November 21, 1987 Where's the Real Threat to Delmarva? by Starrider After reading the arti

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November 21, 1987 Where's the Real Threat to Delmarva? by Starrider After reading the article which appeared in the Maranatha Manna, I felt some answers should be given to the charges put forth in it. Yes, there is alot of occult activity on the shore, and I agree that some of it is Satanistic. I strongly disagree that all of this activity is Satanistic. There are many individuals on Delmarva who are practicing the occult, who would like to see such misconceptions put aside. Not all occultists are opposed to Christianity as the article would lead one to believe. Most in truth, have less against the Christian faith, than the Christian faith has against them. Since fundamentalist Christians view God and Satan as opposing forces, they tend to view all those activities not attributable to God as originating with man or Satan. This point of view allows the assumption that that since these activities are "not of God" then they are to be "overcome by the blood of Christ" and avoided at all cost by born again believers. I myself, do not wish to fall into the trap of lumping all Christians into the same group as this article appears to have done with occultists. For that reason, I will say now, that the following applies only to some fundamentalist teachers and followers. Many Christian teachers have "investigated" the occult and have written extensively on the subject. One prime example of this is the contemporary writer, Hal Lindsey. In his book, "Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth" he speaks in an "informed" manner on the subjects of Witchcraft, the occult, and Satanism. The one point he makes quite clear in his book is that no Christian should even think of investigating these things for him/her-self. They are told of the seductive nature of these subjects and that they should seek truth within the Bible alone. This kind of teaching, when it's followed, leads to an attitude that the teacher has overcome a great conflict by the strength of God and that it is better to let them tell of the "evils" of the Devil than to approach them on a personal level. That works out very nicely because it allows the teacher to present whatever point of view he/she wishes to be taken as truth. It also "protects" the flock from the "snares of the enemy". So where does that leave us? It leaves us with a group of people who believe their teachers are giving them the truth and that further personal investigation is illadvised and unwarrented. As long as things remain in that state, it offers no threat to anyone. However, in Christianity, the "truth" must be spread to all who believe. That brings us to the article which appeared in the Maranatha Manna. I am a witch, a follower of The Old Religion, the religion of Wicca. This was not said to shock you, but only to get it straight from the beginning where I stand. I will speak honestly and from my experience on these matters and ask only that hear me out. ******* 1) In the article, Skip Venable says he believes there is at least one witch's coven in each county on the Eastern shore. I do not personally know of any witch's covens on the shore. This does not mean that there are none, only that I am not aware of them. 2) Skip says he would not wish to have a group of people, who believe that evil is good and good is evil as neighbors. Neither would I. Such people could prove to be quite dangerous. As a Wiccan, I do not believe that evil is good, or that good is evil. We believe that all evil should be deminished and that good should be the goal of all. In his one statment to that idea, he has set all occultists up as doers of evil and enemies of the Body of Christ. 3) In the article, he states that during rituals held on occult (pagan is prehaps a better word) holidays, that a murder/sacrifice is demanded. I agree that in some groups which call themselves Satanist, this is practiced. In wicca though, such actions are against the very nature of the religion. We respect all life and do not perform animal or human sacrifices for any reason. 4) He goes on to say that other dangers posed are the use of drugs, violence, and deviant sex, not only used in ritual but in recruiting new followers. He goes on to say that children are especially in danger of these things. I have never used drugs or violence in any ritual. As far as the deviant sex part goes, one must define deviant. First off, most occultists are heterosexual, and would do nothing to harm any other individual either sexually or otherwise. As to the the part about being a threat to children and using the things he mentioned to recruit, Wiccans do not recruit. They do not try to "win" converts to their religion. The seeker must come on his/her own. Some groups may use drugs, most don't. Then again, that's the way it is with most people. It has been my experience that most occultists do not use drugs. 5) Skip relates an incident in which some teenagers had been chased from an abandoned building and that in the building, signs of "Satanic activity" were discovered. There has been an increasing interest among teenagers in the occult, mainly due to recent movies dealing with the subject. Is this something new? No, not at all. How many of you had parties when you were younger where you played with Ouija boards or "contacted a ghost"? Most of these kids never get more involved than you did. As to the symbols and the writing on the walls, these are the things society, the church, and the media have taught them are things not to be touched. These kids are expressing one of the oldest human traits, curiousity. It is the adults who are to blame. In their own fear, they have created the circumstances which cause these young people to explore "forbidden" subjects. 