A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.
Christians and Wiccans-- We Can Get Along if we Want To
I’ve noticed that there are a lot of Christians who believe a few things about Wicca that are just plain wrong. The same things—these things seem to be a misunderstanding trend among Christians that I believe you commonly hear from each other.
Let me say up front: I am not trying to dispute your Christian beliefs. I certainly respect your right to disagree with Wicca. I am merely trying to correct misinformation. The way I see it, any intelligent person wants to be well-informed if he has an opinion on something. Disagree with us if you will, but disagree with what we actually believe.
And if your intent is to proselytize to a Wiccan, you would have a much stronger argument if you get our actual beliefs straight. After all, how would you expect any Wiccan to trust that you know what you’re talking about if you’re telling us things about our religion that we know to be wrong?
Even If We Disagree
- a modern religion
age has no bearing on the validity of religion.
- a theistic religion
the focus of our religion is our Gods; we have the sincerest faith in our Gods like you have in yours.
- a moral religion
Wiccans strive for peace, harmony and not hurting others (people or things).
- a Pagan religion
we believe in Pagan Gods and do not share Abrahamic beliefs or scripture.
Myth #1. “Wiccans worship the devil/demons.”
The Facts: To worship something is a deliberate act; not something you can do by accident. Wiccans don’t actually believe in Satan or in demons. They are simply not part of our theology. Wicca is not an Abrahamic religion; we understand you believe your scriptures are the word of God. No offense, but we don’t (if we did, we’d be Jewish or Christian or something, wouldn’t we?).
We simply do not worship things we believe are imaginary.
I’ve heard some Christians say Wiccans are deceived by Satan, demons, etc.; I can accept that opinion. I don’t agree; I trust my Gods the way you trust your God. But to say we worship things we just don’t worship, or believe in, is spreading false information.
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Myth #2. “Wiccans worship the creation, not the Creator.”
The Facts: Actually, we worship our Gods, the same way you worship your God.
Think about it this way: you read the Bible. You believe in what it says and the words hold great meaning to you. However, you don’t believe the paper is your God. You realize there is a greater force behind the printed pages.
Same principle with Wiccans; we respect nature. But it’s our Gods we worship, not rocks and leaves.
Nature Is Awesome
Myth #3: “Wicca is all about Witchcraft, magic and calling on spirits.”
The Facts: They are allowed, but they are not an integral part of Wicca.
We understand you think occult practices are against God; we just don’t believe that. We do not believe any God gave word that magic, Witchcraft or spiritualism are evil. We do believe we are allowed to pursue such practices with the blessing of our Gods (practicing them within the framework of our religious beliefs and ethics, of course).
The heart of Wicca is no different than the heart of Christianity—it’s about our Gods and living by our tenets.
Magic Is Part of Nature In Our Beliefs
Myth #4: “Wiccans have no morals; they believe ‘anything goes’”.
The Facts: Wicca is a religion of personal responsibility. We are expected to consider the consequences of actions, and hold ourselves accountable choices. We believe in avoiding unnecessary harm—to others and ourselves.
Unlike Christianity, we are a religion of moral relativism. Looking throughout history, we see morality shifts from culture to culture, from era to era. However, moral relativism is not synonymous with amoral.
We believe in using common sense, listening to your conscience, and following cultural mores and agreed-upon social guidelines, such as following laws and respecting the rights of others. Wicca puts the burden for everything we do squarely upon our own shoulders—we have no savior, no free passes. We believe that natural consequences are built into the universe via the law of cause-and-effect, so that we will have to face the music for whatever we do wrong. There is no escaping that.
Wiccans are humans and sometimes humans make bad choices, or make mistakes, or deliberately do terrible things. But this is as frowned upon in Wicca as in any other religion.
Wiccan Morality Is Complex
Myth #5: “I am a Christian, but sometimes I do Wicca.”
The Facts: Most likely, what you ‘do’ is not Wicca. To even use the term ‘do Wicca’ shows you probably don’t understand what Wicca actually is. Saying you ‘do Wicca’ doesn’t make any more sense than saying you “do Judaism” or you “do Christianity”.
Wicca is not something you do, it’s something you are. It is an entire religion; and it is not a Christian religion. Key tenets of Wicca and Christianity conflict to the point at which it would be impossible to believe such different things simultaneously.
Some people think loving nature, doing magic and wanting to live peacefully makes you Wiccan. While these are all often part of Wicca, they are part of almost every other religion as well. If you’re not worshipping our Gods and living by our tenets, ethics and practices, then nothing you’re doing is particularly specific to Wicca.
What you are most likely doing is Christian Witchcraft, or being a Christian nature lover, or a Christian who has drawn influences from Wicca (and most likely other sources as well).
Wiccans and Christians don’t have to agree, and probably never will. But we should strive for clarity, honesty, accuracy and understanding. There’s no reason we can’t co-exist.
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Ps on January 19, 2019:
Ps because i am on my path to search a name for myself.I find it easy to understand wicca because we share very much the same beliefs,thoughts and even experiences.Even rituals.Hinduism though Dates back to more than 5000 years back but has beautiful teachings.Wicca is beautiful because its not superficial.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 01, 2016:
hi Leilani; as I said in the article, "We do believe we are allowed to pursue such practices with the blessing of our Gods (practicing them within the framework of our religious beliefs and ethics, of course)." So there is certainly nothing wrong with your feelings or your experiences.
But also as I said, this is simply not what our religion is essentially about. Our religion is ultimately about our relationship with our Gods, and how we live our lives. If a Wiccan believes in ghosts, wants to contact ghosts, etc. he/she is perfectly allowed to do so in our beliefs; but that doesn't mean this is explicitly part of our religious doctrine.
We're allowed to knit, too; that doesn't mean every Wiccan bothers knitting.
