So there I was, listening intently to local radio talker Bob White interviewing a witch.
Yes, a real witch – and a male one at that. The guest sounded New Agey and effeminate, but harmless enough, and painted a colorful picture of what modern-day witches, or “Wiccans,” believe and do. You know, god-and-goddess worship, preparing herbal remedies, casting spells, caring for the Earth and so on – all couched in terms that sounded almost reasonable, or at least tolerable in a diverse society like ours.
But then he got to the part about their nighttime ceremonies, during which everybody – men and women – would get stark raving naked, dance and chant in the moonlight, have sex, worship Gaia, cast spells and invoke the blessing of various spirits.
When he finished describing this bizarre scene, there followed a long, pregnant pause before Bob White responded. Assuming the host to be as shocked as I was, for a moment I savored the prospect of his imminent rebuke – or at least some expression of surprise.
But when White finally responded, he exclaimed emphatically: “I can’t imagine anyone having a problem with that!”
Amazing. Here I was, living in “conservative” rural Oregon, and a local talk-show host expresses dismay that anybody could have even the slightest problem with naked witches sexing each other in the moonlight while summoning spirits and casting spells.
Now, the really interesting part of this story is that “Bob White” was actually the on-air radio name for none other than Neale Donald Walsch, who shortly thereafter became the internationally mega-best-selling author of “Conversations with God” and several sequels.
With two-and-a-half years on the New York Times best-seller list and book sales of over 7 million copies in 34 languages, the author became a full-fledged, world-renowned New Age guru speaking to enthralled audiences everywhere.
Obviously, a whole bunch of people are in love with whatever Neale Donald Walsch – I mean, “God” – is telling them. Here’s a sampling:
There is no judgment in what you call the afterlife … there is no accounting, no one giving “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Only humans are judgmental, and because you are, you assume I am. I cannot tell you my truth until you stop telling me yours.
Remember, this is supposed to be God talking. When Walsch asks about sin, here’s the response from on high:
This alleged state of imperfection in which you are said to come into this world is what your religionists have the gall to call original sin. … Some of your religions have built up whole theologies around this misconception. …
So far, it sounds like everyone on earth can jolly well do whatever they want – there’s no sin, and there’s no hell, so party on!
When Walsch asks about reincarnation, “God” tells him:
You have had 647 past lives, since you insist on being exact. This is your 648th. You were everything in them. A king, a queen, a serf …
Now that’s getting pretty exotic and occult-sounding. Speaking of which, many people warn of the dangers of “channeling” and “automatic writing,” as Walsch has done here in producing his “with God” books. (“On a blank sheet of paper,” wrote Walsch, “I would merely write a question … and no sooner was the question written than the answer would form in my head, as if Someone were whispering in my ear. I was taking dictation!”) But when Walsch asks “God” whether it’s OK to develop and exercise such occult powers, of course he’s told it’s just fine:
Using psychic ability is nothing more than using your sixth sense. Obviously, this is not “trafficking with the devil,” or I would not have given this sense to you. And, of course, there is no devil with whom to traffic.
OK. There’s no devil, no hell, no sin and no judgment. … But wait, what about people like Hitler? Surely he didn’t go to Heaven? Yet, according to Neale’s “God”:
I do not love “good” more than I love “bad.” Hitler went to heaven. When you understand this, you will understand God.
Your head is undoubtedly spinning 360 degrees at this revelation that “Hitler went to heaven,” but hang on – there’s more. Walsch asks “God” about sex, always a hot-button issue with the human race. While both Judaism and Christianity have strict moral codes when it comes to sex, when Walsch asks, “Is sex OK?” “God” responds:
Of course sex is ‘OK.’ … Play with sex. Play with it! It’s wonderful fun. … Sex is sacred, too… But joy and sacredness do mix (they are in fact the same thing). … You have repressed sex, even as you have repressed life, rather than fully Self expressing with abandon and joy. You have shamed sex, even as you have shamed life, calling it evil and wicked, rather than the highest gift and the greatest pleasure.
By golly, I think I’m beginning to understand why millions of people love Neale Donald Walsch and his god! There’s no sexual immorality, no sin to run afoul of, no devil, no hell, no judgment – and everything turns out peachy no matter how evil you’ve been in this life. Even Hitler goes to Heaven!
