On Wicca, Buddhism, Satan, and Evolution - 10/20/2003
Hello. I have stumbled across your website and feel the need to inform you that a lot of the information you are concluding as your opinion is wrong regarding Wicca and Buddhism. First of all buddhism is not a religion. Second buddhism is more or less a stepping stone that can be used by all religions. The steps to help eliminate suffering. You need to do your research more carefully. I personally know of three preachers who when studied the concepts of buddhism, applied them to their life, made them better christians. As far as Wicca is concerned, Satan is a Christian concept. Not Wicca. You have to believe in someting before you can worship it. A god that Wicca worships is not that of a christian God. I noticed that several verses were given to support your beliefs, but then again that would only hold water if the Bible were legit. Unfortunately for christians the bible has been proven as flawed by many historians and the events that are told in the Bible do no hold up to scientific tests. None of them do. Not the age of the earth, not the flood, not creation according to Genesis. So before you continue to discount those other religions, think about this..........think of all the reasons why you don't believe in those religions and their gods.........and then you will understand why they don't believe in yours. Have a good day.
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NOTE: This person did not sign their email, and their email persona was "Fabulousfreakofnature," so we weren't being flippantly disrespectful in our response.
Hi "Freak of Nature". Thanks for writing to us. You've got quite a bit of misinformation, so let me address some things. First, Buddhism is recognized by the United Nations, the World Parliament of Religions, and the United Religions Initiative as a religion. If it means something different to you, that's fine. I won't get into a battle of semantics with you. The fact remains that Buddhism is a system of beliefs that, when taken as a whole, stands in opposition to many parts of the Bible. I don't know the "preachers" to whom you are referring, but I know that some people are more willing to compromise their beliefs than others. The Bible is clear that such concessions are not honored by God, but we all have free will, and will all answer to God some day for the choices we make.
Regarding Satan and Wicca, you haven't presented anything we'd argue with. In fact, in our article on the History and Background of Wicca, we wrote, "Witchcraft is not, however, synonymous with Satanism. Not all witches worship Satan, and in fact many do not believe in Satan at all. Nor do they believe in hell, evil, or original sin. These groups believe that Satan is an imaginary creation of the Christian Church. If they believe in Satan at all they will tell you that the devil is just another Christian diety." It should be noted though, that from the view of absolute truth, one doesn't have to intentionally be worshipping Satan to be doing just that. Any worship of a higher power aside from the God of the Bible is, in practice, worship of Satan by proxy. What you call that higher power is irrelevant.
That there are a few historians that dispute the historical accuracy of the Bible is not surprising. The vast majority of historians would refer to the historians to which you refer as "crackpots" or a "fringe element," as only a minority of historians would dare make such a baseless assertion. The more historical and archeaological discoveries we find, the more they support the Bible. I'd challenge you to cite scientific proof that the Biblical account of creation, the flood, and the resurrection of Christ are false. The fact is, you won't find any. It's true that the theory of Darwinian evolution is contrary to creationism, but the most educated scientists admit that it takes an even greater leap of faith to believe in evolution than in creationism. The truth is, there is more evidence to support special creation than there is to support evolution. So I challenge you to cite scientific proofs against the things you mentioned. If you can prove what you say you can, you should be nominated for a Nobel prize, because you would be the first!
Scientist L.T. More said, “The more one studies paleontology, the more certain one becomes that evolution is based on faith alone; exactly the same sort of faith which is necessary to have when one encounters the great mysteries of religion…the only alternative is the doctrine of special creation, which may be true, but is irrational.”
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Robert A. Millikan, in a speech before the American Chemical Society, said, “The pathetic thing about it is that many scientists are trying to prove the doctrine of evolution, which no science can do.”
Dr. David Raup, curator of geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago states that the “250,000 species of plants and animals recorded and deposited in museums throughout the world did not support the gradual unfolding hoped for by Darwin.”
Why don't I believe in those other religions? Because God and His Word are clear on what absolute truth is. When beliefs stand in opposition to the truth, then sorry - I'm not buying. John 14:6 says, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.'" Jesus IS the only way to salvation. We're all sinful (including you AND me), and in need of this salvation. I pray that you recognize that before it's too late.
Ben and Jennifer Rast