This may be a little off topic, but aren’t you guys even a little bit curious about pantheism (such as that found in sufism, hinduism, and some gnostic christian sects) and it’s justifications? It even appears in a lot of Jewish mysticism.
There’s a reason that a lot of eastern and tribal cultures don’t have a problem integrating Christianity with their current beliefs. It’s called the doctrine of “Emanation,” and it’s actually quite similar to the rationale for the trinity.
You see, in almost all pantheist religions there is a prime source for all of existence, and all of the lesser gods, angels, spirits, and even humans are all products of the prime source’s divine consciousness.
It’s sort of like the people who believe that everything exists in God’s imagination, except instead they say “okay Gaia exists in God’s imagination and we exist in the imagination of Gaia,” or something similar. It’s a little more complicated than that because they also believe that the higher levels of being cannot exist without the mundane, but I’m sure you all get the idea.
So I guess what I’m getting at, in a very round about way, is that it’s quite likely this girl identifies Persephone with a Catholic saint (sort of like santerians.)
Now, this is obviously not acceptable behavior as far as the church is concerned, but don’t some of you think that understanding the reasoning behind these beliefs could better inform your frame of reference to deal with such situations in the future?
I’m just kind of curious, and I figure I’m too new to start my own thread.