Just going to post this stuff here out of curiosity of what you guys think.
I’ve seen a few threads talking about Paganism and its sects and a common thing I’ve noticed, while not necessarily here but in a lot of places how it’s “Satanic, evil, etc, etc”. I mean yes, by Godly standards it is evil or it’s Satan’s way of leading people astray. Sorry if this is like a story but I have seen so much oppression to these people it’s horrible. So what if they don’t have the same beliefs, that doesn’t make it right to yell, attack (physically, verbally) or anything else that makes them feel so…beneath everyone.
Anyone that claims Pagans are Satanists are ignorant. I want to point out some facts (if you hate facts, just skip down). Those that turn to “Satanism” are from the feelings to rebel against society (or parents) they think it’s cool to rebel, hang out in graveyards and then, maybe start doing blood sacrifices in the name of Lucifer. And, to quote a website: they are merely using Satanism as an excuse to dress Goth and engage in wild excesses of partying without guilt. Being a “Satanist” excuses them to partake of drugs, illegal or legal, listen to earsplitting music, engage in pseudo vampire activities of cutting and sucking blood, be sexually promiscuous and wakeup the next day not remembering any of it.
Satanism does have some “actual” followers though.
And a tidbit of advice: Understanding the difference between a PENTACLE and a PENTAGRAM to better teach people.
The Pentacle is the Pagan symbol. ONE POINT facing the top. The points mean spirit, water, fire, earth, and wind. Without these the world is not in balance. It is their icon.
Now THIS is a Pentagram: TWO points up. This symbolizes the Goat gouging heaven with his horns. THIS it the Devil symbol.
Trying to convert an actual Pagan back to Christianity through attacking saying that they shouldn’t be lured away from the true faith or they are wrong WILL NOT HELP. I say convert “back” because most Pagans were at one point Christian, but they have decided for one way or another to follow this path. Hence why telling them they are "evil, " “devil-worshippers” and “calling them to repentance before they are doomed to hell forever.” does little but make them feel they made the right choice.
They belive in a postive and negative force (like Yin-Yang) one cannot be without the other and they believe that this, if off balance is chaotic.
Let me branch off for a second to point out if you have a different religion than someone else, telling them that God or who you believe in doesn’t approve of it, does NOT help you with this person. They have their own beliefs and telling them they are going to hell will NOT phase them, (you can’t go to hell if you don’t believe in it). Telling them that Satan is tricking them does not work either. (They don’t believe in the devil).
Pagans are not bloodthirsty nor evil. They believe that they should respect the earth, and live at peace with it and view everything as their equal. They don’t belive that they should control, dominate, and make the effort to “tell the world” about their religion to get more followers. Pagans believe that the Goddess will call those to her and it is the sole choice of the individual to answer the call or not.
Yes they do rituals in order to honor the God and Goddess. They sing, chant, and worship. Hmmmm, if this is “satanic” then I can think of a few other religions that are “satanic”. Just because they don’t worship the way you do or worship in a different way or deity does not give you a right to accuse and abuse them for everything that is bad in the world. But of course thats what some religions teach right? “Don’t intermingle with the nonbelievers otherwise you are displeasing and wrong”. But you’re suppose to spread God’s Holy Word so that’s not a problem…or something.
I have seen many people where I live that are “Pagan” or of that religion and are basically treated like “lesser or sub human beings” and I think that is just wrong and awful. So that is what inspired me to write this.I am hoping that there are people here that can see where I am going with this and not take it wrong. I don’t think being nasty to anyone is right, especially if they want to share God’s love. agans experience oppression just as much as some other religions. Would you like it if someone started getting in your face about how you worship wrong? How your religion isn’t right? But Blighty my religion IS RIGHT. Ok well, that’s the mindset of other faiths too. While some religions don’t have tolerance for others, must we really scream threats at them? I understand those that cannot/will not be near people with different faiths. Sure, tell the masses that they are wrong (this isn’t just about Pagans but pretty much everyone and not aimed at any particualar religion) for what they do or practice freedom of speech and religion after all. But also consider kinder or gentler ways to try and convert. It may not be as fast of a converter but it sure as would be more effective…and better to do one on one with others. If they don’t convert or are firm in their beliefs, respect that. Don’t go hostile, don’t start trying to stay away from them now. Treat them also as a person.