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What is Wicca? Should Christians get involved with it?

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Wicca is a religion that Briton Gerald Gardner adapted from different religious traditions and Freemason rituals in the 1940s and 1950s. Wicca is associated with witchcraft (magic, sorcery), occultism (astrology, alchemy, divination), and neo-paganism (ancient polytheistic religions) with the common themes of worshiping nature and using spiritual forces to get results.

Wicca has no special book, no set rules, and no absolute standard of right and wrong. Wiccans live by one central rule called the Rede, which says, “Harm no one, do what you will.” This means that witches are free to do whatever seems right to them as long as they avoid harming others. A closely related rule is the Threefold Law, which instructs that “anything you do will come back to you three times over.”

Wiccans worship “the mother goddess” (Mother nature) and her companion “the horned god.” They worship the moon as the female goddess and the sun as the horned, male god. Wiccans believe that the goddess is in everything — in rocks and in trees, the earth and the sky.

Magic and spell-casting are essential to Wicca. Wiccans say that spells are symbolic acts performed in an altered state of consciousness in order to cause a desired change.

The Bible gives a clear warning against Wicca. Why should we heed the Bible’s warning? Because Jesus testified to the truthfulness of the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Why should we believe in Jesus? Because of what He did. Christ’s life, ministry, and death fulfilled over 125 OT prophecies. Christ healed all sickness (Luke 5:15-26), fed thousands of people (Luke 9:12-17), had authority over nature (Luke 8:22-25), cast out demons (Luke 4:33-37), raised the dead (Luke 7:11-16), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), sacrificed His life for humanity (1 John 3:16), and was resurrected from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4). No other man on earth ever did such mighty works. All this proves that what He says is true. Therefore, the Bible as a whole is validated by Jesus.

The Bible clearly states that witchcraft, magic, mediums, channeling, séances, spells, and divination are all forbidden. They rely on supernatural power that is not from the Lord.

The Bible clearly states, “You shall not … practice divination or soothsaying” (Leviticus 19:26). “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” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). All occult activities are included. There is no such thing as “white magic.”

According to the Bible, there are demonic forces as well as angelic ones. And the power behind spells are derived from demonic forces, not from God. Demonic forces entice people through supernatural powers. Many Wiccans claim that Wicca is harmless and nature-loving but this is only a trap by Satan who changes himself into an angel of light to deceive the world (2 Corinthians 11:14). It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of good to lead people away from God.

Wiccans worship nature. But Jesus taught His followers, “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” (Luke 4:8) for He is the Creator of all (Colossians 1:16). Paul warns: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him…Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:21-23, 25).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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