Isn’t that an Oxymoron?
Lorraine Day, M.D.
How can a Christian be a Witch? And how can a Witch be a Christian? The two should certainly be mutually exclusive. Yet, as America and the world sink further into the control of Satan, there is a growing trend to merge “Christianity” with Witchcraft yet another of Satan’s clever deceptions.
As the Christian churches lurch more and more rapidly into apostasy over the last 50 or 60 years, they have become almost unrecognizable as “Christian” except for the young, who haven’t lived long enough to know the difference.
Wicca vs Witchcraft vs Paganism
Wicca is a tradition of Witchcraft that was brought to the public by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. There is a great deal of debate among the Pagan community about whether or not Wicca is truly the same form of Witchcraft that the ancients practiced. Regardless, many people use the terms Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably. Paganism is an umbrella term used to apply to a number of different earth-based faiths. Wicca falls under that heading, although not all Pagans are Wiccan.
So, in a nutshell, here's what's going on. All Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccans. All Wiccans are Pagans, but not all Pagans are Wiccans. Finally, some witches are Pagans, but some are not - and some Pagans practice witchcraft, while others choose not to.
Paganism is an Umbrella Term
Please bear in mind that there are dozens of different traditions that fall under the umbrella title of “Paganism”. While one group may have a certain practice, not everyone will follow the same criteria. Statements made here, referring to Wiccans and Pagans, generally refer to MOST Wiccans and Pagans, with the acknowledgement that not all practices are identical.
Not All Pagans are Wiccans
There are many Witches who are not Wiccans. Some are Pagans, but some consider themselves something else entirely.
Just to make sure everyone’s on the same page, let’s clear up one thing right off the bat: not all Pagans are Wiccans. The term “Pagan” (derived from the Latin paganus, which translates roughly to “rustic” or “hick”) was originally used to describe people who lived in rural areas. As time progressed and Christianity spread, those same country folk were often the last holdouts clinging to their old religions. Thus, “Pagan” came to mean people who didn’t worship the God of Abraham.
In the 1950s, Gerald Gardner brought Wicca to the public, and many contemporary Pagans embraced the practice. Gerald Gardner was also a Freemason, and involved in Spiritualism. Although Wicca itself was founded by Gardner, he based it upon old traditions. However, a lot of Witches and Pagans were perfectly happy to continue practicing their own spiritual path without converting to Wicca.
Therefore, “Pagan” is an umbrella term that includes many different spiritual belief systems Wicca is just one of many.
Think of it this way:
Not all people who practice witchcraft are Wiccans, or even Pagans. There are a few witches who embrace the Christian God as well as a Wiccan goddess. Unfortunately, the Christian Witch movement is alive and well! There are also people out there who practice Jewish mysticism, or "Jewitchery", and atheist witches who practice magic but do not follow a deity.
What About Magic?
There are a number of people who consider themselves Witches, but who are not necessarily Wiccan or even Pagan. Typically, these are people who use the term "eclectic Witch”. In many cases, Witchcraft is seen as a skill set in addition to or instead of a religious system. A Witch may practice magic in a manner completely separate from their spirituality; in other words, one does not have to interact with the Divine to be a Witch.
The difference between Wicca and Witchcraft can be summarized simply: Wicca is a religion whereas Witchcraft is a practice. That begs the question of what is a religion and what is a practice.
A religion is a spiritual belief system, such as Christianity, Islam, or Wicca. It is a series of beliefs, based around observance to or worship of deities and/or spirits. A practice is something that is done, such as prayer, meditation, or magic, such as casting spells. Simply put, magic is a practice and Paganism is a religion. Wicca is a subset of Paganism, and magic/spell casting is the main goal of Witchcraft.
It is, of course, possible to practice magic without being a Witch. There are other forms, such as Ceremonial Magic. And magic can also be part of a religionsome argue that the Wiccan Circle is enacted prayer.
The main difference between Wicca and Witchcraft come with the differences in intent. The purpose of Wicca is to honor the god and goddess, observe the turns of the Wheel of the Year, and to pay attention to one’s spirituality. Wicca is intimately tied to one’s relationship with the spiritual world. Witchcraft is concerned with the use of spells and herbs to achieve a desired endhealing, love, protection, etc.
Because Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, it is possible to be a member of just about any religion and also be a Witch. (Of course, different religions have different opinions about the morals of being a Witch.) The openness of Wiccans and other Pagans toward magic and the unexplained makes it all the more likely that these people will be drawn to Witchcraft. But be aware that not all Wiccans are Witches. Many do not cast spells of any type. Instead, they focus solely on their relationship with the spirits and on their quest for spirituality.
