Continuing our look at the Gods. This one may be a bit controversial. This is just a starting block. Lets see where this one takes us.
These ideas apply to the Gods and Goddesses too. They too have their dark sides.
This may come as a shock to some of you, but it is a fact.
As Pagans we don’t really have a belief in that the Gods created the world but what does seem clear from the Myths is that the Gods do order and organize the world. Many of the myths seem to suggest that at first there was Chaos and it is through the workings of the Gods that we have order.
If the myths are correct then the Gods have a desire to organize the universe. To make things work better, to fix that which is broken, to improve where it is needed. This can even apply to our own lives.
Now sometimes some things are so broken that the only way to fix them is to start again. Therefore as pagans we accept Gods who also destroy.
We have seen in earlier posts that the Gods see the bigger picture and do not see things as we do. This also applies in this case. The Gods see the broken thing, they feel the need to fix and they do it. This can often leave us wondering why our life is being destroyed.
Often it is from this destruction comes a new life and a new re-creation, a re-ordering.
Now it has to be said that neither I nor anyone can approach a person who is in the midst of great suffering and tell them that it is for their ultimate good. We have no knowledge of what that greater good maybe. We do not have the bigger picture. We are not Gods. What we are able to do, is be truly human, and share that person’s feelings and pain. To have empathy with our fellow man is something unique to humans. To just be there with a suffering person is often the greatest thing we can do.
Maybe some of you have heard the routine of Eddie Izzard. He talks about God being the god of creation and sitting at home and going boom – something is created- he then realizes it does not work and so he has to store it in the garage. He then compares this with Shiva the God of creation and destruction. He makes something and the same happens and so he destroys it and starts again. This is a much more natural process and you also don’t end up with a garage full of useless items.