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In Odin we trust?

I was catching up on email today, and on one of my mailing lists they were discussing the question, "Do you trust Odin?"

I'm not an Odinswoman, but I'll weigh in on it here.

I trust Odin to be Odin. I trust that what he does, he does because he thinks it best.

Whether we mortals would agree is beside the point. :)

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evergrey
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Haha, those are my thoughts on the matter exactly!
eoswildcat
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Coming from having a relationship with Him myself, quite lose, but constant for years,(and likely longer then I noticed at first since I found non Christianity through The Runes I got a chuckle out of your view. Neither he nor his brother I trust in the *same way* as I do some of my other Deities, but then I'm not as close either. I also do not think "Trust" is an accurate descriptor when discussing Deity, no matter what we perceive their temperament(s) to be.
I don't treat Him with any disrespect, and IMO open distrust would = disrespect as well.
whitecrow0
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I think that's a wise, wise way to look at it.
zydee
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Long time no see, hi! And damn skippy. What on earth were they even thinking "trust" meant?

It's this modern buddy-Jesus name-it-and-claim-it prosperity crap that's had society all bound up in knots thinking that if your deity loves you, he'll shower you with blessings and make sure you always catch the green light and the closest parking spot at the mall on Christmas Eve (no lie, I knew people who genuinely believed this). A nice domesticated god who can be predicted and controlled and who clearly puts his followers' happiness above long-term goals or even his official responsibilities is a very pleasing idea to some folks, but I don't see Odin being very predictable or controllable.

Heck, even the stuff that a god does that might seem really bad or ill-advised to mortals probably has a big cosmic reason (Zeus and his many liaisons, especially). Humans just don't comprehend why it all happens. All you can do is trust that a god isn't behaving totally irresponsibly even when something seems incomprehensible. A human's happiness and long- or short-term benefits seem to be of secondary, if not tertiary, importance before a god's reasons for doing anything. I admit, the idea of "trusting" Odin or any other god seems as insensible as the idea of "trusting" the Earth's weather system to always be soft and pretty. Or that unfortunate guy who "trusted" grizzly bears not to behave like, you know, grizzly bears around him. Yikes! So excellent comment, well said.
eoswildcat
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I love the above comment- it has me cracking up Hard!
brujaoscura
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Trust is an odd thing to say. Do I trust Him? To be himself, certainly. My relationship with the Gods right now is strained. It does not help that I have been experiencing grief of late.I can't understand the reasoning behind my partner dying- or the "lesson" that I am meant to learn from all the horrible crap that has happened to me of late. And yet- I know that somehow I will be seen through this.
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