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Featured Which religions revere Mother Nature?

Discussion in 'Religions Q&A' started by Jonathan Bailey, May 14, 2019.

  1. Jonathan Bailey

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    I would have to say the Greek and Roman religions of antiquity. They held that all the gods and goddesses were created through various acts of nature as were the creation of mortals.

    Same-sex matings were also permitted and customary in ancient pagan cultures such as these.

    They held that the various deities were attributed to various human affairs of this world as well as some natural occurrences yet these same deities were born of acts of nature.

    Correct?

    It would seem Mother Nature is the ultimate Creatrix of all the living. Fertility rites are strong in these old faiths.

    Abrahamic monotheistic faiths often condemn many acts, of the flesh, which are natural.

    Paganism of old seems accepting of what is earthly and natural: sexual permissiveness among other things. How and why Europeans traded paganism for Christianity is unclear. Christianity, Islam and Judaism condemn many earthly pleasures in the flesh which naturally feel so good to most people. Taking up the cross is like becoming a prisoner to a ball and chain.
     
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    I am a satya-advaitist who really does appreciate mother Nature and would not harm a fly. It is a wondrous creation that we need to preserve through human actions to prevent further loss of biodiversity and climate change through man made actions if these can be proven to damage the environment.
     
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    Taoism. Zen. Shinto. To name three.
     
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    "Mother Nature" seems to be an American term, beloved of writers in National Geographic and American nature documentaries. I do not know where it comes from. Gaia, perhaps?
     
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    Abrahamic religions do not "revere" "mother nature."
    Nature isn't a "mother," nor is it regarded as such in any way. Paganism is very much a no-no to us.

    HOWEVER, we are supposed to be in-charge of all other creatures on this planet. Mankind has dominion over other creatures. That's our responsibility.

    In Christianity, the ultimate creation would be man - made in the image of God.



    All those other things you mentioned are not allowed, yes......but that's what the Christian doctrine is. That's what's written in our Book. We can all complain and whine and mock it till we're all blue in the face - but, that's just the way it is.
    It isn't God who'll conform, you can be sure of that.


    No one is being forced to adhere to the Scriptures.

    Why do people want religion? What's their real reason?
    I ask, because that would be the deciding factor whether you'd want to follow what is required from us by God.....or, whether you'd rather do whatever you want.

    If the reason we choose religion is because we want to be saved and have eternal life as promised by God - then, it's only logical to follow the manual on how to get there, right?

    Those people who want to customize their belief to how they want it to be, are free to do so. They can create their own religion.
     
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    dingdao The eternal Tao cannot be told - Tao Te Ching

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    I could reverse the question. Dominion over or subjugation of, the earth and everything in it. Abrahamic religions.
     
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    This is a personification of nature as a woman. The word NATURE comes from a Latin word which is feminine. TIME in our culture is masculine as in Father Time, the personification of which is an old man with an hour glass. The Latin word for TIME is masculine.
     
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    Whose culture?
     
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    Indigenous religions (aka, Paganisms) on the whole honored non-supernaturalistic gods that basically are various aspects of reality/nature. That included (but was not limited to) concepts akin to "mother earth" though the way this was interpreted varied and was not necessarily anthropomorphized as female. In the West, indigenous religions were on the wrong side of history and have barely any presence in our culture today. Dissatisfaction with Western religious paradigms has precipitated new religious movements hearkening back to indigenous religious traditions - I'm a member of that movement.
     
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    Western culture: chiefly American and European
     
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    I believe in nature but question the existence of a monotheistic God. I don't know GOD for a fact. That GOD would eternally punish man for acting on purely natural instincts (as in pleasures of the flesh, as he was created) is unfathomable to me. Would you destroy an automobile you just invented because the engine actually started when you turned the key because YOU actually designed the car to start with a turn of the key? Why would GOD make man to have sexual desires (sometimes even homosexual desires) then seek to destroy him for merely acting upon those sexual desires given him by design and creation? There's no logic here. The notion that sex is "evil" comes from little Miss Good Christian women who are jealous because they are old and unattractive and perhaps victims of menopause. Older men who are impotent and unable to get it up any longer might also curse sex for the same reasons. Such religious prudish people might as well become nuns and monks.
     
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    In Europe it does not seem to feature very much in contemporary culture. I think I've only come across the term in American film, TV and literature.
     
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    I am a Deist, and see Mother Nature on everything, everywhere.
    :)
     
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    Dont leave out how it is all utterly corrupt, and will
    presently be replaced with a good one.
     
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    Yes, supposedly (an uncaused/uncreated) God made everything in the world and just let it go and act upon its own accord. Homosexuality is in that mix as well. Things just happen as they may, the pieces fall where they may so God sits back and observes but doesn't intervene. Some things may just happen that God didn't even plan "in the beginning". We might just be guinea pigs in God's own laboratory. Creation is a divine experiment.
     
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    Hinduism... the Yamuna, Saraswati and Ganges rivers are personified as goddesses; the Earth itself is personified as Bhumidevi, a form of Goddess Lakshmi; all life is sacred to Hindus; certain celestial bodies e.g. the sun, moon, planets, are personified as deities.
     
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    Western culture personifies rivers as masculine: Old Man River, el rio is masculine in Spanish. The earth is feminine, la tierra. The sun masculine, el sol. The moon feminine, la luna. In German, however, the moon is masculine, der Mond; the sun feminine, die Sonne. In Roman and Greek antiquity, several male gods represented heavenly bodies.
     
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    Like I've said before: Hate the physical and pray to be brought back from the dead.
     
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    I'm not able to pray away my worldly sexual urges as a mortal man. People should not try to "pray away" their own natural design by virtue of creation. God, if He exists, made me human after all. He never commanded me to be an asexual angel as he made me of the earthly soil, supposedly. People should strive to do good works through their mortal (worldly and terminal) lives and be kind towards their neighbors. There is no evil in any kind of sexual orientation that only involves two consenting adults. Now, where innocent children are involved or where rape, pedophilia and sexual assault is involved I have a lot of trouble there. I can't hate the physical that God supposedly made in the beginning. The physical hummingbirds, mountains, wild animals, beaches, seas, canyons, valleys lakes, rivers, prairies, trees and flowers of this world are beautiful. I only hate wicked deeds and wickedness in human hearts. I hate war, unjust killing, abuse, heinous crimes, selfishness, hypocrisy, greed, avarice, arrogance, poverty, squalor, pollution by man of God's supposed creation, cruelty toward people and animals and man-made habits which destroy the body, the supposed temple of the soul, as smoking, drugs and excessive drinking.

    I love peace, kindness, compassion, natural beauty and good will of men, women and children between one another. I love the American way as Our Founding Fathers had originally drafted the Constitution. I wish America would act as one nation under God (if He does exists). I do believe in what Jesus Christ said in regards to loving thy neighbor as oneself and doing unto others as one would have them do unto you. Things the bible says about condemning fornication and supposedly about condemning homosexuality I question highly. Sexual urges are a thing of nature, not of the devil if he exists.
     
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