But wait a minute. Is it really God talking to Walsch? After all, it would ruin everything if it turned out it was just Neal’s subconscious mind talking to him – or whatever crazy, malevolent, deceitful spirit might be lurking down there just beyond his subconscious mind. Remember, channeling bizarre spiritual entities – which always claim to be “good” – is very common in the New Age world.
Interestingly, during an April 7, 2000, interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Walsch admitted that maybe it’s not God after all that he’s been channeling all these many years:
King: “How do you know you weren’t, one, hallucinating? People do that.”
King: “Imagining this voice?”
King: “Two, your own subconscious, in a sense, talking to you, you have put it into words.”
Walsch: “I don’t know, Larry.”
King: “You don’t know that.”
Walsch: “I don’t know.”
King: “So maybe it wasn’t God.”
Walsch: “Maybe it wasn’t. And the day …”
King: “But you wrote a book called ‘Conversations with God.’”
Walsch: “Because I think that it was. I sincerely think that I was inspired by the divine.”
OK, so let’s sum up: Millions of people are embracing an immoral, unbiblical and disastrously delusional view of God and life, which will – if they don’t wake up – determine their very destiny for eternity, based on the murky spirit channeling of a former local talk-show host who admits, “Maybe it wasn’t [God].”
In any event, it’s now clear why Walsch, in his former persona of radio talker Bob White, had no problem with the naked-witches-sexing-in-the-moonlight thing. After all, if Hitler is beamed up to Heaven after his hellish romp through life on earth, why not a peaceful, nature-worshipping witch who might occasionally engage in bizarre and immoral behaviors, but hey, never murdered millions of people?
Good witch, bad witch
Actually, my first contact with witchcraft was as a young child. The witch was frightfully ugly, wore a black robe and hood, had a hooknose with a big wart on it and was obsessed with poisoning Snow White. Then came the witch-who-morphed-into-a-dragon in “Sleeping Beauty,” and of course there were all the black-pointy-hatted hags that came out every Halloween. It was pretty clear to this little boy that all witches are “wicked.”
But then I saw “The Wizard of Oz,” which challenged my previous belief about total Wicca wickedness, since it featured equal numbers of wicked witches (East and West) and good ones (North and South).
Today’s young people, of course, have been immersed for years in “Harry Potter” books and movies, featuring beautiful, heroic young wizards and witches zooming about on broomsticks and waving their magic wands while barking ancient-Latin-sounding spells like “Wingardium Leviosa!” (to make things levitate) or “Expelliarmus!” (to disarm an opponent) or – my favorite – “Stupefy!” (to render one’s adversary unconscious).
All this may be great entertainment, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with real witchcraft.
So, what is witchcraft? Is it the same as Wicca? Is it a form of Satan worship, as critics allege? Or can witches be good? Can they really cast spells that somehow call forth the spirits beyond the world of nature to help them accomplish their will – whether good or evil? And what’s the deal with going naked? Most of all, why do so many people today aspire to be witches?
I’m a journalist, and in the news world we see many reports on witches, but they don’t have hooknoses or poisoned apples. Instead, we hear that increasing numbers of modern-day Americans – housewives, students, professors, even soldiers believe it or not – self-identify as witches or Wiccans. We see stories about Wicca being an official, legal religion and a fast-growing one at that, about judges ruling that witches must be allowed to lead prayers at local government meetings, and that Wiccan convicts must be provided with requested “sacred objects” so they can perform spells in their cells.
A few basics: “Wicca” and “witchcraft” are often used interchangeably, but they aren’t exactly the same. While witchcraft goes back into ancient times, with many varieties springing from diverse cultures and worldviews, Wicca is a relatively modern nature-based religion first popularized in the 1950s by an Englishman named Gerald Gardner. Most “witches” today, at least in the Western World, are followers of the Wiccan religion. Although Gardner claimed he was resurrecting an ancient pre-Christian, matriarchal pagan religion, that is disputed – some historians saying he just made up parts of it. And while there are other forms of Wicca today besides “Gardnerian” Wicca, each with their own variations of belief, ritual and practice, all share certain basic features.
According to Wiccan teachings, to find balance, practitioners must worship both the male and female aspects of deity, the god and the goddess, embodying the life-force manifest in nature. Although males are welcome, Wicca is predominantly a female religion, and the goddess dominates the god.
