Posted 18 November 2007 - 06:02 PM
Ultimately, I say no. Not at least for a Wiccan and a Christian.
As for Christian and Witch... well... I cannot wholly agree that you can be both. I mean, I know women who claim to be witches, but are also Christian. Most claim the one, and practice the other (either way really). The women and men that I know, who in my mind truly fit in to a "mystical world", claim only Christianity. They have the spiritual gifts that sometimes are rather mystical. For my mother, she has an uncanny sixth sense. She just knows things before they are going to happen. Christian's call it the gift of prophesy, but a non-christian might claim it as an ability to foretell or divine the future. She isn't always right, but when she is wrong, her having told me to be careful in a certain aspect has often times saved either my life or saved me from other non-life threatening mishap.
I suppose my point is, that yes... by some terms, you can be both a witch and a Christian, but to deny the cause of the gift you have, is in itself not really a Christian act. We are to rejoice in the gifts that God gives us, and we are to use them. Just as in the aforementioned parable about the servants who are given money to invest whilst their master is away. The two servants who used their gifts were grateful for the chance to use their gift, and thus went out and did so. They were then blessed with more gifts. The servant that was afraid to lose the gift he was given, hid it away, as if ashamed. His gift was taken away, he did not act in a way that was grateful for having been given the gift, but was instead more afraid of losing it. If you are a Christian, and you have a spiritual gift, let me ask you this, why do you have to look further than your own faith for an explanation for your gift? If you can make prophesy, why do you have to go elsewhere and discover other ways to prophesy? If you are a healer, why do you have to look for other explanations of your gift, following other tenets of faith? Why can't you just thank God for being able to heal, and do so?
If you are not a Christian, then those questions do not apply to you. Really, the questions do not need an answer. It has been my experience, that most people who truly have some of the more amazing spiritual gifts, go no further than their own current faith's to justify their using it, or as a means to the end of using it. It has also been my experience, that those who are jealous of other's gifts, or those who do not understand the unspoken promise in the parable that Jesus gave regarding the talents, go elsewhere to find a means to their end. Sometimes we have to understand ourselves, and where we are to fully be able to make use of some of the other more lame sounding gifts. I mean... who wants to be able to discern spirits when they could be making miracles? I say this, because I was there. While my path is most definetely different than anyone elses on this site, mayhaps this leg of the journey is not much different.
I know from experience, that some churches are less apt to believe in certain aspects of the bible than others. The bible speaks a bit on spiritual gifts. If you call yourself a Christian, it is my opinion that you should first explore your own faith in the God you worship before looking outward for a means or explanation of your gift. It is really quite amazing some of the things that Paul mentions to be spiritual gifts, but some of us, myself included, can parrallel with "witch craft". To me, the difference lies in where you believe you draw your power. Not your focus, but is this something you have been able to accomplish on your own? Or is this something you managed to accomplish through God? While you may believe the one, someone else may believe the other, or something differently entirely. Just remember however, the Bible mentions that all things are possible through Christ our Lord. The Bible does not say that all things are possible through casting spells, or utilizing some means that is self lead. That is not to say that I do not think it is possible to have some form of ritual in Christianity (take the Catholics for instance). The end does not justify the means. There is a difference here in my mind.
I am not always correct. But this feels to have a bit of truth to it. It is not my place to judge any one person who chooses to be a witch or heretic. While it sometimes feels to be a bit of a paradox within the church (suffering not a witch to live, yet God makes it possible to perform many of the things a witch can through the spiritual gifts), there is definetely a bit of a line on the motives and means that are taken between someone using a "spiritual gift" and a "spell". Rituals may be involved in both, the outcome may be the same in both. Beyond that, I personally see little difference.
This was long. Im out. Sorry.