Christianity vs Wicca

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Christianity

Christianity

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Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Altars, covens, outside in nature, in your home, in your car, anywhere really
Founder Jesus,Peter and Paul Wicca was made public by Gerald Gardner with some historians concluding it was mostly his creation and others feeling it may have existed as early as the 1800's. Some traditions claim distinct lineage such as Cochranian and Alexandrian.
Concept of Deity Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Depends on the individual and the Path they follow. Typically animistic and/or polytheistic ranging from belief that all deities are a reflection of a male and female aspect and belief that the gods are real personas (hard polytheists).
Practices Prayers, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Prayer, witchcraft, devotion, invocation, blessings, healing, casting circle, etc
Place of origin Jerusalem England
Use of statues and pictures Used in Catholicism Orthodox Christianity; statuary is not used in most Protestant denominations. Statues are not worshiped but looked to as a point of focus in prayer and meditation. Common, but not universal. When used, they are prominently placed on the practitioner's alter.
Life after death Man is appointed to die once, and then face judgment. Those who believe live on in heaven, while those that rejected God suffer eternity in hell. After the culmination of the events of the Book of Revelation all believers shall be bodily resurrected. Reincarnation, often with a rest period in the Summerland.
Scriptures The Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Traditions usually keep a Book of Shadows which contains rituals and practices common to that group, though it may change over time. Similar liturgy and ritual structure exists, but is not derived from a single, universally recognized source.
Literal Meaning Christ means "the anointed" or "Messiah". A Christian is a believer in Christ. A believer is also called and known as a saint in Protestant branches. Wic·ca - from Old English Wica. Wise
Time of origin Approx. 33 AD. Created by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Most branches claim some ancient tradition or line, but no direct proof through historical sources. It is perhaps the largest religion created in the last century.
Clergy Priests, Monks, Bishops, Pastors, president. depending on denomination Priests and Priestesses, Lords, Ladies, witches/wiccans (respectively).
Means of salvation Through Christ's death and resurrection. Salvation is by grace, through faith. Not by works, lest anyone should boast. N/A
Branches Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Elijan, Dianic, Druidic, Celtic, Nordic, Eclectic, Stregheria, Faerie (Fae), Georgian, Y Tylwyth Teg, American Welsh, Blue Star, Ceremonial, Odyssean, Shamanic Witchcraft, etc.
Angels Angels are servants of God used as messengers and warriors and guardians of humanity. Depending on the path, some sects believe in Arch Angels. Mainly belief in faeries is more prominent.
Status of women Can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and may be priests in Protestant churches. The Bible states that men and women have different roles but are not inferior. Women are equal to men in modern times. Women and men are equals and women are revered, as they are the givers of life.
Definition Follower of the Christ. To be wise, to live to learn, grow, experience life.
Human Nature Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God. Some may say that the Divine (God or Goddess) is within each of us, others may argue. It depends on who you ask.
Identity of Jesus Son of the Living God and Saviour of the world. Second person of the Trinity. N/A
About Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Largest of the Neopagan religions. Great reverence for the Earth & for their Goddess & her consort, the horned God. Wiccan Rede: forbids them from harming people, including themselves, except in some cases of self-defense.
Rites Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic Anglican and Orthodox). other denominations just Baptism and communion. Initiation, Hand Fasting, Healing, Ritual.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. N/A, closest comparison would be the Sabbat of Yule, when the God is born unto the Goddess.
Goal of religion To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved. To honor the ancient Gods and Goddess, and respect the cycles of life. To better yourself.
God's role in salvation Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level. Only God is good and therefore only God is able to save a person. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind. N/A
Population 2.1 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and other Christians. The number of practicing Wiccans has been estimated between tens of thousands on up to several hundred thousand.
Status of Adam Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. N/A
Principle God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates them and they become "born-again". To better one's self, to become more attuned with the mother Goddess and God.
Confessing sins Protestants confess straight to God, Catholic confess mortal sins to a Priest, and venial sins straight to God (Orthodox have similar practice) Anglicans confess to Priests but considered optional. God always forgives sins in Jesus. N/A
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. N/A
Clothes Conservative Christians dress Modestly (women usually put up their hair, dresses below knees, cover up the top, some even cover their head) men wear dress clothes do not show chests legs and arms. although Liberal Christians reject Prohibitions. Varies. Some wear clothing based on European heritage, some wear elaborate costumes with masks and adornments, some wear robes, some wear street clothes, and quite a few conduct ritual 'skyclad' (nude).
Religious Law The 10 Commandments and the New Commandment to "Love one another". Three Fold Law.
Holy days/Official Holidays Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus). Sabbats, Esbats.
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father. N/A
