Friday, April 17, 2015

Anger of the Gods?

Back in my younger days as a Greek worshiper, I used to worry a lot about if I had possibly angered the Gods, so I am not so naive as to think that I am the only one. Thankfully, my mind is at peace with this, due to my realization that the immense goodness and highness of the Gods, makes it impossible for them to be subjected to human actions. In other words, beings which are inferior to the Gods (humans), cannot possibly possess the power to change the mood of those who are not inferior (Gods). In fact, some might consider it to be disrespectful to suggest that we can, in fact, control the mood of the Gods.

When you are talking about Gods, you are speaking of beings who are above anything humans can do. This also means they are above our minds and emotions. Simply put, you can't make a God mad because you don't have the power to change them. Angering the Gods is a concept most appropriate for myth and people who are paranoid of being punished (superstitious). That is not, however, to say that the Gods do not send justice. They most certainly do, and that varies from situation to situation, but this is not the same as anger. Also, being that the Gods have known us for centuries, I would say that it would only seem logical to me that they understand us. They know how we think, they know our emotions, and they know why we do the things we do. Knowing this, the Gods understand that it is only to be expected that we will falter and make mistakes. And yet, they remain, wanting to take part in our lives, and help us along the way. Compassion, understanding, and obviously, extreme patience do the Gods have, and when one has these things, anger and the determination to harm cannot be present, because such things are the opposite.

In conclusion, we can't anger the Gods because, one, we can't change them. And two, because they expect us to make mistakes because that's our nature. One does not get angry at someone or something for doing what it does naturally. You don't get mad at a lion for roaring, or at a bird for flying, and you don't get mad at humans for making mistakes. By not running and hiding, but instead acknowledging them when they happen in our lives, we can purify ourselves of the error and do better in the future. Always remember that each day is a chance to be better than the previous.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

1 comment:

  1. There are several different Theologies that Hellenists adhere to.

    One is that the Gods are all perfect, unchangable, and always good (by human standards) in Their dealings with Mortals. I think that these ideas are too naïve in how they approach the Divine.
    Like I've said before, the Gods are the Rulers of the Universe. We make petitions before them, and they may grant Blessings upon us, as per Their Divine Wills. In my opinion, the Gods are not perfect, and are certainly not bound by any Mortal ethical standard. As Rulers over Creation, the Gods are forced to make decisions for the betterment and continuation of Their domain, of which humans make up only a tiny fraction of a percent. What is good for mortal-kind might be disastrous to the Earth, just as an example. While the Gods are fond of Their mortal subjects, I do not think that we would be an overruling factor if, say, Poseidon sent a tsunami slamming into the shoreline. While such an occurance is disastrous, and can, of course, be stopped by Divine Will, I do not think that the Gods would go out of Their way to make life more pleasant for those that would be hit by my hypothetical tsunami.
    The idea of Hubris is an overriding theme in Hellenismos, and should be a part of the philosophy of anyone who would seek to worship the Divine, in whatever faith you adhere to. The Gods are certainly very difficult to anger, as we are mortal and They are Divine. However, I do believe that it can be done. They're not going to do anything like what they did to Odysseos, but they can surely retract Their Blessings and possibly make your life more difficult as a result.
    If I swore an Oath, which in Hellenism is Sacred, and broke that Oath, I would certainly expect some form of Divine retribution for such a Sacriledge, certainly a retraction of Their Blessings, a break in Kharis, and possibly some torment after death, but before reincarnation, if I neglected to rectify my transgression prior to death. If I committed an act of Hubris, I would also expect some for of punishment. Mortals must know their place in this Universe, to assume that you know the nature of the Gods with peerless certainty is definitely a form of Hubris.

    I know that my idea on the morality or the Gods is in a minority, especially among the more Neo-Pagan elements of society, and I make no claims that I know anything for sure about the nature of the Gods. However, this is the reason I couldn't stay with Wicca back in High School. The whole Neo-Pagan mindset is too often just filled with white-lighter nonsense that completely ignores the things in our world that are dark. And while I don't fear that I may anger the Gods, I certainly work to put myself in Theor good graces, and not for fear of any potential punishment, but out of love and respect for our Divine Rulers.

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