I have been a member of this site for several years (despite a two or three month break recently). In that time, I have gone through a MAJOR personal spiritual transition. This site, and the many thought-provoking discussions I have taken part in, have helped me through the learning process.
Sadly, there are many in the neopagan world (and, even more sadly, the Christian world) that don't really have a proper grasp of what Christianity really is. So, in an effort to open up some dialogue, gain understanding from both sides of the issue, and perhaps educate some who don't know (and gain some knowledge myself), I thought we should discuss this often controversial, and always thought-provoking, topic of....
I consider myself to be a Christian. Some people get irritated by that, I can only imagine why... More specifically, I consider myself an Evangelical Lutheran Christian. In addition to that, I am also a Powwow. For those who don't know, it is a system of folk magic as found within the culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch...a culture I am very much a part of. My magical path is not only common in my area, it is taught within my very own church. It is very much a part of my culture, my state's history, and even the early history of our country (USA, for those who weren't sure). Formerly I dabbled in wicca, Wicca, neo-shamanism, and whatever else, so the transition to Powwow and Christian was not much of a leap for me.
Anyway, back to Christianity. I will start by saying this: IT IS PROBABLY NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS. And YES, you can talk about Christianity in an occult forum without fear of anyone trying to convert you. That's not what I do (misconception #1).
With that said, let's begin conversation. What are the common misconceptions? What are the common complaints? How much of what you do, as a modern magical person, comes from Judeo-Christian teachings? How much of what Christianity does comes from what you think is yours?
Let's discuss. And remember, keep the hate to a minimum...
Much of the Craft in modern times has strong Judeo-Christian influence. Aliester Crowley is one major reason for this, but didn't many Judeo-Christian practices emerge out of older occult practices that were added to the faith? Either way, both need to get along better. You'd think after 1,000 years, things would have changed. I don't think that just following the Bible, a book written by man, is a good idea either. Rather than following them, why not practice life the way Christ did and not worship him as a god. To my knowledge he never called or addressed himself as such but rather 'The Son of God'. Love to know more btw. I'm interested in Gnostic Christianity and the two seem similar so...glad I saw this:)
Also a good book I suggest is 'Jesus Through Pagan Eyes'. It's awesome.
Christianity and Greek religion were syncretizing in harmony, this was not the only religion. Of course it's based on pre-existing ideals, but I can easily say that about almost every religion on this planet. None of them aren't without some sort of influence from another religion or philosophy.