Okay, I have a very serious question here:
I want to know about Christian Wicca.
I understand the basic structure, substitution of Jesus for the God, Mary for the Goddess. But I have several problems with the whole thing and trying to reconcile the two in my head.
Please understand that I’m not looking to convert, just to understand and stop deriding where there is no cause.
First off: How do you reconcile the “atonement through forgiveness” and scapegoat redemption of Jesus with the “you are the only one responsible for yourself” which is at the core of Wicca? That’s the biggest stumbling block for me in trying to understand them. They are at opposite sides of the spectrum. In Christianity, you have a deity that pays the price and saves the world from sin by taking all the punishment for that, which does not reduce what He did, but it is a classic scapegoat sacrifice. And at the basic brass tacks of Wicca, you have the belief of the personal responsibility and sovereignty of self. And in this one, the only person that can take responsibility and deal with the consequences for anything I do is myself, I can’t blame others for my mistakes and no one else can take that blame from me. Thus Jesus’ sacrifice and Wicca are completely at diametric opposites in this.
Second: A mother venerating, goddess worshiping, female empowering religion mixed with one that says that women should listen to their husbands becasue they aren’t worthy, should be ashamed of their hair and that they have no life or rights other than to be possessions of fathers and then husbands? How can those be reconciled? In the Old Testament and the New Testament women are again and again showed as second class citizens, those who cannot be touched or who have no rights. The fathers dedided who they would marry and when, where the daughters went and who they saw over and over. This was why it was so important to court the father if you wished to get married to a particular person. The father decided who his daughter would marry. But in Wicca here you have a religion which was originally set up to worship and venerate the divine female, to raise up women from the shackles of patriarchy and show them as people and humans. But at the same time, to be true to Christianity (and the Pauline Letters) the women should be ashamed of who they are. How is this reconciled?
Third, add in the problems with sex and the Jewish/primitive Catholic views on sexual intercourse; menses is bad, makes women ritually unclean and so on. Then contrast this to the Wiccan beliefs on sex; it is fertility, it renews the earth, it is for the increase in the tribe and it is GOOD, a way for two people to be together and show how much they love each other.
Fourth; the classic commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. I know the current apologetic of “put YHVH first and you can worship other gods, because He wants to be FIRST” which doesn’t wash with me. If you read, over and over and over and over and over again, the OT people move in an area and kill all the worshipers of other deities. They kill all the males, even babes in arms, rape the women and enslave them or kill them, and so on. This is for worshiping other deities. So YHVH demands through his action to be the ONLY god in your life, but now you want to add in a multitude of gods, get rid of Him altogether to replace him with Jesus. And Wicca acknowledges many many gods, each for a different purpose and each for what others need them to be. YHVH claims omnipotence and omnipresence multiple times in the Bible, the Gods of Wicca are human like and have never claimed to be omnipotent or omnipresent and sure haven’t claimed infallibility. So how is this basic difference reconciled?
Then there are minor things like the injunctions against sorcery, magick, divination, witchcraft, speaking with spirits and necromancy which Wiccans do all the time, specifically forbidden in the Bible. Then there is the Bible itself and the multitude of problems with the text and the rules laid down, which version is followed? Add to this the commandment, the divine order to go and convert the masses or kill them if they won’t worship him, with that specifically forbidden in Wicca and most of Paganism.
All these and more are the problems I hav with “Christian Wicca” for they are basically mutually incompattable. So how is this reconciled in the minds of those who say they follow this path?