Here’s how the U.S. Army’s chaplain’s manual – titled “Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains” – describes Wicca. (Warning: As with all religious groups described in this Army reference book, the description of Wicca was written by Wiccans themselves.)
Wiccans worship the sacred as immanent in Nature, often personified as Mother Earth and Father Sky. As polytheists, they may use many other names for Deity. Individuals will often choose Goddesses or Gods from any of the world’s pantheons whose stories are particularly inspiring and use those Deities as a focus for personal devotions. Similarly, covens will use particular Deity names as a group focus, and these are often held secret by the groups.
It is very important to be aware that Wiccans do not in any way worship or believe in “Satan,” “the Devil,” or any similar entities. They point out that “Satan” is a symbol of rebellion against and inversion of the Christian and Jewish traditions. Wiccans do not revile the Bible. They simply regard it as one among many of the world’s mythic systems, less applicable than some to their core values, but still deserving just as much respect as any of the others.
Most Wiccan groups also practice magic, by which they mean the direction and use of “psychic energy,” those natural but invisible forces which surround all living things. Some members spell the word “magick,” to distinguish it from sleight of hand entertainments. Wiccans employ such means as dance, chant, creative visualization and hypnosis to focus and direct psychic energy for the purpose of healing, protecting and aiding members in various endeavors. Such assistance is also extended to non-members upon request.
What about Wiccan ethics and behavioral standards? Says the Army handbook:
The core ethical statement of Wicca, called the “Wiccan Rede,” states “An it harm none, do what you will.” The Rede fulfills the same function as does the “Golden Rule” for Jews and Christians; all other ethical teachings are considered to be elaborations and applications of the Rede. It is a statement of situational ethics, emphasizing at once the individual’s responsibility to avoid harm to others and the widest range of personal autonomy in “victimless” activities.
Prejudice against Wiccans is the result of public confusion between Witchcraft and Satanism. Wiccans in the military, especially those who may be posted in countries perceived to be particularly intolerant, will often have their dogtags read “No Religious Preference.” Concealment is a traditional Wiccan defense against persecution, so non-denominational dogtags should not contravene a member’s request for religious services.
How do Wiccans worship, and why the nudity?
Wiccans usually worship in groups. Individuals who are currently not affiliated with a coven, or are away from their home coven, may choose to worship privately or may form ad-hoc groups to mark religious occasions. Non-participating observers are not generally welcome at Wiccan rituals. Some, but not all, Wiccan covens worship in the nude (“skyclad”) as a sign of attunement with Nature.
Most readers, I suspect, are slightly relieved to hear that the “Wiccan Rede” prohibits witches from harming others – although the “rede” (or rule) is more akin to the ’60s hippie counterculture ethic (“Like, I can do whatever I want, dude, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else – you dig?”) than the much nobler Golden Rule.
Now, what about spells and magic circles and strange rituals?
To celebrate their various festivals, practice magic and cast spells, Wiccans engage in a wide variety of rituals. Typically, a rite begins with the establishment of a purified magic circle, during which the practitioners may invoke spirits or “guardians” of the north, east, south and west, representing earth, air, fire and water, respectively. Special tools are used during these rites, including candles and incense, a broom, cauldron, chalice, wand, altar cloth, pentacle and other items. After placing the ritual tools on an altar in the circle, the rite is performed, following which the practitioners thank the goddess, god and guardians and close the circle.
“OK, whatever,” you might well say. “But where do the moon-lit sex orgies fit in?”
Exhibit A: The “Ritual of the Great Rite.” In keeping with Wiccan cosmology, this is a ritual enactment of the creation of the universe in the union of the god and goddess. As explained by Vivianne Crowley, a prominent Wiccan high priestess, author, university lecturer and psychologist: “The outer rite involves a linking of the male and the female, the God and Goddess. The inner symbolism is a uniting of the initiate with the animus or anima. The sacred marriage is outwardly a marriage of two people, but inwardly it is a marriage of the two within one person.”
So, what seems to a mere muggle (that’s “Harry Potter” lingo for a non-magical person) as just a chance to have sex in the woods, to a Wiccan has a much more sacred purpose – that of unifying and integrating the practitioners’ inner selves through the union of opposite polar energies. And if that isn’t highfalutin enough for you, one Wiccan website explains the Great Rite as “the opening of the gateway to the womb of the Goddess that the Self may be reborn.”
