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tempted by the dark side

Supplice des Amauriciens, 1210The reference to Star Wars is merely for fun. Maybe I should’ve said, “tempted by Paganism (heathenism).”

Some people I know have asked me why I write about Paganism. It’s simple.

  1. I’m curious about other faith systems and I want to learn about them. Said the latter, if you practice any religion other than Christianity, let me talk to you (interview you, an excuse to pick your brain).
  2. I like the idea of being one with nature and all creation. Several aspects of Paganism support and/or encourage this Utopian ideology, incorporated into Christianity as Lectio Divina as well as other adopted practices and/or rites.

I even I included crude references to Paganism in my book calling it Oneism. Maybe all this makes me a heathen and/or heretic of sorts. I must admit I’m mix of

  1. Christianity as I believe in God although He seems to be much too often absent in this world;
  2. Paganism as explained above, perhaps a mix with Christianity;
  3. and even agnosticism (close to atheism, at times) as I continuously question my Christian beliefs, affected and influenced by my deep interest in (reading about) science and philosophy

which drives me crazy at times. All these conflicting ideas run through my head. Since I’ve got ADD, this means lots of hectic traffic in my head.

designing a new religion: oneism

Under The Thelián Sky: Beyond the Great Unknown (updated cover) A while back, I made up a fictitious religion for a contest, which I called Oneism, based on my loose understanding and interpretation of Paganism at the time.

I later used the idea of Oneism in my first book (original text below, 2011),

WORSHIP DEITY: Oneself

RELIGION NAME: Oneism

HOLIDAY: One’s birthday, that of family members and friends

CORE BELIEFS:

  1. We believe that we are all deities without any form of supernatural powers or other fantasies. We are all creators of this world and everything on it. We actually were born in the world of Bel’ahem (twist on Bethlehem) and colonized this world (earth) about 10,000 years ago. We do not know or care to understand who or what created us in the first place, but we do know and understand that we did not evolve from apes.
  2. Hence we worship ourselves and one another. We believe in an afterlife, in which we would continue to care for our families and immediate especially our friends. To do this, our main rule is to love and protect others as we should care for ourselves. This means that we are careful of the environment’s health and how it affects us including what we eat and drink.
  3. Hence we do not eat any foods that may poison or damage us — for example, no meats, no drugs, no liquor or other toxins. Wine and beer are not included in this list since they are good for the digestive system as long as it is in moderation.
  4. Hence all forms of order are established by the oldest member of the family or immediate group — called the Family Elder whose responsibility is to guide and care for others in his/her family or immediate group.

RULES & RITES TO ABIDE WITH:

  1. Care for others especially the elderly and children as well as oneself.
  2. Do not intake any form of toxins such as animal products and by-products, smoking, alcohol other than four ounces of wine or beer in excess and drugs except for prescribed medications.
  3. Rest and enjoy one’s life as long as it does not interfere negatively on another’s life.
  4. Gather in commune once a week at least with others at least once a week under the supervision of the Family Elder and enjoyed by all especially the children.
  5. Respect all forms of authority established by man as long as they are fair.
  6. Understand that as deities we have the responsibility help and care for each other. This means that we have the obligation and honor to care for those less fortunate within and outside Oneism.
  7. Care for children by their parents. If there are no parents, the care of any child goes to the immediate family or the community in the lack of the latter. As such children are everyone’s children although directly under the custody and protection of their parents and/or caretakers (family member registered as guardian at birth of the child and his/her siblings).
  8. Support, encourage and enforce all rules. In the event that someone breaks them, such individual should not be cast from the society, but rather allowed to study our principles again.

which later became an important part of my three-part story as the Book of One (minor changes used in my book, copyright 2012).

CORE BELIEFS:

  1. We believe that we are all deities without any form of supernatural powers or other fantasies. We, children of Aedin, colonized this world several millennia ago. We do not know or care to understand who or what created us in the first place.
  2. Hence we worship ourselves and one another. We believe in an afterlife, in which we would continue to care for our families and immediate especially our friends. To do this, our main rule is to love and protect others as we should care for ourselves. This means that we are careful of the environment’s health and how it affects us including what we eat and drink.
  3. Hence we do not eat any foods that may poison or damage us — for example, no meats, no drugs, no liquor or other toxins. Wine and beer are not included in this list since they are good for the digestive system as long as it is in moderation.
  4. Hence we are One with each other, the world and the cosmos. For this reason, we also take care of all living things.
  5. Hence all forms of order are established by the oldest member of the family or immediate group — called the Family Elder whose responsibility is to guide and care for others in his/her family or immediate group.

RULES & RITES TO ABIDE BY:

  1. Care for others especially the elderly and children as well as oneself.
  2. Do not intake any form of toxins such as animal products and by-products, smoking, alcohol other than four ounces of light brew within a sol’s time and drugs except for prescribed medications.
  3. Rest and enjoy one’s life as long as it does not interfere negatively on another’s life.
  4. Gather in commune once a week at least with others at least once a week under the supervision of the Family Elder and enjoyed by all especially the children.
  5. Respect all forms of authority established by man as long as they are fair and/or do not go against our faith.
  6. Understand that as deities we have the responsibility help and care for ourselves and each other.
  7. Care for children by their parents. If there are no parents, the care of any child goes to the immediate family or the community in the lack of the latter. As such children are everyone’s children although directly under the custody and protection of their parents and/or caretakers (family member registered as guardian at birth of the child and his/her siblings).
  8. Support, encourage and enforce all rules. In the event that someone breaks them, such individual should not be cast from the society, but rather allowed to study our principles again.
  9. Save one’s birthday, that of family members and friends as the only holy holidays.

Ironically my book’s supposed to be Christian fiction. It’s funny how my brain works or perhaps fails to properly work.

By the way, I now understand Paganism much better thanks to Amadahy, High Priestess Sherri M Madden, Wiccan Priestess Kittie M and others.

from George Takei: remembering a hero

VictoriaSoto SandyHookElementaryIn the aftermath of death in Sandy Hook Elementary…

“When people say there are no heroes left today, remember Victoria.”
George Takei

‘This is Victoria Soto. She died a hero today. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students. Please pass this on if you see it. She deserves to be remembered for her bravery.’

taken from George Takei‘s Facebook page.

Further reading

  1. 27-year-old teacher Victoria Soto died shielding students with her own body (Examiner)
  2. The heroic teacher who gave her life to save terrified children from school massacre gunman Adam Lanza (Mail Online)
  3. Meet the hero who died protecting her students from a killer (Examiner)
  4. Teacher Victoria Soto was one of the heroic victims (Channel 5, NY)
  5. Teacher Victoria Soto threw herself in front of her students to save them at Sandy Hook Elementary School (News Limited)
  6. Teachers sacrificed themselves to save their pupils (The Telegraph)
  7. Sandy Hook heroine Victoria Soto and colleagues saved many lives as the killer Adam Lanza struck (Belfast Telegraph)
  8. Victoria Soto: Sandy Hook teacher who wanted to mould young minds (The Telegraph)
  9. Victoria Soto, Heroic Newtown Teacher, Sacrificed Own Life to Save Kids (Fox Nation)
  10. Victoria Soto, Newtown Teacher, Emerges As Hero After Shooting (Huffington Post)

end of times: T-4

nothing special going on, other than the evil men do as the disgusting/sickening murder children.

no wonder, merely four (4) days to end of it all!

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