What More Needs to Be Said?

I saw a passing question on twitter: ‘What makes a God worthy of worship?’ 

Here are my thoughts. 

I believe it is hubris to even ask that question. As human beings, I do not believe it is for us to determine the worth or lack thereof of a God. Our portion rather is to fall on our knees and venerate. 

Better that we should ask if we are worthy to approach the Holy, and what we can do to better prepare ourselves and to make ourselves so. 

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on September 19, 2020, in theology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Even on a philosophical and logical level, this comment makes little sense. If we take up Descartes’ proof that God must exist, which the question postulated must accept in order to ask the question in the first place, the question becomes inherently illogical.

    If we accept that God exists, that means that we accept a Deity who is benevolent, powerful enough to create this entire universe and us in it, has the power to change the course of time, our lives, the very course of history, and many other things we would not be privy to because of the very nature of the equation – we are discussing a Being who is far greater then ourselves and who still choses to watch over us and this world. If this is the case, then what possible right would we have to question such a Being’s actions? What more could we possibly give then piety to a being who still has benevolence towards us despite all the horrible things we do constantly to the world such a Being took time in creating and supervising and encouraging? Clearly such a Being has much more benevolence and goodness than we do. Do you know anyone who would have that much patience with people? Someone who would care for all of us, collectively, with everything else in this world, for thousands of years? For that alone such a Being would deserve eternal admiration and piety. So, either make a statement that you do not believe in God, or that you do, in which case accept all that this means.

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  2. A second question…what makes something a god? And how do we tell if something is a god or some other kind of entity?


  3. The senses can be deceived. This is why it’s so important to develop good devotional habits, to build relationships with the Powers (preferably under the guidance of an elder), because in doing so, you are developing discernment so that you will not be deceived by a creature of darkness robed as a creature of light. That being said, it does not matter how a thing smells/looks/seems…if there is doubt, call to the Gods directly and have faith.

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  4. If I was going to try to answer this question, I would say that simply being a God is what makes a God worthy of worship. I need know nothing else about a Holy Power to know it is right and good to worship Them.

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    • Thank you, Ryan. I feel precisely the same.


      • I would like to offer a counterpoint here. I have lived in several places in the world with living indigenous polytheistic traditions. One practice I have encountered is that some holy powers are recognized, and respected, and revered, but not worshipped. Just because something is a god, and part of the natural order, does not make it friendly to humanity. Gods that are deeply tied to wilderness and places outside the boundaries of human civilization often fall into this category – in the case of some deities, a human being calling on them in prayer might be seen as a great insult. Others may demand certain protocols – perhaps only people in a certain state of rigidly-defined ritual cleanliness can approach them, or members of a certain priest caste.

        It was quite upsetting to later see American wiccans who has never encountered these cultures in life calling on these deities in ritual. They often had read about them in a book somewhere, and thought it edgy and cool to invoke them, without understanding the taboos. Others claimed to develop deep working relationships with these deities but never bothered to learn anything about them beyond passing – and often deeply offensive – mentions in pop culture. It seemed like such a gross sign of disrespect.

        Perhaps all gods are worthy of worship, but not all gods desire it?

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  5. JKE, i agree with you and this is a really good point. This is where tradition and the protocols of one’s tradition, divination, and the guidance of elders becomes so crucial. Too many neo paganisms want to ignore or dispense with all of that, or they cannibalize traditions of which they have zero comprehension. Gods first always but that means paying attention to the protocols THEY have passed down to us.

    Usually when i see someone saying “weeeell, how do we know that a God is worthy of worship,” it’s because they want to get out of any inconvenience of actual devotion, it’s spiritual laziness or just gross impiety. I rarely see it being put forth as you did, in a way that furthers useful discussion. Thank you for that.

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