Not all Deities are patient and kind. Not even the same Deity is always patient and always kind.
Clearly y’all need to actually read your own religious lore more often instead of constantly focusing on how your religion compares to White Western Evangelical Protestant Christianity and trying so desperately (and needlessly) to prove / pretend it’s “anything and everything but that”
*feels mild anxiety as I remember the time someone ate my ass for spreading positive and loving messages about Deities*
In all seriousness, though, there is much validity and truth to these statements. Deities will not always project Themselves the same way to each follower. Hell, I even knew someone who has a very serious, professional relationship with Hermes. A serious relationship with Hermes, which I had personally never really heard of until that point, so it was a bit of a shell shock for me at first!
It’s important to acknowledge that while I do spread a positive message on my blog, I will not ignore that fact that not every Deity will be as loving and kind as They are within my own personal experiences. You won’t always get along with every Deity, and not every Deity will want to be a part of your life. For example, I don’t work with most of the Norse Pantheon because I simply don’t feel called to Them, nor do I feel like I’d mix well with most of Them, and that’s ok. It’s normal to not jive with every Deity on the face of the Earth.
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I feel like I have the need to mention, too, though, (let me just acknowledge that the OP isn’t saying or implying this; I’m just mentioning it because it’s something I’ve been straight up shamed for in the past) that not every post depicting more positive, loving relationships with Deities is 1. rooted in Christian ideologies, 2. spreading some kind of harmful message, and 3. inherently a bad thing. I spread lots of stuff about Deities loving Their followers, and I do not see that as being wrong because, frankly, it’s not. I’ve been often chastised, in the past, for the comforting things I post - “you’re spreading a harmful narrative; not all Deities are like that” (first of all, I never said They were; second of all, if you don’t believe Deities can be loving with Their followers, then that is your own belief, so do not push it onto others by telling me what I should and shouldn’t post on my own devotional blog) and “you’re intertwining Christian values with Pagan ones, and that’s not ok” (even if I was, who are you to tell me that it’s wrong to incorporate Christian values into my practice? That’s controlling, rude, and gate-keepy) - and frankly, it’s getting frustrating and harmful to my own mental and emotional well-being. People shame me for just posting things that are meant to provide comfort to fellow devotees who may struggle with the same self-doubt that I do; my messages are clearly not aimed at those who don’t have that kind of relationship with their Deities. I cannot control who sees my posts, yet people act as though I’m somehow at fault for baby Pagans and Witches who may misinterpret messages that are similar to mine. I’m so sick and tired of this negativity that it honestly makes me want to delete my damn account sometimes. Like, if you disagree, you don’t have to be an asshole about it! That’s a choice you are actively making! I don’t go out there and seek out people to attack and argue with; that’s shitty!!
Ugh, sorry, I got super venty there; I’m just really frustrated with the idea that spreading a comforting message that mostly is just meant to make myself feel better, at this point, is a “dangerous” and “terrible” thing to do, as if I’m some kind of evil, awful person for being like, “Your Gods love you!” I’m treated like a fucking monster for literally just saying things like that, and I’m so fed up with it because whenever I feel like the harmful things these people say are true about me and my messages, my Gods are quick to reassure me that I’m not the one in the wrong, and it’s so fucking confusing and damaging to me. Why can’t we literally just treat each other respectfully? Why is it so hard to simply be nice? But I digress.
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Anyway, thank you, @minneken, for sharing this; I’m sorry for the random rant in my reply lol. It is NOT directed at you; I honestly just saw the opportunity to address the issue and jumped on it as fast as I could. Again, Minneken, the vent/rant is NOT directed at you, nor people like you who are just sharing the information that not every Deity relationship is the same! I quite appreciate this post, actually, and think it’s good info to spread, since I feel like a lot of baby Pagans assume that a Deity acts the same with every follower, which is not the case. Well, this is getting needlessly long, so I’m gonna stop here. I hope all who read this are well. I love y'all, and blessed be. ❤️