A Note to Christians

If you stumbled upon my page and you are Christian, I really do appreciate your "concern" for my soul. But I do not need to be converted, saved, or whatever you'd like to call it. I have found my true path and do not wish to be harrassed through e-mail by anyone who doesn't agree with my religion choices. I will answer questions openly and honestly, but I will no longer tolerate the e-mails and postings to my guestbook by people here to "save" me from whatever you want to call it.

I have recieved a lot of e-mails and some Christians have signed my guestbook stating I am a fruitloop, I'm going to hell, I must not love myself if I don't love Jesus, I'm not living my life as I should...blah blah blah etc. etc. I get tired of hearing this repeatedly, like these comments and threats are going to make me change my life. Plesae save your comments. Here is a little bit about my religious backround....

I grew up with parents who believed in "God". Mom was an alcoholic, drug addict, and physically and mentally abusive to me. Dad was an alcoholic and worked so much I hardly saw him. They said they believed in a God. When I questioned them, they couldnt answer my religious questions. So around the age of 12, I went to a church of the Nazarene (sorry about the spelling) with a lady I babysat for. I was excited about this new adventure. I went every Sunday to Sunday school and what they called Children's Church for almost a year. I tried reading the bible and didnt understand most of what I read. I questioned my parents and the lady who invited me. But never recived answers that I understood. I finally decided to speak up in Sunday school. The man who "taught" us, grew angrier and angrier at me each week. He even called my Dad and asked him to please make me stop asking so amny questions at church. My Dad kind of laughed and said the whole reason he was letting me go to church was so my questions would be answered. Eventually I wasnt allowed to go to Sunday School. The man told me I was permitted in Children's Church. I quess he figured I would keep my mouth shut there. I sat listening and listening, not understanding, wondering why the Pastor would contradict himself a lot. So I started stayign after to question him. I thought since he was so close to God, he would be able to answer me. Wrong. He got more frustrated with me than the guy who taught Sunday School. Eventually I was only allowed in the adult church. Can't raise your hand and ask questions there.

So I was more or less kicked out of that church. I discovered Paganism and the Goddess at 16. My life took some twists and turns that were out of my control. I started practicing again when I was 20. But I let people influence me and I decided to go to church one more time. I guess to prove to myself that Paganism was the path I was susposed to be on. This time, I tried going to a Protestant church. I found myself trying to stay awake most Sundays. I was married in the Protestant church and still tried and tried to understand. But Pagan ways made more and more sense to me the more I read. I left the church and never looked back. I just can't be a part of a religion that contradicts itself so much! The bible says love thy neighbor...Christians are constantly fighting with other religions!!! Or the man next door goes to church every Sunday, claims to be a man of God, yet goes home and beats the crap out of his wife or kids!!! A woman goes to church on Sunday but goes out sometime later and cheats on her husband!! I'm not saying that Pagans dont do these things, but how can Christians teach to love, honor and respect each other then turn around and do the total opposite of what the Bible says or what they claim to believe in? I just dont understand and I guess I never will.

When you, as a Christian, decided to e-mail me or put a note to me in the guestbook, please stop and consider these quotes from your bible.....

                "Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
                gentleness, goodness, faith, 
                23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." 

                "Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou 
                shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 

                "1 John 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of 
                the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that 
                loveth not his brother." 

                "1 John 3:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a 
                liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love 
                God whom he hath not seen?"

Please do not think that I hate Christians. I only wish that those who judge others because of their choice of religion would sit back and think about what it would be like if someone were to come at you and call you evil, you dont deserve to live, you have no freedom of religon because your way is wrong, or threatened your life and your family's just because your beliefs are different. You wouldn't like it one bit would you?? Before you judge how I live, look at your life. I live by the beliefs I have, I practice what I "preach"....do you?

Below is an essay that I found at the Witches' Voice site. Please read and contemplate the meaning. I couldn't have said it better myself!

A Statement to Those Who Wish to Harm

by Crystalize

        To you who do not know me. You do not understand my beliefs; yet you proceed to attack
        me.violating your own code with your intolerance...

        To you who set up campaigns to silence me, and yet protest when your rights are infringed

        To you who call me evil, but don't know what I am...because you have never cared to find out...

  This is what I say to you. I am not evil, I am peaceful. I will not be silenced, for I believe
  what I speak. I wish no harm to come to you. I wish not to fight with you. I hold no malice against you
  because we believe differently. I wish it were the same with you. 

  I do not hate you, although you'd like to believe I do. I do not cast spells to harm you. You accuse me
  of foul injustice, but I am innocent. You accuse me of violence, which I do not perform. You've called
  me a killer. I wish only for the chance to live in peace with you and all others. 

  You've accused me of the foulest of deeds; you've tried to suppress me and destroy me. You've done
  your best to succeed, but yet, you fail. You fail because, despite all that you have done to me and my
  kind throughout history, Still we live. We will not be silenced. 

  We are Witches, Pagans, Wiccans and Shamans. We are united together to fight the intolerance you
  teach. If you learn anything from this...Learn that we will survive.

  We have, and we always will.

Read my page, follow some of the links in the webrings section, or do a search in a search engine and find the truth baout Paganism before you judge us. We are not bad people. We do not worship Satan/The Devil, etc Just because we view religion differently than you, does not me we are to be harassed, discriminated against, or treated any differently. Educate yourself! We are humans just as you are and deserve respect just like you do.

Here are some links for you to read about Christians and Pagans.

How to share the gospel with Pagans
This was written by the people at the Witch's Voice. This is very good advice to a Christian wanting to share their religion with Pagans or anyone of another religion.

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