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okay, then what do pagan's believe?

what about satanists? i dont understand, im christian and actually i really want to know.

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AshJoe05

Asked by AshJoe05 at 10:07 PM on Jul. 31, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • basically worshipping Mother Earth. The Pagan ladies can explain it well. :)
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:09 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • it depends on what kind of pagan they are, just like any branch of christianity.
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 10:12 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • depends on the type of pagan... there are wiccans, druids, and i follow a native american path, and lots more. i believe in the sacredness of nature and that truth and guidance is found in it. in a huge nutshell... as for god what i call got is All That Is, or Spirit or Mystery... all of the above. it is the energy that connects us all. there are two types of satanists - the most commonly practiced is the kind that believes in hedonsim - pleasing the self, self interest, etc. (it is opposite christianity in the respect that christianity it supposed to be about servitude and selflessness). the other kind is the satanic bible kind - where it is everything the opposite of christianity - worshipping the devil, doing bad things...
    figaro8895

    Answer by figaro8895 at 10:12 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Ironically Satanists don't believe in Satan either. They believe in basically "do what makes you feel good"
    There are people who are Satan worshipers, but that's not called Satanist

    Pagans generally believe in more than 1 god/goddess. Like the Greek Gods, or the old Roman Gods, Norse Gods, etc. Or just basic God & Goddess (which is 2 not just a god so it falls into pagan)

    Pagans do not all practice witchcraft.
    Not all people that practice witchcraft are Pagan.

    Religion is very interesting. I love that all the basic stories are in almost all of them. Like different pagan histories include a great flood. Most religions also all have the golden rule in them. If you were to actually study them, you would see lots of similarities.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:15 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • The term Pagan comes really describes numerous belief systems, generally anything that's non-Judeo-Christian... However, when you meet someone who uses the title Pagan to describe their own beliefs you'll find they generally fit in to one of two categories (or both). They are either a member of a religion (or share beliefs with) which predates Christianity OR they are highly connected to the earth.


    Generally, Satanists are not really considered Pagans - although they do fall under the broad definition of "Non-Judeo-Christian." The majority of Satanists are in fact Atheistic in beliefs. IF you are truely interested in finding answers I am always more than happy to answer questions...


    Also, here is my blog which should help - http://witchywonderland.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-is-pagan.html

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:24 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • There are many, many Pagan paths. Many of them have to do with respect for nature and your fellow human beings, and for the energy that surrounds all of us. Some believe in god(s)/goddess(es), some don't. I combine my Catholic beliefs with some of the Pagan beliefs I have held over the years. While I no longer really practice any magick (except for a little candle magick here and there), there is certainly nothing evil or wrong with the craft, or those Pagans who do practice it. In fact, spells are very much like prayers. I think that all of us should take a closer look at Pagan paths and have a better understanding of ourselves and our surroundings, and the energy that is in all living things.

    I know nothing about Satanism, except that there are two types, I think. The most common form has little to do with Satan, and more to do with pleasing oneself and seeing yourself as god, I think.
    anime_mom619

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:28 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • And I suggest you take Sabrina up on her offer and ask her about Pagan beliefs. She really is a great resource for this topic, as are many other mommas on here.
    anime_mom619

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:30 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Pagan isn't a religion, it's an adjective. There are hundreds of different religions, not counting denominations and offshoots of the major ones, and all but 3 of them are included in the description "Pagan". None of them have the same beliefs, though some have different things in common. Some people self-identify as Pagan, but no two self-proclaimed Pagans believe the exact same things either. They are eclectic, meaning they use parts of multiple faiths. Think of neo-Pagans or eclectics as being similar to non-denominational Christians, except instead of being restricted to a single religion (Christianity) they draw from Helenism, Taoism, Buddhism, Janism, and any other faith that resonates with them, including some who also use Christianity, Judaism or Islam in addition to other faiths.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:36 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Some of the beliefs which are generally shared between most Pagans are:

    *A Polytheistic Belief - either a God & Goddess or multiples of both.
    * A belief and understanding of Karma or some other "energy returns" belief
    * A belief in some form of reincarnation or multi-level afterlife
    * Honor for nature, ancestors and history - the good and the bad
    * A belief in "magick" even if they don't practice witchcraft - Which not all Pagans do.

    However, as the title "Christian" can be used to describe any number of belief systems - Catholic to Mormon to Baptist to JW and back again... Paganism is the same way. And just as with Christian denominations each belief system comes with their own beliefs and history... So these "general beliefs" are just that - General - and will vary from belief system to belief system. However, unlike all Christian paths, not all Pagan paths have the same root, so there are many more variations in belief
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:49 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Anon 9:15, the fact that most religions have a great flood story (IMO) inidicates that it is an event that actually happened.
    Iamgr8teful

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 1:26 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

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