So yesterday I got this inbox. A guy who decided that it was his self-appointed job to ‘save’ me. Save me from what?, I asked. From the Godless, heathen, evil life I was living. Really? When I pointed out that I was a child of the Goddess he literally spluttered all over my inbox. “GODDESS”? How dare I “invent something that does not exist”? He wanted to know. Which left me somewhat perplexed. If my Goddess is ‘invented’, why not his ‘God’? When I asked him that, he sent a final message laden with threats of fire and brimstone and doom, informing me that if I don’t find the ‘one true religion’ soon, I’d be destined for the fiery pits of hell. Charming. It did get me thinking though.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m in no hurry to convert to a religion that seems to thrive on fear and guilt but where does this ‘one true religion’ come from? Who exactly worked that out and how? Also, does he really think that threats and nastiness would be persuasive arguments to convert to his faith?
I could bore you with the facts of how Christianity borrowed heavily from religions that came before it and give you proof of this from the Pagan religions that pre-date Christianity that also, at the time, claimed to be the ‘One true religion’.
For those interested, there is this link:
and this one:
Basically we all believe in the same things. To borrow a line from one of my favourite movies, “The Boondock Saints”,
“Do not kill. Do not rape. Do not steal. These are principles which every man of every faith can embrace.”
So why all the animosity? Why this need to convert people to your religion?
It’s not just the Christians though. I’ve had numerous Muslim people try to make me see the ‘error’ of my ways and offers to help me find my way to Allah but they’ve been disappointed every time. No Jewish people though….no Buddhists. One Scientologist. He even very kindly sent me a DVD. (Dear Tom Cruise, please come and fetch your DVD now!)
Jehovah’s Witnesses have rung our gate-bell on a Sunday morning and offered to save our whole family! One of them asked us ‘Don’t you want to know how the world ends?” to which my sister replied, “I’ve seen 2012. I know how the world ends”.
Even some Atheists have tried to ‘convert’ me to atheism with bully tactics. If you don’t believe in my Goddess, that’s fine. I don’t expect you to because unlike you, I respect your right to believe whatever you believe.
We Pagans don’t feel the need to ‘convert’ anyone, mainly because the Goddess calls you, not the other way around. I’m quite willing to talk about my religion, so long as the curiosity is genuine but most times when I discuss it, it ends up in an argument with my religion being mocked at best, at worst slammed as ‘wrong’ and ‘evil’ by those who don’t understand where I’m coming from or are blatantly ignorant.
To me, the “one true religion” is one that makes you a better person, the one that fills you with love and light and harmony with yourself and the world around you. It does not give you carte blanche to find fault with everything and everyone just because he/she/they don’t adhere to your particular tenets of faith.
To those who wish to convert me to the ‘One True Religion’ I say this. I have found it already.