I came across a Catholic News Agency article that was concerned about Wicca becoming one of the fastest growing religions in recent times that is surpassing some mainline Protestant religions such as Presbyterians that is estimated to have 1.4 million followers of the faith in the United States, while Wicca is believed to have 1.5 million followers now.
I'm concerned about the article because Christian agencies such as this continue to demonize people of other faiths and feel threatened by them. In the article the Catholic priest theorized that people who turn to Wicca are seeking a quick fix to their life by magic and wants to warn Wiccans that satan is in charge of magic and to stay away from it.
I understand from a Christian perspective why that priest thinks magic is satanic, but from a Wicca perspective satan has nothing to do with their religion! I worry when Christians make the presumption that people of other faiths are somehow evil and opposed to Christianity and it's amazing how these Christians wonder why so many people are fleeing from the Christian faith?
From my experiences with Christianity I found that Christ is very loving, forgiving, and kind to His followers. I never saw Him encourage his followers to demonize the people they meet if they reject Him. His instructions were very simple and clear to me. We are to walk to people in peace and knock on their literal and figurative doors to proclaim the good News that God loves them and wants them to come back home to Him whenever they are ready.
If peope are receptive then that is great! If not then then we leave in peace with the invitation that we are always there for them if they need us. Some peope are not ready for Christ and that is fine! God is very patient, and so am I, so I don't give up on a person because of their current condition or faith. I keep them in my life, treat them like family and let them know I'm there for them if they need me. That has always been my Christian directive and I just wonder?
If Christians would concentrate on love instead of hate would people be fleeing from the religion so quickly? I am a Witch among other things, I am Wicca friendly and I love God with all my heart. A crazy combination but my life somehow works for me and I am at peace and content with who I am and what I stand for.
So I wrote a response to that site with the hopes and prayers that Christians can concentrate on the human standing before them instead of the monster they think people of other faiths are from!
I am so sorry if my article seems like I am attacking Chrisitans because that is not my intention! I just want to give a wake up call for Christians to stop pushing people away because they don't worship God the way they do! If you push someone away what is the incentive for coming back? Why would anyone want to come back to people that are going to shun, demonize, belittle, be hostile, instill fear, show no mercy and refuse contact with them unless they worship God according to their interpertation of the bible?
When a person forces someone to give up their individual relationship with Christ because it doens't fit into their Christian belief system that is manipulation and not Christianity! Is it any wonder why so many people are fleeing from the faith? I hope this trend does not continue but it if Chrisitans continue to judge instead of love the people they are blessed to have in their life, the Chrisitan Faith will become an irrelevant religion in the near future and that is sad to see!
At any rate I want to share the simple response I gave to that Christian site I am including in this article that I will place in my last paragraph below and thank you for giving me this opportunity to voice my frustrations I had to live with my entire life! It's not easy being a Christian when you are a witch, but for me it works and is something I can live with, my only prayer is that I hope you can live with it too! ;)
Why are people leaving the Christian faith? Is it because Wicca is a kind loving religion that is based on Earth and Nature, not God and the devil! Wicca encourages people to improve themselves so they can help others. There is no sin, no hate, no condemnation of other faiths that are different from Wicca Beliefs. It is an inclusive religion that offers support for the people that are seeking a connection with their fellow human beings, and the life forces of the universe we are a part of. Wicca does not recruit, shame, scare or intimidate people to come to the faith. It is a calling that comes to each individual person of their own free will in their search for the higher meanings of life. It is a religion that seeks Perfect Love and Perfect Trust and believes in Harming None. The power and magic we seek is not superficial or selfish, for we are seeking the power of a smile, a gentle touch and acknowledgement that you are human, you are precious and you are a sacred creation from the Divine above. I only hope and pray that one day Christians can show the same love for the people they meet regardless of the faith they come from and understand that people of other faiths are not the monsters they portray them to be.
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