“In a world that already encourages us to view the Gods and spirits as fictional beings, I think it’s all the more important to draw a clear line between those things that inspire us but that are fictional and actual holy Beings, that…you know, exist as independent, sentient Beings. There’s a very fine line after all between equating comic book characters to ancestral heroes and positioning the Gods in the boundaries of one’s mind and heart as fictional too.”
Galina Krasskova, responding to this blog post about treating comic book superheroes as heroes in a Hellenic polytheist context (which Sannion also nicely rebutted here)
This is exactly the problem with the fandom approach to the gods I am seeing more and more lately. People treating their (supposed) interactions with deities no differently than a brainstorming session for a piece of fanfic (as I said once before, failing to “discern between what a god might like, or do, or say, and what They actually do like, are doing, are saying”). Because in the end, that’s all it is. Imagination. Fiction. A pleasing bit of distraction, maybe because their real lives aren’t nearly as interesting as they’d like.
You know what makes your life more interesting? Actually interacting with gods. Not the characters in your head, but the real, bigger-than-you’ll-ever-comprehend, powerful, life-changing GODS. When that happens, all else pales in comparison. You stop being in control. You are not the one writing the story or making the rules. (Maybe that’s why so few people do it – it’s scary and dangerous.) But, you become part of a much bigger, more significant story. You begin living mythically. But you can’t do this alone in your safe little world of imaginary characters. You need to engage with the real, independent, divine beings that exist outside of any of our limited ideas of them. You need to let go and WORSHIP. That’s when the really good stuff happens.