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Paganism: Final Thoughts

“Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason” (William Penn)

The word pagan I assumed was a word of disdain, disloyalty of GOD. What I learned from this class is the term Paganism is not about disloyalty to the ole mighty, but acknowledgement of how ancient and current religious persons take a view on their personal belief paradigms. To the average Joe/Jane the word pagan is used in a negative function. It is perceived as an immoral person who goes against the existence of following the basic tennets of how a person must act, believe in a “civilized society”.

 

To the everyday person who does not believe in God but puts their faith in another being “Allah, Daoism, Confucianism.

Paganism references the authentic religions of Greece and Romans as well as surrounding areas. Paganism originated from the Neolithic for which the word pagans which refers to a country dweller from the Latin word. Pagans may have a belief in many Gods but they chose only that one that is worshipped as their true God. (Leviticus) 19:31, “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither; seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God”. Paganism was noted as worshipping many gods and goddesses and deities was viewed by people as significant in worshipping. It was believed that everything had an essence and was polytheistic thus societies had gods and goddesses of the forest, sea, and all facets of nature. (Matthew) 25:46 and these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. History also indicates that when man progressed they worshipped gods of their professions or gods to their pertinent to their village life.

Paganism is not comparable with Christianity because belief in One God versus Many Gods is the doctrine of Paganism. The message that the Bible contains words and messages to mankind, whereas Paganism does not have one religious extract or set of dogmas to develop. Some pagans believe in Jesus Christ as one of gods where as Christians view Jesus Christ with significance. These differences have a profound effect on both Pagans and Christians wherever Pagans cannot be disciples of Jesus Christ. “All sects are different, because they come from men, morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God” (Voltaire) Today’s Pagans revel the Earth, all living creatures, nature and the order of life. Contemporary Pagans believe in more than one god, while others are atheistic.

What I take away from the course is the word Pagan is used in a negative connotation for non-believers in Jesus Christ. When in fact, Pagans are believer in Nature, love of life, balance of Mind/Body experiences.  

 

Nicholas Lake                

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