Paganism Revels On

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“When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” – Romans 1:21-25

Pagans in Utah stepped out of the broom closet, so to speak, earlier this month to declare their existence and to dispel misinformation about paganism and witchcraft. “A lot of the misinformation is that witches are evil, that witches are green, that witches are ugly, that witches sacrifice children or eat babies or whatever the case may be, that there is worship of Satan, things of that nature,” said pagan entrepreneur Rita Morgan, whose store Crone’s Hollow in South Salt Lake not only sells ritual supplies but serves as a meeting place for local covens.

The pagan festival of Samhain (“Sawin”) was celebrated by the Celts as the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter, halfway between the summer and winter solstices on about October 31st. With bonfires and (rumored) human sacrifice to shy off the dead, the holiday was considered a day in which the door opened between this world and the next, and the dead walked among the living. Other historical efforts to protect oneself from evil spirits involved dressing in costume and lighting carved-out turnips or beets.

In our civilized, scientific culture, we tend to think of paganism as something distant, lost in the world of developing nations. In those places, ignorant medicine men seek to chase off disease through spiritual rituals when they would find better results with a tub of bleach water and penicillin. The word “pagan” often brings to mind half-clothed natives dancing around the missionary in the pot, human sacrifice, and barbarism in general.

However, today there is a form of popular paganism that looks surprisingly modern and has followers among intellectuals. While Judeo-Christian morality is increasingly seen as outdated and ‘puritanical’ in our Western World, the human need for spiritual fulfillment has not disappeared. Instead, updated forms of the old pagan religions are spreading once again. Neo-Paganism embraces a wide variety of religious traditions, including Wicca, Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, and neo-Native American beliefs, mixing a variety of the ancient pagan beliefs about nature and the universe, fitting them to modern society. College professors, screenplay writers and the leaders of many ecological movements have delved into modern Paganism, and their ideas come home to us through our college students and our children’s movies.

Many people dive into Paganism innocently – out of a desire to find out more about God and the spiritual. They love nature, or they are weary of dry, boring church services. Many do not know the Bible well enough to recognize red flags, and a large number of people consider themselves “Christian” pagans. It is important that we recognize when Neo-Pagan beliefs come in conflict with Biblical Christianity and not confuse being “spiritual” with being led by the Holy Spirit. With a better understanding, we can help prepare our families to deal with the lure of modern Paganism.

What Do Pagans Believe?

Paganism in general, no matter which local flavor, is characterized by reverence for nature and usually involves a number of gods, goddesses, or spirits. Shamanism, Druidism, and the local religions of hundreds of cultures can all be considered pagan. The most prevalent form of modern Paganism is Wicca, or witchcraft, which is an occult form of Paganism that includes casting spells and seeking ‘hidden knowledge’.

Modern Paganism is a religion that reveres Nature as divine. Pagans see every plant, animal, man and woman as part of that divinity. Unlike the God of the Bible, who is separate from and greater than His creation, the natural world itself is considered divine and holy. While the God of the Bible created us in His image, the god and goddess are made in our image – in the image of created things.

To the Pagan, the divine is both female and male, so that Pagans worship both the goddess and the god; loving, wise figures who are seen as completely equal. There are also other lesser gods and goddesses called pantheons. Since Nature is seen as female – Mother Earth or Gaia – the goddess tends to be emphasized. She is seen as our mother, the creator and sustainer of life. Since she is responsible for all living things, the other creatures on our planet are seen as our brothers and sisters. For this reason, Pagans are highly environmentally conscious people – sometimes to the extreme.

Pagan rituals and celebrations follow the cycle of life through the year – birth, maturity, aging and death, spring, summer, autumn and winter – in a continual, never-ending cycle. Even the universe is in a continual cycle. When this world ends, another will begin. The God of the Bible calls Himself the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev 1:8). However, Pagans deny any beginning or end, but see a constant cycle of death and rebirth. For this reason, they tend to affirm some form of reincarnation.

