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« Reply #15: May 09, 2011, 01:39:22 am »

The sentiment has already been offered, but I'll agree to it.  If my gods asked of me something that was counter to my morals/understanding/laws/etc, then at that point I would have to consider why they where asking it of me.

A test?  Maybe to see if I'd have the personal conviction to say no?

Malevolence?

Boredom?


With my god, Loki, I could easily see him asking me to do something I wouldn't want to do out of boredom. And since plenty of people have negative views of Loki, I'm sure they could interpret that as malevolence. I'm not really sure if he's ever asked me to do anything I objected to. For some reason, I feel that he has, but I honestly can't remember what. I know he's pushed me into things that I really wasn't sure about, but it wasn't like he asked me to stab someone in the spleen or anything. Which is something I would normally object to.
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« Reply #16: May 09, 2011, 01:54:35 am »

As far back as history is recorded (and perhaps beyond that), there are accounts of people acting in the name of, or on behalf of, their god(s).  Sometimes these acts are in line with societal and/or cultural norms, and sometimes not.

Thinking about this, especially in light of the acts performed across the world today "in the name of God", I started wondering what I wouldn't do for my gods and on what that decision is actually based.

F'ex, I can say that I wouldn't murder if my gods asked me to...but might there be a situation in which murder was the best decision and, if so, would I do it then?  Would doing so make my morality fluid?  Is that a bad thing?

So: what wouldn't you do for your gods?  Why?

The things I wouldn't do have already been covered.  I don't have a specific deity at this time but any unreasonable request would result in this.

Why is He/She asking me to do this? What do they really want? What are they trying to teach me or show me? What is the purpose of this.

Basically because I think it would be far more likely for a deity interested in me to pose these questions rather than actually want me to perform a forbidden action, because, assuming the deity knew me and chose to allow me to associate with it, it would know that I could never and would never perform a forbidden act for it. Thus, the questioning of the motive behind the request/demand.
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« Reply #17: May 09, 2011, 03:30:16 pm »

As far back as history is recorded (and perhaps beyond that), there are accounts of people acting in the name of, or on behalf of, their god(s).  Sometimes these acts are in line with societal and/or cultural norms, and sometimes not.

Thinking about this, especially in light of the acts performed across the world today "in the name of God", I started wondering what I wouldn't do for my gods and on what that decision is actually based.

F'ex, I can say that I wouldn't murder if my gods asked me to...but might there be a situation in which murder was the best decision and, if so, would I do it then?  Would doing so make my morality fluid?  Is that a bad thing?

So: what wouldn't you do for your gods?  Why?

I would second the type of things people have posted so far like murder.  I don't think my gods would ask anything abominable.

But there was a goddess from another pantheon once who asked something horrid.  She popped in once, trying to get my attention and yelling louder and louder and I asked what she wanted.  She wanted me to study about her.  Okay.  No problem.  Whatever.  She would come around sometimes and chat.  Still no problem.  Then one day she came and said she wanted to make me hers...under a condition...I had to abandon a commitment I already had to another god because he is male and her followers must *never* bow to a man and this includes deities.  I told her NO! and she argued.  I told her no  again, no, not ever, how could you dare ask this of me?  She became angry and stormed off, and I haven't heard from her since.
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« Reply #18: May 09, 2011, 03:58:46 pm »

I would second the type of things people have posted so far like murder.  I don't think my gods would ask anything abominable.

But there was a goddess from another pantheon once who asked something horrid.  She popped in once, trying to get my attention and yelling louder and louder and I asked what she wanted.  She wanted me to study about her.  Okay.  No problem.  Whatever.  She would come around sometimes and chat.  Still no problem.  Then one day she came and said she wanted to make me hers...under a condition...I had to abandon a commitment I already had to another god because he is male and her followers must *never* bow to a man and this includes deities.  I told her NO! and she argued.  I told her no  again, no, not ever, how could you dare ask this of me?  She became angry and stormed off, and I haven't heard from her since.

If it's not too personal, I'm curious to know, who was this goddess? 
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« Reply #19: May 10, 2011, 03:42:40 pm »

If it's not too personal, I'm curious to know, who was this goddess? 

Well maybe I shouldn't have called her a goddess because I'm not sure what she is---some call her a goddess and some call her a demon.

It was Lilith. 
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« Reply #20: May 10, 2011, 07:16:29 pm »

So: what wouldn't you do for your gods?  Why?

I think I'm gonna pull out a Feri aphorism here (adjusts to appropriate hat):

"God is self and self is god and god is a person like myself."

I wouldn't do for a god what I wouldn't do for any other person.  Thus: it depends on the relationship.  Some things I also wouldn't do for anyone.
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« Reply #21: May 12, 2011, 02:01:42 am »

I think I'm gonna pull out a Feri aphorism here (adjusts to appropriate hat):

"God is self and self is god and god is a person like myself."

I wouldn't do for a god what I wouldn't do for any other person.  Thus: it depends on the relationship.  Some things I also wouldn't do for anyone.

I like this a lot. More or less sums up my feelings on the matter.
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« Reply #22: May 12, 2011, 05:24:54 am »

I wouldn't do for a god what I wouldn't do for any other person.  Thus: it depends on the relationship.  Some things I also wouldn't do for anyone.

This.

Again, reiterating what other people have already said: I wouldn't kill, I wouldn't die.  I wouldn't ruin someone else's life in any way (making them lose their job, or raping them, or anything that has lasting effects like that).  I wouldn't give up my friends or family.  I wouldn't give up writing, no matter how they threatened to smite me.

But, then, I highly doubt they'd ask any of that of me anyway.
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« Reply #23: May 16, 2011, 11:58:11 pm »

So: what wouldn't you do for your gods?  Why?

An excellent question! Well I generally like to think that the Gods (or Sobek at least) and myself are on the same page as far as morality goes and what our goals are. I have to admit, I'm a moral relativist, so what may be moral and in line with the teachings of the gods to one person may be seen as evil to another. So to be honest, I'm a little unsure, seeing as my Gods have, or any deity for that matter has yet to ask me to do something I might consider immoral.
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