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Wicca and Christianity.....

Today's discussion topic is about Wicca/Paganism and Christianity and my thoughts on both.

Though Christianity, Wicca and Paganism are all very old-even ancient-religions, Christianity, or at least some sects of Christianity, are fairly new. The same goes for some Wiccan sects. My belief, and correct me if I am wrong, is that most Wiccan and/or Pagan sects are much older than Christianity, even dating all the way back to the very early beginnings of Humanity itself.

Though Wiccans, Pagans and Christians share some of the same values-or at least some Christians claim to share some Wiccan and/or Pagan values and claim them as their own-I have found that there are more Christians practicing intolerance and persecution toward other faiths/religions than many of the other faiths/religions I have studied or learned about/and or practiced. But that's not to say Wiccans and/or Pagans aren't guilty of it as well, because to never admit wrongdoing is foolish and folly. Many Christians today have forgotten their religion's most basic principles.

Wiccans and/or Pagans-or at least many sects of them-follow Nature-based Paths and worship the All-Mother and the All-Father, or the Lord and Lady, or the Egyptian, Hindu, Greek, Roman or other ancient/current civilization's pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. However, not all follow a Nature Path or even the Wiccan Rede. The Rede, like the Christian Scriptures, is simply a set of guidelines to live by. Many Christians have forgotten that their scriptures are just that-guidelines for living-instead of Black and White laws set in stone. The King James versions of the Christian Bible is guilty of that.

Christianity-or some sects at least-was based upon love and religious tolerance. Their basic principles dwelled on that and have even adopted some Wiccan and/or Pagan holidays. However, not to be confused with the Wiccan/Pagan holidays and to avoid confusion, Christians twisted them around and changed their names and dates for their own ends. Christians, though their praying is similar to casting a Spell, do not believe in Magic. In fact, what they do not realize is that their most famous figure in their New Testament and founder, Jesus, practiced a form of White Magic and was actually considered a Healer. The King James Bible twisted him and his story around to make him the Son of their God and to make the Christian religion look better (my opinion).

Like Christianity, there are many sects and subsects of Wicca and Paganism. So many, in fact that, to name them all would have to be in a separate post all together.

Well that's it for now! Hope you find this informational or, at least entertaining.

Sincerely,

Rebecca M.
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Defining Faith

On several occasions in several places I have seen people state "Faith is defined as belief in something for which there is no proof."

but it is equally true that
Faith is defined as allegiance to duty or a person.
Faith is defined as fidelity to one's promises.
Faith is defined as sincerity of intentions.
Faith is defined as belief and trust in and loyalty to God.
Faith is defined as firm belief in something for which there is no proof.
Faith is defined as complete trust.
Faith is defined as something that is believed especially with strong conviction.

Religion is defined as the state of a member of a religious order under monastic vows.
Religion is defined as the service and worship of God or the supernatural.
Religion is defined as commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance.
Religion is defined as a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.
Religion is defined as scrupulous conformity.
Religion is defined as a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.

Religious is defined as relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity.
Religious is defined as of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances.
Religious is defined as scrupulously and conscientiously faithful.
Religious is defined as fervent or zealous.

A System is defined as regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole.
A System is defined as a group of interacting bodies under the influence of related forces.
A System is defined as an assemblage of substances that is in or tends to equilibrium.
A System is defined as a group of body organs that together perform one or more vital functions.
A System is defined as the body considered as a functional unit
A System is defined as a group of related natural objects or forces.
A System is defined as a group of devices or artificial objects or an organization forming a network especially for distributing something or serving a common purpose.
A System is defined as a major division of rocks usually larger than a series and including all formed during a period or era
A System is defined as a form of social, economic, or political organization or practice.
A System is defined as an organized set of doctrines, ideas, or principles usually intended to explain the arrangement or working of a systematic whole.
A System is defined as an organized or established procedure.
A System is defined as a manner of classifying, symbolizing, or schematizing.
A System is defined as harmonious arrangement or pattern: order.
A System is defined as an organized society or social situation regarded as stultifying: establishment.

thanks to Merriam-Webster for the definitions

But my favorite definition is:
Faith is our Belief in the Truth of our experience.
Belief is our Faith in the Truth of our experience.
Truth is that which we have Faith in our Belief in.