Hope that helps! ~Sage
leilani on November 01, 2016:
i loved this but there are some things that is still unclear to me. i guess the first one would be about the spirits i am new to this but every Wiccan that i have met believe in spirits i personally have felt their presence. if ghost and such are not real what was it i was feeling?
Devin on March 09, 2016:
Hopfully this will help explain things to my boyfriend. Thanks for the amazing hub :)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 14, 2013:
Thanks for your comments, colorfulone. I like that. I think for the most part people with religious differences can get along. I like Dennis Prager's sentiments: the goal should not be agreement (that isn't ever going to happen). It should be clarity. Appreciate it!
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 14, 2013:
One of my admired chiropractors once said, "Whatever path people choose is fine, as long as we all end up at our desired destination in the end." That just made sense to me, and is very much a "live and let live" statement.
I am a Christian who tries to keep my side of the street clean, and oh, it is a two way street, BTW.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 06, 2013:
Thanks DzyMsLizzy; I think a lot of non-Christians can relate to similar forms of these questions. Not all Christians, of course, but these are the most common ones I find. Appreciate your comments!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 05, 2013:
Excellent points, all. Well done hub.
Personally, I'm an atheist, and I see similar arguments put forth about what atheists "believe," such as the ubiquitous "satan worship" that many Christians seem to want to apply to any non-Christian, non-mainstream religions or practices. That is as silly as saying that Wiccans worship satan--you cannot worship anything in which you disbelieve. I certainly don't believe in any satan, devil or demons either--I find those things to be excuses or cop-outs for humankind's own capacity for wrongdoing and evil.
My "beliefs and practices" run along the older pre-Wicca Pagan and Native American lines of simple respect for nature and animals, and the tenet I cling to is one I believe originated in antiquity, "Do as ye will, nay harm ye none."
Voted up, useful and interesting!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 05, 2013:
Fpherj48, I can't thank you enough for your kind words, that's quite a compliment. I am glad you found my hub informative, thanks so much for your vote!
Suzie from Carson City on August 05, 2013:
Well, sage....you have certainly done an outstanding job here, explaining the facts about Wicca and dispelling the myths. I applaud you for your well-written hub....easy to read and understand and tastefully done.
You have given me information I hadn't really known, or even thought about. "Organized Religions," of any type and/or Name or Title, are not of interest to me. I came to the natural and realistic "awareness" that we simply & truly come into this world, with all we need to live, love and flourish, is completely in tact within our humanness.
I do appreciate your hub and look forward to reading more...UP+++
Joey on May 22, 2013:
I've also noticed the whole "do Wicca" phraseology among Christians, which tends to be perplexing. I like the way you explain it, I'll be sure to recycle that the next time I hear that in real life.
Another misconception I've noticed a lot is the lack of understanding that Wicca and Witchcraft are distinct. For instance, I am a witch, but I am not a Wiccan. I have several Wiccan friends who do not identify as witches. People just cannot seem to grasp this concept that one is a practice and the other a faith.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on February 06, 2013:
Thank you Snurre; I appreciate your comment. Yes, I've studied the Bible from the Jewish and from several different Christian perspectives and I know what you mean about a lot of people reading things into the interpretations that are just not there. Some of the more conservative Christian views of the Bible when it comes to hell and demons come more from John Milton than the Bible itself. My favorite books on Wicca are the ones I feature here from Amazon; if you can't get them from Amazon, just take down the names and look in your local book shops. They're really top notch for info. Appreciate the comment!
Snurre on February 06, 2013:
This is a tremendous article. I'm not a Wiccan, but neither a Christian or anything like that. I guess I share some Wiccan beliefs (from what I've read). I can say that people often ask me similar questions and try to impose their views about demons on me. I got tired of explaining that there are no demons in the bible, no hell, and nothing like that. The only afterlife place mentioned in the Old Testament very briefly (New Testament doesn't count as it was written and overwritten by Greeks) is Sheol - a place of shadows similar to Hades. Bad news, no paradise either.
Could you recommend some books about Wicca? Thanks!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 26, 2013:
Thank you Catherine. After a decade or two, you begin to notice a pattern in the questions. Seems to frequently come down to these few. I appreciate your comment.
Catherine Peed from Ohio on January 25, 2013:
This is a really cool article! I did not even consider half of these things that Christians tend to believe about Wicca. I hope more people read this to get an understanding of what Wicca is and is not.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 07, 2013:
Thanks, Rasta. Good questions, I can answer them in a little nutshell here but maybe I will get to articles to elaborate on them soon:
- The Gods of Wicca are the Pagan Gods and Goddesses of various cultures. Generally a Wiccan will feel called into the service of a patron God and/or Goddess.
- There's no official doctrine on an afterlife in Wicca. Most believe in reincarnation, but it's not a requirement and some believe there is no life after death. Wicca's more concerned about how we live our lives.
- Wicca doesn't really have anything to do with spirits. Wiccans are free to pursue spiritualism if they want, but it's not an integral part of our faith to have anything to do with (or to believe in) spirits. But we do not have the worldview that the universe is in a struggle between forces of good vs. evil.
I appreciate the food for thought as I'm sure these will turn into their own articles eventually.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 07, 2013:
Thanks Johndnathan. I appreciate it.
Marvin Parke from Jamaica on January 02, 2013:
I only know what I have seen on TV. Therefore, I already knew I would be misinformed. Very nice of you to address some of the misconceptions. Who is the god of the wiccans? What happens to their souls when they die? Are there good/bad spirits in the religion or are the spirits neutral? These are the questions I ask when confronted by a new religion that I am not aware of. Thank you very much.
John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on January 02, 2013:
Excellent article. Hopefully this will help clear some things up about Wicca.