Marriage Marriage is between one man and one woman. Jesus affirms this in Mathew 19:3-9 ‘...Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’. While all people have different views, same sex marriage is just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages. The ritual of Hand Fasting is usually used.
Ressurection of Jesus affirmed N/A, Easter is comparable to the Sabbat Ostara, which celebrates the rejuvenation of the harvest, the beginning of spring. Fertility.
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Belief of The Gods and Goddesses.
Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ As some might say, we are the Holy Ones
View of Animistic religions Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common. Practitioners typically follow specific deities over others.
Original Language(s) Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek English
View of other Abrahamic religions Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true. N/A, Wiccans believe that everyone has their own path.
Prophet Noah ,Moses, Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, John the Baptist and many others. N/A
Day of worship Worship should be daily. Many Christians attend church on Sundays. only sundays is considered mandatory. Depending on the individual: everyday, just on Sabbats and/or Esbats, varies.
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed N/A
Position of Mary She is the Mother of God, and is highly honored in Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican (Episcopalian), and Lutheran Christianity. Most Protestants do not honor the Virgin Mary. N/A
Views on the afterlife Heaven or Hell. May do temporal time in Purgatory. (varies) Reincarnation till one reaches the Summerland.
Authority of Pope Leader and overseer of the Catholic Church. his authority is completely rejected by Protestants, and is viewed by Orthodox as first among equals. Orthodox and Protestants reject Papal infallibility and Papal supremacy. N/A
Three Jewels Faith, Hope and Charity N/A
Holy days Sunday, Christmas, Holy Week & Easter, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days Sabbats, 8 celebrations falling on the Equinoxes, Solstices, and points immediately between them (cross-quarter days). Esbats are celebrated monthly in honor of the cycles of the moon.
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. Wiccans have inspired others resurrect ancient pagan religions, such as Druidism, etc.
Abrahamic Lineage The Lord Jesus was a Descendant of Abraham, via his son Isaac & grandson Jacob. N/A
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of A person must believe in God and Jesus to be Christian. N/A
View of the Buddha N/A. Buddha achieved enlightenment and therefore is someone to imitate.... though as always, depends on who you talk to. While some minimal Buddhist influence may be present, Buddha himself is rarely worshiped.
Original Languages Aramaic, Latin, and Greek English
Marriage and Divorce Explained by Jesus in Mathew 19:3-9 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore what God has put together let man not seperate.' Hand Fasting
Teachings about Behavior And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself;” Go and sin no more- John 8 An ye harm none, do what ye will (The Wiccan Rede)
Use of statues Permitted in Catholic & Orthodox Churches, Very common
Geographical distribution and predominance Europe, North & South America, Australia & New Zealand. Primarily English speaking parts of Europe, North American and Australia with some communities in France, Germany, etc.
Names of God God, Gud, Gott, Deo, Dios. Jehovah, YHWH, Eli Elohim, Allah, (depending on language Christians are of every language and culture around the world) Pan, Herne, etc.
Saints Catholics and Orthodox venerate very Holy people as Saints. Most Protestants do not do this. Goddesses and Gods
Status of Muhammad False Prophet with wrong Ideas about God and Jesus, and the Bible. N/A.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Affirmed, in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, & Anglican(Episcopalian)Christianity; most Protestants do not. N/A
Views on other religion Christianity is the True Faith. View all religions positively. Some may have a negative disposition toward faiths with dogmatic views and rigid scripture, though that is a personal thing, not a part of the religion.
View of God Our Heavenly Father. God and Goddess. The Goddess is commonly viewed as a triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone), who are represented by the three basic moon phases (waxing crescent, full moon, waning crescent)
Use of statues, images some denominations regard It as forbidden and Idolatry. Anglicans and Lutherans allow pictures but forbid venerating them. Catholics encourage pictures and statues and venerate them. Orthodox encourage pictures and venerate them. Permitted.
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Primarily English with occasional inclusions of local languages related to specific deities and magical languages from western mystery traditions. Some covens in non-English speaking countries speak their local languages.
View of other Dharmic religions N/A. Belief in everyone's right to their own path.
Followers Christian (follwers of Christ) Wiccan
Virtue in which religion is based upon Love, Repentance of sins. Harming None, bettering one's self, a connection and relationship with the Divine
Symbol The Cross. Pentacle or a Triple Moon symbol (a full moon surrounded by two crescent moons..like this )0(..)
Significance of Eucharist Literal Presence Of Christ. N/A
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Varies but the Triple Goddess is common (Maiden, Mother and Crone), a "Woodsy" God, either horned or "The Greenman", The Holly King, other various deities from different regions depending on the Path
Presence of Christ in Eucharist Yes. N/A
Place and Time of origin Approx. 33 AD. England 1950 (According to records)
Belief of deities Only One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Commonly, a God and Goddess, which may be thought of as specific Gods and Goddesses from many cultures, or as two parts, of one Eternal Life Force
Purgatory Believed in by Catholic Church. N/A

