“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
– John 4:23-24
In today’s verse, Jesus tells us that a time is coming when true worshipers will know and seek the truth. They will worship the one true God. The differences of the place of worship, how to worship and who to worship will end. God will be revealed as the father of all believers of all nations.
An increase in paganism
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
– Proverbs 14:12
At the same time that traditional religion is declining in America, especially among young people, a need to fill the spiritual void is being replaced by an interest in paganism. The increase in Pagan Pride Day events in the US it is indicative of his quest for spiritual fulfillment and a rejection of Christianity.
What is paganism?
The term pagan was first used to describe people in the Roman empire who practice polytheism, which is the belief and/or worship in multiple deities. These deities were usually in the form of gods and goddesses. Paganism during and after the Middle Ages became a term used to describe any unfamiliar religion, particularly toward a presumed belief in a false god.
Paganism involves many practices that are similar to or associated with occult practices such as sacrifices, nature worship, spells, divination, magic. There is not a single pagan religion as such, but paganism can be one of any pagan belief practices or a combination thereof.
Some practices also involved the sacred feminine, witchcraft, with groups such as Wicca, neo-Druidism, Heathenry and Slavic native faith. It also has parallels with Satanism and humanism.
From the words of Jesus:
“And he said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.'”
– Mark 7:20-23
Neopaganism and the rejection of Christianity
“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.”
– Romans 8:7
Today, Modern Paganism, which is also called Neopaganism or Contemporary Paganism, are basically collective terms for new religious movements that were influenced by a variety of historical pagan beliefs.
Many scholars refer to these terms as a re-appropriation of paganism for the sole purpose of a deliberate act of defiance against traditional Christian-dominated society as a source of “pride and power” which has led to the emergence of Pagan Pride Day celebrations across the country.