As a person of odd faith, it can be difficult to find any objective ground to stand on when it comes to what is and what is not in the spiritual realm. For example: There are things/movements/beliefs in the pagan community that make me cringe and/or I find flat silly, but if I think to raise my sanctimonious voice to object, my little pitchforking conscience raises her voice just as loudly to remind me, “Look at all the crazy shit you believe. Who are you to say?”
At these times, one wishes so fervently to be able to fall back on, “Because my god said so,” like the followers of Abrahamic religions do when justifying their politics by their faith. But if that is unacceptable in them, it is certainly unacceptable in myself, even if it is that my god told me unicorn farts aren’t particularly mystical.
I am an objectivist. I am willingly and joyfully bound to reason and in service to (big “T”) Truth. At the same time, I have an intense faith which seeks to be even-handed in considering the merits of all faiths. The cognitive dissonance between these two parts is intense.
Here’s the best I can do to keep my head from exploding:
It’s either all bullshit or none of it is.
You can’t believe burning bushes talk then go around saying someone believing Loki is courting them is full of it. You can’t believe Odin gave you a message but discount every other message anyone else received from Odin because it doesn’t quite jive with what you heard. You can’t use the myths as sacred keys to the personalities of the gods then bash a pop culture pagan for deriving their gods from works of fiction. All of that is completely unreasonable.
In a realm where hard, sharp reason rarely can find a foothold, real honesty about the subjectivity of one’s own faith is, odd at it may sound, the only solid foundation on which to make camp.
The gods are as they are. They are not malleable. Their characters are not subject to our whim. They exist, objectively, as existence exists, regardless of our belief in or experience of them. It is only our understanding of them that shifts and shimmies, blows this way and that, goes light, goes dim, or goes dark completely.