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January 8, 2014, 6:18am

Most of the problems associated with the dry winter air can be easily cured by installing a whole house furnace mounted humidifier. Another well known treatment for its beneficial effects in treating pleurisy is a loose poultice of linseed seeds.

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November 10, 2013, 6:48am

To all Christians out there: we don't care about your hell, that's your opinion.

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April 26, 2013, 9:51pm

To all the Wiccans formerly Christians:

That light you see isn't you're next life.

It's Hell's fire burning bright. ~Happy life

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April 26, 2013, 9:47pm

Long live Jesus

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August 27, 2012, 8:15pm

As a Wiccan and former Christian, this is more or less accurate on both the Christian viewpoint (though it does seem to lean more towards Catholicism than Protestantism) and the Wiccan. However, the only true Wiccan tenet (for the "Scripture" section) is the Wiccan Rede "An it harm none, do as ye will": so don't murder, respect all life, don't commit suicide or mutilate your body, don't sacrifice animals or humans during ritual, etc. This chart could be improved by a lot, yes, but as a basic chart, it is fairly accurate.

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December 24, 2011, 9:09am

Whoever wrote this is clearly biased and not pretty ignorant about Wicca. A total waste of a webpage, as this could easily have been informative if it had been written with good intentions and a little research.

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March 24, 2011, 3:53pm

hi i am a christian young man...n i am trying to seek help on whether i should continue dating a catholic woman..i love her to death n the only thing that is slowing us down is our religion, some how i feel i should continue just bcause we connect like that...but then again it gets to me will i become a catholic too...or should i stay christian...i mean i do love her n this is the point where i make a decision...she wants me to follow her way...but then again what about my way...should i have a saying in this...or just go along with...i am just confuse on whether we should go forth in our relationship...cause in the end i want to live my life as a holy man n a follower of jesus christ....

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November 22, 2010, 11:46am

Love God and your neighbor as yourself is a process requiring a person to know himself, to know why he re-enacts, recreates his life in patterns wasting energy, separating himself from his true nature and from God. Gospel of Thomas says if you know what is inside you it can help you; if you don't know what is inside you it can kill you. Christ came to the earth, sacrificed from deity to mankind, in order to lead us, instruct us to the truth. When mankind murdered Christ, God through Christ sent the Holy Spirit to counsel us, and to send us to teachers, counselors, physicians of the soul to teach us the non violent kingdom of God is Gtotally separate from the vilolent kindom of man. Whenever the spoken or written word deviates from that principle, whenever it separates us from the non violent God it's not from the Holy Spirit; when it connects to God, moves to make us whole it is of the Holy Spirit.

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October 9, 2011, 8:54pm

Just convert to catholocism. It will be a lot easier on you.

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