What path do you follow

United States
February 12, 2008 5:03pm CST
I know that pagans and other 'alternative' religion understand that question, but Christians may not, even though by following a certain denomination you are following a certain path. I tend to describe my path as other, because my beliefs come from many different paths. Christian, Wiccan, Druid, Chaos, and some more. What path do you follow??? and Why???
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• United States
12 Feb 08
My patron deity is the Christian god but I follow an eclectic pagan path. It would take me forever to go over what I believe and don't believe and why, not to mention all the things I'm still trying to figure out.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
13 Feb 08
I think "Other" would be most appropriate for me as well since you put it that way....I am Pagan but also could be considered an Occultist Spiritualist...Break it all down though my personal path comes from many paths Witchcraft, Buddhism (very heavily actually), Vodou, Native American Spirituality and the list goes on if you want to get nitty gritty now that I think about it LOL...but those are the MOST fitting.... Funny though, I'd like to say that my path above anything comes from within me and it just so happens that the things I've lived, believed and so on work with the roads mentioned if that makes sense....I mean its not that I picked up a book and said "oh yes I like that I believe that" (not to say I dont read/study/learn of course) but more like "I have believed this all my life" THEN found out about a book and said "OH...well who wouldve thought others out there believe that too let alone write books about it" LOL am I making sense?? I'm very tired...runnign on 2hrs of sleep so um ya..
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
13 Feb 08
oh and why? do I walk the path that I do? I guess the best way to put it would be that I've ALWAYS walked this path..even when it didnt have names for me ya know....I walk it because its the road I am meant to be on..HOWEVER that doesnt mean I've ALWAYS consciencely been walking it....For yrs I was a very devoted Christian (this is several yrs ago) and believed it with all my heart..BUT...came to realize in my teens that "all my heart" wasnt what was right....The beliefs I've always had IN MY SOUL are the ones that I still hold to to this day....I walk the road i do and believe as I do because its always been in my SOUL.... Ugh..did THAT make sense? I'll jsut shut up now...*falls overinto a coma*
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
13 Feb 08
Celtic Reconstructionist Pagan. I get told a lot that I should simplify or use a title more people would understand, but the other closest title would probably be "druid" and I don't feel qualified to use it since I'm not a member of the priestly-ruling-lawgiving class of a Celtic society. I don't mind that other people use that title, but I simply can't make myself claim it. Why do I follow the path I do? The easiest thing to say is "Because my Goddess called me." The Morrigan was in my dreams before I knew her name or anything about her, and I've called her Mother since I was four years old. There are other reasons I follow the path: my heritage, my great-grandmother who taught me specifically, the honor code that works so well for me, etc. But the best answer is still because of my love for and loyalty to my primary Goddess.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
16 Feb 08
Thanks for the best response. Congrats on your thousandth post, by the way! :P I'm happy to see no fights on your discussion. :)
• United States
13 Feb 08
Hi brothertuck, I believe my 'path' is the path laid out for me from the beginning. While that might not make much sense to anyone else, it makes sense to me. After all, it's mine. My path... My path is a path of faith, undescribable to so many. It is a path laid out for me and me alone. There are many who have joined me at some point, even walked with me a while, but, eventually, either found it not to their liking, too boring, or just plain too hard. It isn't a very popular path, but one that revealed itself to be 'made for me'. After years of searching for the right path, it's not that I found this path, rather, that it found me. As Robert Frost said, "It's the path less taken". My path has lead me in the direction that best suits me, taking me from confusion and doubt to a specific destination of what I consider, wisdom and knowledge. It makes me wonder, because it's so simple and easy, why so many people run from it and deny it's reality. There isn't a name that actually fits my path. Naming it or labeling it opens doors to criticism and questions that I find completly boring and senseless. Let's just say the path given me is a path I now, never stray from and find peaceful and calm. There is no confusion or disruption on my path. It's simply not allowed. There is no stress to speak of, and what stress tries to come is quickly banished back from where it came. There is peace, harmony and contentment on my path. There is strength, wisdom and honor on my path as well. I wish everyone had a path like mine, which they could easily walk, but I've come to understand, not everyone wants one, even though they know it's the best thing for them. Good walk on your path. I hope it leads to a place of satisfaction and peace.
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@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
13 Feb 08
Well after looking at Budhism, Islam, and a few other beliefs I chose the christian path because of multiple reasons but the biggest reason I did it was cause after a couple years of pure hell I decided it was time to let go of worldly things that dont last or bring real comfort. So one night I went somewhere that I couldnt stand before (a pentecostal church, when they would speak in tongues I would want to ram my fist down their throats before) and I seen things and had a vision of a being of light(angel?). Now I might have been stressed or I might have a brain tumor and be dying but if either is true it matters not cause I am a better person now than I was (hopefully I continue to grow this way). I now worship in the spirit, speak in the spirit and pray in the spirit. Before I get too far I know the christians say satan can be an angel of light but it sure wasnt the devil (reguardless if the devils is inside or outside) cause I was already wrapped up in worldly things. When I was a kid I used to see some pretty weird things so it was no surprise for me to look there again as an adult. I have said it before and I have to say it again reguardless of if the only god is the better sides of our selves and the holy spirit is only an awakening of something already inside or a gift from God it really doesnt matter to me, I found what I wanted to know and plan on learning as much of it as I can till I am truely free of this world, the observer makes his own reality most of the time. Needless to say I still have a long way to go...lol
@ycanteye (770)
• United States
13 Feb 08
I don't really follow any particular path because there are some things in all religions I don't particularly agree with. I guess you would kind of say it is a belief in common sense. Treat people right and, don't abuse your body, and all the ten commandment things. As far as there being an actual God I just don't know. I feel there is something but can't really say there is a God as such. Did that make sense?
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
13 Feb 08
I gave up organised Religion many years ago. I was trying to balance Science and Religion as I thought they Must go hand in Hand. But they didn't! So I took up Spiritualism! I no longer need a Priest or Pastor to interpret God's word. Darwin had it right, The bible is a Book of Myth. Very few historical facts in the Bible can be proven. Therefore very few scientists take the Bible seriously.
• United States
12 Feb 08
I am an Eclectic Pantheist. I had to add the word Eclectic because I can relate closely to several paths and philosophies that have Pantheistic concepts. Why? Probably the same reason everyone chooses a path, it makes sense to me and is something I can believe in.
• United States
17 Feb 08
I started out as a christian,but than fell out of it. I thought in my own mind that i wasn't meant to be a christian b/c the fact that i couldn't understand it for one thing,and that i just didn't feel right in christianity. So,i started searching for another religion,and was looking at different religons throughout the world.I found about Paganism,but didn't feel like that it was part of me,so,than i found Satanism.I felt really close to it,and started learning all about it.I felt like that i was drawn to Satanism,but have heard of the religon all of my life,but always heard bad vibes about it. So,i started practicing it,and found that it was a peaceful religion indeed,but not like the people have said about it being bad,killing animals,children,etc. Satanism is not about worshipping the devil from the Christian bible,but it is more less having your own religion on your own terms,and doing things of life your way.That's probably the best part about it.You don't take for granted of the things that you do in life,that may be negative.You do negative,than your guilty concience will handle it if you have a guilty concience.