Christianity vs. Wicca

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Christianity

Christianity

Wicca

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
Place of origin Roman province of Judea. England
Practices Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Prayer, witchcraft, devotion, invocation, blessings, healing, casting circle, etc
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.
About Christianity broadly consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, often believe Christ is "the Son" of the Holy Trinity and walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father"). 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.
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.
Rites Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic and Orthodox). Anglicans: Baptism and Eucharist. Other denominations: Baptism and communion. Initiation, Hand Fasting, Healing, Ritual.
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.
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.
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
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.
Religious Law Has existed among Catholics in the form of canon law. Three Fold Law.
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), 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.
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed N/A
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.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. N/A
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
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 Languages Aramaic, Common (Koine) Greek, Hebrew. English
Saints Catholics and Orthodox venerate very Holy people as Saints. Most Protestants do not do this. Goddesses and Gods
Followers Christian (follwers of Christ) Wiccan
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 other Dharmic religions N/A Belief in everyone's right to their own path.
Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ As some might say, we are the Holy Ones
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. Wiccans have inspired others resurrect ancient pagan religions, such as Druidism, etc.
View of God N/A 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)
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Affirmed, in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, & Anglican(Episcopalian)Christianity; most Protestants do not. N/A
Purgatory Believed in by Catholic Church. N/A
sects Catholic, Protestant, & Orthodox. Alexandrian, Gardnerian, Dianic, Elijan, etc.

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January 8, 2014, 6:18am

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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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