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Answering a Confused Teen About Wicca

Author: Russ Wise
Date: 1/14/2004 4:25:26 PM


The following is an email inquiry I received from an individual who seems to be somewhat confused about Christianity. The email appears in its original form without editing. (I apologize for not being able to draw your attention to the specific article the respondent is referring to – she did not mention the title. However, the email writer and my response speak appropriately. Enjoy!)


 


Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 7:01 PM
To: Russ Wise @ CIM
Subject: I am not a bad person!!!!


I do not agree with what you say in your so called information!!!! You seem to think that every other God besides "Jesus Christ" is just Satan. Some religions may practice other activities and believe in other things besides chrisitians and stuff, but that does not mean that what we practice is "the devil". You obviously do not know the meaning and the truth about these studies then.


White Magic, Black Majic, Withcraft, Occult, and Satanism are not all about possessing people and making everything wrong as you may think. Magic can be and is a wonderful thing when needed and you obviously do not understand what it is all about. In your write up about  these topics and religions, you seem to make them seem like the wrong and the worst things.


You bring out everything so called "wrong" about them, and leave out everything important and truthful about it. You are making out believes and religions seem wrong, where we are them being judged and critized.


Your article states that everything else besides Christianality to be wrong. THis have offended me and others greatly. I would appreciate it if you would please reconsider your statements.



 Thank you greatly.


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Dear Tegan,,


            Sorry, I just had to include your email persona! Allow me to address your concerns one by one by interjecting my comments into your written response. First, I do not consider you to be a bad person. However, I would consider you to be under-informed. Let me say a couple of things about my background.


            First, I grew up thinking I was a Christian simply because I was an American and went to church (although not always my choice). When I turned twenty-five years of age I discovered for the first time in my life that Jesus was actually who He claimed to be. Before that time I just thought He was a good person, a prophet, a person I should admire. But not necessarily someone I should submit myself to and live in obedience to. When I discovered this new reality I consciously decided to study and learn more so I could make an informed decision regarding His claim on my life. Otherwise, not to do so, would be like committing spiritual suicide. I became a sponge!


            Second, during this time my sister, five years my elder, had become involved in Wicca/Witchcraft. She was a White Witch for eleven years. Over those years she became involved in just about every kind/type of New Age/Occultic practice an individual could expose themselves to.


            As a new Christian I was concerned about my sister and her “new found” belief. In my continued research and study over the ensuing eleven years I discovered a great deal about myself, my new found faith, and the faith my sister had embraced. The more I learned about the uniqueness of Jesus and His sacrifice on my behalf, the more I understood that He did indeed love me. He not only loved me but He also died for me and the sin I had committed to that point.


            I began making attempts to share this Truth with my sister. However, without positive results – she would always ask me ‘Russ, which Jesus are you talking about?” She had accepted the new age belief that Jesus is but one of many Avatars who have shown the way to God. However, I continued to ask her, “But, who do you say Jesus is?” I always came back to the primary issue that each of us must deal with at some point in our lives – Who is this Jesus of the Bible? if He is a false deity, then why not follow Wicca or some other nature-centered religion. However, If He is who He claims to be – then He alone holds the keys to salvation and right relationship with God. Otherwise, I have put myself in eternal jeopardy and I will discover for myself the reality of hell. I was not willing to accept that possibility without first making a rigorous search for the Truth about Jesus and His uniqueness.


            My sister ultimately took a serious look at who Jesus is and His claims regarding divinity. In doing so, she came to the inescapable conclusion that her search for spiritual truth in non-Christian religions was in vain. Once she arrived at this point she made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She has now been a Christian for the past twenty years.


 


Now, for my response to your comments!


Subject: I am not a bad person!!!!
I do not agree with what you say in your so called information!!!! You seem to think that every other God besides "Jesus Christ" is just Satan.


I do not necessarily believe that all other gods are Satan. But, I do believe they are agents of Satan. There is either One God who brought all we experience into existence, or there are many gods and it is then simply a choice of personal preference which one we serve. Or we can buy into the possibility that we are god and we can serve ourselves.
              Some religions may practice other activities and believe in other things besides chrisitians and stuff, but that does not mean that what we practice is "the devil".  


Yes, I agree, other religions practice differing ideas regarding their understanding of “truth”. However, that does not automatically make their understanding correct. I believe that all ideas come from one of two sources. They either come from God as revealed in/through His Word or they come to us through another entity – the Devil/Satan or one of his emissaries.


