I am much more of a nature based spiritualist. I believe that ALL
religions have at least some semblance of truth, and I have no right to judge. Even the bible says not to judge... that is not in our hands to do
I believe that Jesus, along with Buddah, and Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and MANY MANY more were sent to us to guide us along the path of love and
compassion. I do not believe that when Jesus said "I am the only way" he meant that we have to worship him. Quite the opposite actually. I
believe that he meant that his message was the way. And his message was one of love, compassion, and understanding. He taught to love your neighbor.
You neighbor is not only the man next door, but ALL upon this earth.
Threads such as this one make me sad. It breaks my heart to see the hatred coming forth from both sides of this. All have the right to believe what
they wish to believe. It is not for you to tell me that I am wrong, nor is it for me to tell you.
I do have one word of advice for any who wish to convert their fellow man:
Instead of spewing words of hell and damnation. Instead of attempting to scare people onto your side. SHOW people HOW to live. Actions speak louder
than words. No matter your religion or belief, if it is a calling for you to help others to see, SHOW THEM. Live how you wish the world to be and
others will follow in your footsteps.
Light and Love to you all