Well anyway, I think I see why more and more men are being drawn to this woman-dominated religion. But right now let’s take a quick look at witches’ spells.
Here’s a “love spell” from BeginnerWicca.com:
Desire Me Spell
A simple candle spell to bring desire to the eye of your beholder
First you need to scoop some soil.
Sprinkle this around the base of a red candle anointed with your spit and some patchouli oil.
Light the candle and focus on you being desired. See you in another’s arms and bed.
When the vision is strong intone as many times as you like:
“Come to me My will is great Your new fate You can’t escape.”
Do this every night until the next full moon.
And here’s a spell to enhance one’s beauty:
Moulin Rouge Spell
For this spell wear colorful clothes, flamboyant and luscious! However if you can’t bear to venture out in anything but black make sure you wear opulent jewelry – stones of topaz, sapphire and ruby.
Stand in the center of four lit red candles that have been anointed with cinnamon oil.
You need to invoke the blessings of the night when glamour and mystery abound.
“Guardians of the night, Bless me so that I radiate A beautiful light, and bewitch All held in my sight.”
In your mind’s eye see the flames leap up and join above your head, spiraling into the cosmos and know that you are the center of all beauty and glamour in the universe.
Right. Here’s one more spell, this one to bring good fortune:
Good Luck Spell
Make a fire outside and throw on seven big handfuls of leaves and seven big handfuls of dried chamomile. Do not light the fire yet.
Now have a cold shower and go outside. Light the fire and leap through the smoke seven times as you say:
“Away Away Bad luck and woe The tide is turned My fortune grows.”
When the fire dies down, turn the ashes into the soil to bury your old bad luck.
By now, you must be asking: What is accomplished by jumping through a fire while chanting, “Away away, Bad luck and woe”? How on earth can they believe this stuff works?
Wicca is intentionally shrouded in mystery. In fact, each initiate maintains a hallowed, hand-copied book of spells, rituals and magical information called – mysteriously – the “Book of Shadows.” Yet, in the news business we prefer sunshine to moonlight, believing it makes a much better disinfectant. So why don’t we now pull the veil of mystery off of Wicca? Let’s let the sun shine. Let’s set aside all the esoteric, intoxicating words that beguile our minds and seduce our senses. Let’s take off the amethyst-colored glasses, extinguish the incense – and honestly, soberly look at our growing obsession with New Age religions like Wicca.
Rewind to the “Good Luck Spell” we just discussed: It’s actually not hard to understand why people might think an invisible spirit can somehow help them banish their “bad luck” and bless their lives with health, prosperity and happiness – because that’s the truth. There is such a God. But He’s not the god or goddess of Wicca, or the god channeled by Neale Donald Walsch or any other New Age guru. He (not she) is Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and everything in it, including us.
Moreover, each of us, created “in His image” and for His purpose, has an inner “programming” put there by Him, to seek His influence in our lives. This programming – so deeply engrained in us, as though it were embedded in our DNA – says we must discover and submit to His inner leading in all things, or else live meaningless, deluded and ultimately wasted lives.
Here’s the problem. If for any reason we’re not willing to submit to God – a state of honest transparency that tends to annihilate our selfish pride and bring us the blessings of happiness, common sense and moderation – then by default we find ourselves attracted to false gods, that is, to worldviews and religions that sustain our angry rebellion against our Heavenly Father.
Feminism and Wicca: Rebellion against Father
In dysfunctional families, if you have a problem with your father, it’s very easy to bond extremely closely – often too closely – with your mother.
Goddess worshippers worship creation – “Mother earth,” with her trees, flowers, clouds, streams, rocks, and of course the sun, moon and stars and so on – because they’re in rebellion against the Creator Father. They’re totally identified with Mom because they have a problem with Heavenly Dad, Who perhaps seems too “judgmental” – too stern and mean and out-of-touch with them.
Two big reasons for this rebellion against God the Father are the failure of most earthly fathers and husbands to be truly manly (strong and gentle), and the failure of today’s Christian church to be truly Christ-like (strong and gentle). Indeed, while America’s news and entertainment media gave the New Age movement a huge boost during the ’60s and ’70s through their enthusiastic and uncritical treatment, the biggest single reason for the upsurge in neo-pagan religions like Wicca is undoubtedly the falseness and shallowness of so much of the modern, institutional Christian church. Sorry about that, but the truth hurts.
