Spiritual Warfare Forum: Pagan Religions
Pagan Religions QUESTION from Pip February 22, 2001 Dear Sir or Madam,
I just wanted to let you know that I do not appreciate some of the things that you have posted on this board about the Pagan Religions in today's world. First and formost, Paganism is now a Federally recognized religion, and has been for more than a few years. Second of all, if you actually would look into it, I think that you might discover that it actually has quite a few principals, not beliefs, but principals that are similar to those of true Christian religions. Also, I don't know what Bible that you have been reading, but I think that you need to read up on good ol' King James, for I believe that there a quite a few things in there about Tolerance, and I believe that it was your Jesus Christ himself that said He who is without sin may cast the first stone. Also, please note that he did not pick up a stone and throw it at that time. I believe that that says quite a lot, on the True Christian path, and perhaps you need to do a little bit of some touch-up research on the matter. Yes, I am a Pagan, and I have several friends that are True Christians, and they understand that to me, the Pagan path isn't the path for me, but they do not judge me, or find it distasteful, they still express their friendship for me! I honestly think, that if you are that willing to go about bashing other religions, you need to redefine your beliefs. As one of my rather outspoken Pagan friends says Why should I worship something that threatens me with Eternal Damnation if I don't.
Sincerely, The Pip
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on May 14, 2001) Dear Mr. Pip:
I do not apologize for anything that I have said about pagans. I am VERY familiar with paganism and the new age as I was in that community myself at one time.
Jesus was NOT tolerant of sin, dear. He is not tolerant of behavior and beliefs contrary to the Truth. Yes there are some principles that are similar to Christianity and where the principles of paganism conform to the principles of the True Faith of Christianity then we can say that the pagans at least have a small light of truth on those particular issues. But that does not validate paganism as a whole.
As for casting the first stone,. I have not cast any stones, dear. If you would ACTUALLY READ that passage, Jesus told the crowd that they JUDGED RIGHTLY about the woman. The issue of judgment was not being condemned by Jesus. Rather to condemn one to hell is what we are not to do. We can and should rightly judge bahvior, but not condemn ro sentence one to hell.
We are COMMANDED in the Bible, and even in the seriously flawed King James Bible, to judge behavior, ideas, and beliefs. Anyone who claims that they do not judge is a liar.
You have judged me quite squarely here.... emmm, casting a stone?
Eternal damnation comes to those who choose it. Those who reject God will spend eternity without God. God doesn't force anyone to love Him. He loves us so much that He does not make robots out of us, but allows us to choose.
You can choose God and spend eternity with God or you can not choose God and spend eternity without Him. It is your choice.
To parot your wise pagan: Why should I worship something that to too cowardice to accept absolute truth and leads me into a relativism of the self-god that will lead me to an eternity with God?
If bashing other faiths is so bad, then why are you bashing us?
If judging other's believes is wrong, then why are you judging mine?
Paganism, like all subjective and relativistic notions are inherently hypocritical, irrational, and contradictory.
We will pray for your conversion to the True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit and come to His only True Church -- The Catholic Church.
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