It is easy to become confused about the differences between Wicca and Witchcraft. Many books aimed at beginners tend to use the terms Wiccan and Witch interchangeably, and focus just as much on religious holidays (such as Sabbats) as they do on magic and spells.
Remember, Wicca is a religion and Witchcraft is a practice. Not all Witches are Wiccan, nor are all Wiccans Witches. The focus of Wicca is on the god and goddess (what they call the Lord and Lady), the Wheel of the Year (including the summer and winter soltice), and one’s spirituality. The focus of Witchcraft is on the casting of spells (magic) and the use of herbs towards a specific end or goal.
Quote From a “Christian” Witch:
“There can be many different ways of going about Christian Witchcraft. From believing in the gnostic side of things, to just using it as your pantheon while still being somewhat polytheistic (Christo Paganism). Each Christian Witch will do things differently from another. But that’s what I found beautiful about witchcraft , that it really depended on the person using it. It depended on the person’s control and contact with their own energies as well as how open they were when it came to any deity they may use in their ritual. Certain herbs or crystals would work with a person but not with others. Like JT loves hematite where when i touch it, well, i feel cold and a bit itchy. Its not unpleasant but its not like the warmth I feel from Amethyst or Clear Quartz.
“I started on this path much earlier than I had originally thought. Most of my life I was drawn to magick. I would think of lightning during a storm and watch it streak across the sky. I would crave certain foods not for their health but for the metaphysical side of them. All of this without knowing what it all actually meant. I was raised a Methodist and never really had a falling out with God. Most of the time we would fight like Father and Daughter. I had a relationship with God and no other felt right. Even now, thinking of other Gods and Goddesses just doesn’t feel right.
“I began this path I split God into male and female. As time grew I found that God will always be a Father figure to me. Jesus would always be Jesus and the Holy Spirit would come to me in different forms. When I need a female figure it comes to me as a female, when I need a more masculine figure it comes to me as male. The Holy Spirit began as female and through time has shifted into a male form. I see it as genderless. It is The Holy Spirit and does what it wants. What I Believe in is : The Holy Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
“I began to blend my faith with that of witchcraft. I celebrate both Christian Holidays as well as the Wheel of the year. I use the wheel of the year to help keep me connected to the world around me. The solstices and the equinoxes, The days where nature needs to be respected. My first spell was a prayer burning ritual. I began to see that what i was doing was worshiping God but with the use of witchcraft.”
General principles of Wiccan beliefs:
Wicca is an almost completely decentralized religion. George Knowles, a Wiccan author, has said: "“Wicca has no high authority, no single leader, no prophet and no Bible to dictate its laws and beliefs.” Many, perhaps most, Wiccans are solitary practitioners. Others form small local groups called covens, groves, etc. Thus, there probably are almost as many sets of Wiccan beliefs as there are Wiccans.
However, in 1973, a group of about 73 representatives from many Wiccan paths and traditions met in Minneapolis to form a temporary "Council of American Witches" under the leadership of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, of the well known Llewellyn publishing house that specializes in books dealing with alternative health and healing, astrology, earth-based religions, shamanism, Gnostic Christianity, Kabbalah, etc. The group successfully created a set of beliefs that harmonized the beliefs of the many Wiccan traditions in the U.S. at the time. The group disbanded shortly afterwards. However their 13 principles are still endorsed by many American Wiccans.
The 13 principles of Wiccan belief:
We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called ‘supernatural’, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity as masculine and feminine and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.
. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft the Wiccan Way.
. Calling oneself ‘Witch’ does not make a Witch but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seek to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and without harm to others and in harmony with nature.
. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be ‘the only way’ and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as ‘Satan’ or ‘the Devil’ as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
Detailed Wiccan beliefs about deity:
Beliefs among individual Wiccans differ:
Monotheism: Some Wiccans believe that a single creative force exists in the universe, which is sometimes called “The One” or “The All.” Other Wiccans typically feminists worship the Goddess by herself.
Bitheism (Duotheism): Many regard the Goddess and the God as representing the female and male aspects of the All. These deities are not “out there somewhere;” they are in the world.
Polytheism: Many regard the thousands of ancient pagan gods and goddesses (Athena, Brigit, Diana, Fergus, Odin, Pan, Zeus, etc.) as representing various aspects of the god and goddess. The term “Wicca” normally implies that the person’s religion is based upon Celtic spiritual concepts, its pantheon or deities, and seasonal days of celebration.