Unfortunately, the mainline Christian church world, which today is full of confusion and outright rebellion against time-honored biblical principles, displays the outer trappings of the faith while falling further and further away from genuine Christ-centered spirituality. Thus it has very little natural authority, but instead turns people off in droves. Some discover faith outside the church, some fall away to agnosticism or atheism, and some are attracted to other religions that appear to be deeper and more spiritual, including New Age religions.
In many ways, the interest in Wicca among women (at least two-thirds of Wiccans are female) parallels the growth in feminism and lesbianism – all fueled by disillusionment with and alienation from men. Indeed, sociologist Helen Berger, who spent 10 years researching and writing the authoritative book “A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States,” reports the astounding conclusion that at least 32 percent of Wiccans and neopagans are homosexual or bisexual. Clearly, Wicca has become the spiritual home for many feminists, including lesbians. It’s also the most graphic, in-your-face example of a much more universal phenomenon – the increasing feminization of the Christian church and of Western culture.
Although many feminist women today resent men and reject what they see as the “repressive patriarchy” of Christianity, the sad irony is that the true Father in Heaven is not only strong and just, but also kind, patient and full of love. In other words, He’s the father they never had – the perfect father every child wants and needs.
But why, then, does He condemn witchcraft? In the Old Testament of the Bible, we read, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
No question about it: Scripture clearly condemns witchcraft and sorcery as “abomination.” And yet, miracles are evident in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible – the same book that condemns magic. Do we understand the difference? Although we use the word “miracles,” would it be correct to say Jesus performed “magic” when He turned water into wine, greatly multiplied scant supplies of fish and bread to feed thousands of people, calmed storms, walked on water and many other wonders? And by the way, we can’t ascribe this “magical” ability solely to His being the Son of God, because He also said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12). Indeed, His disciples reportedly performed miracles.
But in truth, there was no magic, witchcraft or sorcery involved in biblical miracles. Why?
Jesus made the point crystal clear when He said: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)
That’s the problem with Wicca, magic and occultism of every variety, and it’s the very reason the Bible condemns them all: In the eyes of God, it’s an abomination for people to try to harness the hidden powers of nature and beyond nature, for whatever purposes they will – because they are literally playing god. All they accomplish, if anything, is to open spiritual doors and allow malevolent entities to take up residence in their bodies – which were meant to remain the temple of the Living God alone.
Furthermore, your will and my will mean nothing, as this whole notion of individual will is something of an illusion: In reality, we either serve God’s will or we are slaves of the unseen dark forces we have submitted to – forces that pull on the strings of our minds and bodies (but which we think of as our own will) when we lack commitment to what is right.
When Jesus performed miracles, it wasn’t His will. When Moses parted the Red Sea, it wasn’t Moses doing it. Standing there with his outstretched arms and staff, he was just the instrument. The true miracle worker has no sense of power. It’s a paradox – like many other biblical paradoxes (The last shall be first and The greatest of you shall be the servant of all and so on).
But is magic real?
Magic spells are affirmations, ceremonial expressions of the Wiccan’s will, of what she or he wants, typically sprinkled with the elements – earth, fire and so forth – in hopes of subtly harnessing those powers by the force of their will. That is the aim of occult practices in the real world: To manifest our selfish will. But not God’s loving will.
In “Magick in Theory and Practice (Book 3),” notorious British occultist Aleister Crowley, an important mentor to Wicca founder Gerald Gardner, defined “magick” (he always spelled it with a “k”), as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.”
“Will” was a big deal to Crowley, whose central credo was: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” (In case you didn’t notice, this is utterly insane.)
Thus, Wiccans claim magic spells, ceremonies and rituals focus the practitioners’ hidden reservoir of psychic energy, along with the aid of benevolent spirits, in the service of the witches’ will.
Now, even though much of what passes as magic can be chalked up to hypnotic suggestion, affirmation and outright delusion, we need also to realize that each of us is a spiritual being inside a physical being. And much of what the occult world alludes to – the astral plane, spiritual entities and the like – is quite real.
