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Wiccan Myth Busting: 5 Most Common Misconceptions Christians Have about Wicca
Christians and Wiccans-- We Can Get Along if we Want To
I’ve noticed that there are a lot of Christians who believe a few things about Wicca that are just plain wrong. The same things—these things seem to be a misunderstanding trend among Christians that I believe you commonly hear from each other.
Let me say up front: I am not trying to dispute your Christian beliefs. I certainly respect your right to disagree with Wicca. I am merely trying to correct misinformation. The way I see it, any intelligent person wants to be well-informed if he has an opinion on something. Disagree with us if you will, but disagree with what we actually believe.
And if your intent is to proselytize to a Wiccan, you would have a much stronger argument if you get our actual beliefs straight. After all, how would you expect any Wiccan to trust that you know what you’re talking about if you’re telling us things about our religion that we know to be wrong?
Even If We Disagree
- a modern religion
age has no bearing on the validity of religion.
- a theistic religion
the focus of our religion is our Gods; we have the sincerest faith in our Gods like you have in yours.
- a moral religion
Wiccans strive for peace, harmony and not hurting others (people or things).
- a Pagan religion
we believe in Pagan Gods and do not share Abrahamic beliefs or scripture.
Myth #1. “Wiccans worship the devil/demons.”
The Facts: To worship something is a deliberate act; not something you can do by accident. Wiccans don’t actually believe in Satan or in demons. They are simply not part of our theology. Wicca is not an Abrahamic religion; we understand you believe your scriptures are the word of God. No offense, but we don’t (if we did, we’d be Jewish or Christian or something, wouldn’t we?).
We simply do not worship things we believe are imaginary.
I’ve heard some Christians say Wiccans are deceived by Satan, demons, etc.; I can accept that opinion. I don’t agree; I trust my Gods the way you trust your God. But to say we worship things we just don’t worship, or believe in, is spreading false information.
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Myth #2. “Wiccans worship the creation, not the Creator.”
The Facts: Actually, we worship our Gods, the same way you worship your God.
Think about it this way: you read the Bible. You believe in what it says and the words hold great meaning to you. However, you don’t believe the paper is your God. You realize there is a greater force behind the printed pages.
Same principle with Wiccans; we respect nature. But it’s our Gods we worship, not rocks and leaves.
Nature Is Awesome
Myth #3: “Wicca is all about Witchcraft, magic and calling on spirits.”
The Facts: They are allowed, but they are not an integral part of Wicca.
We understand you think occult practices are against God; we just don’t believe that. We do not believe any God gave word that magic, Witchcraft or spiritualism are evil. We do believe we are allowed to pursue such practices with the blessing of our Gods (practicing them within the framework of our religious beliefs and ethics, of course).
The heart of Wicca is no different than the heart of Christianity—it’s about our Gods and living by our tenets.
Magic Is Part of Nature In Our Beliefs
So many books about Christians and Pagans is written from a Christian perspective; this one is one of the rare ones written from a Wiccan perspective. The author can get harsh on Christianity, but does get to the heart of some of the arguments and disagreements between the two faiths.
Myth #4: “Wiccans have no morals; they believe ‘anything goes’”.
The Facts: Wicca is a religion of personal responsibility. We are expected to consider the consequences of actions, and hold ourselves accountable choices. We believe in avoiding unnecessary harm—to others and ourselves.
Unlike Christianity, we are a religion of moral relativism. Looking throughout history, we see morality shifts from culture to culture, from era to era. However, moral relativism is not synonymous with amoral.
We believe in using common sense, listening to your conscience, and following cultural mores and agreed-upon social guidelines, such as following laws and respecting the rights of others. Wicca puts the burden for everything we do squarely upon our own shoulders—we have no savior, no free passes. We believe that natural consequences are built into the universe via the law of cause-and-effect, so that we will have to face the music for whatever we do wrong. There is no escaping that.
Wiccans are humans and sometimes humans make bad choices, or make mistakes, or deliberately do terrible things. But this is as frowned upon in Wicca as in any other religion.
Wiccan Morality Is Complex
Myth #5: “I am a Christian, but sometimes I do Wicca.”
The Facts: Most likely, what you ‘do’ is not Wicca. To even use the term ‘do Wicca’ shows you probably don’t understand what Wicca actually is. Saying you ‘do Wicca’ doesn’t make any more sense than saying you “do Judaism” or you “do Christianity”.
Wicca is not something you do, it’s something you are. It is an entire religion; and it is not a Christian religion. Key tenets of Wicca and Christianity conflict to the point at which it would be impossible to believe such different things simultaneously.
Some people think loving nature, doing magic and wanting to live peacefully makes you Wiccan. While these are all often part of Wicca, they are part of almost every other religion as well. If you’re not worshipping our Gods and living by our tenets, ethics and practices, then nothing you’re doing is particularly specific to Wicca.
What you are most likely doing is Christian Witchcraft, or being a Christian nature lover, or a Christian who has drawn influences from Wicca (and most likely other sources as well).
Wiccans and Christians don’t have to agree, and probably never will. But we should strive for clarity, honesty, accuracy and understanding. There’s no reason we can’t co-exist.
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For Christians actually interested in practicing Witchcraft, but not leaving Christianity, this is a thoughtful treatment of the subject. Of course, some
Christians are hard-core convinced that Christians cannot practice Witchcraft, but others do reconcile the practice within a Christian faith. I would say you be the judge. Please note, being a Christian Witch does not make one a Wiccan.
© 2013 Mackenzie Sage Wright