One Man’s God is Another Man’s Demon
I’ve been lucky enough in all my years online not to have acquired a troll. Goddess Rising, however, marked my arrival in trolldom with my very first review of the book on Amazon marked with a one-star because I don’t know what I’m writing about. The troll has spread to also give me further one-stars on my previous publications even though he/she/it hasn’t read them.
The thing that has irritated the troll is that Lilith is a demoness and not a goddess.
The troll has missed the point of the chapter completely *sigh*.
Lilith is claimed to be the first wife of Adam, created as an equal. Adam didn’t want to share equality and Lilith didn’t want to be subordinate. They clashed. Lilith packed her bags and went to live in the desert. Angels were sent by God to bring her back but she refused to come, preferring to take her chances in the wilderness than go back to possible servitude with Adam.
It ended with Adam finally getting a mate in Eve and Lilith being demonised as a baby-eating monster who populates the Earth with demons.
Lilith has become a popular goddess (or goddess figure) in recent years particularly with women because she is strong, independent and won’t take any rubbish from anyone. Her likely origin is Sumeria and all we know for definite is she’s classed as a spirit.
This is where the name calling of god, goddess, spirit, demon, guides etc. becomes messy because who is to say what makes a demon or what makes a god? They all reside somewhere on the spirit realm and are all spirit in nature (at least as far as we know).
There is a saying that history is written by the victors. Think about it: our history books are biased because the ‘winners’ have a different perspective on what happened in human history than those who came out worse for wear. This is no different in spiritual history.
As humans, we have a terrible track record of having rigid beliefs when it comes to spirituality. We wage wars and throw bombs because one group’s god is the true god and all others must be fakers (and their followers misguided, enchanted or just evil). When we can all understand that there is only one path to the source – your own path – we’ll all sleep a little easier at night.
The gods and goddesses in pre-Christian times didn’t just get shoved to the side, put in a cupboard to take out for later, so the Christian god could rule for a while. They were either demonised, transformed or eventually forgotten.
Unless you adopted a Roman-like attitude of embracing other belief systems and enfolding them your pantheon, newly conquering religions could make the old gods into bad guys so it was punishable to worship them or they could demote the status like the fairy folk of Ireland.
With such animosity towards Lilith, it’s likely she once was a goddess in her own right. Now, of course, she has evolved into a modern goddess to cater for the needs of people in these times. That’s cool. Gods and goddesses can evolve too.