Speaking as a Pagan, what I find problematic is the notion that the gods are somehow on a higher spiiritual plane. To me, Paganism is a celebration of earth and the gods are extensions of this. They're on another plane, but not necessarily a "higher" one.
I have to agree with you Ashe on this one. Being taught the Christian beliefs all my life. I have always been told God/ess are in the highest kingdom. Kingdom? Who said they are in a kingdom at all? What makes them more powerful them me? I agree, I don't remember everything I have been taught throughout all the lives I have had, but as I live so do I remember what I have already learned before. I believe I was and am a God/ess who has come to this game board to learn more lessons and help others learn theirs too. Upon learning these lessons, (or not), I will go back to the spirit world changed. Whether it is for good or to add the lessons I didn't learn here. These lessons are to be added the next life I am about to live. This is yet to be known. Still, I believe I am already a God/ess. Waiting for my game to be over so I can move on.
I hope this makes sense to others. The book Re-Member by Steve Rother helped me to understand as well as it cleared up a ton of things I had been thinking at the time.
Thanks for the discussion. It has made me think hard about my beliefs. BB! MW