Sex and nudity are seen as part of nature, and Pagans have no qualms about sexual activity outside of marriage. In fact, Pagans have much in common with the ancient fertility religions and the high place worship that was done in groves of trees thousands of years ago (Ezek 6:13, Jer 3:6). In that respect, it is interesting that on May 1 Pagans celebrate Beltain, the marriage of the goddess and god, when the god becomes Oak King.

Pagans do not believe in sin or Satan. They are often upset when they are seen as Satanists or satanic, since Satan does not enter into their worldview. Rather, they accept concepts of karma and positive and negative energy. They have no rules or guidebook and no leader. Each pagan follows his or her own spiritual path. The single solid rule of Paganism is: “If it harms none, do what you will.” They seek to do ‘good’ according to their individual understanding of good, to help their communities and take care of the environment and create positive energy. They are responsible to themselves alone, and have their own values and ethics.

Paganism offers spirituality without any rules or regulations, and connection with the spiritual world without requiring submission to the will of the one true God. Paganism teaches that the individual is god, free to choose his or her own path, his or her own boundaries for morality. This is very appealing to those wanting to throw off what they see as oppressive patriarchal religions in favor of the more ‘compassionate’ female goddess of Paganism. It has had a great deal of influence in the intellectual world, as well as among teenagers. Teens who love nature anyway, and who don’t want to be told what to do, find Paganism an attractive form of religion.

Unfortunately, while Pagans see their religion as harmless and good for the environment and community, they do not know the spiritual forces that are truly at work behind it (Eph. 6:12, 1 John 4:1-3). Denying the problem of sin is self-deceptive and dangerous (1 John:1:8). And by denying sin, Pagans reject their need for a Savior. Whether or not Pagans believe in Satan has no bearing on the reality of his existence and his ability to influence their lives. Paul warns that even Satan can be transformed to look like an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14). A good con artist never looks like a con. Instead, he offers you what you want, in a most appealing package, so that when you buy into his lie and accept what he offers, he can pillage you and strip you bare.

God wants us to seek Him with all our hearts, and He said we would find Him when we do so (Deut 4:29, Jer 29:13). We need to make sure that our seeking Him is according to truth, and the Bible is God’s Word to us, His own revelation of who He is. We must always be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily” to make sure the things they were being taught were so.

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  1. A few years ago I was friendly with a lady I greatly respected. She was not married but had been living with her partner for more than 30 years and had a wonderful ‘marriage’ and two children.

    She was a Wiccan. She was also a very caring person who lives up to her motto of ‘do no harm’. She put many Christians to shame with her good living and her charitable lifestyle. Now, this does NOT mean that Wicca is right and does NOT give any sort of credence to their belief. They are deceived. They are wrong and they are lost for eternity. They are wrong but at least in the case of this particular lady, she was not evil.

    Halloween has only become favourable for the last few years here in Australia. It was almost unheard of ten years ago, things started to appear in shops about five years ago and now they fill whole rows in the shops. This year was unbelieable and many shops had all their staff dressed as witches etc.

    We had five different groups of visitors last night and I told them the origins of Halloween. One girl proudly claimed she is a witch. One mother came with her two very young children and I had a fair conversation with her. She said she would Google it, but she saw no harm in a bit of fun for the kids.

    We are one day closer and time is running out!

    • Oh, well you are finally experiencing what has been going on in America for years and years..and the same attitude as well…with people seeing ‘no harm’ in it. Very sad, huh?

    • Unfortunately I’ve met a LOT of Christians who are the same way….they dress and act all holy, yet inside are ravening wolves. Just what exactly is it that we are looking at as far as Halloween is concerned? A woman dressed as a witch? Christians, IMHO, have for too long, focused on how people dress and have judged them on that alone. A child sees nothing wrong with dressing as a witch, or a Power Ranger, etc. To them it’s a natural, innocent part of growing up. The origins of the Samhain, Halloween or whatever you call it may have gone back thousands of years. But the art of what it was originally all about has been lost. Did you realize that most of the original costume and decoration idea come from Hollywood? Halloween Hollywood! It’s more of a retail money making scheme than anything else, jut like Christmas has turned out to be.

