Q&A: Why do people generally equate “pagan” with “bad”?

Question by Prince le0 (Celtic Latino Returns)): Why do people generally equate “pagan” with “bad”?
Especially in the manner that most mainstream monotheistic religions describe paganism and anything remotely not of Abrahamic descent, why do people generally equate anything “pagan” with bad?

Contrary to what many say, many pre-Christian cultures were not a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians, the ancient Mayans believed everything should be in moderation, the Celts and Druids believed in tending to the earth. Plus, its not like the Abrahamic faiths didn’t have their share of violence and bloodshed in history, and sometimes the monotheistic God Yahweh/Jevovah/YHWH really wasn’t all that loving…or peaceful.

If there is a higher power that did in fact create the entire universe and earth, whose to say that power only supervised a certain section, nation, or people just because myths and legends describe others not like them as “bad” and “against God?

I’m not trying to say that everything “Abrahamic” or even monotheism is bad and I’m not trying to say everything about the pre-Christian world or even paganism is good, but I’m only asking why do people paint the “pagan world” in such a bad light?
I’ve seen it with many “fundamentalist” sects to which if there’s even anything that’s glaringly “pagan” in origin, all of a sudden its deemed evil and bad (a.k.a forbidden).
Mike G- all religions come from paganism. Judaism started off as a union of two gods and was polytheistic even after Moses spoke otherwise, many traits of Christianity and the whole Jesus story have pagan similarities…not saying there’s nothing unique but everything comes from paganism like it or not.

Best answer:

Answer by B V
they don’t – you are wrong

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Why do people think “Pagan” is the name of a religion?

Question by BrokenEye, the Straw Man version: Why do people think “Pagan” is the name of a religion?
Its a derogatory term that Medieval Christians used to refer to non-Abrahamic religions, and on occasion, Judaism and Islam.

Here’s the entire entry on the word “Pagan” from dictionary.com

“pa·gan   /ˈpeɪgən/ [pey-guhn]
1.one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
2.a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
3.an irreligious or hedonistic person.
4.pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim.
5.of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.
6.irreligious or hedonistic.”

Best answer:

Answer by Curing Religion
Define “people”

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How can people be just plain “Pagan”?

Question by brian8907, VT: How can people be just plain “Pagan”?
No offense, but I mean….what IS your definition of Pagan?

When I think of Pagans, I think of differen’t things…like Egyptians were Pagans weren’t they? What about the Romans and the Greeks? The Anglo-Saxons, and the religion in Arabia before Islam….you know?

There are different Pagan religions, so when people on here say “I’m Pagan” which Pagan religion do they follow?
Thanks Daughter of Isis…lol I would;ve been able to tell which one you followed just by your name. I am not as ignorant as most of my fellow “Christians” lol.

I now understand what you mean…

P.S. With me…I am Christian…I don’t go to a church, therefore I am not a baptist, or a Catholic etc…I am just Christian. I believe in Jesus and God.
While voiceofreason made me laugh, thumbs down, not all are like that.

Best answer:

Answer by Daughter of Isis
We say Pagan like people say Christian.
I’m Pagan Specifically? I’m UU eclectic Egyptian Pagan. Pagan is easier to type.
If you ask, Pagan will tell you which tradition they are.

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Why do people need to quote Einstein to prove whether he believed in God or not? What about this quote?

Question by grassfell: Why do people need to quote Einstein to prove whether he believed in God or not? What about this quote?
We could say that although Buddhism in not entirely scientific, but it certainly has a strong overtone and is certainly more scientific than any other religion. It is significant that Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist of the twentieth century said of Buddhism:

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both natural and spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.”

Best answer:

Answer by Vincent K, disciple of Primus
Great point dude. Let’s see what the dumb ‘argument-from-authority’ brigade say about it.

EDIT: Mastermind, I’ve never bothered to quote a specific evolutionary scientist. And if I did, I’d base it on the fact that numerous scientific discoveries have shown evolution to be correct; that is, base it on their evidence rather than their opinions. Lastly, I won’t bother to purposefully misquote someone just to try and give some non-existent credence to anything. That answer your question? ^_^

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Reincarnation & Karma – 4 Reasons People Think They Lived Past lives as Famous Historical Figures

Article by Scott Petullo & Stephen Petullo

Too often, there are reports of people claiming to have been
glorified historical figures in past lives.

It’s a frequent misconception, perhaps encouraged in part by
somewhat unscrupulous psychics who tell clients how important
they were in their past lives. When people are regressed and
see their own past lives, it’s common to perceive experiences as
being both rich and poor, male and female, powerful and powerless,
productive and unproductive, and so on. If people perceive
themselves as a famous historic figure such as Cleopatra,
Joan of Arc, one of the Disciples of Jesus, or even as Jesus
himself, there are four possible explanations for this:

1. The person really was the historic figure in a past life.

2. The person is identifying with personality patterns
associated with the historic individual to such an extent that
the person believes he or she was that individual.

3. The person’s ego is adding to the session. For example,
perhaps he or she perceives through regression the ancient
civilization of Egypt and a woman who looked like Cleopatra,
or they may have been associated with Cleopatra, but the
regressed person wasn’t actually Cleopatra.

4. The person is somehow connecting to the energy or
consciousness that was once part of the historic figure.

Regarding those who consider people who believe in reincarnation
and past lives to be escapists and cowards, it actually takes
more courage to accept and live within the ideals of reincarnation
and karma because it means you have to take responsibility for
everything you do, say, intend, and feel for all that happens to
you. There is no such thing as a victim, you can’t blame anyone for
anything, and you “get away with” nothing.

Furthermore, physical death may be the end of our body, but
we are far more than just a body. Our soul consists of energy
or life force. Science has proven that energy never dies and
can’t be destroyed; it just takes a different form.

Past life regression can be used for entertainment purposes,
but more importantly, even if you don’t believe in past lives,
it can be a very useful and therapeutic tool.

Finally, it doesn’t really matter if the theories of reincarnation
and karma are valid or not, but if we all acted as if they were,
our world would be a much better place.


Q&A: “Cause and Effect” correlate to “Karma” Then why people who do good things have bad things happen to then?

Question by Hector C: “Cause and Effect” correlate to “Karma” Then why people who do good things have bad things happen to then?

Best answer:

Answer by Jordan
its all coincedance. but if u hurt a young man, do u think his dad will give u a loan? if u helped an old lady across the street, dont u think her grand daughter might have a good first impression of u?

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