Who Should We Be Giving Thanks to?

Growing up, I was taught to give thanks to God for the food food I ate.  We were told to thank the creator, not the creation, for the gifts we received. That sounded logical, except that Mother Earth was considered a creation of the Divine and not really Divine herself.

I believe with all my heart that the Divine or Universal energy is in ALL things.  When we express thanks, it should not matter what aspect of the One we are communicating with. The gratitude is sent forth into the Universe and acknowledged.

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Is Your Life Cursed or Blessed?

Most everyone understands and agrees that when you are trying to draw the things you want into your life, it’s vital that you keep your thoughts and actions positive. Butmany have written expressing concern about how this can be accomplished when you are surrounded by negative energy throughout the day. Some readers even feel cursed, as they try hard to be good, always saying and doing the right thing, but bad things continued to happen to them.

Between financial challenges, relationship problems, health issues and family or friends constantly sharing their problems with us, no
one is really immune to negative energy. Whether a situation turns out to be a blessing or a curse may ultimately depend on how you
choose to respond.

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What is Magic ?

When something happens that we have no explanation for, we tend to refer to the event as magical or miraculous. Many feel that if we can explain how something works, there is no real magic to it.

Some even insist there is no such thing as “magic”, because ALL things have an explanation, even if we currently do not understand what it is or how it works. If we simply define it as something with no known explanation, our lives might eventually become void of magic, as technology continued to reveal its secrets.  But magic is much more than that.  

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Escaping The Broom Closet

Do you feel confined to the broom closet when it comes to your beliefs?  As I began to write this article I started to wonder if this was actually such a bad thing.  Yes, if we view the “broom closet” as a hiding place, it can make what we keep there feel wrong or bad, and this is NOT good.  But if we think of it as a special place to store away the personal things that are sacred to us, it can be a beneficial thing.  This is especially true when others do not understand the true meaning or value of what is kept there. 

For those wanting to step out of the broom closet, we have the following suggestions:

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A Note to Pagan Teens With Christian Parents

For those who are under 18 and/or living with someone that forbids the practice of Wicca or other Pagan paths in their home, please respect their wishes. You can privately study other religions or paths until you turn 18, or until you move into your own place. At this point you will be free to openly follow the path you feel is best for you without causing so much stress to those around you.

You may also want to read the following post:

Sharing Pagan Beliefs with Christian Friends and Family

Will Good People Be Punished?

Note: This article contains scripture quotes simply as reference for those who are trying to discuss beliefs with Christian friends or family.

If you walk a non Christian path, sooner or later someone will try to tell you that no matter how good a person you are, you can still be sent to hell.   To most, this just sounds absurd!    Even many Christians who teach this doctrine have trouble understanding or explaining it.

In an effort to bridge the gap of misunderstanding in this area, I’ve tried to pinpoint the passages that this doctrine is based on.   Each reference will be followed by the understanding and/or interpretations that the Divine has given me.   I realize that some of you may be tired of hearing the Bible quoted, but I know of no other way to communicate this message to those of the Christian faith.  So I asked that you bear with me, and focus on the message.  The article offers some thought provoking questions, and specific information that may help you respond to those in your life who truly believe the Divine is going to punish “good” people.  You are encouraged to print and share this information with others, if this is an area that causes division between you and your friends or family members.

Before I begin, I’d like to clarify that I am one of those who believe that the Bible (in it’s original form) was inspired by the Divine.  However, unlike some, I understand and accept that it has gone through many alterations over the years.  In exploring the original Greek and Hebrew wording, I have seen much evidence that confirms this.  Thus I do not hold today’s Christians at fault for believing what they do. Their doctrine is based on what has been handed down to them, and most trust that it is accurate.  It’s also my own personal belief, that when passages *appear* to conflict or contradict each other, it is because we are misinterpreting some part of the message.  When it is properly interpreted, there should be no conflicts.   With that said, I will now share the understanding that the Divine has given me regarding this subject.   :o)

To start with, I have found NO passage in the entire Bible that actually says a *good* person can be sent to hell.  On the contrary, verse after verse indicates ALL will be judged and rewarded “according to their works.”  These passages clearly state that goodness is rewarded… not punished in hell.  So where does that doctrine come from?   One explanation, is that salvation and rewards are being confused, and rolled into one subject… when they are actually two separate issues.

Everlasting life, according to the scriptures, is a gift.  It cannot be earned… by ANYONE… no matter what religion they belong to. Christians have no better chance of *earning* their way to heaven than anyone else.  None of us are perfect.   Thus, I tend to understand and accept the doctrine that good works does not *earn* you eternal life or a place in heaven.  That’s a free gift!  The real issue is whether this gift is given to everyone, or just a selected few.  According to scripture, it is only given to those who belong to God.  So… determining who the Divine’s children really are, is the real issue… and in my humble opinion, this is where good works come in.

The scriptures are clear that a good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. (Mt 7:18, Lk 6:43)  Since the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, etc., (Ga 5:22) isn’t it logical to assume that when an individual’s life is full of the good fruit, that this person must be living according to Divine will?  Jesus himself indicated that one is known by their fruit, or works. (Mt 7:16 & 12:33, Lk 6:44)  He also said “By this all shall know that you are my disciples… IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” (Jo 13:35) Jesus simply put the Divine Law in it’s simplest form!  

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