Most witches (often called Wiccans) are part of the contemporary neo-pagan
movement which is rooted in the ancient god and goddess worship of several
pre-Christian cults and religions (Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, Roman and
Sumerian). While there is much diversity of beliefs among witches (because
it, like the New Age movement, is not one centrally organized religion
with a set creed or belief system) there are several common beliefs
widely held among witches.
Some common beliefs among witches:
1. Rejection of absolute truth.
Witches believe that experience and mysticism are the final authority
not some book or creed. Each person must find and define their own reality
and belief system.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for
teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that
the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In
the presence of God and of Christ Jesus...I give you this charge:
Preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season....For the
time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead,
to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number
of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will
turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."
2 Timothy 3:16-4:4
Witches believe that acceptance of other belief systems and religions
(as long as those religions and belief systems are tolerant of theirs)
is a must. Diversity is a virtue, dogmatism a sin.
There is right and wrong. "Woe to those who call evil good and
good evil...." Isaiah 5:20
Some things should not be tolerated. "I will set before my eyes
no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling
to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing
to do with evil." Psalm 101:3,4
3. Polytheism or Pantheism
Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods and goddesses. Pantheism
is the belief that all is god and god is all. Everything and everyone
"I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none
like me." Isaiah 46:9
4. Life Force
Most witches believe that there is an energy or life force that is ever-present
throughout the entire universe. Therefore, the entire creation is a
"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:16,17
5. Goddess worship
Most witches worship the Goddess. The Mother Goddess is mother, maiden
and crone (destroyer). She is eternal, associated with the moon and
earth and can be invoked under many names. Many witches also believe
in and worship the male counterpart to the Mother Goddess, the Horned
"...Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior."
Most witches believe that they can cause changes in
people and circumstances through invoking spirits, forces or gods in
the unseen world. This is usually done through some prescribed ritual
"Let no one be found among you who...practices divination or sorcery,
interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells....Anyone
who does these things is detestable to the LORD...." Deuteronomy
What do they believe?
They believe that morality is personal and that the Biblical view of
sin is guilt inducing and an unhealthy concept to accept.
Men are held responsible for their sin (Romans 3:23;
About the Trinity?
Witches do not believe in the Trinity. They are either polytheistic
(belief in many gods) or pantheistic (all is god and god is all).
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4;
Many witches believe that Jesus was a witch due to his
supernatural power. Others believe that he was just a man and not God
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the Creator, Ruler, Judge
and Savior of the entire universe (John 1:1,14,18; 8:58; 10:30; Titus
2:13; Colossians 1:15-17)
Witches don't believe that salvation from sin is possible because the
only sin there really is is that of intolerance. As Valerie Voigt wrote
in her book Being a Pagan in a 9-5 World, "We don't have a Devil to
blame our mistakes on and we need no Savior to save us from a non-existent
Only through salvation do we have true happiness.
Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
About the Bible?
Witches don't believe in absolute truth. Therefore, while some witches
may consider the Bible a good book, none hold it to be absolutely true
in every area.
The Bible alone is the word of God. It is without error. It cannot
be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20)
How to witness to them
- Focus on the literal claims of Christ. Not only did he claim to
be God (John 8:57, 58) but he also claimed to be the only way to God
- Various questions to ask witches:
• "How do you know that neo-paganism (witchcraft) is true?"
• "What if you are wrong?"
• "If there are such things as gods and goddesses why have
they not revealed themselves physically
like Jesus Christ has?"
• "If Jesus is not absolutely God and only a good man then
why did he claim to be God over
A Ready Defense,
Josh McDowell. San Bernardino, CA: Here's Life Publishers, Inc., 1990.
Goddess Worship, Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism,
Craig S. Hawkins. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998.
Don't Check Your Brains At The Door,
Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1992.
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