|Originally posted by boysrus
It seems to me that a goddess worship does not belong in a traditional worship setting. The service should be different and more earthy. There is a gnostic church in Seattle, but the services appear very Catholic in flavor, although they do have eucharist that includes the goddess.
I agree (altho I would love to go to a gnostic church out of curiosity). While my dh goes to his UU church every week, I myself am not comfortable with "square worship," ie: a square/rectangular room with pastor and altar up front. I prefer circle worship, ie: a few people sitting in a circle with altar and/or fire in the middle. There may be a leader of the ritual but s/he is not "special", ie: somehow closer to god/dess, than the rest.
I do not seek/create even this often tho, and find just being out in nature to be spiritual, without any traditional ritual.
Asherah of Canaan was worshiped in groves and on hills and the Jerusalem elite found this to be wrong.
The Temple was seen by the priestly caste (who passed down and wrote down the "P" parts of the Tanakh) as the "only" proper place to worship YHWH. Israel, the northern kingdom, being far from Judah/Jerusalem, and from the Temple, was therefore more "pagan" than the south. In fact, Galilee, where Jesus is supposed to be from, was called disparagingly, Galilee of the Gentiles back then.
|I think that Christianity and Paganism are different only because people have made them that way. I dont think that was Jesus' intention. The early churches were much more in tune with their "pagan" side. [/B]
This is a bit of a generlization. There were many different proto-Xtian sects back in 1st and 2nd centuries CE, and some were more Jewish, some more neo-Platonic/Hellenistic. Some were apocalyptic, some were schools of philosophy. Some recognized a goddess named Sophia (Marys 1 and 2 as her avatars), some focused on God's Son, the Christ. Some had free love, some were chaste. Some ate meat, some were veg. Some believed you had to be Jewish and follow the Law including circumcision, some did not. Some thought you had to sell everything and become a begging apostle, some had homes and families and incomes. Etc.