Jun 112014

Question by Lady Morgana: Pagans: do you believe the gods and goddesses are sentient beings, archetypes, or other?
Also, do you believe in the existence of the Summerlands? Do you believe that your consciousness continues to exist after you die?
just FYI, I am a pagan, a pantheist, and a non-Wiccan Witch, and I am interested in the beliefs of my fellow pagans. Blessings, LM

Best answer:

Answer by Auntie Christosaur »rawr!«
Eclectic pagan here… I’m a pantheist who believes that gods and goddesses are archetypal manifestations of specific energies. By giving them names, and making them a part of our mythologies, we make them meaningful and relevant to our lives. It’s that way for me, but definitely different for others.

I don’t believe in the concept of the Summerlands, leaning more towards reincarnation as my afterlife speculation of choice. It makes more sense to me.

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Apr 012014

Question by prairiecrow: Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?
Hello all:

Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?

(I believe that it matters very much, but would very much like to see what others have to say.)

Also, what evidence do you think there is for and against either of those positions?

As always, thanks to everyone who takes the time to respond.
Thus Saith the Lord: Thank you for demonstrating the ability of some Christians to (a) completely miss the point of a question, and (b) proselytize when it’s completely inappropriate to do so.

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Answer by Thus saith The Lord
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that has been growing in popularity and acceptance in the United States and Europe. There are many websites and books claiming to teach “real” Wicca, but the truth is, there is no consensus amongst Wiccans as to what the religion is all about. The reason for this is that Wicca, as it is practiced now, is only about 50 years old. Wicca is a belief system that Briton Gerald Gardner cobbled together in the 1940’s and 1950’s from a variety of religious traditions and beliefs as well as Freemason rituals. Since Gardner published several books espousing his system of worship, many offshoots and variations of Wicca have sprung up. Some Wiccans are polytheistic, worshipping more than one deity, while others worship only the “God” or the “Goddess.” Still other Wiccans worship nature, and call it Gaea, after the Greek earth goddess. Some Wiccans pick and choose parts of Christian doctrine to embrace, while others totally reject Christianity. Most practitioners of Wicca believe in reincarnation.

Most Wiccans will vehemently deny that Satan is part of their pantheon, citing major doctrinal differences between themselves and Satanists. Wiccans generally promote moral relativity, disdaining labels like “good” and “evil” and “right” or “wrong.” Wicca has one law or rule, called the Rede: “Do what ye will, harm ye none.” At first blush, the Rede seems like complete, uninhibited personal license. You can do whatever you want, as long as no one gets hurt; however, Wiccans are quick to point out the ripple effect of one’s actions can carry far-reaching consequences. They articulate this principle in the Three-fold Law, which says: “All good that a person does to another returns three-fold in this life; harm is also returned three-fold.”

One major factor that contributes to the abiding fascination with Wicca is the purported use of spells and Magick (a deliberate misspelling intended to separate Wiccans from magicians and illusionists). Curiosity seekers, as well as spiritual neophytes, are most eager to delve into these mysteries. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft, but those that do claim Magick is to them what prayer is to a Christian. The difference between the two is that Wiccans claim magick is simply using their minds to control matter, or they are appealing to their favorite deity to do them a favor, while Christians call upon an omnipotent, omnipresent God to heal people and to intervene and work in their lives. Because the Rede disallows witches from hurting others and the Three-fold Law spells out the consequences for Rede-breakers, witches who practice magick prefer to call themselves “nature witches” or “white witches” to further distance themselves from Satanists.

Wicca is basically a religion that is about minding your own business and living peaceably with your neighbors and environment. Wiccans are eager to draw parallels between themselves and biblical Christianity for the sake of earning credibility, but what does the Bible have to say about this religion? You won’t find the word “wicca” in the Bible, so let’s evaluate the beliefs in light of what God says about them.

Wicca spells are idolism—Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things, rather than the Creator…” Who wants to settle for second best? In Isaiah 40, God paints a picture of how much greater the Creator is than His creation. If you are worshipping anything besides the Creator, you are not only spinning your wheels, you are guilty of idolatry.

Wiccan spells bring false hope. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…Man is destined to die once, after that, to face judgment.” God says we get one chance at life, and that is it. There are no do-overs. If we don’t accept God’s gift of Jesus in our lifetime, He judges us as unwilling to be in His presence, and we are sent to hell.

Wiccan spells bring disillusionment. Mark 7:8 says, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” God is God, and we are not. We have a decision to make. Are we going to take God at His word and adopt His worldview, or are we not? Knowing God takes a lot of discipline. Wicca is a religion that takes a pack of lies, ties it in a romantic ribbon, and searches out a well-intentioned, but lazy and gullible mark to sell its hollow doctrines.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says, “Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells…Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Wicca witchcraft is a sin and God hates it. Why? Because it is an attempt to cut off our dependence on God and get answers apart from Him.

Sin isn’t just a heinous, socially disagreeable action. Sin is our decision to disagree with God on any topic—to rebel against Him. Sin is saying, “God, I want to live my life my way.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans

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Sep 142013

Question by Citrine Dream: Pagans: What are the main differences between Hellenic Reconstruction and Wicca?
Besides the obvious fact of Hellenic Reconstruction is hard polytheism where Wicca tends to be soft. What are some of the main differences in practice?

Best answer:

Answer by Joseph Smith
Modern wicca was reinvented and the Hellenic religion was historically preserved

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Feb 242013

Question by Insallah: Why dont pagans see their religions were started the same way Mormonism was ?
Meaning you think mormonism is crazy only becuase its new and you can actually see how it all played out. Yet you believe in religions that were started the same way!

So why can’t pagans see there is nothing different between their religion and mormonism?

So convert to peace of Islam I’d say.

Who said we all worship this same intelligent energy? I never did.

Best answer:

Answer by No Chance Without Reality
happy to burst your bubble but islam was started exactly the same way as was christianity.

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Sep 012012
by grsing

Question by 2nd In Command to David: mystics, pagans, or eastern religioners, how do you believe that Jesus became one with God?
Or whatever you consider His source was. How did He tap into that power to be able to do miracles?
I always find it hillarious that some pagans think the ONE Christian God doesn’t exist, but their 3000+ do. lol
see, observe existence’s answer and learn something. lol

Best answer:

Answer by Kjelstad 3.0
I’m pretty sure they don’t

Believing that BS makes you Christian.

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Jan 022012

Question by 007.0: Did God participates (or uses) of pagans oracles − Ezek. 21:25-27?
Seems me [my impression] that God uses the oracle of pagans to do his plan.

However, in next versicle Ez. 21:28 says that it is as liar presage to the habitants of Jerusalem. What is mean?

Best answer:

Answer by Super Man
Its hard to tell from that, because that is not the bible. It didn’t come in English and surely I am sure it didn’t look like that.

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Jul 282010

Question by LabGrrl: Pagans: Random spelling changes?
Other than magic(k).
I got forwarded a ritual where the author called a conjury a kennarie, I’ve seen the spelling ethamy for athamé and wylle for will. These instances had nothing to do with Old English and everything to do with new silliness.

Are there any words you have seen spelled in wacky ways in newer Pagan materials that you just had to sit there and decipher?

Any words you intentionally mispell?

Any “new spellings” we should retire?
In the case of wylle for will, it took me a good 2-3 minutes before I realized the author of the ritual was saying will…rofl.

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Answer by tracymoo2002
They give the appearance of having come from an older oral tradition. It’s another marketing ploy, like misspelling Kwik Kleen

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