I know, this was supposed to be about Esbats, time for that later. Now it is time for a short rant.
I have been cruising around on the internet and finding blogs and podcasts and articles by people who claim that they are both Christian and Wiccan. I was puzzled, then I was annoyed, then I decided to post an opinion about this.
My opinion is....these people don't get it.
I wrote this several times and each time it devolved into a rant with lots of side trips on various topics. Not what I want to do. Then I came up with this way to explain how this idea just doesn't work.
You are standing on the curb in need of a ride (a spiritual path). Two vehicles pull up and offer you a ride.
The first is a bus. The bus driver is The Goddess. The bus is full of Deities and Spirits and Elements. They all have wisdom to share and help to offer. You have to make the first move, be respectful and make a connection. Then they will help you. You can speak to anyone on the bus that you want to, no one will be offended about who you choose to talk to. All the doors and windows are open, others outside the bus join in the discussions.
The second vehicle is a car. The driver is the Christian God. He also has wisdom and help to offer, but there is one restriction. If you are going to have a relationship with him, you cannot have a relationship with any of those guys on the bus. It doesn't matter why, it's just the way it is.
You cannot ride in both vehicles. You have to choose. You can stop the vehicle and change rides if you want, but you cannot ride both at once. You cannot follow the rules of one while you ride in the other.
If you are Christian and are attracted to witchcraft or mysticism, it may be possible to incorporate them into your Christian beliefs.
Wicca does not equal witchcraft. Witchcraft is part of Wiccan spiritual practices, but witchcraft exists outside of religion.
But Wicca is a religion that at it's core is the opposite of Christianity. Wicca is pantheistic, Christianity is monotheistic. Christianity is based on a concept of heaven and hell, good and evil, God and the devil.
Wiccans don't even believe that the devil or hell exist.
How can you possibly be honest in your beliefs and say that you believe in both?
I know it is hard for some people, but you cannot walk these two spiritual paths at the same time. If you are having trouble with your spiritual path, perhaps you need to take a good look at it and at others and find the one that speaks to you, rather than trying to mix things that just don't mix.
Next time...back to Esbats