Pantheism: Some Wiccans believe that the universe is divine and should be revered. Pantheism identifies the universe with God but denies any personality or transcendence of such a God.
Agnosticism: Some Wiccans are actually Agnostics, who take no position on the existence of a supreme being or beings. They often look upon the goddess and the god as archetypes, based on myth.
Strong Atheism: Some Wiccans are strong Atheists and maintain that no deity exists. They often view the god and goddess as concepts or principles, not as living entities.
It must be stressed that Wiccans have no supernatural being in their pantheon of deities who resembles the quasi-deity Satan found in Christianity and Islam. This belief was quite common among conservatives of other faiths. It is now fading since so many Wiccans have come out of the closet and gone public with their faith.
An example of Wicca/Neopaganism/Pantheism influence in the culture:
Perhaps the best example of the merger of Pagan and Pantheistic beliefs in popular culture is found in James Cameron's "Avatar" movie. released during 2009-DEC. Ross Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times, commented somewhat unhappily:
" 'Avatar' is Cameron’s long apologia for pantheism a faith that equates God with Nature, and calls humanity into religious communion with the natural world. ... The Na’Vi [race] are saved by the movie’s hero, a turncoat Marine, but they’re also saved by their faith in Eywa, the 'All Mother,' described variously as a network of energy and the sum total of every living thing. ..."
"If this narrative arc sounds familiar, that’s because pantheism has been Hollywood’s religion of choice for a generation now. It’s the truth that Kevin Costner discovered when he went dancing with wolves. It’s the metaphysic woven through Disney cartoons like 'The Lion King' and 'Pocahontas.' And it’s the dogma of George Lucas’s Jedi, whose mystical Force 'surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together'."
"Hollywood keeps returning to these themes because millions of Americans respond favorably to them. From Deepak Chopra to Eckhart Tolle, the 'religion and inspiration' section in your local bookstore is crowded with titles pushing a pantheistic message. ..."
"At the same time, pantheism opens a path to numinous experience (the power or presence of a deity) for people uncomfortable with the literal-mindedness of the monotheistic religions with their miracle-working deities and holy books, their virgin births and resurrected bodies. As the Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski noted, attributing divinity to the natural world helps 'bring God closer to human experience [while] depriving him of recognizable personal traits'."
Other Beliefs of Wiccans;
Respect for Nature: Wicca is a natural religion, grounded in concern for the earth. Some Wiccans believe that all living things (including stars, planets, humans, animals, plants, rocks) have a spirit of some type. Many Wiccan rituals deal with bringing harmony and healing to nature. The vast majority of Wiccans share a great concern for the environment.
Gender equality: Wiccans celebrate the sexual polarity of nature. For example, the fertilizing rain is one manifestation of the male principles; the nurturing earth symbolizes the female. Females are respected as equal (and sometimes a slightly higher rank) to males. In a coven a local group of Wiccans a priestess is often the most senior person. They aim for a female-male balance in most of their covens, although men are typically in the minority.
Human sexuality: Sexuality is valued, and regarded as a gift of the goddess and god, to be engaged in with joy and responsibility, and without manipulation or coercion. Wiccans generally accept the findings of human sexuality researchers that there are three normal, natural, and unchosen sexual orientations: heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. Some Wiccans celebrate “the Great Rite” which involves ritual sexual intercourse.
Afterlife: Wiccans have a wide range of beliefs about life after death:
Some believe in ancient Celtic legends of a Summerland where souls go after death. Here, they meet with others who have gone before, review and integrate their previous lives on earth, and are eventually reincarnated into the body of a newborn. Some believe that after many such cycles perhaps some as female and others as male; some lives with a high standard of living and others in poverty; some in positions of power and others suffering oppression - that the individual accumulates sufficient experience to go on to another level of existence about which we know nothing.
Some see an individual’s consciousness, personality, memory, abilities, talents, etc. as functions of the human brain, which degrades and disintegrates at death. They do not anticipate any form of personal continuity after death.
Other Wiccans anticipate continuity after death in some very narrow sense:
· That the molecules that go to make up our bodies may in turn be incorporated in other living entities;
· That our influences on children, friends, and society in general will continue to have an impact on the next generations. Even as our influence on each descendant fades in importance with each successive generation, it is spread among a continually increasing number of individuals. And so, the effect of our lives remains constant over time.
