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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paganism: Dark Spirituality Lives On

Paganism: Dark Spirituality Lives On
Paganism is ancient. It embraces spirits, gods, goddesses, and the ghosts of the dead. Wiccan witches, astrologers, psychics, mediums, earth worshipers: this group is distinctly anti-Christian and embracing them opens the door for unthinkable dark spiritual influence.







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Paganism: Dark Spirituality Lives On

By Evan Nehring

If you're looking for a post on the dangers of trick or treating, this isn't the one. I'll be handing out candy to our neighbor kids tonight. On the other hand, the dark spiritualism we think about this time of year is very real.

These confused Christian priests,
   let us dare to outwit them!
With the devil of their fables,
   we shall terrify them!
 Come with prongs and with pitchforks
   and with torches and rattling sticks.
We will make an uproar in the night
   through the narrow rocky hollows.
Owls and screech owls
   howl in our howling-circle.[1]

Photo Credit: greger.ravik on Flickr Creative Commons

Though I've never danced around the bonfire celebrating evil with demonic minions, I bumped into paganism in my two years at UW Stevens Point. Ironic, really, that such a quiet, quaint college town would host such wild ideas.

Although I conscientiously objected to a song in my second year with the university choir, I participated in the choral symphonic mega-production of Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. Witches and druids schemed and screamed against oppression by cruel Christian overlords. It was epic, but was it fiction?

I can still see the face of one of the young men who led the pagan society at the university. No, they weren't tremendously popular but they were accepted in a way that Christians never will be.

Paganism is ancient. It embraces spirits, gods, goddesses, and the ghosts of the dead. Wiccan witches, astrologers, psychics, mediums, earth worshipers: this group is distinctly anti-Christian and embracing them opens the door for unthinkable dark spiritual influence.

Paganism will steal your sanity. I've seen it.

There are many varieties of spiritualism. Their common goal is to disconnect the idea of true spirituality from Jesus Christ and the holy Trinity of the Bible. Some groups are subtle, diverging modestly from Christian teaching by bringing in outside ideas. Other groups froth with hostile opposition to Christianity.

The biblical directive is very clear:

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 18:10-13 NIV)

Now you know.


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[1] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Felix Mendelssohn. Die erste Walpurgisnacht. Cantata translation at http://eugeneconcertchoir.org/wp-content/uploads/seasons/2008-09/Notes-Trans-Walpurgis.pdf, accessed June 30, 2013.

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