6) It was stated that the "Son of Sam" killings are now believed to have been ritualistic. This may be true, but again to attribute it to the occult and all but say every occultist may one day "graduate" to human sacrifice is going a bit too far. As I said earlier, a respect for all life is foremost in the mind of the majority of occultists and Wiccans. 7) Skip goes on to say that Satan is real and should be taken very seriously. Here, I have to state the Wiccan view of Satan. The view is that the entity known as Satan does not exsist. We do however believe that if one or a group of people believe strongly enough that such a being does lvie, they will actually bring a thought-form into being. A thought-form is the mental creation of one or a group of individuals, into which that one or group has put so much energy that it comes to be "real". They store up power in this being and that power can be used by those who believe in it. In that sense, the being known as Satan is real. He holds no reality for me because I do not believe that the Creator of the universe, that which you call God, could have an opposite. 8) The article says that the ultimate goal of the occult is to bring personal power to the individual. We believe that the individual is a part of the whole of creation and that he/she must strive to be in balance with that creation. We believe in Karma, as a basic law of the universe, and that what- ever we send out, returns to us multiplied. If we seek to harm others, we will reap what we have planted. We do not seek power through the subjugation, misery, or harm of another. There is a basic tenet of Wicca which says "An it harm none, do as ye will". In this sense, we believe the same as Christians do. "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." 9) The subject of Hitler was brought up also. Hitler himself claimed to be a Christian, though he was heavily involved in the occult also. Hitler was a powerful but quite insane tyrant who chose to seek personal and national power through the harm and subjugation of others. He ended up dead and his country subjugated. Karma won out. It's true that he was resposible for the extermination of six (6) million men, women, and children. I have no arguement with the fact he was expressing evil in it's most dramatic form. But I also present for your consideration the fact that the Church during the course of the inquisition, put nine (9) million men, women and children to death, because of their heresies against the Church, God, and the "truth". Am I saying the church is evil? No, just that the act was evil. It would be wise to clean up your own backyard before you going throwing stones at another. 10) Skip ends the article by pointing out that the goals of all occultists, and New Agers is the establishment of a one world leader, one world monetary system, and one world religion. I am well familiar with the current interpretation of the prophesies regarding the Christian idea of an Antichrist. There has been enough written on the subject that it is not worth going into detail here. The point I would like to make though is that not all occultists and Wiccans want those things. I feel though that fundamentalist Christians fear those things for they have been told they are the work of the Devil. Since an increase in occult activity is supposed to be one of the signs of the last days, as intepreted by those who take the Bible as the final infallable word of God, then it is even easier to attach the idea of Satanism to all occult activity. ******* So where does this bring us to? What is the real danger to those living on Delmarva? Well, as I see it the danger is in the fear and false knowledge contained in such articles. By continuing to propagate such misinformation, the writers of the same are encouraging their readers to look upon all occult activity as something to be exposed and done away with. Where can this end? It could end in the alienation of innocent people, the persecution of those practicing the occult, the actual turning of violence against occultists. The last idea is not so far fetched as it may seem. If you will recall the burning of abortion clinics by some who felt "lead by God" you will see what I mean. There have been examples of people driven out of communitites for their personal occult beliefs. There have been instances of some violence also. Not all Christians would do such things, but the continued fears, that articles of this type nuture, could lead to such actions. I understand the Christian idea of not cohabiting with the Devil, but prehaps they should find out where the Devil actually is. They spend much more time with him than most occultists. Let us offer a prayer, a hope, for an awakening that will lessen this real threat to Delmarva. We who follow Wicca feel all should be allowed to seek the Creator in thier own way, as long as that way harms none. When that way causes harm to others, we to would like to see it changed. I have come to you in peace and a desire for better understanding, may we part in the same way. Blessed Be... (Amen) =================================== Text file provided by: NU ATLANTIS BBS 301-632-2671 24 Hours/Day 300/1200 Baud

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