Advice to visiting Christians...
Christianity is a very beautiful and spiritually rewarding religion for many of its followers. It is also fortified with an intense documented history. Honestly it also has many Pagan elements within that history. But...No matter how beautiful and rewarding Christianity is as a religion you have to remember that Religion is still a personal choice, and every individual has a right to choose their path and religion or lack of religion.
Many Christians, no matter how well meaning, try to convert Pagans, those that are not Christian, not only Witches and Wiccan's, but also Native Americans, and Asian type religious paths or those who are Atheist as well, to the Christian way of life.
To convert and to educate are two different things.
When one try's to convert they are often overly forceful
in their stand on their own religious beliefs. They tend
to come across as 'it is my way or no way' and as if they
know that there is without a doubt no other way to find
peace and tolerance. This manner of trying to
convert is often seen as an attack to another's personal
choice. When someone is or simply feels attacked, at
any level, they become defensive.
I know that Christianity is a wonderful religion, spiritually
rewarding, and soul touching for many of its honest
practitioners, but there are other paths that are just
as spiritually rewarding and soul touching!!! YOU cannot
choose another person's path for them! All you can do
is try to share your own in a tolerant and loving,
and educational manner. Not in a forceful, judgmental,
over bearing manner-- do not attack! Especially do not
attack what you do not understand, or have not even
Force, and the "my way is the only way" will not work, it will only cause more problems, and cause the other person to become defensive! On the other hand if a Christian try's to educate with a true and peaceful heart and try's to understand that there are two sides to a coin. Often communication can be established. Understanding can be found, and ways of thinking could be peacefully changed. Actually, this works for any and all religions, and Atheism as well.
Some simply advice to Christians:
If you want to help Witches find the beauty in Christianity, DO NOT attack them or their religion! Do not call their religion names, or judge them, for that is not your right.
Make sure you know your own religion very well. (You may be surprised at how well Witches know the Christian religion and can use the beauty of the Christian word to make their own points.)
Remember the words form the Bible of Paul's letter:
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Remember the above words before you attack anyone's religion, beliefs or preferences. If you love yourself, and your religion and if you care for the person you are trying teach about your religion, remember love and tolerance when you do it.
Know your Own Religion
If you are an honest, loving Christian that wishes to help others learn the true beauty of the Christian religion, make sure you know your religion in your heart, that it is a part of your soul. Be able to talk about your religion with love, not with condemnation. Try to share your beliefs, not force them. Be honest to yourself and live your religion day in and day out not just on the day or days you visit the church. Lead by example.
Try to share your religion with patients and understanding.
Also, listen, listen to what the Witch has to say about his or her beliefs and the reasons as to why they chose the path of Witchcraft. Listen, really listen. Please always remember that Religion is a Personal Choice and a Personal Right!
Please understand... This site has been created to educate those that wish to honestly know more about a practice and religion known as Witchcraft or Wicca. This site has not been created as an outlet for you to bash, slam or to judge or condemn.
Matthew 7:1-5 ..”Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measurement ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote (speck) that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
In all honesty, it would be wonderful if we could all coexist!
Coexist, what a lovely concept! A world where another person’s religious opinions, or even lack of does not affect how everyone treats everyone else! A world where people are good and do the right things, simply because it feels good and is the right thing to do, not based on fear or condemnation. A world where people respect the right to a difference of opinions and are tolerant of different levels of education in those opinions; and people are not tortured, ridiculed, repressed, murdered in the name of someone’s religious beliefs! What a world that could be! ~CC Wolfe
Please also understand, I am not lost, I do not need to be saved.
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