View Poll Results: How do you view the gods/goddesses in your daily life?

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  • As kin

    29 45.31%
  • As guides

    34 53.13%
  • As friends

    21 32.81%
  • As symbols

    28 43.75%
  • As mentors

    26 40.63%
  • As masters

    8 12.50%
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Thread: Your View of the Gods

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    Your View of the Gods

    What is your view of the Gods? Please vote!

    Do you think the Gods are physical beings, apearing like the beings in legend, or are they more spirutual? Do they have a form we can see or sense...do they actually look like what we usually claim they look like or is that a way for our ancestors to put a face on the Gods?

    There is no right or wrong answer on this, so don't worry.
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    Something like guides and symbols together, though it is not as simple as that

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    Most definately symbols, for strength, honour, loyalty etc
    I gcás na fola agus ithir na hÉireann

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    All of the gods whom men have ever worshipped are but aspects of a single unknowable and inconceivable reality. As such, they are perhaps best regarded as symbols for certain aspects of the godhead. Given the inadequacy of the human mind, any attempt to conceive of the ultimate reality (that which the Vedantists call Brahman) are foredoomed to failure. This, of course, is why men have invented gods in their own image, usually based on the power figures with whom they were familiar. The Middle-Eastern despot is the model for both Yahweh and Al'lah. On the grounds of total inadequacy, all of the gods men have ever worshipped are false gods, however, as attempts to conceive of the inconceivable, as personifications of some aspects of the ultimate reality , whose potentialities are infinite, none of them is completely false.

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    Difficult to pinpoint. On the one hand I pretty much agree with what Egil Skallagrimsson wrote here, but I also tend to think of them as symbols and Jungian archetypes (which can function as guides). These views need not contradict one another, in my humble opinion. I voted for guides and symbols.

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    Symbols and Guides. Kin also, if I've ever understood correctly the meaning.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt.

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    I voted symbols

    To me each God / Goddes represents certain values.
    (for example: Thor represents strenght and primary courage)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerled
    To me each God / Goddes represents certain values.
    (for example: Thor represents strenght and primary courage)
    I agree. But I see them as guides, more than symbols. I see them as "role models" to look at and to learn from and to take who they are and what they represent in our own lives.
    "I can stop trying to discover shortcuts or easy answers to why I feel dissatisfied at times. I am the only one who can make changes, right here and now."
    Dr William Brown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weg
    Symbols and Guides. Kin also, if I've ever understood correctly the meaning.
    I voted Symbols and Kin. Primarily symbols as conceptions and personifications of natural phenomena, for understanding them in the context of human life. Kin as well, since these conceptions of nature are tied to the observer who created them, and as the observer, my folk, acts upon that knowledge, it has an effect to the world - a two-way relationship. That way, the Gods of my folk are my Kin as they live through me.

    I'm a little reluctant to call them Guides, though. However, in the sense of pointing a direction but leaving the finding of the path itself to the seeker, they could be called Guides, although a little disinterested, or "gray," ones. They are like the concept of rocks in rapids in your head as you blaze along the raging masses of water: they are hard, and will crush you and your vessel if you happen to rail against them with too much of a force. Considering that, you'd better take them into account to avoid unnecessary hardships in life.

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    Re: State of the Gods

    I know you have already heard my beliefs on this, Blutwölfin, but I like sharing, so I'll tell them again.

    I believe that the gods our ancestors worshipped exist as physical beings. I expect to meet them someday, and when I do, I expect that we will be able to touch one another (note that I also believe that each of us will regain our physical bodies at some point after death). I believe that the gods were once men and women like us, and that they exercised their Will to such an extent that they became gods. I believe that each of us has the potential to do the same — I believe each of us is a god in embryo, which (if properly nourished) can grow into its full divine potential. I believe that the gods probably look sort of like they are pictured — kind of like a criminal suspect looks sort of like the composite drawings based on eyewitness testimony that the police use to find the suspects. I believe that when each of us sees them, we will feel that they look very familiar to us — as familiar as our own parents or siblings or spouses, and maybe even more so.

    I know lots of people think I'm a fool for believing these things, but I really do honestly believe it. I look forward to knowing for certain after I die.

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