A Catholic interested in Wicca - 07/02/2004
I am a practicing catholic, and attend church every sunday. However, recently i have become interested in wicca and have started researching the subject. When i stumbled upon your website, i couldn't believe how close-minded you sounded on the subject of wicca and other religions. In all my research, I found wicca to be an honourable religion of peace and love of nature. I cannot believe that the bible would condemn such people to a death in "the fiery lake of burning sulfur." Christianity is a religion of acceptance and forgiving, which is why I will never leave it. However, i would appreciate if you could be even a little open-minded about other people's faiths. Is it not enough that they practice peace and love? Do they have to share all the same beliefs as you?
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Rebecca. From what you said, it is apparent that you don't believe in
absolute truth. We believe that there are absolute spiritual laws just as
there are absolute natural laws. We believe all these laws were handed down
by the Creator of the universe, who is eternal and unchanging. These laws
have been passed on to mankind in the form of the Bible. We believe Jesus
when He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through me" (John 14:6). If we didn't believe that
with all our heart, this ministry wouldn't exist.
The Bible has the most documentary support of any other ancient text. It's
historical accuracy has been confirmed through extra-biblical historical
accounts as well as through archaeology. In fact, no archaeological find
has ever disproved any part of the Bible. Almost one third of the Bible is
prophecy, and since every prophecy (with the exception of end-times
prophecy) has been fulfilled exactly, the odds of the Bible NOT being
divinely inspired are staggering! Therefore, I'm inclined to believe what
it says. When the Bible says that Jesus is the only path to salvation, I
believe it. When the Bible says that practitioners of magic and sorcery
will be condemned (unless they repent), I believe it. You look at
Christianity as a religion, and religion as a matter of personal preference,
much as some people might like argyle socks where others do not. I look at
Christianity as the following of Jesus Christ, the promised and prophesied
Messiah, God incarnate. His truth is not relative. His ministry was one of
love, but not one of blanket acceptance. He offers the free gift of
salvation to all people, but we must choose to accept it and to follow Him.
Jesus never taught that all religious beliefs were equal and truthful.
Jesus taught about condemnation as much as He taught about salvation from
that condemnation. It's no accident that of the references to Hades in the
New Testament, most of them were spoken by Jesus Himself. You must realize
that if someone is condemned to Hell, it is not the act of a cruel and
heartless God. Condemnation results when an individual rejects God's
truth. In essence, man condemns himself. God is not only loving, He is
also just, and he only punishes those who have rejected His gospel.
You said you would appreciate it if we "could be even a little open-minded
about other people's faiths." We were once, when we investigated the claims
of the Bible and whether they could be trusted. Having now been convinced
of the truth, we cannot be open-minded about sin. Jesus wasn't, and neither
are we. You asked, "Is it not enough that they practice peace and love?"
No, it isn't. The Bible is clear that we are saved by grace through faith
in Jesus Christ, not by being peaceful and loving. "Do they have to share
all the same beliefs as you?" No, of course not. But if you're referring
to belief in biblical truth, people reject that at the risk of their own
condemnation where Jesus will judge them, not us. We're simply trying to
get the word out before it's too late. You see, Jesus instructed us to do
this in the gospel of Matthew. If people tell us we are intolerant for
doing so, then they are guilty of the same intolerance they attribute to
us. I hope this answers your questions.
Ben and Jennifer Rast