Promoting Religious Peace = Article #1 When you follow a non-Christian path, it’s almost certain that sooner or later you’ll find yourself on an emotional battleground. This is especially true if you are a Christian Which trying to embrace teachings from two or more traditions. If Christian friends or family members are openly (or even secretly) condemning the Pagan practices that you love, what are you supposed to do?
Christian and Pagan beliefs often appear to be miles apart and navigating between these paths may seem impossible. That’s how I felt when I first started to explore Wicca and other nature based paths. Then I stumbled upon a collection of ancient texts that offered a beautiful bridge between these conflicting beliefs.
In the blog category Pagan vrs Christian, I frequently quote from a collection of ancient Essene writings. The Essenes were a mystic Jewish sect that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE. Some (including myself), believe they are the same group that we now refer to as the early Christians.
Why is this important? Essene and Pagan beliefs have a lot in common and knowing this can make it easier for an individual with a Christian foundation to understand and embrace Wicca, Which and Pagan ways.
Below are 7 eye-opening links between the Essenes and early Christians that offer strong evidence these two groups are one and the same!
Do you feel confined to the broom closet when it comes to your beliefs? As I began to write this article I started to wonder if this was actually such a bad thing. Yes, if we view the “broom closet” as a hiding place, it can make what we keep there feel wrong or bad, and this is NOT good. But if we think of it as a special place to store away the personal things that are sacred to us, it can be a beneficial thing. This is especially true when others do not understand the true meaning or value of what is kept there.
For those wanting to step out of the broom closet, we have the following suggestions:
For those who are under 18 and/or living with someone that forbids the practice of Wicca or other Pagan paths in their home, please respect their wishes. You can privately study other religions or paths until you turn 18, or until you move into your own place. At this point you will be free to openly follow the path you feel is best for you without causing so much stress to those around you.
Note: This article contains scripture quotes simply as reference for those who are trying to discuss beliefs with Christian friends or family.
If you walk a non Christian path, sooner or later someone will try to tell you that no matter how good a person you are, you can still be sent to hell. To most, this just sounds absurd! Even many Christians who teach this doctrine have trouble understanding or explaining it.
Are you hiding your true beliefs? It’s not uncommon for Wiccans and Pagans to keep their practices to themselves. Too many people still view these paths in a negative way. But this doesn’t mean you have to hide everything.
Even if your friends and family have different religious beliefs, you can often find ways to share your core beliefs through activities. For example, I have a sister who is a strict Christian, and in contrast, I embrace a Pagan path. We have little in common when it comes to our spiritual beliefs. However, the Divine blessings we both enjoy are nearly identical.