Friday, February 26, 2010

Who would you worship?

What if tomorrow, there was proof there really is more then one God.

What would you do?  Do you have to pick one?  Do you have to worship them all?  What if each one had different worshiping needs or rules?  Much like it is now, I'm sure there would be people everywhere trying to get you to choose their God/Goddess(es).

In the last few days I've been visited by both people from the LDS church, and people from the Jehovah's Witnesses.  Both with very different views of what I should be doing with my beliefs, my worship, and my time.  There are many other groups out there, that all technically worship the same God, the one found in the bible. They all want something a little different though.  Some of them worship on Saturday, some Sunday. The rules they want me to follow are sometimes similar, and sometimes very different. Most of them say if you don't pick theirs then you've picked wrong and you're going to hell, so you'd better pick carefully.

Or how about some aliens land on our planet, and while getting to know them, they show us their own scriptures, and they worship someone completely different.  Their elder's are capable of performing miracles like have been read about from the bible.  Yet they call "God" by some name foreign to us.  Or imagine the uproar if they had the name of some ancient Egyptian, Greek, or Roman god(es).  Would you join them (they did perform miracles), or would you shun them, since they don't follow your god, and all other gods have been deemed "wrong".

I spend a lot of time thinking about this, as I try and find my own path now.  Who do I follow? What do I call him/her/them? How do I worship, if I chose to at all?

As always, you're thoughts, feelings, and comments are welcome and wanted.



Rich said...

Jehovah's witnesses don't come to the house anymore. Years ago(before I mellowed out), I was awakened at like 7 am or something on a day I didn't have to get up. SO yes, I was exceptionally cranky to find some people trying to "save me". After I explained in my rather unique way that they should leave and I wasn't interested, they mentioned they would come back the next day.... So, me being me, and still grumpy, I woke up extra early the next day, had my buddy lay down on the ground, I drew his outline in chalk, then threw the pamphlets on the chalked body. We then watched from the window as they approached, then saw my artwork, and surprisingly, they left, and have never come back! :D

It bugs me when these people force their beliefs on others, who are they to decide that anyone needs saving? Religion(and also religious freedom, which this country was formed on....right?) has been usurped by these crazy born agains, and people with nothing better to do than judge you(isn't that God's job?) and tell you what you are doing wrong. Thats why I keep a stack of pamphlets by the front door, along with some sidewalk chalk, just in case........

Rainysoul said...

LOL! But you didn't say who you might follow, or how you'd decide! :)

I do like that an overall tenet of witchcraft is that they don't actively recruit. They'll be happy to discuss their beliefs, and even share what they know, but its up to you to say you want to "join".

Steve Julian said...

From a bahai web page...

All humanity is one family.

The Bahá’í teachings emphasize that all of us, as creations of one God, are part of one human family.

Bahá’u’lláh said, “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”

People of nearly every background, in every nation, have

Rich said...

If I have to choose one, I would pick the Norse(Viking) Gods. Not only did they know how to party, apparently Thor hung out with the "humans". And that would be totally cool. Otherwise, I don't know how I would choose. Hopefully you would have the opportunity to interview them, and ask questions. Then decide.

Steve Julian said...

I think the Bahai already chose a combination of beliefs and incorporate them into their system.

I like to stick with one that is part of our Identity. I think it is good to know a bit about others beliefs but in the end, I like Indian ways.