A Wiccan Feels Offended - 07/18/2008

Helloz, my name is Yashira O. and im a 16 year old wiccan.
Im writing to ask you a question:
Do you get offended when people bash on your religion with statements such as "God isn't real" or "The devil is just something that Christians made up"?

I'd like to know this because, although it is your opinion, many people DO get offended and hurt by your words, an example of hurt being me.
I understand your point of view seeing as how my mother has been Christian for 28 years and we have had many religion=based talks, but please understand that wiccans such as I harm none.
As a High Priestess, Ms. Silver RavenWolf has stated many times "An' it harm none, Do what ye will"
we STRONGLY abide by that. Im not saying that we all do, but those that dont must not be true wiccans if it is pain and suffering that they wish upon people eh?

thank you for your time and consideration!

Blessed Be,
Yashira





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Yashira.  Thanks for writing to us.  First, let me answer your question.  We do NOT get offended by people saying things that bash Christianity.  We recognize that everyone has the right to believe as they wish and to express those beliefs, as you have done in your email to us (by sending your email, you did essentially what you criticize us for doing).  It does, however, make us sad that so many people are rejecting the absolute truth and rejecting the one true God.  This places their eternal souls in jeopardy.  That makes us sad, not offended. 

We don't criticize belief systems such as Wicca simply because we don't like those beliefs.  It's not about our personal tastes or preferences.  We didn't pull this out of nowhere.  It's because these beliefs are wicked, according to God's Word for us (the Bible).  People are deceived into accepting these beliefs, and placing themselves in danger of judgment.  Romans 1:25 is one of several verses in the Bible that addresses the errors of Wicca, "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen."  The rest of this chapter talks about judgment that awaits people who do various wicked and sinful things, such as worshiping nature instead of the God who created nature.  For more passages of God's Word that condemn what Wiccans embrace, go here: http://www.contenderministries.org/wicca/response.php.  God instructs us in the Bible to "contend for the faith" and counter false teachings.  That's what we do.  If some are offended, that's a small price to pay if even one person rejects their sinful ways and turns to Jesus.

In Christ,

Ben Rast
Contender Ministries