I think I don’t have a good grasp on the pagan gods, so can you please help me understand?
I keep trying to equate the nature of the Christian God w/ the nature of the pagan gods, but I think they have different personalities. For example, the Christian God is the Author of all life: He created us and the universe. All good comes from Him. He is also a personal God: He protects and blesses us, and permits us to have specific burdens which we can use as a tool for spiritual growth to become closer to Him. He grants us special graces, and He wants us to spend time with Him. The only time he is displeased with us is when we sever our relationship with Him through sin.
Can you help the understand the similarities and differences so I have a better grasp of paganism?
I think it depends on which God or Gods we are discussing. For me I believe in a limitless amount of Gods, each with their own role and personality. Overall the Gods are there to guide creation and existence of all things - not just humans. I believe the Christian God to be one in the crowd, so in my mine he is as much a "Pagan God" as he his a "Christian God." I think the major difference between how Christians see God and how Pagans see God is that Pagans tend not to equate God with Perfection. We/I tend to see the Gods are flawed, imperfect and emotional. Each having their own place in the scheme of things. It's hard to honestly explain the place of each in this little box, but as a whole they are there to guide rather than to rule or control.
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I am an eclectic Pagan and I will use whatever pantheon needed in any given situation. There are so many it is limitless. In our path we each have differing POV's and none are considered wrong. Some use only One God and One Goddess, some use an entire pantheon and others like myself follow all of them.
When I meditate I feel at peace and yet energized, more of a oneness with all of life. I can't decide if I am super energized or relaxed, it is a clear, calm, focused feeling and yes I do feel a deep connection to God and Goddess. I agree with all the answers above and yet I have my own. That's the beauty of our path.
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