Sunday, August 13, 2006

Witchcraft and Christianity- Is there a common ground?

I do not know who the author of this article might be, but I think he or she has some good things to say, so I will post it. If you know who authored it, please let me know so I may give credit where it belongs.

It would appear, given our track record, that the relationship between Witches and Christians has fallen into such a state of disrepair, that not even 21st century thinking could resurrect it. But is that really the case? Have we both become so use to trying to prove each other wrong, that neither can see how similar we really are? Are we even mature enough to admit our differences and take comfort in the similarities?This particular topic can be a bit of a sore spot for many people, so we have to approach with care, honesty, and most of all, respect.First of all, let's get the business of the Burning Times out of the way. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it refers to the time period when hundreds of thousands of people were tried as witches or heretics and burned at the stake. Later on, as people became a little more humane about what they were doing, the burning was replaced by hanging, but the intent was still the same. It was an insane time in which horrible things were done to others in the name of religion, but still, something that we as witches need to get over in order to move on. Over the years, equally horrible things were/have been/will be done in the name of religion, yet we as a society still choose to remember, take whatever steps are needed to ensure that it never happens again, and move on. That's how we grow. It may not be easy, but it's necessary all the same.Believe me, trying to sift through the ashes and find a common thread between these two religions is not an easy task, but when you break the two down to their core elements, the similarities become striking.

Witchcraft in the Church

Let's start with the most obvious, God and Gods. Long before Christianity gained popularity, the concept of having various Gods for various purposes was a common belief shared by many. The Goddess was associated with the moon and the deep mysteries of life, while her male counterpart the God, was associated with the sun and creatures of the earth. As Christianity grew, the system was reversed. The God became the central figure, while the Goddess assumed the smaller, but no less significant role of the Virgin Mary. What a woman of power she must have been to have conceived and given birth to her son without any extra help. As for Jesus, he too, like his mother had a lot of power. He was the first real psychic, the first clairvoyant, the High Priest of a new order and a very misunderstood man. He possessed most of the abilities later described in the Bible as being associated with witchcraft; healing by hands, prophecy, magick, and others. If you look at him from that perspective, Jesus was also the very first of thousands to die because they were different. Another similarity is the list of rules to which we try to live our everyday lives by; with witches it's the Wiccan Rede or the Law of Three, while with Christians it's the 10 Commandments. Once again, the two appear very different on the outside, but looking at the underlying message, the basic idea is the same: love yourself and those around you, and remember that being kind and sharing what you have with others, has its own personal rewards. However, wishing harm on others only brings it down upon yourself, and why would you want to be that miserable? Christianity threatens Hell and promises Heaven, witchcraft threatens bad karma and promises the Summerland.There it is, just like that. If Hell is an eternity of torment, and bad karma can torment and follow you from this life to the next, aren't they just two words for the same thing but viewed from another perspective? Both religions believe that there is more to life after death, or else we each wouldn't have a place to go when we die.If you follow that line of reasoning, then all the religions of the world share a common thread, and therefore, if only we could all just share our common belief in the divine rather than argue over who's right or wrong, we could share a more peaceful, global relationship. Still, the question remains, are we as a society mature enough to get along outside our own religious borders? Not yet. As long as there are people out there putting up barriers, those of us who are open-minded enough to see our similarities and accept our differences, will just have to hope and pray that the rest of them catch up soon.

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