I was recently told I needed "Get Right" with God because he was the only One True God, and there are only two kinds of people in the world, those who are of God, those who are of the Devil. Now before those words were said to me I cared a great deal for the person who said them. Unfortunately, anyone telling this Proud Pagan things like that is bound to destroy any friendship whatsoever between us because I find it that insulting to be preached to in such a manner. No, I do not follow the Christian path. But, that does NOT make me of the Devil, or even a bad person. And I now find myself wondering how many of the other Christians I know, and consider friends secretly feel I am of the Devil because I have chosen a different path than them. If this is how you really feel about me, that I am something evil and of the Devil, then please, unfriend me on FB, unfollow me on Pinterest and Twitter, step out of my life, and go your Christian way in peace. My Purely Pagan Heart harbors no evil, I don't kiss the Devil's ass, or belong to him in ANY way shape or form.
The spiritual path I follow absolutely positively forbids any attempt at converting anyone to this path I have chosen. It also teaches me not to insult someone by telling them they are of the Devil because they don't follow my path. I understand if you are a Christian your bible teaches you these words. It also tells you suffer a witch not live. However, since most of my Christian friends don't seem terribly eager to burn, hang, or otherwise kill me, I am assuming they have somehow managed to overcome those words, and allow me to live in peace. I wish those of you reading this who are Christians would somehow find in your hearts to overcome the urge to quote other words from the bible that by their very nature are inclined to cause hurt, heartache, and separation from others who do not follow your faith.
We are not living in Old Testament times. We are ALL living in a world where people of many religions often find themselves interacting with others not of their faith. I understand the One True God religions stress theirs in the only path to heaven. But, please understand I do not believe in the Christian version of Heaven, or any version of it. I'm not trying to get to a heaven I don't believe in here. What I'm trying to do is help change the world enough so ALL those upon this earth can live peacefully and lovingly with each other. If we can do that, then people, no matter what your religion, that would truly be heaven on earth.
Blessed Be To All
What my spiritual path teaches me is to respect ALL religions and spiritual paths, no matter how much they differ from mine. All I ask in return is that others show me the same respect I am showing them. I realize if you are a Christian reading this that your religion teaches yours is the only One true God. That is in fact one thing that turns me completely off of Christianity because I really do believe all Gods and Goddesses are true and real to those who believe in them. My path also teaches me the concept of Harm None. I firmly believe to try and "convert" another to Christianity or any other religion by claiming all Gods and Goddesses are one in the same is to harm those who do not believe in whatever religion you happen to. So PLEASE, if you are a Christian reading this, try and find in your heart to understand where I'm coming from here. I love and respect the path I follow just as much as you love and respect the path you follow. Do not try and forcefully "convert" me to your path by telling me all things trace back to your God. I will never believe that, and if pressed will defend my right to believe in my Gods and Goddesses with my very last breath. Even if it means screaming it from a stake I'm being burned at. Just as you will defend your beliefs to the death. For all of us on this planet to truly get along with each other we must all realize this, and allow those who do not walk our spiritual path the freedom to do so without interference from others.
Blessed Be To All