      Yes, from a biblical point of view, we are to shun even the appearance of evil. But we must ask ourselves “what is truly evil? ” For me, a Christian giving out candy, which they have paid for, isn’t evil…nor the appearance of it. They do give with a cheerful heart. But the Christian who goes out on a day/night that is not Halloween and passes a homeless beggar on the street, and refuses to lend a hand? Now that my friends, is truly evil!

      • Both are just as bad, Eddy. That’s why many subjects are covered here, not just halloween. In fact, I think this is my only halloween article out of the hundreds of them. We may disagree, but we must remember that the appearance of evil is bad. I would take you back to the book of Kings. The asherah poles. The King wasn’t necessarily using them, but because they ‘symbolized’ witchcraft, God did not like it there. The entire nation was not blessed as much whenever they had a king who allowed the asherah poles to remain in view. Then we have an example in the New Testament of how angry Jesus became by the ‘appearance’ of people selling things in the temple. He knocked everything over, destroyed the things of the people, and whipped them. This wasn’t necessarily a direct situation of witchcraft, however, it showed the anger of God… the people weren’t necessarily ‘bad’ people, but they were doing something He commanded NOT to do.

        The ultimate question we should ask ourselves is would Jesus Christ condone us sending our children out to celebrate a Satanic holiday? Our children will not be accountible because, as you mentioned, they do not know any better. However, the parents will be accountible who do know. God looks at the spiritual importance of things, Eddy. Not the physical. In fact, everything we do that is disobedient is looked at, by God, in the spiritual. Fornication, adultery, witchcraft, etc. I would say that, from what I’ve read, witchcraft angers God more than anything. You can find this all over the Bible. So, if witchcraft angers Him that much, do you honestly think, no matter how right or innocent the motive, He would condone us celebrating it? Me personally, I dont think so.

  2. So dressing up as your favorite comic book/movie character for one night, or passing out candy is a sin? Does this also mean that breaking bread and dividing fish is also a sin? Just wondering….

    • As you know Eddy, Satan makes things seem innocent. Halloween is a VERY Satanic holiday. It is the celebration of death and evil. I would ask you to search through the Old Testament and see for yourself how God dealt with witchcraft. God took witchcraft very seriously. Satan is the father of deception and lies, let us not forget. You must research this holiday and take it back to its roots. Look around and see that it is the celebration of Satanic things. Secondly, if you know anything about Satanism, this is their biggest holiday in which they sacrifice innocent children and babies.

      Know that on Halloween night, there is are innnocent babies and children being tormented. From boiled in tubs alive while having their skin picked off and eaten by the Satanists, to ripping their skin from their feet and having them walk across salt before they are either hung on a cross and burned alive, or boiled alive. The druids many many years ago would go door to door, saying “Trick or Treat” as they’d take the virgin child of the household and then burn her alive..whether an infant, a toddler, or a teen..did not matter. These are the things Halloween are about, and to participate in it, spiritually, is a sin. (And sorry for being so graphic, but sometimes it is a necessary evil in order to explain something to people. I have studied this, including Bob Larson’s Book on Spiritual Warfare and the Occult.)

      Have you ever took a stand against a place that was partaking in or standing for something evil and sinful? It’s no different than Christians boycotting a place that sells a product or service that supports abortion or something like that. The product or service may not be bad, but it’s the moral issue behind that organization. Candy may not be bad, nor dressing up….but it’s the moral behind why the children are getting candy and dressing up.

      I hope I’ve helped.

    • And remember, God sees what we do spiritually, not just physically. God is very symbolic in the Bible. Read through the book of Kings,and you will see over and over where a king was less blessed than another king was for taking down the ‘asherah’ poles and pagan shrines. Even though people weren’t using some of them, God did not like them there because of what they stood for. As a result, he would bring down judgment on them and not bless them. How much a king was blessed depended upon his devotion to God and whether or not he took down the pagan’s shrines and asherah poles. I know you believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, so I know once you think about this, you can’t deny God’s judgment on witchcraft or even the mere ‘appearance’ of witchcraft.

  3. Excellent post! Definitely one which all should read. Thanks Lyn for providing this information. Many, many blessings to you…Robin

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