I wouldn’t be asking the Internet whether I should believe in this or that. A belief is a personal choice, not something to cast out in the form of a question over the net like it’s nothing.
If you’re going to search for a faith (I abhor the term ‘religion’), study the FOUNDER of the religions you’re looking into. Don’t merely open one internet site or book and think you’ve learned it all; you want to be a Buddhist? Research the man who began it! You want to be a Christian? Research Jesus Christ! You want to be a Wiccan/Pagan? You can’t really research that because there’s mysteriously no-one out there who began it. It started from farmers who thought that worshipping “rain gods” and “sun gods” would yield them a rich harvest. Study. The. Founder.
Asking that here is only going to get you lots of Christians telling you it’s wrong wrong wrong! with lots of bible quotations. I’d say go for it. The various forms of paganism correspond better with reality, what with their connection with nature, and they seem to create well-balanced nice people. I know a few Druids and like them very much.
This is not something to be played around with. I used to ‘dabble in a little Wicca’ and I paid the price. There is only one God and he does not appreciate it when you look to other ‘gods’ because it seems easier. I can tell you that the spells I cast worked and quickly but they eventually backfired and I was paid with miserable consequences. It is not worth it. I hope you don’t have to learn the hard way like I did.
The most important things to consider are rites of passage and pastoralism. Emotional support and spiritual growth are important parts of faith, and spiritual paths with a long continuous tradition have these because they’re tried and tested. For instance, you need emotional support when you’ve lost a loved one, you want a new child to be welcomed into your community or you might want help to decide which way your life should go or how to respond to financial difficulties. I know a number of pagans, though i am of course a Christian myself, and for me the important contrast between them is that paganism feels like playing at religion rather than taking it seriously. This is not to do with any spurious notion like Jesus being the “only way” or anything: i’m sure Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, whoever, have a lot to offer in this respect. It’s more that it seems to me that what’s called paganism nowadays is an attempt to revive an older spiritual tradition which is actually not continuous and therefore lacks resonance. We live in a culture which is profoundly Abrahamic in its traditions, and it has of course also adopted pagan elements, but “neo-paganism” is Esperanto rather than the vernacular – it lacks the depth you need for support and growth.
No, this spirititually speaking, be like a graduate student chosing to become illiterate. Pagan worship is simply turning back to forms of worship that died out because they were based on ignorace. Mankind has moved on and God has revealed details about his requirements since then.
Pagan worship is increasingly popular today, with people turning to a panthenon of ancient gods; but what proof do we have that these gods are anything but the figment of someone’s imagination? How can we check the accuracty of any ancient manuscripts that convey the stories about their activities? How reliable (or even tracable) where the men and women that penned the accounts of theses gods?
In short wouldn’t the very questions that lead many pagans to reject the gospels and the god of the bible, lead to equal if not more grounds to reject these gods? What stops me from making up a “new” modern pagan god, Xerox the God of photocopiers. If I wait long enough, give him the head of a laptop and the feet of an elephant, wouldn’t I have one more pagan god?
In todays modern world of religious hypocracy, turning to gods long dead and rituals linked directly to natural elements may represent a kind of comforting simplicity, but comfort and ritual is no replacement for reasonable assessement of the merits of a religious system. God is logically greater than his creation and saying god is a god of a rock or a stone is infantile to me. Some things fall into disuse for a reason; all that is old is not antique, sometimes its just old junk.
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your god will drive out those nations before you.
The New Testament also condemns such practices (Galatians 5:20). In the city of Ephesus many who were practicing in the occult became believers in Jesus Christ and renounced their occultic practices. “Many also of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of all” (Acts 19:19).
Another encounter with the occult can be seen in Acts 13:6-12
And when they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for thus his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him. And he said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed when he saw what happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.
The Bible in the strongest terms condemns the occult and those who practice it. The road of the occult is broad and leads to destruction, while the way of Christ is narrow and leads to life eternal.
Other Verses: Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26,31, 20:6,27; 1 Sam. 15:23a; 2 Kings 23:24; I Chron. 10:13; Is. 2:6, 8:19-20, 47:13-14; Ez. 13:20-23; Dan. 2:27-28, 5:15-17; Acts 13:7-10a, 16:16-18; Gal. 5:19-20; Rev. 22:15
They may argue that sorcery is black magic used for evil, and that they practice white magic, magic for good.
Response: The Bible makes no distinction between good or bad magic or sorcery. All sorcery comes from the same source and is abhorred by God. See verses above.
Many non-Christians see the return of Christ as a horrible thing. Witches will scoff at this saying “Our Goddess isn’t some spiteful deity that will one day wipe out the Earth. She loves us enough to let us do what we want and make our own choices”.
Response: Love implies a relationship. If the goddess is in us, if the goddess is us, and is the earth, trees and that rock over there, it is impossible to have a relationship with her and it is impossible to be loved by her. God can be separate from you and be closer than anything else. The holy spirit can be in you, yet you are not God. It is this separateness that allows Christ to strengthen us. We are weak, but through Him we have strength. Because He is distinct from us He can provide us guidance, he can listen to us, he can love us. He couldn’t do this if he were only another aspect of our being or of nature.
Pagans believe there is no absolute truth, therefore, there is no right and wrong.
Response: This is immediately a contradictory statement because people who believe in an absolute truth such as the Bible must then be wrong. The pagan will admit they believe Christians are wrong, forgetting they don’t believe in a right way or a wrong way. The chances of doing something in this life that doesn’t affect someone else in some way at some point are very low. Without guidance or a set of moral standards, we will negatively affect someone else. This is a fact and it is sin. The pagan will argue that we shouldn’t impose our beliefs on them. They will also say that we shouldn’t harm the environment. But, if I’m an atheist and believe the Earth is just a rock, I should then be able to do anything I want to the environment. To say I can’t, is to say my belief is wrong. The point is, it is not possible to say all ways are truth and there is no right or wrong. For the Pagan to say there is no right or wrong is to say the Earth is Goddess, but the Earth is also not Goddess because the atheist is right too. Realizing this impossibility should alert the Pagan to the reality that there is truth out there. As eternity is at stake, it is a good idea to seek it out and listen with this new appreciation for truth.
Jesus gives us a clear vision of how He wants us to live our lives. We may not always like what he says, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good for us. As God gives us moral guidance, he also gives us the Holy Spirit to help us. When we acce
It’s your choice. Asking this on Y!A is a bad idea, since you will get tons of answers going all different directions. You are going to have to research what’s out there, preferably several other belief systems as well, before you make a choice. There are a lot of religions and beliefs out there, don’ settle until you’ve found one where you don’t have to ask if it’s a good choice.
So sad people choose to worship creatures and ignore The Creator
Read about Islam
Watch Denn show
Ask Islamic expert
How do I pray
Basics of Islam
No one can tell you what belief system to follow religion is a PERSONAL choice and decision, I would say it would be good just to learn about all the religious beliefs throughout the world, so that you have a better understanding based on cultures. The one great thing that can and will be gained is knowledge. So in my opinion learn about it read about it, then make the decision whether or or not to follow it.