Three-fold Law (a.k.a the Law of Return) The law states that:
All good that a person does to another returns three fold in this life; harm is also returned three fold.”
This belief strongly motivates each Wiccan to avoid attempting to dominate, manipulate, control, or harm another person.
The Wiccan Rede (Plan): This is the prime Wiccan ethical teaching. One form is: “If it harms no one, do what thou wilt. www.religioustolerance.org/wic_beli.htm
The Wiccan Rede (Plan) is essentially that of the most famous Satanist Aleister Crowley: Do what thou wilt: That is the whole law.
The Jewish Kabbalah: A book of mysticism, witchcraft, sorcery, and occult sex magic. See article attached.
Satanism: Jewish Satanist Anton Lavey, the author of the Satanic Bible, was a devotee of Aleister Crowley and maintained the same philosophy, “Do what thou wilt: That is the whole law.”
What do New Agers believe?
New Age is an umbrella term used to describe an organization of diverse groups that share an enthusiasm for the creation of a new era (or "New Age") exemplified by harmony and enlightenment. Even though there are no clear boundaries within the New Age community, several common themes unify the movement. The first is that the arrival of the New Age will initiate a heightened spiritual consciousness accompanied by social and personal transformation as demonstrated by the eradication of hunger, sickness, poverty, racism, sexism, and war. The second unifying theme is that individuals can get a foretaste of this enlightenment through personal spiritual transformation, healing, and growth.
New Age Movement grew in popularity during the 1970s and 1980s through the teachings of David Spangler and other metaphysical religious groups, but it has existed in various forms since the 2nd century C.E. Beginning with Gnosticism, New Age ideas have continued through a variety of groups including Rosicrucianism, Freemasonary, and the teachings of Helena Blavatsky. New Age ideas have many different origins from a variety of places, but most of them can be traced to Eastern religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and other ancient religious traditions. New Age groups are often distinguished by their occult practices of psychic readings, Tarot cards, yoga, meditation strategies, and astrology. Many New Age groups also believe in various natural healing practices and traditional medicines including acupuncture, herbal therapy, natural foods, and spiritual healing. Even though there is no standard doctrine within the New Age Movement, many of their teachings focus on individual autonomy, relativism, and spiritualism.
What is the New Age Movement? .
The New Age (NAM) movement has many sub-divisions, but it is generally a collection of Eastern-influenced metaphysical thought systems, a conglomeration of theologies, hopes, and expectations held together with an eclectic teaching of salvation, of "correct thinking," and "correct knowledge." It is a theology of "feel-goodism," "universal tolerance," and "moral relativism."
In the NAM Man is central. He is viewed as divine, as co-creator, as the hope for future peace and harmony. A representative quote might be: "I am affected only by my thoughts. It needs but this to let salvation come to all the world. For in this single thought is everyone released at last from fear." (A course in Miracles, The Foundation for Inner Peace, Huntington Station, N.Y. Lesson 228, p. 461.)
Unfortunately for the NAM, the fear from which they want to be released might very well be the fear of damnation, of conviction of sin, and it is even, sometimes, fear of Christianity and Christians. Though the NAM is tolerant of almost any theological position, it is opposed to the "narrow-mindedness" of Christianity that teaches Jesus is the only way and that there are moral absolutes.
The NAM is difficult to define because "there is no hierarchy, dogma, doctrine, collection plate, or membership." It is a collection, an assortment of different theologies with the common threads of toleration and divergence weaving through its tapestry of "universal truth."
The term "New Age" refers to the "Aquarian Age" which, according to New Age followers, is dawning. It is supposed to bring in peace and enlightenment and reunite man with God. Man is presently considered separated from God not because of sin (Isaiah 59:2), but because of lack of understanding and knowledge concerning the true nature of God and reality.
The New Age Movement is a religious system with two basic beliefs: Evolutionary Godhood and Global Unity. .
What is Evolutionary Godhood?
It is the next step in evolution. It will not be physical, but spiritual:
For the most part, the NAM espouses evolution, both of body and spirit. Man is developing and will soon leap forward into new spiritual horizons. Many New Age practices are designed to push one ahead into that horizon. Some of them are astral projection which is training your soul to leave your body and travel around; contacting spirits so they may speak through you or guide you; using crystals to purify your body's and mind's energy systems; visualization where you use mental imagery to imagine yourself as an animal, in the presence of a divine being, or being healed of sickness, etc.
