May 052014

Question by Violet.Haze: Christianity: A Mystic Religion?
… Do you consider Christianity a Mystic Religion?
Please give your understanding why it is, or why it isn’t.

(Ex. The distinctions/similarities between Christianity and Mystic Religions.)

And for those that don’t mind, state your religious background/position. (I’m collecting data for a poll. I appreciate your help!)

Thank you for participating!

P.S. I look forward to hearing everyone’s Point of View! ;-)

Best answer:

Answer by eelai000
absolutely. it has a common ancestor with several mystic religions.

people go into trances and cast out demons. they repetively pray to dead people and hold tradition and ceremony as acred. and they think they are immortal. how much more mystic does it get?

former-christian now naturalist who still believes in a Cosmic Conceiver

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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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Jan 212014

Question by David L: Psychology; is religion a disease of the mind?
I’m an undergraduate in Pyschology. Religion and the human brain has always intrigue me. What does religion play in the development of personality and character?
When some believers had some mystic “fly out of the body” or ” getting high” experience, is there any scientific evidence to show this. Is it some neuro-disorder or mental instability?

From my weekly observation of charismatic christians, they seemed to be in a state of euphoria with the loud/rock music. The music gets ever louder, and it seems that more rock, more of that “opmh” in the music is needed to drive them; sounds like a building of tolerance to stimulants, with a vague similarity to people taking drugs.

And religious fanaticism; i compared it to alocholism. We know that alocholism is an abuse of alcohol. Religious fanaticism is basically an abuse of religion, to justify one’s actions and criminal behaviour with God’s or a higher being’s acceptance.

Best answer:

Answer by Osiris
What an earth are you talking about…i think you need to see a shrink maybe.

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Jan 182014

Question by Swapnil: Is it Hindu the oldest religion and advanced culture on the planet?
Many western culture people, aethist thinks its just a story or such things without reaserching it in detail. but in hindu mythology, the legends like lord Krishna’s Dwarka and lord rama’s Ram setu has been mentioned and they are still exist in India. And also It is belived that Newton invented Gravity theory but in real it was already discovered by mathematician and rishi Bhaskaracharya. Also A full theory about aeroplanes ‘Vimana Shastra’ has already been written 5000 years before Wright brothers invented it. Still more interesting advanced thing written in oldest ancient hindu lituratures known as ‘Vedas’. There are 8 main chapters in ‘Vimana Shastra’

1. The secrets of constructing aeroplanes, which will not break, which cannot be cut, will not catch fire, and cannot be destroyed. 2. The secret of making planes motionless. 3. The secret of making planes invisible. 4. The secret of hearing conversations and other sounds in enemy places. 5. The secret of retrieving photographs of the interior of enemy planes 6. The secret of ascertaining the direction of enemy planes approach. 7. The secret of making persons in enemy planes lose consciousness. 8. The secret of destroying enemy planes

Best answer:

Answer by John Farnham
Aeroplanes that will not break, catch on fire or be destroyed? Someone from the military should read up on that.

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Dec 222013

Question by Kyneestgjxdbfdd: Wiccans, what exactly is your religion, what are your beliefs?
Im just curious.

Best answer:

Answer by Elliot
There are various different denominations within Wicca, which are referred to as traditions. Some, such as Gardnerian and Alexandrian Wicca, follow in the initiatory lineage of Gardner; these are often collectively termed British Traditional Wicca, and many of their practitioners consider the term Wicca to apply only to these lineaged traditions. Others, such as Cochrane’s Craft, Feri and the Dianic tradition, take primary influence from other figures and may not insist on any initiatory lineage. Some of these do not use the word “Wicca” at all, instead preferring to be referred to only as “Witchcraft,” while others believe that all traditions can be considered “Wiccan.”

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May 192013

Question by illraxvional threxzom: Is there any religion or theory that believes human consciousnesses continues on-?
Inside a corpse after brain death? I’ve never heard of such a theory or idea. I think most people agree that cadavers have no consciousness at all and if consciousness continues after brain death, than it most be in some sorta spirit or ghost form. But is there any religious or paranormal theories about cadavers retaining consciousness at some level.
Athiest but does anybody believe that the afterlife happens within the corpse?
I’m agnostic. I just want to know if a religion exists that believes this idea or something similar to it.
I should have asked this question differently than I did. The actual question is ‘ Are their any religions or paranormal theories that consciousness continues within a corpse?
I will ask this question again in a different way. David D came close to answering it. So he will get best answer unless someone else changes their answer, or another person answers it properly.

Best answer:

Answer by i’m an atheist
almost every religion believes that there is an afterlife

there is no evidence of an afterlife.

I don’t believe in an afterlife. When we die, we simply cease to exist.

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Mar 172013

Question by Alexandria: What makes a non believer in religion?
I have found that some think they are non believers as a sort of calling, as priests feel they are called to serve.
There are many reasons people doubt God.
This question, is just for those who do not believe in God.
So if you believe in God, please pass and comment another time.
I just want to understand why some do not.
This is not to criticize or attack; I just like reading other points of view.
Warning if you are not a nonbeliever, I will put a thumbs down on your answer; as the answers are by invitation only to non believers.
I will not post my comments or thoughts at all after somebody starts posting.
Thank you for understanding.

Best answer:

Answer by Rolento
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

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Dec 172012

Question by DarknessLiesWithin: Are there any books or websites that tell exactly what the Wicca religion is?
I’d like an answer from a real Wiccan, or someone who doesn’t have anything against Wicca. Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by Kacy

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