I have recieved some negative feedback, from a christian perspective, to the word “pagan.” The Oxford American Dictionary defines pagan as: A person not subscribing to any of the main religions of the world; irreligious; identifying divinity or spirituality in nature; pantheistic. Lets look closer at the last parts of that definition.
If we go back to the very ancient times, before the advent of “main religions,” we find people primarily living an agricultural lifestyle. Survival for them depended on planting and harvesting crops. As a result, everyone was very aware and connected to nature, seasons, weather and the elements, as are farmers today. The ancients did not worship these things but considered them allies and something with which to live in balance and harmony. This relationship often became misinterpreted as “pantheistic,” (the belief that God is identifiable with the forces of nature and with natural substances) but ancient writings tell us otherwise. There is a difference between honoring and worshiping nature. For instance, I honor the 10 Commandments but I don’t worship them. I honor the flag but I don’t worship it. See what I mean?
My reading of ancient texts and my spirit guides tell that the ancients did not comprehend the word “sin.” The ultimate life goal was to live in harmony with the micro and macro-environment and other members of society, full of virtue and goodness. Wouldn’t it be good to have that goal for today? That sounds like the promised land after the ascention that the Christian Bible talks about and the Mayans predit for the 2012 Shift of Consciousnes.
Thank you for the feedback. It gives me an opportunity to clarify how certain words can often generate a reaction based on what our belief systems have taught us. No word by itself is either good or bad, our value system assigns the meaning, good and bad.