Monday, April 13, 2009

Getting to know you: Religion

Yesterday's holiday celebrations brought up the subject of religion. Do you have one? If so, do you worship a singular all-powerful diety? Or multiple Gods who are using you as their pawn in their intense political battles? Or perhaps you are a God yourself - and you are looking for just the right pawn to play with?

Whatever you worship, if you worship, tell us all about it!

26 comments:

DESTINY said...

I am beyond religion. Those who believe will come to know me. Those who do not believe will come to know me.

I am not a God, but even Gods will come to know me.

In case you're wondering, basically everyone will come to know me.

I am your Destiny.

shy said...

"All men have need of the gods."

~Homer

Anonymous said...

"D'oh!"

~Homer (Simpson)

Troubadour said...

When I died, the light came for me, but I was foolish and did not go through. I was waiting for Desiree to die so I could be with her. My light vanished.

When she died, the light came for her. She went through, but I could not. Now I am trapped.

I know that the souls that cross over come back and live again, but I don't know what happens on the other side, or why they come back.

I know that each life follows a destined path, and that fate is not easily undermined.

morphine-moniza said...

I believe in the Sun God. But we don't have any temples in our village so I don;t really think much about him... I heard the temple in Helieth is really big and covered with gold.

The author is amused by Anon 7.30

Pure fiction said...

I used to be Catholic. I sort of still am, I suppose. Or maybe I'm more of a christian now? When I stayed with aunt Dee, who left me this old ship of a house, I always went to mass. As someone who worked as a priest's housekeeper for over 30 years, I thought Aunt Dee would have been scandalised if I hadn't. Now I'm not so sure.

I'm not even sure if I believe in a christian god anymore, if truth be told. If it wasn't for destiny's presence on this blog, I don't think I'd believe in him/her either. But I have heard of people who've experienced the light Troubadour talks about. Some people say it's just a scientific trick our brain plays on us when we die. But that sounds horribly bleak to me. Like shy says, to quote Homer, all men have need of gods.
Right now my god is the Atlantic looking in at me from the west coast.
Yesterday it was chocolate.

Kalila said...

I believe in many gods. I've met them, gone to their parties, and even dated some of them. They're mostly jerks.

Candy said...

As I said yesterday I don't believe in any gods, or any leaders or beings of power. (But =, secretly, deep inside - I do. Just a little)

Aidan said...

Just Maliquium, except we don't worship him. Not anymore.

I have it on good authority that Jesus was a really good guy. (My uncle's friend's grandpa met Jesus once. We used to be an older race before The Death wiped most of out in the early 1900s.)

I hesitate to mention this because I don't want you to get the wrong idea, but some of the demons in Sentinel actually revere me like I'm a god. I can do some things, influence people and heal and stuff, but I'm no god. I really wish they wouldn't. It makes small talk kind of uncomfortable at those horrible parties the Oman's throw.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon

That was funny.

Hi Troubadour

Sorry you're trapped here. That sucks.

I don't know what I believe. God's okay, I guess.

Shadow

shy said...

“I'm not normally a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me, Superman!”

~ Homer Simpson

Brokerage said...

I think you folks know me well enough by now.

If there is a God, I don't much care. Hasn't done much for me. I've done every bit myself. That's where credit is due - my hard work. Not some "God's".

Take my advice, folks. Don't wait for a handout. Ain't coming. Do it yourself.

Brand

Kalila said...

Brand is mostly correct. Gods aren't in the business of doing favors just for the hell of it. You have to be able to give them something they want, and I'm sorry to break it to you humans, but there's just not much you can offer an immortal.

That's not to say all is lost. Some deities have a sentimental streak and you might get lucky and catch one of them on a good day. (How do you think those folks in trailer parks manage to win the lottery?) There are also some deities who are at war with each other, that whole "good vs evil" thing, and if you're willing to be a soldier for their side, they might give you a break now and then.

