You are correct red, Which is why pagens strive to even when we had our power of empires, and the strengthof nations and were conquering people after people. One thing never onced changed, Walk thy path with the bravery of the gods and allow no harm, that time cannot heal come to pass.
This is not do not kill a man, this means when you do kill a man you have a good reason. Pagens have never went to war to prove our gods better than any other, When greece fought troy, it was over a women, when rome moved its borders out and took over nations it was food, land, women and strength, But the religions of the land was always left intact, when a country was beaten. There was no need to destroy the people beleifs. It was known that one day the people might rise up and strike the empire down and take back what we had conquered.
It was fought against, but never if it meant to destroy the beleifs of the people, because any wrong caused to them would be cured when they rose up behind the banners of their gods.
Pagen go out of their way to avoid causing harm to people, infact we don't even offer to teach our religion or discuss it unless someone comes to us, seeking it.
because we wish to avoid dmging a person who did not wish to learn, In pagen beleif if we do harm someone emotionally, then we are responsable to that person, not their gods because the gods do not involve them selves in petty human desputes, we were made in their immages we as a people are strong enough to handle the most basic of problems, that deal with our own emotions and short comings, instead the gods put us here to watch how we progress and to judge if we are worthy enough to take our places in their great halls, or do we need to be left here(yes this is a form of rencarnaton sercee) to try again to get it right.
and our deeds decide what place we take, me as a soldier who has never wavered, and never found fault in my beleifs, and who has stayed strong to my gods, will hopefully be brought to the hall of heros.
Wolf and the Odinics(I know there is more but I can't think of your names right now) know this place as valhalla, but all pagen religions or most of them anyway teach of something similar.
Where a normal person who passes on will go to the land of the dead to their family and friends who have been deemed worthy, to assume that place.
So our actions, every day we guard to be sure we at least trying not to cause someone harm, and most of us don't fear our gods we respect them, and beleive in our hearts what we are taught to be true so we hold tighter to our beleifs.
Further more when a pagen talks, i am roman pagen, I am odinic pagen, I am eygptian pagen, I am wiccan neo pagen. and many many more, we are all pagen, we accept each other as such, and treat each other as such.
Can christians say the same.
Deirdre my wife is Greek pagen, the jewish of our beleif she follows the ways of the seas, and has teachings that me as roman Steal and stone, do not follow anymore but we do not say your beleif is not valid any longer, because our gods commandments to her still stand as a greek follower, and as long as she follows her laws and beleifs, she will still find her home in the land of the dead.
The dictates of those same gods to me may be slightly different, but they are my dictates, I am the catholic of our faith and religion, stone and steal, land and gold, sex and love in the blink of an eye, but that doesnt mean to her my ideals are any less important. becaus the gods said this to my people not to hers, it changes nothing to hers, and nothing to mine.
Jewish and christians hurt each other and people every single day, want to know how, watch an abortion clinic or a gay rights parade, or paen meeting in the bible belt. Listen to the jewish as they debate was jesus the son of both your god.
Do unto to others, jerry farwell is famous for standing on a pulpit and condeming pagens and gays and jews and much much more, and then in the same breath defending christians by calling us liars when we point out that what he is saying is hateful and not in the spirit of his own faith.
So who would you be accountable to in the end of the day, when the people you have wronged begin to hate, their gods your god, or them.
Because to us its to them, an entity that we will have to face right now, on this planet in this time. We cannot ask our gods for forgivness and just be allowed into our place. we have to earn it and there is no amount of restitution that will ever change that.