You obviously do not know the meaning and the truth about these studies then. White Magic, Black Majic, Withcraft, Occult, and Satanism are not all about possessing people and making everything wrong as you may think.


You are correct! They are not the same. I agree! Satanism and Witchcraft are diametrically opposed in many ways. Some Wiccans would go as far as to say that there is NO such thing as White Magic. Satanists differ on their practices as well. I recognize these differences. However, I would quickly reply by saying that they all come from a common source – the Adversary. Let me add that I do not believe that demonic possession is a common event in the lives of those who practice such beliefs. But, many are possessed and because of their uninformed view of spirituality and the Truth of Scripture they have become deceived by thinking they are doing good and facilitating healing in those they serve.


Magic can be and is a wonderful thing when needed and you obviously do not understand what it is all about. In your write up about these topics and religions, you seem to make them seem like the wrong and the worst things.


Yes! You are correct. I, indeed, have a narrow view of divination and magick (the proper spelling used by those involved in Wicca and other “dark” belief systems). Take a look at Deuteronomy 18:10-14; here God admonishes His followers to abstain from any involvement with those who practice the occult arts. In Leviticus 19:26 and 31 He identifies those who practice witchcraft and mediumship to be ones who defile mankind. God continues by saying that He will ‘set his face against them’ and ‘cut off’ those who practice these abominations. God ultimately allows us to have our own way spiritually. He does not force us to conform to His ways. Jesus says, ‘Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first.’ I believe we are in those days of rebellion right now. Many believe they are ‘as God’ – they are ‘divine beings.’ Jesus then says that ‘the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship . . . so that he proclaims himself to be God.’ The passage closes by saying that God will ‘slay him with the breath of his mouth.’ He says that this deception will be accompanied by ‘all power and with signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.’ As a result, ‘God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false . . .’


You bring out everything so called "wrong" about them, and leave out everything important and truthful about it. You are making out believes and religions seem wrong, where we are them being judged and critized.


My intention is to inform the Christian regarding the falsity of Witchcraft, etc. – not to simply ‘bash’ other’s beliefs. My goal is to bring enough information to the table so those who are seeking Truth will be able to make an informed decision about their spiritual destiny in eternity. You seem to imply that, if people simply do ‘good works’ or ‘deeds’ then they will be acceptable to God regardless of their belief system. This idea has taken hold in our culture on many fonts. However, let me turn you once again to Scripture. Isaiah 64:6 makes it clear that God views our ‘good works’ or ‘deeds’ as filthy rags. In other words, our best efforts fall short before a righteous God who, by the way, has already provided our salvation through His Son – Jesus.


Your article states that everything else besides Christianality to be wrong. THis have offended me and others greatly. I would appreciate it if you would please reconsider your statements.


As a Christian I hold a high view of the Bible and accept it wholeheartedly as being The Word of God. It stands the test of veracity. Having said that, I believe John 14:6 where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.’ Yes! I agree, that is pretty narrow and intolerant. But, if Jesus is truly God and I believe the evidence reveals that He is, then He can risk being intolerant and narrow. After all, the first commandment reflects this position. ‘You will have no other gods before me – says the Lord.’ We would likely be in agreement that this command is an intolerant view. Allow me to close with this thought, ‘If God is intolerant on this point, then I would likely be in good stead if I agreed with His position.’ However, if others are correct in that God is tolerant (universalism) and all ideas are equally valid and useful to salvation, then I am in good stead as well – because my point of dissention would be equal to all others. The issue remains, will your universal position of


inclusiveness withstand the scrutiny that the Scripture brings to each view that we hold. If not, then we would better serve our self by re-considering our position.


Tegan, my intention is NOT to be offensive or to offend you. However, my desired intention is to adequately inform Christians and non-Christians who casually dabble in Witchcraft or other occultic belief systems.


Thank you greatly.


Thank you for reading through my response. I trust that you found it to be helpful to you as you think through your world view.


Russ Wise - CIM




Author's Comments:
The above email is all to often the response from confused young people. They do not have a concrete understanding of Christianity and they are easily deceived as a result. As Christian apologists, our responsibility is to adequately teach and encourage those under our watchcare. Otherwise, they are forced to cross the abyss without hope!

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