While it is important for Christians to understand the
world of the occult, it is not our intention to
stimulate anyone's curiosity to the point where interest
becomes an unhealthy obsession. Humans have always had
a certain fascination about evil, so it is prudent to
take the advice of Paul when researching information on
I want you to be wise in what is
good and innocent in what is evil" Romans 16:19
C.S. Lewis once commented,
There are two equal and opposite
errors into which our race can fall about the devils.
One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is
to believe, and to feel an unhealthy interest in them.
They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and
hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
There have been many news articles
recently that show a growing interest in Wicca in many
parts of the world. Wicca is the name for a
contemporary pagan revival of witchcraft. Contrary to
popular stereotypes, Wicca, is not witches in black
hats, riding brooms and casting spells, although I don't
doubt there are some who still get involved in different
kinds of sorcery. Modern day Wicca, much like other
faiths and churches in the world today, has fallen in
line with the new age, humanist movement. Many of
Wicca's core beliefs are completely compatible with
humanist, new age beliefs and have taken on the Earth
worship aspect and the deification of man that all of
the new age religions are known for. While all
witchcraft and neopagan groups vary widely in their
rituals, techniques, and some beliefs, they are
consistent in their doctrine of nature worship, goddess
worship, and a oneness or connectedness of the cosmos.
Here we will examine in further detail some of those
beliefs, and present a Christian response.