Sunday, October 4, 2009

Too Heretically Delicious Not To Post...THOR!!!


11 comments:

  1. Ahem...

    My God was nailed to a cross, died, came back, and is now the foundation of a major world religion.

    Your god would be forgotten if not for the sympathy of Marvel Comics.

    Any questions?

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  2. My God Shook It Off. :)

    Man, you're brave. I usually keep religion off my blog. :)

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  3. Not to wade into the middle of a religious turf war, but for two interesting depictions of the whole Norse Pantheon / Christianity rumble, check out The Long Ships if you can find a copy (it's probably been out of print for a good 25 years). Even more awesome, and easier to find, are Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales, starting with The Last Kingdom.

    Just puttin' it out there...

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  4. Well, actually we revere Odin over Thor for the most part, but that is the general sentiment. Our gods are far from forgotten.

    "My God was nailed to a cross, died, came back, and is now the foundation of a major world religion."

    You forgot to add "that causes trouble and stirs the pot on a worldwide front."

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  5. Oddly enough, I agree. But that doesn't make my point any weaker. It only reinforces a fundamental truth:

    People are sinners. Christ is perfect, but we are far from it.

    Take my own post above, for example. The Bible teaches us to turn the other cheek. What did I do? I took the hit and returned with one of my own. For that, I apologize. However, I do find it interesting how widespread anti-Christian attitudes are among the gaming community.

    Unfortunately, there are too many well-meaning Christian people who cause more problems than they're worth. There are also far too many lunatics who just claim to be Christians because it's the politically correct thing to do in their region.

    Fortunately, God still loves us all, even the person who created that "motivational" poster.

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  6. And while I really do respect all people's outlooks and faiths, you felt the need to apologize.

    I don't. I don't feel as if I was born a sinner, nor that I should feel guilty for everything. I do not pray to my gods begging for mercy or for something to go my way, we honor the gods as elders and approachable entities.

    I also feel that world wide religions cause more problems than they solve. To each their own is a wise saying. Everyone was better off when people did their own thing, there were battles, sure, but fewer wars.

    I will say that the people you describe as making Christianity look bad exist is in most every religion that is out there that I have seen. Many people view my faith as a throwback, a "neo-pagan" thing, racist or a novelty. I am not a racist by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I light candles or run around naked in the forest. I honor my ancestral deities. Many of us Odinists also see ties to our faith and other old beliefs, including the Hindu religion.

    I will say that while this motivational poster is slight, it is still a dig on a religion, and that is annoying when you belong to that group. I see my deities in comic books and statted out as if they could be killed. That isn't a test of faith to me, it is just annoying.

    And seriously, Josh, I do respect your faith and your outlook, as they say, to each theor own.

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  7. Well... honestly... there is no guilt at all. I'm just acknowledging that my response was just as out of line as the poster. Guilt is really unhealthy, and it sucks that so many people find themselves drowning in it.

    I don't beg for mercy or beg for things to go my way. Salvation is offered free of charge; it needn't be begged for. And begging for things to go your way is a little warped. If we follow the example of Jesus at Gethsemane, we have every right to ask, but we should acknowledge that it is God's will rather than our own.

    I also believe that "to each their own" is wise... but not always. I have to respectfully disagree when salvation is concerned. Unfortunately, many of the most publicized methods used by Christians don't do anything but make people angry. Christianity should spread through positive relationships rather than through conquest.

    Admittedly, I knew absolutely nothing about people still believing in Thor and/or Odin. I'd be interested in hearing more about what it is that you do believe.

    I'm not sure where your idea of God being unapproachable comes from... could you elaborate on that? And also, I'm not sure how this is a test of faith... I do agree that it is annoying.

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  8. Josh:
    Well, I didn't begin as a follower of the Old Faith, I began as a Methodist. Several weird situations later, I found myself comfortable with where I am and able to freely state my faith. I wear the Hammer of Thor as many wear a Cross or Crucifix.
    Your deity is unapproachable to me because He never chose to touch me, yet my deities listen.
    In the end, I will always respect someone with a faith as I don't believe in atheists. :)

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  9. Josh:
    Well, I didn't begin as a follower of the Old Faith, I began as a Methodist. Several weird situations later, I found myself comfortable with where I am and able to freely state my faith. I wear the Hammer of Thor as many wear a Cross or Crucifix.
    Your deity is unapproachable to me because He never chose to touch me, yet my deities listen.
    In the end, I will always respect someone with a faith as I don't believe in atheists. :)

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