Yesterday, I spent the morning researching religion and belief systems to create the kingdom of Dagda Mead from the Kings point of view. My writing has so far been from the point of view of the Wytch – based on the old religion and paganism. I have had a problem with the Kings (and therefore the kingdoms) new religion, as I didn’t want it to be regarded as anti Christian (or other). So I set about creating my new world religion for my fantasy kingdom. This in itself is a rather large task!
Whilst researching, I received a text from a friend of mine with a link to her new website. About two years ago, they received a different kind message; one from God, to plant a church. Through prayer and hard work they are beginning to realise their work. I was excited for her, for her family, to be doing something that they believed was not just a calling, but also something that they were passionate about on the spiritual and physical levels. I checked out their website, I read everything. I texted back telling her how happy I was for them to be doing such a worthwhile thing, that they were amazing, and I wished them all well on their journey. I even tweeted a link, because I am genuinely happy for them.
My research continued. I came across a site with the title of this particular post : “What is Wrong with Witchcraft?” on Christianvoice.org.uk dated July 2013. Okay, it’s a while ago now, but the comments were still coming through as recently as this year.
In the article, the writer suggests that a Christian lady who was interviewed on a programme – BBC’s Big Questions, answered a question regarding witches, wrongly.
“In Exodus, it says “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” What do you say to that?”
Her answer was that the particular passage was from the old testament and that the new testament encourages us to love our neighbours.
The author of this piece, suggested her answer was lame, and proceeded to explain why. The whole post however, there are websites and shops, being advertised dedicated to witches, wicca, neo-pagans, and generally the pagan faith. I continued reading, and bookmarked the site so that I could return and follow the links to said witchy sites. I was after all in research mode, not shopping mode!
“Firstly let me say that no Christian could support ‘trial by ordeal’ by which unfortunate women were wrongly convicted of witchcraft in our land during a period of more than two hundred years with the seventeenth century at its heart. There must be solid evidence to be convicted of any crime. Turning to the self-styled witch on ‘Big Questions’, where is the evidence to convict him? Sticking a star around your neck, growing your hair and dressing in your mum’s old curtains does not come close.
However, it does seem today that we have passed from the hysteria against witchcraft of the seventeenth century to a feeling today that witches and witchcraft are benign and either a bit jolly or silly. Certainly, no-one today could take witchcraft seriously, or say that it is any more than a bit of fun, could they? Well, I believe we ought to examine witchcraft in our day rather more closely.”
He then goes on to state:
“I once heard Colin Dye of Kensington Temple tell a story of Christians in an outreach somewhere in Africa who were opposed by the local witch. The opposition was on purely economic grounds, like the shrine-makers in Ephesus. Christianity would decrease or eliminate her income. So she cursed the missionaries with death before the morning light. Needless to say, they stayed up all night in prayer, praying that God would be their shield and defense and that the arrows of witchcraft would be returned to sender. We can be shocked in Britain by such an approach, common as it is Africa; many of us would pray for the witch instead. Some might go so far as to pray that God would ‘bless her’. Show grace, they would say. Well, these Christians prayed for protection and for the arrows to be returned to sender. (insertion of a quote from Acts 13:8) You are probably way ahead of me already. As dawn broke, the Christians found themselves all alive and in good health. But news soon came. The witch was dead. Then the news spread. What power was here! The village followed the Biblical Deputy and turned to Christ en masse.”
Ding Dong, the Witch is dead! How glorious for them to have such proof and now more dedicated followers. (Sorry, it irked me!)
My perception of this article was that this guy was, actually is, suggesting that witches are in fact a danger. That we have the ability to harm our enemies, that without the light of his God in our lives, we are in fact his enemy. What enemy does a witch have? Do we not live by a code, that although is a recent writing, is still very much based upon ancient lore:
“‘An it harm none, do what thou will.” Harming none is the absolute in the earth based religion.
As I read it, he even suggested that the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall, bought upon the floods in 2004. The museum had been there for a long time – 50 years. It brings tourist and trade from around the world, and has a huge traffic to its website. Would their God have flooded the entire area because of a museum?
I was intrigued by what I was reading. Are we bad people? Because we believe in something else, are we the enemy? It made me think about my book, about my King and the Wytches in Dagda Mead. I am happy that I came across this article, as it has helped me form opinions in the point of view of the King. Yet maddened because he states that through prayer, Christians make a spiritual connection to their God, whereas Witches make a false spiritual connection through spells and potions. While the answer to a prayer is in Gods hands, the spell unleashes a power at the hands of the practitioner.
He also states that witchcraft is jolly and silly.
Erm, what? Which is it – do we have the power of your God or are we silly? These two statements don’t match up to me…
More importantly though, from the passages that I have copied above, you can also see that it raises serious questions in the real world. Firstly, that no Christian would support trial by ordeal (yeah, let’s not go through the witch hunter general and the burnings again), but that it is okay to pray for the death of an enemy. As is Gods will? Isn’t this how wars start?
It also raised a question in my own personal world. With my new witchcraft classes due to begin soon, if I were to message my friend of the Christian faith with my own happy news of establishing my business would she tweet a link? Would she be happy for me?
NB: The word witch in the true translation means something else entirely than our modern day meaning of the word – apparently! As my research continued I came across this article: An Enquiry into Biblical Mistranslation over at Proteus Coven
Still. With all this, I got some research done, I reached the heights of spiritual outrage with opposing views and can now happily write the Kings p.o.v. 🙂