Evolutionary Godhood also means that mankind will soon see itself as god, as the "Christ principle."
The NAM teaches that Man's basic nature is good and divine. This opposes God's Word which says...that we are sinners: "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned" (Rom. 5:12, NIV).
and that our nature is corrupt: "All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath" (Eph. 2:3, NIV).
It teaches that since man is divine by nature, he then has divine qualities.
This is an important part of NAM thinking. Because the average New Ager believes himself to be divine, he can then create his own reality. If, for example, a person believes that reincarnation is true, that's fine because that is his reality. If someone he knows doesn't believe in it, that is alright too because that is someone else's reality. They can each have a reality for themselves that "follows a different path."
In contrast to this, the Bible says that God alone is the creator: "This is what the LORD says -- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself" (Isa. 44:24, NIV).
The New Ager who believes in his own divinity and ability to create, usurps the authority and position of God. He also is still listening to the lie of the devil who spoke to Eve and said she would be like God (Gen. 3:5).
Though not all New Agers adhere to reincarnation, most believe in some form or another. And, many believe the Bible was changed to remove any verses that might have taught reincarnation. But this accusation only shows the limitation of their knowledge. The Bible never had any references to reincarnation.
Reincarnation opposes the Word of God which says that it is appointed for man to die once, and after this comes judgment (Heb. 9:27).
The second major element of the New Age Movement is Global Unity which consists of three major divisions: Man with Man; Man with Nature; and Man with God.
Man with man.
The NAM teaches that we will all learn our proper divine relationship with one another and achieve harmony and mutual love and acceptance through the realization and acceptance of this divine proper knowledge.
Within this hoped-for harmony is economic unity. The average New Ager is looking for a single world leader who, with New Age principles, will guide the world into a single harmonious economic whole.
It is also hoped that this leader will unite the world into a spiritual unity; that is, a one-world religion.
The New Age hope is reminiscent of the Scriptures that speak of the coming Antichrist:
2 Thess. 2:3-4, "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God." See also Rev. 13:17,14:9,11; 16:2; 19:20.
Man with nature
Since the NAM says that God is all, and all is God, then nature is also part of God. Man must then get in tune with nature and learn to nurture it and be nurtured by it. In this, all people can unite.
American Indian philosophies are popular among New Agers because they focus on the earth, on nature, and man's relationship to them.
New Age philosophy generally seeks to merge with those philosophies that put man and nature on an equal level. We are no more or less important or different than our cousin the animal, bird, or fish. We must live in harmony with them, understand them, and learn from them, is the general philosophy of the New Age.
This is opposed to the Scriptural teaching of man's superiority over animals (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:19). This does not mean that Man must abuse that which he is over, but Man is given the responsibility of caring for and being stewards of God's creation (Gen. 2:15). God will hold Christians responsible for the stewardship that has been entrusted to them.
The New Agers have a name for the earth. It is Gaia. Gaia is to be revered and respected. Some New Agers even worship the earth and nature.
This opposes the Scripture that says we are not to have any other Gods before God (Ex. 20:3).
Man with God
Since the NAM teaches that man is divine by nature, all people, once they see themselves as such, will be helped in their unity of purpose, love, and development. The goal is to fully realize our own goodness. It is obvious that this contradicts Scriptures, c.f., Rom. 3:10-12: "As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
Additional beliefs of the NAM view of God are:
He (it) is impersonal, omnipresent, and benevolent -- therefore he (it) won't condemn anyone.
The New Age god is impersonal. An impersonal God will not reveal himself nor will he have specific requirements as to morality, belief, and behavior. This is why reincarnation appeals so much to them. With it, there is no judgment, there is a second chance, a third chance, and fourth, etc.
It should be noted that because the New Ager seeks to elevate himself to godhood, he must lower the majesty and personhood of the true God. In other words, the universe isn't big enough for one true God, but it is big enough for a bunch of little ones.
There are no moral absolutes in the New Age. Therefore, they claim to have a spiritual tolerance for all "truth systems." They call this "harmonization."
There is an obvious problem here. To say that there are no moral absolutes is an absolute in itself which is self contradictory. Also, if morality is relative, then stealing may be right sometimes, along with lying, adultery, cheating, etc. Living in a world of moral relativism would not bring a promising future.
It would follow that if reality is relative and truth is too, then driving a car would be difficult. After all, if one New Ager thinks the light is red and another thinks its green, when they collide, their different realities will come crashing down on them. That is something most interesting about New Agers, they don't live what they believe. That is because in reality, New Age thinking doesn't work.
