Anonymous asked: Hi there. Before I became Christian I was a very devout Wiccan, and it made me really happy. Once I was saved, I didn’t think about it all that much for a while, but now it’s all starting to come back to me. Every once in a while I just get this intense need for Wicca, and I wonder how I could have ever rejected such an intimate part of myself. It feels like I just decided to not use my left hand. It’s obviously a part of me but I just ignore it, and it’s painful. What should I do?
Unka Glen answered: Forgive me if I remember this story incorrectly, but I seem to remember reading about a conversation between C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, where they were working out the reason for the similarities of all the world’s religions. They decided it was due to this idea of: “now we see only a dull reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
What they were saying, is that one day Christians will see God, and know Him fully, but for now, we see the truth of God through this distorted mirror that is our imperfect understanding of God. They were further suggesting that different religions simply had a a less accurate mirror. So they’d get bits and pieces of the truth, and then maybe fill in the gaps with their own imagination.
This view would suggest that it’s not so much that all the world’s religions are evil, so much as it might suggest that they may be woefully less clued in. This view would also suggest that there might be elements of other religions that are true reflections, but that Christian culture has forgotten, or simply left out.
For example, meditation is central to Buddhism. But when Moses hands over leadership of the Jews to Joshua (a very important moment in Biblical history), he commands Joshua to “keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” David mentions meditating on the Word sixteen different times in the Psalms.
Christians have as much of a scriptural instruction to meditate as any Buddhist. Christians, generally speaking, just don’t.
So where does that leave us? Well, it means that the answer is not in Wicca, or Buddhism, and that modern cultural Christianity may be a much more accurate view of the truth, but that there is always a deeper, simpler, more accurate, more Biblical Christianity to be discovered (I mean, compare the Christianity of today with Medieval era Christianity for example).
Pray that the eyes of your heart be opened, that you may see God more and more as He truly is. No filters, no labels, just truth.
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