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acelightning
Nov. 10th, 2017 03:39 am (UTC)
The reason (some) Christians are anti-witchcraft is partly derived from the Biblical commandments. To Christians, prayer is specifically begging their god (and he's the only god anybody's allowed to believe in) to do them a favor. Magic(k), as most Witches interpret it, is using one's own personal energy to change something - which is blasphemous to a Christian, because mere human beings can't possibly understand god's reasons for making things happen, and maybe he has some vast cosmic reason that your Aunt Jane should be eaten by a bear ("It was god's will").

This is also why divination is very specifically prohibited. The famous phrase "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" has to do with consulting a fortuneteller. Again, only god knows what he's going to do in the future, and it's disrespectful for humans to try.

But the biggest reason for (some) Christians to be anti-witchcraft is that Witches aren't Christian, and refuse to convert. And that particular sub-set of Christians believe that their god (who really is not a nice guy) has commanded them to convert every other human being on Earth to Christianity, by any means necessary (including torture), and kill everyone who won't convert. They have to grudgingly make allowances for the Jews, because Jesus was very specifically Jewish (which makes them uncomfortable). But in most other cases, they extend the convert-or-die principle to any Christians except their own particular sect, whichever one that happens to be, with particular hostility towards Catholics, Mormons, and Quakers, because they're "not really Christians" or "not Christian enough".

You don't see Buddhists or Hindus trying to browbeat people into joining their religion - and Jews are commanded to try to talk people out of converting. Nor do Heathens (Norse reconstructionists) or Hellenistic Reconstructionists attempt to convert people; and, as a Witch, I am oathbound not to proselytize. The only other religion that contains factions with the "everyone MUST convert!" attitude is Islam.

fayanora
Nov. 11th, 2017 01:41 am (UTC)
Magic(k), as most Witches interpret it, is using one's own personal energy to change something

That's not really relevant. As Christians interpret magic, it's praying to a third party higher power for something to be made to happen. The fact they usually interpret magic as praying to a demon or pagan god, and don't apply that interpretation to their own prayers, is just more proof of their hypocrisy.

This is also why divination is very specifically prohibited. The famous phrase "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" has to do with consulting a fortuneteller. Again, only god knows what he's going to do in the future, and it's disrespectful for humans to try.

Again you're missing the point. Divination, to them, is appealing to a third party higher power for information. The fact that they usually interpret it as not applying to when they're asking their own God for information is, again, hypocrisy.

I guess what I'm really saying is that if they abided strictly to their own rules, they could neither use prayer to ask God for something to happen (using it only to praise God) nor could they ask for signs from God, as God expressly forbade those things. By not adhering to this strict interpretation of things, they are all practicing magic and divination and are all, by their own book's rules, going to Hell.

But since they don't adhere to that interpretation, and don't seem to care, it's just more proof of their hypocrisy.

The rest of your comment is true and interesting, but in this context is irrelevant.
acelightning
Nov. 11th, 2017 10:16 am (UTC)
Christians are known for picking and choosing which of their own rules they're going to obey. Cross-dressing and buggery are forbidden in the Bible, and they make a really big deal about them. But in the same books of the Bible, wearing fabrics made from blended fibers, growing different plants together, or touching anything that has been touched by a menstruating woman, are just as forbidden, and those same self-proclaimed "Christians" have nothing to say about those. People like this usually consider faith to be a virtue, and logic was invented by their Satan to mislead and trick people away from the One True Path of blind faith.

But my fundamental point really does sum up most of why Christians are against anything that isn't identical to their particular flavor of Christianity. As I said, they believe that their god is the only "real" one, and any other gods are actually evil demons who work for the Christian Satan. And, as if that weren't heinous enough, they also believe that they get brownie points from their own god for forcing other people to convert.

(You do know, don't you, that in addition to being a Wiccan Priestess, I'm also a classic agnostic, and I've never felt that was a contradiction?)

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