Hi! Happy Thursday! I hope you all have had an awesome week, and I’m so glad you’ve come back to read what I have to say this week. If you read Lacey’s blog post this week (which you should’ve, and if you haven’t… click out of my post and go read hers NOW, it’s AMAZING!!!!) then you know that we’re doing something pretty cool for these next few weeks. We’re researching and comparing Christianity to other worldwide religions and beliefs. Lacey’s post this week about Christianity Vs. Atheism was awesome. I know that this is a little different than our traditional blog posts each week, but we are working very hard to ensure a positive, interesting, and accurate blog post comparing religions each week. Prepare yourself because they may be a tad bit longer than usual, but I promise if you hang in there, you may be surprised at what you’ll learn.
This week, I’m going to be talking about Christianity versus two less commonly talked about religions, Paganism and Wicca. Paganism and Wicca often go hand in hand and you typically won’t find one without the other. You can practice Paganism without Wiccan practices, and vice versa, but more often than not, you find them occurring together.
Christianity and Paganism/Wicca are VERY different. There are many aspects of each religion to be contrasted, because there aren’t many (if any) things that are alike. Christianity is monotheistic, meaning we know that there is only ONE true God, and we dedicate our lives to His will. This is just one thing that’s different between the religions; keep reading to find out what Paganism is and how Wicca plays into this religion.
Paganism is a polytheistic nature-worshipping religion. Pagans have multiple gods and goddesses that they worship. Paganism is also not dogmatic- meaning that Pagans have no doctrines that are set in stone as true. Each pagan seeks out their own vision of the Divine. This can cause each Pagan’s beliefs to be completely different. Paganism is not a public religion. It is private and intimate, which allows for many different interpretations of the Divine and how they are to live their lives in accordance to their religious beliefs. However, all Pagans recognize recognize a female deity. Anyone who claims to be Pagan and does not recognize the face of a feminine deity can hardly be considered Pagan at all. Some paths of the Pagan religion such as the Cult of Odin allow exclusive allegiance to a male deity but do not deny the existence of other gods and goddesses.
Now onto the magical side of this peaceful, nature worshipping religion. Magic(k) is the deliberate production of Otherworld means. Magic(k) is extremely popular in the Pagan religion. Horse Whisperers and Healers are prevalent throughout Pagan society. However, Magic(k) used for personal gain or the cursing (hexing) of others is strictly prohibited just as assault is prohibited anywhere else. Many Pagans are also associated with the religion of Wicca. Wicca is an earth-based religion made up of Western traditions and Eastern philosophies. Wicca is based on pre-Christian tradition in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Wicca contains multiple aspects of the ceremonial magician.
There is a common misinterpretation that Wicca and witchcraft are the same thing. They both do practice magical spells and conjure potions; however, the difference between Wicca and witchcraft is quite simple. People can be witches (not warlocks, for that is extremely disrespectful) and not be Wiccan. This is similar to the Christian faith, as someone can be a Christian and not be Baptist. Wicca is a religion, and witchcraft is merely a practice-it is assumed that witchcraft is one of the oldest religious practices in the world. . Many people can practice witchcraft without following the Wiccan religion. Wiccans worship a divine being known as “The One” or “All” who they believe is made up of everything it has created.
Witchcraft directly contradicts the word of God. (I will leave the references to multiple verses that confront witchcraft after my post.) The Bible clearly lays out that witchcraft is forbidden by God. Deuteronomy 18:9-13 tells us that we are not to imitate what those of other nations and religions do “Let no one be found among you that sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.” This verse clearly lays out that we must stay away from things like witchcraft and sorcery. Witchcraft and sorcery alter your state of mind. Although Witches do not consult with demons or Satan (they say Satan is a Christian image and we can keep him), this is a pathway for Satan to trap our minds. This is a foothold for our enemy who is set out to destroy us by pulling us further and further from the truth and from our Father. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that our enemy is like a lion on the prowl. It states that he is looking to destroy us, to devour us like prey. Witchcraft opens our mind to spiritual attacks. Spiritual warfare is another blog post for another day, but it is REAL and it happens around us every day, and if we are not on the lookout we can easily fall victim to spiritual warfare, and be on the losing end if we aren’t careful.
Another way that Christianity differs from Wicca and Paganism is that Christians are mission-minded. Christians go out into the world to preach the Gospel to those who live without knowledge of it. They go out in an effort to shine the light of Jesus like they are called to do. However, Paganism and WIcca are not missionary religions. They believe that anyone who is meant to find their path will find their own way there. They are open to answer any questions that non-believers may have, but they do not proclaim their faith in an attempt to have people convert to their religion.
Christianity and Paganism/Wicca are very different. From beliefs in one true God or multiple gods and goddesses to the fact that Christians have a Bible and Pagans have no holy book, nothing about these religions even resemble one another. However, one thing that I admire about Pagans/Wiccans is their beliefs about religious freedom. They don’t hate others who don’t follow their religion, nor do they try to shove their religion down anyone else’s throats (which sometimes some Christians are guilty of.) I admire their tolerance for those who aren’t like them as well as their “Harm None” law. This is similar to Christianity in the way that God commands us not to murder, not to provoke our children to anger, not to steal, not to lie… these are all things that hurt people whether we see direct effects or not.
Christianity and Paganism/Wicca are very different, but I hope you have enjoyed my comparison for this week. I know that this week’s post was a little different, but I hope that you all were able to enjoy this post. I hope that maybe you all were able to learn something, and have a little better of an understanding of these religions. I can’t wait to come back next week for my post about “Christianity vs Jehovah’s Witness” but first, all of you come back Tuesday for Lacey’s next post! I hope that you all enjoyed my post today, have a great rest of the week and a great Resurrection Sunday!
Be His Hands and Feet
Bible Verses about Witchcraft
1 Peter 5:8