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The Logic of Worship
Submitted by Fergus on Mon, 2012-02-06 11:09
There is no illogic to why we worship the Kindred. Science is good. It provides us with a great life, better than anything before. Don’t recreate the old ways because that is short sighted. Certain religious fundamentalists want to recreate the medieval world with the death, oppression and disease because they believe they will be the leaders. They want the misery and struggle because their beliefs are tied to antiquated ideas that fail to fit modern life.
Religion must evolve with society and culture. We are pagans of the old religion but our religion is new. We have more free time and dependable knowledge. We have technology and a great way of life. The gods have worked very hard over thousands of years to make this happen through our efforts. Don’t waste it looking fondly back at an idealized history. We forget the difficulties and only remember the good times. Look forward to the good times.
The purely logical conclusion is there are no gods or spirits. But that is so boring and emotionally unfulfilling. It is very isolated and lonely. There is no harm in believing in other entities. Some atheists call deists superstitious and ignorant. We know lightning doesn’t hit us as punishment. It is a result of nature – unemotional weather that is just doing what it does. We have outgrown our fear of nature. All that is left is awe of its beauty. Math is divine. The spark of life seen as a baby is born is divine. The cycle of nature is divine.
Why Not Believe?
We just enjoy seeing the immense beauty of the universe and believe that there are other things in the universe besides our little corner. Nature has a propensity to create millions upon millions of things, living and inanimate. Why would it stop at just the things we see around us? We can’t even see the majority of this universe. How could we know everything there is to know? Allowing yourself to think about unknowable things, like spiritual matters, also has the surprising benefit of expanding our mental capacity to theorize about stuff. Think outside the box – and believe.
Is there God/Goddess/Divinity?
Is there a Divine? That question has stymied regular folk to theologians for thousands of years. It’s answer is neither provable or disputable. It requires you to define what God, Goddess or the Divine is before you can say whether or not it exists. The difficulty in knowing the answer is its intangibility. How do you prove love exists? How do you prove thoughts you have? How do you prove color to a blind person? You can only prove divine existence by experience.
Interdependency of the universe is divine. Everything needs other things to exist. Living creatures, whether plant, animal or insect, requires the existence of other beings to continue living. Weather, soil, sun and wind are necessary too. It is a web of life. The earth is a large biosphere with interdependent ecology living in harmony upon (or in) her flesh. This earth, our Mother Earth, is a complete ecosystem of which we are a tiny part. She is divine. She designed and birthed the universe. She created the purity and necessity of water. She is the spark of creation. This spark can be seen anytime a new child is born. You can feel her presence when the baby takes its first breath. You can feel her presence when someone you love dies. You can sense her manifestation, thus she is.
Chance, natural causes and coincidence seem controlled. Why does bad news come in sets of three? How is it some people are lucky and some are not? Why does prayer work for some people and others not. This is how the gods help us by manipulating chance and coincidence. Chance and coincidence are the observable evidence of magic and magic is the will of the divine taken form. Prayer is talking to God or Goddess. Magic is prayer on steroids.
Billions of people for tens of thousands of years have religious experiences. John Michael Greer, a noted pagan theologian, magician and druid, comes to the common-sense conclusion that such experience varies so widely as to be “inherently polytheistic (Greer, pg. 70)" What he’s saying is so many people have seen or touched the divine in so many different ways, the only logical explanation is that gods exist. And they have many forms and personalities. Not only does Goddess exist, but many gods exist too.
But how do I know? How can anyone know? Goddess exists because she pursues us. She calls to you in your dreams and quiet moments. She directs your life to experience things that makes you think of her. You see pictures of her. You hear stories of her actions. You meet people who love her and praise her name aloud. All these things happen so she can touch you.
You can feel the presence of the Goddess. You know it is true when you take time to listen for her calls. In order to hear her, you must call to her with hope that she does exist. Greer writes, "... it’s perfectly valid to say of gods and neutrinos alike that while we don’t know if they actually exist, the universe appears to work as though they do. In religious experiences, certainly, the gods appear to be real entities external to the human mind and nervous system. Until solid evidence or sound reasoning shows that this is definitely not the case, accepting it as a working hypothesis is at least as reasonable as rejecting it out of hand (Greer, pg. 77)." Believing in Goddess is just as reasonable and logical to do as disbelieving. So, there is Goddess and she loves each one of us.