Astral travel, for example, is indeed possible – and exceptionally dangerous. Some New Age religions like Eckankar teach “soul travel,” a euphemism for astral projection – literally the intentional separation of the soul or consciousness from the body so it can travel around freely, sightseeing, spying on others and so on. The hard truth is that practitioners’ souls can return “home,” only to find their body has become inhabited by a malevolent intruder spirit while they were foolishly gone, and they can’t get back in.
Then there are near-death experiences, or NDEs, which generally are nothing more nor less than beautiful delusions – created by the “Great Deceiver” for the purpose of evangelizing the living regarding the superior joys of death. How many people have committed suicide or otherwise given up on life because they heard someone like Dannion Brinkley (“Saved by the Light”) or Betty Eadie (“Embraced by the Light”) talk rapturously about how delightful death and the afterlife are.
So, if you’re enamored of such “signs and wonders” as channeling, astral traveling, clairvoyance, remote viewing, communicating with disincarnated spirits, reading auras, near-death experiences and other psychic phenomena, just remember that God is not the only one who can confer “gifts.” Indeed, recipients and purveyors of such occult abilities may well be much closer to hell than you are. After all, don’t you think the devil knows the future? If so, can he not impart knowledge of it to the minds of a gullible human helper, for the purpose of deceiving many others?
As Jesus Himself said, “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22).
This is why the Bible prohibits sorcery and witchcraft and talking to dead people, and why even so-called “white magic” is not blessed by God – because it not only does not serve His will, but it invites evil and deception to invade our world. There’s a fantastic complexity to the “spiritual mechanism” of the human being, but just like a new sophisticated piece of electronics, it’s not supposed to be user-serviceable or modifiable. That’s the realm of the Manufacturer alone. Instead of meddling with the Maker’s sacred matrix of Life, we’re meant to share in an entirely different kind of “magic.”
For this magic to bless our lives – the seemingly effortless walk through difficult circumstances, the aid of a hidden hand we call “grace” – we need to abandon pride and “wait” patiently on God in each moment of our life. In this state of grace, we are in alignment with His will and thus the creative powers of the universe, and not the other way around. We have a sense of well being, a lack of time pressure, a knowing that the future is being rolled out before us by God, and that we just need to be there to discover it in each moment.
It’s a sort of “magic,” yes, but we’re not the magicians making it happen. We’re just the grateful receiver, full of wonder as our life unfolds, because to ourselves we don’t seem very worthy. Much of what we see from moment to moment, in fact, is our very real flaws and faults and weaknesses. But that’s the very humility that connects us up with the real-life “force” of God.
However, sorcery, witchcraft – where we’re literally trying to play god, harnessing the hidden or “occult” forces of creation to accomplish our will – is an abomination, and a doorway through which hell readily enters this earthly realm. It’s pure rebellion against God.
‘Ye shall be as gods’
Ask yourself: How is it that millions of people can grovel at the feet of Neale Donald Walsch, who has channeled an ungodly spirit entity claiming to be God? How can they follow such a profoundly counterintuitive (“Hitler went to Heaven”) and frankly insane path to “enlightenment”?
It’s because most of us are unconsciously addicted to the power of lies that keeps our pride alive – our love of the great illusion of life that says we ourselves can be masters of our own destiny.
This, of course, was the original lie in the biblical account of Adam and Eve. Remember the story? God gave the first two people a test in obedience:
“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2: 16-17).
Shortly thereafter, the story goes, Satan in the form of a serpent approached Eve and said: “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3: 4-5).
Long story short: Adam and Even couldn’t resist the promise that they would be “as gods,” and we’ve been falling for the same lie ever since. This is the madness of Eastern, New Age and other religions that claim we are all gods, and that – just as Neale Donald Walsch and other gurus teach – our only problem is that we haven’t yet realized our own greatness and divinity.
So, the Wiccans are absolutely right when they say Satanism and witchcraft are different. The problem is, they’re both different forms of rebellion against God. One is male in nature – overtly angry, arrogant, selfish and rebellious. The other is female, a seductive version of the same rebellion – smiling, passive and powerfully alluring.
But both are separated from the love of God, obsessed with magic (playing god), and clothed in the beguiling philosophies of the serpent. Yet what a sad, pathetic, shadowy reflection of the real power we’re supposed to freely enjoy in our lives, when we truly live in the sunlight of the One True God.
Note: All Bible quotations in this article are taken from the King James Version.