Willow the Wiccan
Willow’s worldview is called Wicca, which is a loosely organized set of beliefs that are rooted in mystical traditions, including but not limited to Celtic or Norse paganism, Greek and Roman goddess worship, ancient Egyptian spirituality, Eastern Shamanism, or even Native American spiritual practices, depending on the group. Willow was attracted to Wicca because of the strong connection she felt with the world around her and in particular with nature. Willow is generally tolerant of other religions, but she does not welcome anyone trying to ‘convert’ her.
Questions You Can Ask
- What’s your spiritual background?
- What’s the one thing that you like the most about your Wiccan beliefs?
- Have you ever had a supernatural or paranormal experience?
- Do you believe there are good spirits and evil spirits?
- Do you ever talk about your beliefs with others who see things the same way or do you feel pretty isolated when it comes to your religion?
- Have you ever been mocked or rejected for being a Wiccan by those who claimed to be Christians?
- What do you think happens after we die?
- Who do you think Jesus was?
- What do you think of Jesus’ claim that He was God and the way back to God?
- Has anyone ever explained the gospel to you?
Areas You Can Admire
- Willow’s desire to develop a spiritual view of life.
- Willow’s deep respect for life and nature.
- Willow’s belief in a supreme being.
- Willow’s desire to think for herself.
What Willow Believes
Willow and other Wiccans vary in their beliefs, but the majority of them would hold to the eight beliefs listed below:
- Everyone has the divine (or goddess) within, and everyone has a ‘life-force’.
- One should develop natural gifts for divination or occult magic (often spelled ‘magick’ by occultists.)
- Divine forces or nature spirits are invoked in rituals.
- The Goddess, as either a symbol or a real entity, is the focus of worship.
- Nature and the earth are sacred manifestations of the Goddess.
- Everyone has his or her own individual spiritual path to follow.
- Rituals and celebrations are linked to the seasons and moon phases.
- Meditation, visualization, invocation (calling on forces or gods/goddesses), chanting, burning candles and special rituals trigger a sense of the mystical, which typically reinforces their core belief system.
Willow believes in a male counterpart to the Goddess, who could possibly be the Christian God or the God of Islam.
About the Trinity:
Willow doesn’t believe in the Trinity.
Willow believes Jesus was an enlightened man who should be honored just like Mohammed, Moses, Krishna, and Buddha, but he was not and is not God in the flesh.
About the Bible:
Willow doesn’t believe in absolute truth but she considers the Bible a good book that she can pick and choose things from to help her follow her spiritual path.
About the Afterlife:
Willow believes in an endless cycle of reincarnation (birth-death-birth-death, etc.) and karma (what you do here affects you in the next life). She does not believe in heaven or hell.
Willow does not believe in sin or a need for forgiveness, so she doesn’t see a need for salvation. In her mind, being ‘saved’ would be to reach a point where one is free from the reincarnation/karma cycle.
What the Bible Teaches
God identified Himself as “I Am” (Exodus 20:2) – meaning He is the self-existent (never had a beginning or end) eternal Creator of the universe. There is no Goddess.
About the Trinity:
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4; James 2:19). There are no other ‘gods’ or ‘goddesses’.
Jesus is fully God and fully man, He is the God of the universe (John 1:1, 14, 18; 8:58 ; 10:30 . Compare Titus 2:13 and Isaiah 45:21), and His death on the cross completely paid for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). What Willow sees as ‘enlightened’ was actually His power as being God. What separates him from Moses, Buddah, Mohammed, etc. was that He came back from the dead.
About the Bible:
The Bible alone is the word of God and is absolute truth. It is without error. It cannot and should not be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20), and it is also the ultimate authority on spiritual matters. Every word of it is inspired by God, so you can’t just pick and choose what you ‘think’ is true.
About the Afterlife:
Those who trust in Christ alone as their only hope of salvation spend eternity in heaven; those who reject Christ spend an eternity in hell (John 5:24-30; Revelation 20:11-15). The Bible denies the concept of reincarnation (Hebrews 9:27-28).
All people are sinners in need of forgiveness (Romans 3:23). Salvation is by faith in Christ ALONE on the basis of His death on the cross. (John 3:16 -17, 36; 6:29 ,47; Romans 4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
Things to Remember
- Like Tara the Typical, Willow is extremely sensitive toward anything that sounds intolerant and/or judgmental, so approach with extreme caution! As well, she sees Christianity as an oppressive religion, so be sure and show her love and respect.
- Ask Willow what she believes about Christianity, because she might have a distorted image of what Christianity is. Try and use this as an opportunity to help her develop a correct understanding of true Christianity.
- Don’t confuse Wiccans with witches, because anyone can practice witchcraft, but Wiccans follow a strict code. Also, don’t confuse Wiccans with Satanists, because most Wiccans don’t believe in Satan or the devil.
- Outline the strengths and reliability of the Bible (accuracy, consistency, fulfilled prophecy, etc.) because Willow rejects it as unreliable.
- Stress your personal relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ and what impact that has on your daily life.
- Whether Willow knows it or not, she is in the grips of Satan, so like Sid the Satanist, be sure and cover your relationship and conversations with her in a ton of prayer.
For Further Research
- Pick up a copy of Greg Stier’s book Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith
- Check out carm.org