The New Age movement does espouse honesty, integrity, love, peace, etc. It just wants to do it without the true God. It wants to do it not on His terms, but on its own.
The New Age movement started by Madame Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, and others is very much akin to Spiritualism, Buddhism, paganism, and the New World Order with a One World Religion. It was called the Theosophical Society.
Madame Helena Blavatsky helped found the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875 with the motto, "There is no Religion higher than Truth". Its other principal founding members include Olcott and Judge. After several changes and iterations its declared objectives became the following:
. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Science.
. To investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.
The Society was organized as a non-proselytizing, non-sectarian entity.] Blavatsky and Olcott (the first President of the Society) moved from New York to Bombay, India in 1878. The International Headquarters of the Society was eventually established in Adyar, a suburb of Madras. Following Blavatsky's death, disagreements among prominent Theosophists caused a series of splits and several Theosophical Societies and Organizations emerged. As of 2011 Theosophy remains an active philosophical school with presences in more than 50 countries around the world.
Blavatsky wrote, in Isis Unveiled, that Spiritualism "alone offers a possible last refuge of compromise between" the "revealed religions and materialistic philosophies." While she acknowledged that fanatic believers "remained blind to its imperfections", she wrote that such a fact was "no excuse to doubt its reality" and asserted that Spiritualist fanaticism was "itself a proof of the genuineness and possibility of their phenomena." Wikipedia
Wiccans worship nature as their god. They worship the creation rather than the creator.
This fits well into the Agenda of the New World Order of “saving the earth” particularly by Population Extermination.
Many of today’s churches celebrate “Earth Day” and are heavily involved in the Environmental Movement, including “Climate Change” formerly called “Global Warming” which doesn’t “fly” anymore with the severely cold weather in the Eastern United States.
Witches cast spells which can only be done through Satanic control. They have affinity for the spirit world. They are involved in spiritualism, and often communicate with spirits.
The Christian churches believe that when a person dies, his spirit goes to heaven. Some Christians even communicate with the spirits of their dead relatives, called necromancy, an activity that the Bible calls an abomination.
Harry Potter books, written specifically to introduce young children and teenagers to witchcraft and the Satanic casting of spells have been approved and promoted by supposed “Christian” organizations such as Focus on the Family and Christianity Today.
New Age: New Agers believe that man can become his own god through continued evolution. They also believe that in order for all humanity to rise to a higher plane, there must be unity of belief. Voila!! The One World Religion of Secular Humanism (man is his own god.)
New Agers also believe that those who won’t unify in the beliefs of secular humanism must be eliminated (killed) but that will be doing the “unbeliever” a favor so he can be reincarnated as many times as necessary until he “gets it right.”
Christians believe that human beings have Free Will. That doctrine, brought to its legitimate conclusion, says that if God’s will disagrees with man’s will man’s will wins. Obviously, that doctrine dethrones God and man becomes his OWN god.
Christians also claim that one has to “make the right choice” in order to be saved, and that is up to “man.” And that God cannot save any person unless that person allows God to save him. Again, in that case, God is not omnipotent, and man has become his OWN god just like New Agers believe.
Catholic Church: The Catholic Church is heavily involved in Witchcraft, including the holding of the Black mass honoring Satan with the sacrifice of a child on the altar, even by the residing Pope.
Former President George H.W. Bush has also been reported to have been involved in these Satanic practices, even though he claims to be a Christian.
Rock Music: Rock music clearly has its roots in Satanic Voodoo, yet “Christian” churches are playing rock music in their services.
Sunday Sacredness: Virtually the whole Christian world worships on a pagan day Sunday the day of the sun god, rather than on God’s holy day, the Seventh-day Saturday Sabbath. God made the Seventh Day Sabbath, Saturday, holy in the Garden of Eden, as a memorial of His creation. He gave it to Adam and Eve the parents of the entire human race.
He also commanded us to keep the Saturday Sabbath holy in Exodus 20: 8-11, the Fourth Commandment. And Jesus, Himself, kept the Seventh-day Sabbath. Jesus was NOT a “Jew.” Jesus was/is God, and God is NOT “Jewish.” In addition, Jesus was NOT resurrected on Sunday. Please read the following article: “Was Jesus Really resurrected on Sunday?” at www.goodnewsaboutgod.com/resurrection/res1.htm
Indeed, Witchcraft has invaded the Christian Church!