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Traditional Wiccan
3 months ago

Do you feel that your religion and/or your spirituality is misunderstood? If so, what do you believe people misunderstand about it?

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· 3 mo. ago
Germanic Pagan, Pantheist, Omnist
  • we think of Gods in the same way Christians think of God

  • we don’t believe in a higher order being(s) above the gods we worship

  • we take mythology literally

  • we aren’t “real pagans” if we don’t do the exact same things ancient people did

  • we all dislike Christianity or Christians and hold a grudge against mainstream faiths

  • we don’t have a complex cosmology or theology

  • we’re LARPing

  • all Reconstructionists Germanic pagans are nationalists or extreme traditionalists

  • we don’t really believe

  • we’re all a bunch of young edgelords

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Op · 3 mo. ago
Traditional Wiccan

Oof. Unfortunately I think I’ve seen examples of most of these things being targeted at Germanic Pagans.

I appreciate you sharing .

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level 1
· 3 mo. ago
Jewish

When this question is applied to Judaism its like asking if the grass is green.

Unfortunately it's been deeply misunderstood for thousands of years, often intentionally for the purpose of making Jewish people into an "other" group that can be more easily persecuted. Whether it's the belief that we secretly control the financial system/governments, that we are sacrificing and eating Christian babies, or even that we are responsible for the death of Jesus, there has always been a completely untrue smear to make us seem like monsters. It leads to a cycle of people hating us, so therefore not wanting to learn more about us, which feeds the ignorance that fed the hatred to begin with.

I think those who take the time to learn about Judaism fully come to appreciate that it is a religion whose focus above all else is the family, justice and moral obligation, and developing a deeper personal connection with G-d.

And no, absolutely nobody is having sex through a hole in a sheet.

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Op · 3 mo. ago
Traditional Wiccan

I’ll never fully understand the pain as a non-Jew, but you have my sympathy and my anger, for what that’s worth.

Thank you for sharing 😊

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level 1
· 3 mo. ago
Buddhist

In the West, the biggest misconception is that Buddhism is “just a philosophy.”

In Asia, the biggest misconception is that Buddhism is just about prostrating and making offerings for worldly gains.

Get past those misunderstandings and you can find the true teachings of Buddha.

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level 2

That's a statue that arrests people in such misconceptions.

And if you know your koans, you most definitely know which one I am talking about.

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Op · 3 mo. ago
Traditional Wiccan

Well said. I fully agree. Although I am not a Buddhist myself, I have two religious studies degrees and concur that Buddhism is grossly misunderstood.

Thank you for sharing

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level 1
· 3 mo. ago
Hellenist

People think that we only view the gods as metaphors. And that we are mythic literalists.

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Op · 3 mo. ago
Traditional Wiccan

Very very true.

I’ve had many people ask me what “god archetype” I see in the gods of my tradition.

I say, “None.” Because I view them as literally existing not just metaphors, archetypes, etc

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· 3 mo. ago
Eclectic polytheist

Basically the whole thing and it depends who your talking too, fundies think your a devil worshipper and atheist think your LARPing.

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Op · 3 mo. ago
Traditional Wiccan

Relatable.

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level 2

I mean...pretty much. Had someoen give me the whole thing about "we need God in schools" and "teach it in class", so I asked the question. "So we teach it in lit like we do with Greek mythology?" This got an angry response of "no, it doesn't need to be taught with fiction", and then a look of confusion when the realized how pissed off I was.

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· 3 mo. ago
Jewish

Plenty of people think that Judaism is just Christianity without Jesus. Actually, there are almost no similarities between the two religions whatsoever.

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· 3 mo. ago
Other

In terms of orthopraxy, Judaism has more in common with Islam than Christianity (theologically not so much).

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Op · 3 mo. ago
Traditional Wiccan

I agree. Well said. Thank you for sharing

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· 3 mo. ago
Buddhist

Plenty of people think that Judaism is just Christianity without Jesus.

True.

Actually, there are almost no similarities between the two religions whatsoever.

Obviously untrue. They might seem very different when just considering Abrahamic religions, which is fair, but when viewing the two in the context of all religions they are obviously related to one another.

They both believe in one supreme deity who created the world and made a covenant with Abraham. That alone makes them much closer to each other than to the majority of other world religions.

Sure, there are many differences even in their basic assumptions about the world, but compared to the worldviews of Hinduism or Buddhism or Taoism, they may as well be brother and sister. I do understand why Jews want to dispel the “Christianity without Jesus” myth, but there’s no need to go crazy. Saying there are almost no similarities between the religions is absolutely untrue once you step outside the Abrahamic category.

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Ouch. Granted, there are many major differences, but honestly, to me Christianity wouldn't be a complete religion without its Jewish background. Jesus once said "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”" He was referencing Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and he referred to Deuteronomy in particular quite often. The New Testament is littered with references to the Hebrew Bible, as most of the writers of the NT were themselves Jewish. Pentecost derived from Shavuot... the story of the "Good Samaritan" was, among other things, a subtle references to events from 2 Chronicles, I could go on.

The point being that, although Christians don't keep Jewish Law in its totality, much of what is important to us comes from Judaism. And that the fact that we believe in a single, personal God who cares for us makes our two religions more alike to each other than not, when compared with other religions.

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