I'm new to the magic world and I'm glad to be here. Because I have a strong Christian background, I choose to describe myself as such. Of course there are some contradictions in the term, Christian witch, it is the path I have chosen. I'm in the process of coming to terms with by belief in God & practicing the art of magic. I believe Christianity was hi-jacked by the elite and in power of those early days of the faith, to control and manipulate the masses. Anyhoo, any thoughts on blended belief systems?
Since Witchcraft is a form of magical practice not specifically tied to any religion one can certainly practice Witchcraft alongside any religious beliefs you might hold, or even if you have no religion at all.
I think you might find that some Christians will look askance at anyone practicing Witchcraft because they believe it is the "Devil's work". This is largely based on a mistranslated passage in the King James Bible which is written as "Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live." King James had a pathological fear of Witches so those compiling his version of the Bible chose to use that phrase in their translation. In the Aramaic in which the Gospels were originally written the phrase is that one should execute a person who poisons a well. In a desert country this is understandable. But that translation has caused a tremendous amount of heartache. Early Witches were largely good church-going folk and believed in the teachings of the Church. Many of the older spells of Witchcraft were based on Biblical verses.
One caution here, what I have said applies to Traditional Witchcraft. If you are equating Witchcraft with Wicca my answer would be different. In my opinion, one cannot be both Christian and Wiccan. The belief systems and central tenets of faith are simply too separate. There are those who claim to be Christian-Wiccans, but in truth when you mix the two what you have in neither Christianity nor Wiccan.
I'd agree with Lark that both can be done.
I am curious of the passage that the miss translated work was found it, if you have time or know where it can be found.
Try looking into El and wife Asherah (or something similar in spelling). I learned some of the Catholic variations, but I'm not sure if that the same in all Christian divisions. I'm amusing it isn't. It will give a starting point though.
I agree with lark's above post, and I watched a documentary on witches where some professor or author mentioned that the phrase in the bible that says 'thou shalt not suffer a witch to live...', in fact used to say 'thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live', which I take to mean killers and evil-intentioned people. There is also a phrase in the bible that says 'where there are two or more gathered in my name, there I shall be' or something to that effect. I believe that your intentions in life make the most difference now and in the end. Incidentally, I myself am a christian witch.
I too agree with Lark's post. Well, look at the word you are saying "Witch" are non-religious practice users. It is not a religion, but it can be incorporated into a religion if desired. Or if you don't have/want a religion you can simply practice witchcraft as it is. It all depends on your personal belief.