A brief bit on where I am *now,* whilst I sort my life out and start posting again. 🙂
This may come across to some as… blunt, ignorant, unwilling to listen to others’ opinions, intolerant, or what not. It isn’t meant that way. If something makes you happy, by all means, go worship or not as you see fit. 🙂 These are my personal beliefs, and what I am okay or not okay with ME doing. The beautiful thing about the world is that there’s room for all of us… and as long as we are all doing what is best for ourselves… then it’s all good.
I guess I should first of all state that I in no way, shape, or form, believe in a “personal god.” When it comes to mythos like Zeus and Hera or Thor and Freya or Isis and Ra, I think they’re all crap.
Likewise, I don’t believe in Jesus as the Son of God. For one, there’s no real “proof” to it… and yeah, people claim miracles, etc., but you can find the same thing other places. And for a supposedly loving god, the Christian god has no problem wiping out all these people, including women and children. And what is the point of making these people, if only to condemn them to an eternity in hell, etc.?
I believe in balance, as I’ve said. But I don’t believe in a personal god who is up there controlling your future, or some such. For one, how could we even know, for another, why should they even care about us? We’re not that important. Also, if they truly are all-powerful, etc., any attempt on ours to “classify” them is putting them into a human box and confining them within.
Now, this is not to say I am not into… for lack of a better term, mysticism, but I believe this is all psychological. I have no problem lighting incense, lighting candles, listening to certain music, meditating, etc., but I don’t believe the incense or the candles or whatever have any sort of magical properties. It’s all about associations made with/in your mind.
For that matter, I don’t believe prayer to be anything more than a crutch. If you don’t know, or don’t have an answer, or are faced with something difficult and/or problematic, it’s easy to go pray about it, and thus it isn’t in your hands, so psychologically, you don’t have to worry about it as much… you’ll let the god of your choice do so. Whilst this could be good, I think it is dangerous because there is not enough focus on taking initiative and responsibility in one’s life.
So, this is why I ask about the meanings of god and goddess, of lord and lady, for there are so many possibilities, including a way for the human mind to categorize some sort of psychological benefit or attempt at understanding in a way that their mind can grasp… in the box that we can wrap our head around. It’s just like the fact that it is not possible for us to really grasp the concept of infinity… there’s always some finite edge to it, somewhere.