I am absolutely 100% positive that putting people down, being negative, and hurting people is counterproductive, and against what our Gods and Goddesses want us to teach those just entering our religion. Just because these individuals have a very deep devotion to spirituality, and to their Gods and Goddesses, does not give them the right to put down those who are not as intense, or as deeply involved with the practices of our religion, as they are. Not everyone in our religion wants to reach the same level of relationship with the Gods and Goddesses. Not everyone in our religion wants to be a Shaman, or learn rune magic, or become a person who gives a blood oath to the Gods. Does this give us who are intense in our love and devotion to the Gods the right to think less of these people, or belittle their views. HELL NO ! I respect everyone who comes into our religion for whatever reason, ( and everybody has a different story to tell ), and wants to learn about our Gods and Goddesses, martyrs, heroes and ancestors. I don't teach by putting down others, I just put what information I know out there for those who are learning to take in at the level that they are comfortable with. You can't force feed religion ! When a person has digested as much as they care for, that is all they will take ! Do these individuals really think our Gods and Goddesses don't know, and understand, that all Midgardians are different ? That every earth - dweller has a different level of love and devotion to give ? If this is what they believe then they are not connecting with the same Gods I am !
The message that we all need to put out there to those in our religion is a positive message of teaching, and understanding, which includes being accepting of those whose devotion does not border on pure zealous devotion. If I want to hear their negative unproductive message I will listen to the holier than thou Christian Evangelical Ministers who come on at five o' clock in the morning and tell everyone that if you don't follow their God you will be banished to Hell ! No one is "holier than thou" in our religion, and those who think they are above others should be careful, the Gods and Goddesses know what skeletons lurk in their closets, and there is always a price to pay for putting yourself above others !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !