Monday, December 29, 2014

Do You Really Worship The Ancient Greek Gods?

More than once this has been asked of me, and more than likely, other questions they ponder are, "Why do you believe in the Greek Gods?" Well, first of all, if I didn't worship the Greek Gods, I wouldn't have an entire shrine and altar space dedicated to them where I pray and offer regularly. I suppose that for many modern mainstream citizens, they can't grasp the idea that someone still truly believes in the Greek Gods, that they are as real to me as the person asking me the questions. It's like something that's foreign to them. And should they ever discover that there are, in fact, countless people in the world who still believe in the Dodekatheon, they would certainly no doubt be in shock. As the old polytheistic religions continue to reemerge and grow by leaps and bounds, it is only to be expected that we will eventually enter mainstream society and people will no doubt be curious about our religions and ask questions. But, right now, it's as if our society is covered by a blanket of ignorance. Schools today even teach children that no one worships the Greek Gods anymore. I asked my English teacher in high school, "Do the Greeks still worship their Gods?" She flat out replied, "No." The correct answer would have been, "Yes, many still do, and many people throughout the world do as well." I wouldn't go so far as to accuse the teachers of lying, because lying is intentional deceit. I just think that they, too, are severely uneducated on the matter. 

One thing I want people to understand is that we are not some weird and mysterious people. We get up and go to work and school, love our families, pay taxes, shop, read, write, play, vote, and the many other things in which common citizens engage. But as for the question, "Why do you believe in the Greek Gods?" It's because they have always been there for me and my family and have never let us down. They fill every void in me with love, spiritual fulfillment, protection, and wisdom. I have never felt happier or freer in my entire life. I am free to be myself, go after what I want in life, and believe and worship as I choose. No one is dictating how I live and think but me. That's not to say I don't have ethics. I do follow the Maxims of Delphi. However, I find they are not anything beyond human or even hard to keep in check for me. They do not interfere with my freedom and personal aspirations. I am free to live and enjoy life, and there's no punishment for that. 

I am Hellenic, I love, believe in, and worship the Greek Gods because only they stood up when I was in need, only they have healed my wounds and calmed my fears, and only they have done the impossible for me. 

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Courage and Honor,
Chris.

2 comments:

  1. As a Greek, who is yes - a revivalist. I have to be honest, this was a highly appreciated article! Thank you for sharing your insight and experience.

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    1. It is indeed an honor to serve such wonderful Gods and serve the Hellenic community.

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