Confused about religion? By: Gothsloth Feb 11, 2018
Post # 1
I've been Wiccan for the past 2-3 years now, and I absolutely love some of the aspects of it, such as the deities being present in everyday life and honoring the seasons. However, I have very mixed beliefs over the afterlife, and believe in more of a heaven. Some of my practices are more christian, while some are a bit of other religions. Should I just choose one path to follow? Can I stay inbetween, and is their a term for this?
Re: Confused about religion? By: RubyElysian / Beginner Feb 11, 2018
Post # 2
From what I know, Wicca doesn't have a set belief in an afterlife. It varies from person to person wether it be reincarnation, the summerland, heaven, or nothing. As for the other things there are paths called "Christian Wicca" and "Eclectic Wicca" a lot of traditionalists have negative views of them because they don't follow the traditional Wiccan ways, they think it should at least be called something else. But I say to each their own, unless you're initiated into a coven you're not usually following a set tradition anyway. Its really a matter opinion.
Re: Confused about religion? By: Wind_Kitsune / Beginner Feb 12, 2018
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This is difficult and easy to answer at the same time. Christianity as a religion would consider this wrong as worshiping other deities is agaisnt Christianity but so is magick yet there are Christians who practice magick. You are also not a Christian so in my opinion this does not remotely apply to you. In the end you seem to be a Wiccan with some alternate beliefs or practices such as the belief in the existence of an afterlife which various cultures share besides Christians. I do not see anything wrong with incorpating aspects of other practices into your path and essentially forging your own path as long as it does not conflict with the core aspects of your faith/beliefs.
Re: Confused about religion? By: prsona / Knowledgeable Feb 12, 2018
Post # 5
The use of magic was never barred in the Bible. Rather, it is the use of sources of power other than the Christian God. Deception and poisoning are banned, and this verse in the Old Testament is mistranslated as witch.
As a matter of fact, the priests of Israel used divination to determine the will of God.
The three wise men are lauded for using astrology to know the timing and location of the birth of Jesus.
Jesus himself performed magic, transmuting water into wine; multiplying bread and fish. Whoever believes these miracles actually happened believe that he did magic.
The list goes on for a very long time.
Having gotten that out of the way, it should be said that esoteric Christianity has been around since the advent of Christianity.
Many believe that the true message of Jesus is obscured, to be revealed to a set few privileged classes. The interior of Catholic churches -- especially the more elaborate ones -- are modeled after a lot of occultic ideas.
The point is that there are a lot of elements of what is known as occultism in Christianity. But a lot of it remains hidden, obscured by some groups, or simply overlooked.