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About Pagan Gods Being Loving Parents...

I'm learning from Cafemomer's that the gods of paganism have no commands, only love, and have sometimes been equated with loving parents. But a parent can love his child and still have boundaries: don't touch the oven because it's hot and will burn you.

If a god gives no rules, is laissez-faire, permissive and indifferent towards a persons behavior, won't this not protect a person from being spiritually, physically or emotionally injured?

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flatlanderjenn

Asked by flatlanderjenn at 10:25 PM on Nov. 19, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • My god and my goddess trust their children to have common sense. There ARE boundaries. Whatever you do ALWAYS comes back three times.
    Gecko85

    Answer by Gecko85 at 10:27 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • exactly what I was going to say Gecko
    MumaSue

    Answer by MumaSue at 10:30 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Well, there you go with the oven again. Common sense says don't touch it. IF you already know it's hot. Teaching a child the oven is hot means them never having to find out by being burned. It takes time for the boundary to become common sense.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • My deities feel that we are fully capable of making common sense choices (like don't touch the oven/stove). They are loving as parents should be.
    _Tam_

    Answer by _Tam_ at 11:02 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • If a god gives no rules, is laissez-faire, permissive and indifferent towards a persons behavior, won't this not protect a person from being spiritually, physically or emotionally injured?

    Only if they're an idiot.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:02 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Oh, and just so we're clear, you are yet again distorting an entire group of religions, generalizing them into one, and trying to fit them into your little box that is not designed to hold them. The "gods of paganism" are the gods of multiple religions, all with different rules and realities. There is NO blanket statement you can make about "gods of paganism" aside from saying they aren't Abrahamic.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:05 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • All depends on which god you are infurring. ALL of them do expect us to think for ourselves and to deal with whatever outcome that happens.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 11:11 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • What gods are you referring to? Not every Pagan worships the same gods...
    and what pnwmom said.
    Kaelansmom

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 2:49 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • dont forget! Pagans never judge and are very open-minded (in my experience)
    Zoeyis

    Answer by Zoeyis at 6:02 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Pagan deities ARE more loving than the christian god BECAUSE there are less rules... the most important, underlying law of paganism is "Harm none". And it's understood that whatever you do, for good or for ill, will come back upon you threefold, so if you are rewarded or punished, you have only yourself to credit or blame.
    The christian god, on the other hand, has a laundry list of things you are or aren't suppsed to think/say/feel/eat/do, and if you screw up on any of them, he will send you to suffer and scream in torment, unceasingly, until the very end of time. He loves you, though.
    Which one sounds more loving to you?
    Koukla12905

    Answer by Koukla12905 at 7:14 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

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