But on the whole, you're better off taking action on your own. Once you've got things rolling, then shop around for a god who might be interested in supporting your project. Few gods are interested in helping those who won't help themselves. It's as draining on them as it is on other humans.

Fin said...

Aidan,
Can you ask your uncle's, friend's grandpa if he had decided Jesus was a crazy person, a liar or who He said He was?

I think religion is a very funny thing. It's all sensitive and touchy for people but for me it was looking at what I knew and making an educated decision. If Christ said He was God then He couldn't really be a good guy if He wasn't telling the truth. And if He was a lunatic, maybe He was nice, but people who call Him a wise man or a good teacher would be wrong.

Goran Njiric said...

Heh. Well, I never believed in any of those normal gods. No Vishnu or Brahma or Jesus or that maddened Personal Destroyer the One-Book Martians have or anything.

I don't believe in any others, either. I never saw any reason to, for the most part. Most of the people who come to convert me seem to have more problems than I do, so I figured I'd just cruise along, and if one happened to show up, I'd talk with it, and consider things. Never saw much reason for invisible ones.

There is, of course, the Lady, goddess of chaos and fortune. She clearly doesn't exist, and there aren't any temples dedicated to her, but it is fun to have a convenient fiction to fall back on when nobody believes that someone can live without worship. It gets them out of your face quickly.

Aidan said...

Hey Fin,

I asked and Uncle Julian just gave me one of those looks and asked me why would I care about something that happened so long ago when we've got real problems like demons trying to kill me in the here and now. I couldn't get into it any further with him or he'd start asking me questions right back and then he'd reckon I'm over here online and the shit would really hit the fan.

He's been really tense since my brother went undercover. But Kae's all right. For now.

For the record, I don't think faith and belief makes you crazy--even if it's about something not true.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

I've never thought about God and heaven and the things they talk about in assembly in school. I don't think I was listening much.
I would have said I believed in my friends Jack and Chels but they crossed over to the other side of the road when I went back home - after my Mum ... well you know...
- and they pretended they didn't see me.
Uncle Will says that is like 'deep ironic' but I don't get why he said that.

FLOWER

Hey Shadow are you about tonight?
I spend hours thinking about you - I think I want to be Shadow - burned out by bright light swallowed up in darkness - suits me better than Flower don't you think?
Uncle Will keeps putting Thistles in my room - I think he's having a go at me? Think?

Marenya said...

I don't know what you mean by a "God," but my people worship the unseen Lord of Heaven, who knows all things and determines all things and from whom all things came to be.

His servants are the mystical golden gryphons, who protect us.

Heaven is his throne, and all things under Heaven are within His dominion. He is with us always. He determines all things, and in the end, they are right.

Aden fath, my friends. Have faith for the moment. That is all you ever need. Verbril kelfa. May the stars light your path.

Anonymous said...

Hi Flower

I like the name Flower. Why would your Uncle want to have a go at you?

Shadow

Scruffy said...

Woof, woof

Wag, wag, wag, wag, wag, wag.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Hi Shadow,

Thistles are just weeds - you don't give people weeds do you?

Ari said...

Well my mom and dad are Christians, though most certainly not devout ones. I hope that counts.

But the idea of God is kind of slipping away for me - I suppose that means I'm an atheist.

But then again I'm not saying I don't believe Gods exist, I'm just saying I don't believe in any Gods. If you know what I mean.

That sounded a little dirty. Sorry.

Christine H said...

According to Wikipedia, thistles represent austerity.

I think your uncle's just too cheap to buy flowers.

Maybe he's trying to cheer you up? You sound awfully down, Flower.

Christine H said...

P.S. When I see your name, I think of that adorable little skunk from Bambi!!!

William Skye said...

Rei Ayanami died that we might be reborn.

Odette said...

I think living with my mother should have destroyed my faith. But I still love Jesus. In a totally different way than her. She thought God was her way out of a less than perfect situation. I think I'm glad to have Him around right now.