A Witch/Wiccan/Pagan lives by a code of ethics which is built upon the Laws of Nature. Our behavior is not regulated by a fear of what awaits us in the Afterlife, but a respect for what awaits us in this Life. Everything, and everyone, is connected. What we do to one another, and to our World, we do to ourselves. As with all religious systems, there are certain beliefs. If you are Catholic, you believe in one thing, if Jewish, you believe in another. It is no different with Paganism.
These are my basic beliefs that I share with you. Some you will recognize and agree with, some you might not.
I believe in the duality of Nature. All things are feminine or masculine. Like the Christian's Noah's Ark, all things are male and female: so it is with dieties. If there is a God, then there is a Goddess.
I believe in reincarnation. I believe everything in Nature is reincarnated. I believe that people can 'come back'. I believe that you are reborn among your family and friends. Perhaps this is why when you meet someone for the first time you feel 'as if you know them already'.
I believe what actions we do affects others, and other's actions affect me. This is also known as 'kharma'. You must think about your actions and act responsibly. We were not meant to simply wander about doing whatever we want, without regard to a goal, and the impact of that goal. We have a responsibility to ourselves, and to each other.
I do not believe in belittling anothers beliefs. Try to better understand their beliefs and perhaps share with them yours.
This may not always work, but respect that they have the right to believe as they will and you have that same right.
I believe if you make a promise (to someone else or yourself) you must keep it. Do not give your word of honor lightly. And before you do make a promise, make sure it is one you can morally, ethically and socially keep.
I do not believe in causing intentional harm or hurt to yourself, anyone or anything. This belief is similar to the Wiccan Rede of 'an it harm none, do as thou wilt'.
I believe in letting our young people learn about all religions. Let them see first hand what a specific religion is about. Let the young people be 'imformed without bias' so they can make a rational decision when they are old enough. In the past, I attended many Christian Churches and I feel I am a much more knowledgeable person for this. Religion is not something that should be 'crammed' down anothers throat. It is a very personal choice.
I believe in honoring our ancestors. They have blazed a trail for us to be here today.
According to the Bible itself, the Book of Proverbs contains just that.... wise sayings or advise condensed into a few words or a single sentence. This 'advise' was meant to be studied and followed.
1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to percieve the words of understanding.
1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.
2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.
3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour.
3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
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