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    Talking The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    gospel O.E. godspel "gospel, glad tidings announced by Jesus; one of the four gospels," from god "good" (see good) + spel "story, message" (see spell (n.)); translation of L. bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Gk. euangelion "reward for bringing good news."

    The first element of the O.E. word had a long "o," but it shifted under mistaken association with God. The word passed early from English to continental Germanic languages in forms that clearly indicate the first element had shifted to "God," e.g. O.S. godspell, O.H.G. gotspell, O.N. goðspiall. Used of anything as true as the Gospel from mid-13c. Gospel-gossip was Addison's word ("Spectator," 1711) for "one who is always talking of sermons, texts, etc."

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    Good News--everyone has it!

    What is yours?
    What do you consider the "good news" of your beliefs? I don't want to know *what* you believe, I want to know what you think the best part or your faith is. What does it foster in your life? What does it bring to others?
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    My religion gives me a great deal of acceptance in who and what I am. I do not need to fight against my own nature. I do not need to bend to fit into my religion. There is no compromising who I am in Satanism. The best thing about my religion is the control I have over my life. Every decision made is made on my own criteria and not because someone told me to. I love the fact my religion focuses on the here and now and to LIVE this life for this life's sake. Some might find that when I talk about what it brings to others, there would just be fear and distrust and malevolence. But what it brings to others is honesty. My honesty. My truthfulness. I also enjoy the sheer fun of being a Satanist. You just can't be that serious when your life is all about having a damn good time while you are here. Who wouldn't like that?
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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    The primal force which created the universe is still operating, still creating, still moving everywhere. When this force touches us, we call this "love."

    If you can learn to clear out the clutter, the misconceptions, the foolishness, and utter crap from your head, you can also learn to use this power.

    If a person can learn to do this, that person will become the self that they aways were, but could not be while living in confusion.

    It's all about love, baby.
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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    That things happen. It's actually scary, but some pretty "impossible" things have happened to/for me. Call it "miracles", call it "magick", call it "serendipity" - I call it pretty darn great.

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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    To quote the Lizard King: No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. There is no sin, no eternal rewards or punishments.
    The soul is eternal and gets do-overs. Why worry about pearly gates or lakes of flames when the sun is rising in all its glory or the moon is riding high above us? Enjoy this life, these experiences, the here and now, as much as it can be enjoyed. Women are sacred, men are sacred, children are sacred, animals, plants, the little blue ball we live on - all are sacred, none more or less sacred than anything or anyone else. We are all united together in a great web of energy and experience. Dance a little.
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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    I have to finish my thoughts on this one in the morning because I'm just about to hit the sack, but the good news of my spirituality, focusing in this case on being a devotee of Dionysos, is that everyone has a right - even encouraged - to let loose every now and again (or maybe a little more often than that ^_^). Worshiping Dionysos is about finding freedom, in whatever sense that means to you - it doesn't necessarily require drunken orgies, although of course those are just fine!

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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    I love the fact that my path is just that.... a path. Which gives me freedom to go where I feel drawn, to take wrong turnings, to pause for a while if I'm tired or just enjoyed the spiritual view. My guides and deities are patient and yet enthusiastic. I may not know where I'm heading, but I trust that they do.

    And I'm not afraid. So many people are afraid of damnation, judgement and a whole host of what to me are unpleasant things, all wrapped up in the world 'religion.' I'm not afraid to be me. I'm not afraid to weigh up the pros and cons and then make a decision, even if it seems a bit risky to others.

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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    I love the fact that my path is just that.... a path. Which gives me freedom to go where I feel drawn, to take wrong turnings, to pause for a while if I'm tired or just enjoyed the spiritual view. My guides and deities are patient and yet enthusiastic. I may not know where I'm heading, but I trust that they do.

    And I'm not afraid. So many people are afraid of damnation, judgement and a whole host of what to me are unpleasant things, all wrapped up in the world 'religion.' I'm not afraid to be me. I'm not afraid to weigh up the pros and cons and then make a decision, even if it seems a bit risky to others.

    And I know that when doors close, the windows open.
    Tylluan I hope you don't mind, but there is no way I could have said it any better than you did. This is and has been my way of wandering down "My" path of life/religion/belief sets for years. Sometimes getting lost is half the fun of life!
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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Tylluan I hope you don't mind, but there is no way I could have said it any better than you did. This is and has been my way of wandering down "My" path of life/religion/belief sets for years. Sometimes getting lost is half the fun of life!
    That is so kind of you, Monk. Much appreciated.
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    Re: The Pagan Forum Gospel: What is YOUR Good News?

    Again for me its the idea of being on a path. I was raised a Catholic (I stress the word raised as I was never really free to choose wheather I believed it or not being a child at the time), before becoming an Agnostic and then realising that I was actually a Pantheist.

    Identifying with Pantheism has allowed me to feel more of a sense of belonging which was missing as an agnostic. It could well be that I could change my opinions again, but im fairly certain that i'm on the Pagan path now and will remain so.
    "Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal..."

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