My friend Orion Bailey aka Typhonian Jackal has come up with an idea for a Church of Anubis
by Anpu's Crone
An Idea for a Church of Anubis by Orion Bailey
Just an idea that I am throwing around for a Church of Anubis. Also trying to get opinions on how a system of such could be fashioned.
1: Anubis is truth, balance, justice, and the guide of all souls,for their betterment, if so they seek such.
2: Truth, balance, and justice are tangible aspects of the world. Dictating a higher force, an after-life, and/or spirit beings will not be tolerated, but the belief in such will be fully accepted.
3: The world is diverse, which causes evolution of culture, sciences, and governance. Denouncing other people and/or their deities will not be tolerated, as they may have truths which are misunderstood.
4: The purpose of the church is to study, learn, teach, and evolve the aspects which are Anubis. Truth, balance, and justice are what the church serves, in the image of Anubis.
5: Anubis is to be known as a master of all f his followers, but also as a servant to each of them, as well as the whole world. Those who serve truth, balance, and justice, are also they themselves served by them.
6: Roles within the church will be new-comers, followers, “Servants to Anubis”, “The Church Anubis”, and “A Living Anubis”. Servants of Anubis will attend to the needs of the church, and also assist with teaching and studies. The Church Anubis will live within the church, able to open the doors at all hours for those seeking immediate guidance. The Living Anubis’s will be elected as those who keep order between multiple churches, if ever the organization should grow to such a stature.
7: Race, background, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other religious practices will not decide if an individual can, or can not be a follower, Servant to Anubis, Church Anubis, or a Living Anubis. All individuals are welcome to apprentice their way to the top.
8: Each church will have their own set of 13 Servants to Anubis, and 1 Church Anubis. The whole of all churches will appoint or remove 13 individuals as Living Anubis’s, which will be diverse to maintain truth, balance, and justice among the worlds diversity.
9: Once an individual church has at least 42 members, there will be one Church Anubis, and 13 Servants to Anubis. The Approval of 9 Servants to Anubis will be required to appoint or remove a new Servant to Anubis, or Church Anubis.
10: There will be no demonetization, other than what is harmful, and/or self-harmful, either intentional and/or negligible.
11: Understanding and circumstance of truth, balance, and justice evolve with ages. There will be no set in stone doctrines for what truth, balance, and/r justice are.
12: Though the church strives to maintain and teach truth, balance, and justice in the world, there will never be crusades, jihads, inquisitions, and/r witch-hunts supported by the church. Rather they will be seen as being against Anubis.
13: There are to be no sacrifices of flesh, animal, or burden beyond ones comfort and ability. Mutilation of flesh, of human or animal is intentionally harmful. Burden of toil into misery is intentionally harmful.
14: Demanding, or asking of currency from those in the lower class or poverty is restricted. The church will be non-profit with those who are a “Living Anubis” being provided no more than a middle class standard of living for their nation, encouraging to raise followers out of poverty and the lower class, and to raise the standard of living for their communities outside of the church.
15: There will be a weekly church service of an evening on Wednesdays, being the middle of the week to represent balance. Each church can choose to have more services.
16: Though all sexualities are accepted, the church will maintain a non-sexual environment. Servants of Anubis are allowed their own private sex lifestyle. The Church Anubis’s and Living Anubis’s are required to always present an image of truth, balance, and justice in a non-sexual manner, except in their private chambers.
17: Churches will do what they can to provide homeless shelters, food drives, medical assistance, and disaster relief for those in need. During charity, all members involved with the charity are required to never dictate, preach, push, or mention the church. Pushing religion through charity is exploitation.
18: No image or preaching of deities other than Anubis are to be shared in church, except in mention to festivals or events. This is meant to prevent pushing other religions on members. Optional services other than the weekly service n Wednesday can be arranged to include other deities alongside of Anubis.
19: All rituals, festivals, and ceremonies of Anubis will either be for teaching historical ways of serving him, through reenactment, or new ways of how to create, serve, and or cause Anubis in the world. These will not be held on the weekly service. The church will neither pronounce, nor denounce the existence of magic, until it is either proven true or false. Other deities may be involved with these.
20: The ultimate truths, balances, and justices are ever-evolving, and will always be beyond human comprehension, no matter how advanced and/or evolved humanity becomes. Followers are encouraged to be ever-humble and ever-modest, in service to Anubis, never stating they know the absolute will of Anubis. Those claiming to literally be Anubis, or have divine inspiration from Anubis should be treated as any other ordinary individual.
21: Blind faith is discouraged by the church. All members are asked to learn, question, and teach truth, balance, and justice, evolving them further.
22: The church will never claim to be the one true religion, of the one true god. Anubis encompasses the whole of all truths, balances, and justices. Diversity is encouraged for growth and evolution of Anubis.
23: All forms of self-destruction, self-harm, self-mutilation, destruction, harm, and/or mutilation which are irreversible, are to be considered Apophis, to be resolved, over-come, or innovated beyond. Body-modifications such as piercing and tattooed are acceptable if one desire them.
24: Weekly confessions of how one has lived outside of truth, balance, and/or justice should be available, for the intent of providing personal guidance. Servants of Anubis, the Church Anubis’s, and Living Anubis’s are restricted from sharing with others what is confessed, now matter the circumstance. The confession is to remain between the confessor and the one confessed to alone, punishable by removal from service for five years. No exceptions. Churches may chose to have confessions more often.
25: Followers should be encouraged to never wish suffering, misery, and/or damnation on anyone. Rather they should wish them the knowledge and wisdom to live in truth, balance, and justice, righting the wrongs they have done, and becoming more alike Anubis.
26: Followers should be encouraged to cause life to be more pleasurable, with less suffering, for themselves and all others equally, within truth, balance, and justice.
27: Non-believers, blasphemers, those who work against Anubis, and those who claim to be an anti-Anubis should be respected for challenging truth, balance, and justice as it is understood. Followers should be encouraged to seek new truths, balances, and justices, to contribute knowledge and wisdom to the church.