What is the image that comes to mind? Is it one of demonic rituals, images of tattooed bodies dancing hysterically around a smoky bonfire in frantic movements, or nude bodies intertwined in sweaty deviate sexual activities, orgies of body and mind? Perhaps it’s one of a dark gloomy room with a group of red eyed twisted faces peering over a large cast-iron pot, mouthing strange words in praise of their hell-bound master? Pass the popcorn. Because that is what you’ve seen, movie hype in a gross attempt to make MONEY.
For the last 8 centuries the Christian faith has done its best to drum up intolerance to anything it feels as a threat to its supreme authority over humanities free will, its right to choose. This one god theory is an attempt to control, regulate or suppress the search for knowledge which is the basic urge of all humans. They even made it a sin (Original) for the very fact of acquiring the thirst for it, as written in their holies of holy books the bible, as if it were a theft from the gods and not a gift. They even admit in the same book that whomever it was that first had an independent thought that the gods commanded to banish them into eternal misery from a garden of such delights as we could only image, such a caring god. As long as humans were ignorant and servile, they could enjoy bliss at their (gods) will. But once they became aware of who they were and the world around them, knowledge, the first thing god did was to punish. So much for a merciful and forgiving god.
So once this cultist extremism came in to a power of authority around the 3rd century B. C. E. so fragile was its hold on the position that it was destined to become, that surrounded by nations of peoples who for tens of thousands of years had formatted their own ideas of the their place in the greater scheme, what rituals and feast days that they could not be absorbed, they demonized. Damming the non-believers in to an abyss of imaginable torments, populated with hideous creatures deformed from the sins of denial of the true god (a matter of opinion).
Gradually this intolerance over the centuries grew from merely a sin and damnation of the soul, to be ever more manifest into the physical hell that the Christians so vehemently describe in the domain of their second god (devil, satan etc.). By committing the most horrendous tortures upon the bodies of innocent non-believers (submit or die) until the pursuit of death (murder). Witchery they finally came to call it, any belief in a deity other than theirs. Satan, the devil was the only answer they could agree was the cause of all this dissention, and ascribed the most bizarre scenes that their deviate minds could image to its adherence.
Along with their fear of losing authority over the populace they were ignorant of the natural world, of herbal medicine etc.. Attributing anything outside the words of a book written centuries before as the work of an evil that even they did not understand. But if they kept the populace ignorant and afraid they could maintain control. Demonize all other deities to the point of a hysterical devotion to their god.
So now you come to the mental conditioning of today. What has changed, not a lot from the fanatic’s point of view that still see the pagan as the agent of the great satan, the doer of pure evil calling upon demons from the far reaches of hell. Instead of just someone with a different view of the world and its mysteries. Compared with other religions of the world I have as yet to find a Pagan call for the eradication of any or all other religions of the world, the same cannot be said of several of today’s religions.
In conclusion, I suggest the next time you think of pagans, envision this, a business suit, jogging pants, a kitchen apron or anything that a so called normal person would be wearing in the very day goings. People are people it’s the fanatic ideologies that drive us to extremes.
Thank you for taking the time to read this
CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Toorall
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