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Not So Opposing After All
Christians are taught that a huge abyss separates Christianity and Wicca, and that crossing it is hazardous in the extreme.
But when you get to the heart of each religion, Christianity and Wicca are not so far apart.
What Jesus taught, Wicca also teaches.
In fact, the heart of every religion is very much the same.
Simply realising this fact reduces much of the anxiety about becoming Wiccan if you were raised Christian. That abyss is only ignorance, and a little wisdom and common-sense will help you see the great bridge that connects the two realms.
Let Jesus Guide You
As much as I'm skeptical of Christianism, many Wiccans do honour Jesus. Is that surprising? When we get down to the root of what Jesus really has to teach us, he's a wonderful guide.
The trick is to get down to the root of it.
What Would Jesus Do?
It can make a world of difference, when you ask yourself, What would Jesus do? The real Jesus, not the Biblical one with all the lies put into his mouth.
In other words, if you're worried about offending Jesus/God by following a different religion, explore for yourself what Jesus really taught,
and what Christianity was supposed to be about.
There are a lot of books these days, digging for the truth of Jesus' message, underneath all the manipulations of ecclesiastical authorities. One of the best is The Jesus Sayings: A Quest for His Authentic Message
by Rex Weyler.
In it, Weyler digs through the layers of misinterpretations, poor translations, and outright fabrications that the Bible has gone through, to determine what Jesus is likely to have really said
And what is the authentic message of Jesus? According to the research of what can be actually attributed to Jesus, it's fairly simple:
Reject spiritual rule-makers and find the light within you.
Go out and help others.
If this is the case, you have nothing to fear by leaving the priests and their false doctrine. As Jesus said, by your fruits you shall be known.
These teachings are inherent in any true spiritual path, including Wicca Spirituality. There is no truly spiritual person who could deny that these are universal commandments for humanity. Ironically, by following Wicca Spirituality, you could be a better Christian
than the Christians who would judge you as "fallen"!
The Divine judges not by what you profess to believe, what rules you adhere to, or what rituals you participate in. The Divine knows you by how you live and how you treat others. If you live a good and moral life and seek to know the Divine within your own heart, God is satisfied.
With that as your guide, no matter what religion you follow, you can't go wrong.
Even Jesus said as much.
Read The Pagan Christ
This book is a must-read
for Christians and ex-Christians who want more than empty ritual and blind faith.
And that's what brings a lot of people from the established religions over to Wicca: that crying out of the soul for something...
- deeper and more meaningful,
- that is expressed in every aspect of life, not just a weekly religious meeting,
- that creates personal experience and relationship with the Divine, rather than mere belief or academic, intellectual "relationship,"
- that honours nature, life, and the feminine as well.
Tom Harpur's The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light
explores the spirituality underneath the doctrine, which is a revelation on its own.
Perhaps even more relevant to Christians becoming Wiccan, though, he shows that the roots of Christianity are Pagan.
And the only reason Pagans are maligned by the Church is to cover up this fact.
The Pagan Christ
goes a long way toward healing the gulf between Christianity and other religions. And as Harpur states, we will never have peace on earth until this happens.
The Pagan Christ
points out the value of nature-based religions, and spirituality that honours the divine spark in every being (rather than, say, the deification of one man, at the expense of everyone else's divinity).
In other words, as he states bluntly and repeatedly, Paganism is the original foundation of everything taught in the Bible.
I wish I'd had this book to read when I was just "coming out" as a Witch. It would have made my transition a lot smoother. It would have inspired me with confidence.
I think this would be an excellent starting point for anyone interested in Christian Wicca.
It removes the problem of "switching religions" entirely!
Get to Know God Yourself
Regardless of your fears and doubts, wholeheartedly pursue God in whatever form works for you! As your relationship with the Divine builds, you will come closer to seeing with God's perspective. Then it will all be made clear.
Fear can't live in the same place as wisdom, any more than darkness can persist when you turn on the light.
As you begin to perceive the Divine for yourself, those fears will naturally evaporate. When you know the Divine personally, you don't need to fear that She is vengeful or bloodthirsty.
You will know that Her love for you is infinite and independent of anything you might do.
Keep turning to the Divine. Even offer all your fears and uncertainties and everything else to the Divine.
S/He gave you the ability to feel those things, and even though it may not feel like it, they are actually gifts. So you can offer them on the altar of your heart.
And pray for greater ability to perceive truth.
Now you can see why Christianity and Wicca can be practiced at the same time.
There are many people — a growing number, it seems — who practice what they call Christian Wicca. You can honour and even follow Jesus, and still be Wiccan. Most Witches I know do respect Jesus' teachings
. I hope you can see this shining through these articles.
In case I'm not being clear, my point is this...
Far from putting your soul in peril, by practicing Wicca Spirituality, you are actually following Jesus' teachings more closely than the vast majority of Christians.
I have every confidence that if Jesus were alive today, he would agree with most, if not all, of Wicca Spirituality. Perhaps not the old Wiccan religion, but certainly the spiritual practice of Wicca as described in this website and by many great Wiccans and Witches.
And I also have no doubt that he would be aghast at those who claim to follow his teachings, while doing the opposite of what he taught.
If you could ask him, I think Jesus would say Wicca is closer to his truth
than what much of what currently passes for Christianity.
Part 3 of this article shows why.
With Brightest Blessings,
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