Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Christianity vs. Wicca

Christianity, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and other religions have been battling for ages. For those strong in faith, they’ll fight till the very end. Some would kill for their Gods. Some, would actually die for their Gods. The ironic part about all of these religions is that it’s supposed to be all about love. I don’t see it.

The other night, while Amy and I had a few women at the house for a barbeque, we lit up the tikis and citronella candles all over the entire patio. We were outside having a great time socializing. Amy said, “You know, years ago, we would have been hung for doing this, because they used to believe that only witches gather together near fire to socialize.” I was baffled, “You mean, just for socializing around candles and tikis?” Nowadays, it’s normal for women to get together like this. In the past, they would have considered this a ‘coven’. (A gathering of witches.)

I have a few questions for a few reasons. First, I’m wiped out. I’m tired of defending myself against other Christians who are supposed to edify their own. Instead, they discourage people from drawing near to God. It leaves me with questions in my mind.

1.) Why are Christians so ireful towards one another?

*Why are there different beliefs within the religion itself? Why isn’t it a constant belief system, such as Wicca? The very religion that Christianity is against is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of thinking, which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists.

*Why are Christians ready to murder for their Gods (kill those who sin, such as adulterers, murderers, homosexuals) if the religion is supposed to promote forgiveness and love?

*Some say if a person commits suicide, it’s a straight ticket to hell. But, nowhere in the bible does it say that suicide is a sin. What about Jesus? He died for us. (Technically he was killed by the Jews in Christian beliefs), however, He knew He was dying that day and didn’t resist His murderers. Was Jesus Himself committing a sin?

2.) By faith alone, we’re supposed to focus on the “Kingdom of God”, however, we see, touch and hear the things of the earth, yet we’re not supposed to focus on the earth. It’s considered “idolization”, to those of the Christian faith. What if we’re wrong? What if we stop appreciating the things of the world to only find out that Jesus was a mere prophet, and nothing else?

*Wicca teaches us in this site, that it’s a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. It is the morning dew on the petals of a beautiful flower, the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon your skin, or the warmth of the summer sun on your face. Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow. It is light, and shadow and all that lies in between. It is the song of the birds and other creatures of the wild. It is being in the presence of Mother Earths nature and being humbled in reverence. When we are in the temple of the Lord and Lady, we are not prone to the arrogance of human technology as they touch our souls. To be a Witch is to be a healer, a teacher, a seeker, a giver, and a protector of all things. If this path is yours, may you walk it with honor, light and integrity. Christianity promises us a better “earth” to come, without glorifying the one we have, giving us followers that are wrathful and ill-tempered towards one another. Which religion seems more fitting for someone who seeks peace, calmness, tranquility, love and honor for all things appreciated here on earth?

*If it’s our faith that will get us into our “Christian heaven”, then our sins will doom us forever- for everyone’s a sinner. Who will even get a chance to step into the Kingdom of God with their filthiness? Not one of us is without sin.

*If “God” is the same then, as He is now, as He will be in the future, then why has the Pope decided that there is no more Purgatory? (I know this is better fitted for Catholics, however they still focus upon the trinity.) How can someone just change this belief? Or is it through spiritual experiences that leave the Pope to decide such a crucial change in the Catholic belief system?

I’ve helped many people, including heterosexuals, gays, lesbians and transgender folks draw near to God through my book. It has taught them that they’re loved by God, regardless of their lifestyle. It has taught them that God knows we’re all inadequate, which is why we need Him so desperately.

But, in a religion (Christianity) that’s so full of hate---more so than love, I’m willing to pull down my book and renounce my religion. Jesus welcomed those who were suffering to come to Him. He never judged them and showed them love and mercy. Christians of this world, seem to belittle, judge, ridicule and tear each other apart. I was once told to stop practicing Christianity. I was told to turn away from God, by another Christian, due to my lifestyle. God says, that if you turn someone away from God, it’s the biggest sin you can commit.

I feel as though my toes are curled around the edge of a diving board, ready to plunge into another world…without having to deal with Christianity and its followers. The water looks so inviting, but is it really a pit of fire instead?