I would love to be very blunt with this, but since it is such a touchy and contraversial subject, I'll have to explain my reasoning. I am sorry if I offend any of you, but I have gotten to the point where I honestly can't stand it anymore. And the sad part is, everyone on this site is just as bad as every Christian out there!
I was going through some old posts here, and I came across this very aggrivating one, link below:
http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum ... t9488.html
Now, it wouldn't have been so aggrivating if people learned to be open-minded, and actually tried to understand where the Christians are coming from. As someone who does not have a degree in Theology, but one that has explored just about every religion out there, I will make it so you can understand easier. The Christian Bible, every form of it, says that practicing witchcraft is a sin. I believe it is usually in the book of Luke, but I honestly do not know, as this changes from version to version. Okay, they worship their God DIFFERENTLY
. Is this so bad? I honestly don't see why we have to attack Christians for that, and yes I have caught some of you doing so. I am sure that I don't need to mention any other Pagan religions, but I will anyway: Hindu, they have a different way of worshipping every one of their gods and goddesses. Eclectics, self-explanatory. Wiccans, you worship God and Goddess by rituals and rites. Point is, EVERY RELGION IS DIFFERENT. I am going to "take sides," for a lack of a better phrase, to give you a standpoint on both Christianity and Paganism. First will be Pagans.
As a Pagan, we have certain responsibilities to our environment. Most of us respect those responsibilities, very few don't. There are some of us (you know who you are) that do convert to Paganism as a reason to become a tree hugger, the sad truth. Most pagan religions teach us not to mess with black magick, very little grey, and almost all white. There are religions that say black magick is good, mostly those who practice certain forms of voodoo, and the Satanics. All fine and dandy, and I am perfectly okay with that, and I am prepared to retaliate if one of them tries to curse me. Now, we perform the type of magick we do based on what we perceive to be right. Satanics, for example, say that they must bring Satan into this world. The only way they believe to be able to do this is through black magick. Wiccans on the other hand, they believe that harming someone is wrong, "An' it harm none, do as ye will!" That is taken stright from the Wiccan Rede. They have their own way of worshipping their deities. So why do Christians attack us for no reason? Why can't they just mine their own business? WHY DON'T THEY JUST LEAVE US ALONE?
Christians believe that whitchcraft is wrong. There is only one true god, and that is God himself. Those who believe in multiple forms of him are evil and worship Satan, for he is the root of all evil. The thought that Pagans can control the forces of nature is absolutely obsurd, and it should not be allowed to be practiced. They believe that this nation was founded on Christianity, that no other religion should be allowed. They worship their God through prayer, and they believe that if they practice witchcraft, they are instantly worshipping Satan and will recieve eternal punishment in Hell instantly.
Now I belive that the worshippers
in both religions are wrong. If that is the way you think you must act, then you are wrong. If you believe that each should practice their own beliefs, you are wrong. If you believe that there is only one true path, you are wrong. If you believe that witchraft worships Satan, you are wrong. If you believe that Christians are overstepping their boundaries, you are wrong. If you so much as sneeze an ill word of another person that isn't true or honest, then you are wrong. DO YOU SEE WHAT I AM GETTING AT? EVERYONE IS IN THE WRONG, INCLUDING MYSELF FOR THIS MATTER.
As a human being, we are seeking to find answers beyond comprehension. I am a Wiccan. I do not say I am right, you are wrong, nor do I say leave me alone about your beleifs. If you come to tell me about your beliefs with a close-mind, don't even bother because I won't listen. We, as humans, need to see everything as if we are in the third person contantly, as if we are our own audience. Please, stop trying to convert each other. Listen to each other with an open mind. Don't ever say there is no hope left. Don't ever say you are the only right one in the world. I am going to close by saying, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you are going to leave an anger comment, hate comment, or a closed-minded comment, don't bother. You'll just be proving my point even more. And I will leave you with two quotes, one on religion, one on truth:
"I believe in the fundamental truth of all religions. I believe they are all god-given. I believe they are all true, and all hold some err in them." ~Mahatma Gandhi
"Get your facts straight first, then you can distort them as you please." ~Mark Twain