If those who are opposed, intimidated, frightened or upset by Pagan traditions usually don't know the first thing about them. If cowans (non-Pagans) would take the time and effort to study Pagan traditions and realize that the three largest mainstream religions pulled most of their beliefs/teachings from The Olde Religion (Paganism), they might not be so afraid. It's okay to be ignorant-- you can always remedy that through study -- but don't allow stupidity to stand in your way of that.
The reason we get upset,is because we're confused by certain things.
What we don't know,
we often tend to judge.
Also,some Christians have had experiences with different religions.
Experiences that may not have been happy for them.
If you feel okay with what you're doing,
I won't judge you or condemn you for that.
I get confused by it.
But I don't point my finger at anyone.
I'm not perfect,
and I've made lots of mistakes in my life.
But my relationship with Jesus gives me comfort.
Because he helps me to do better in my life.
I can make better decisions and do the things that
he wants me to do.
I don't judge what anyone else does or doesn't do.
I only get defensive,
if what they're doing hurts or harms another person.
You have beliefs that are very important to you.
And you have the right to choose what you want to believe.
You have a belief in spirituality,
and you have a unique way in which you express it.
If you're looking for spiritual answers,
a connection to the divine,
the divine will eventually find you.
I've heard that we don't go looking for god.
God comes looking for us.
If you're searching for that divine connection,
your heart is in the right place.
And nobody has any right to judge you,
or look down on you.
And you'll soon find that your search,
was really the divine looking to find you all along.
The truth is open for all to see. Look up what the Christians did to the Greeks, Scandinavians, Germanic peoples, every culture. All those cultures were raped of their history, valiant men made to wear the devil's mask. Seriously, look it up and research. If you think the festivals and holidays and saints are it, you have NO idea what the true history of this horrible atrocity of our ancestors' history. But to answer your question, a lot of Christians, Catholics, Jews not so much but Muslims especially, hate any religion that doesn't involve Christ, Allah, "God", or the like. That is just my personal experience.
Pagans DO NOT practice human sacrifice. In fact we are not allowed to shed any blood whatsoever, if we do we have broken our rede which states " An ye harm none do as ye will."
And to those who claim Paganism is a washed up form of hippie ism, look at your own religion and see how much it has also changed from the past.
We Pagans will accept christians as much as our own, just treat us with the respect you want to be treated with. After all doesn't the Bible itself say: "Do not judge, lest you be judged."
I'm not saying they're stupid. They just don't understand it. And people fear what they don't understand.
And most people have a problem with people who are different from what they are.
Call it whatever you want. But they're blinded by fear and hate.
They're the ones who are truly lost. (The Christians who hate for religious differences).
I'd also like to point out that MANY Christians don't hate Wiccans or Pagans :)
There are many who are very accepting and kind. And bless them for that!
They recognize the beauty in diversity, or they just mind their own xD
That's just my two cents!
It would be a huge generalisation to say that all Christians hate Pagans and Wiccans.
The nature of Christianity means to follow Christ, this is why many Christians ask themselves 'What Would Jesus Do?' all throughout their lives, because we are followers of Jesus. The nature of Jesus was gentle, warm, accepting, teaching, guiding and loving. If a Christian, a true Christian, is attempting to live their lives in the footsteps of Jesus, then they shouldn't hate anyone. (Although this is very difficult!)
Jesus taught to 'hate the sin, not the sinner'. Therefore Christians should actually try not to dislike others. Jesus taught us to love our neighbours as ourselves.
As to the teachings and practices of Pagans and Wiccans, they are in contrast to what Christians believe. Paganism goes as far back as Christianity does, but they are very contrasting religions. Pagans and Wiccans believe in more than one God, whereas Christianity is rather firm about their belief that they believe in one God and one God only.
There are a vast amount of differences between the religions, but that is a discussion for another day.
The words 'Christians' and 'hate' should not be in the same sentence, except if the word 'not' is inserted between them. I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to Christianity, but it is quite simple: Christians have no enemies, they hate nobody (and if they do, they shouldn't).
The beauty of Christianity is that it is a religion that fosters love between all mankind, regardless of beliefs. We weren't taught 'love you neighbour as you do yourself....but only if he shares the same belief as you.' No, we were taught 'love your neighbour as you do yourself'...period. Anything that goes against this is simply not Christian.
How many wars, bloodshed and misery has been caused by these orthodox religions? Think of the crusades, reformation, Inquisitions, etc as well as protestant against catholic.
As far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong) not a SINGLE WAR has ever been launched on christians by pagans nor has their ever been wars against other religions by pagans.
Yet there are numerous pesecutions of pagans and other religions by christians who don't understand our religion or beliefs.
I was a christian believer before until working with pagans. I have found, in my personal experience, that pagans are decient, humble people, while christians are arrogant and narrow-minded. If I am wrong prove me so.
I'm year 8 and iv been wicca for almost two years. I think this thread is biased, not all christeins hate us but a far few do :)
Paganism Isn't a religion. It's a blanket term. It's broadest definition is anyone not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
That means: Atheists, Satanists, Wiccans, Non Christian/Jewish/Muslim Occultists, New-Age people, Agnostics, [Insert Ancient Culture Here] Neo-Pagans/Reconstructionists, and even the Abrahamic Baha'I Faith... ALL ARE PAGANS!
Now, to answer the original Q. Many Christian Churches, have a bad case of the "We're RIGHT! They're WRONG!" syndrome. Very horrible disease, often caused by Ego and Ignorance. Now, of course, the majority of Christians go to Church. Since Many Churches have this disease... Many of the Christians that go to one of these diseased churches, wind up catching the disease themselves...
Christians don't hate Pagans. Those that do tend to be taught to Hate them. The reasons vary, depending on who taught them. Sometimes, a Christian reads the bible, and makes up their own min.
Often these types of Christians are the more open minded of their kind. However. Some come to similar, dogmatic, conclusions as the Churches.
But I also think their might be a more psychological reason. Many Christians like to feel god is validated by their faith in him. Thus: When they see a "Pagan", one that has their own brand of faith, they get defensive. Because they know deep down that the "My Faith in God, and the Presence I feel is powerful! IT MUST BE TRUE!" argument, can ALSO be used by these "Pagans". That, perhaps, these Pagan Beliefs might Also be Valid.
If said Christian believes, like the majority of them do, that God is the only truth... Then, obviously, someone who believes so strongly in the existence of other gods, could be seen as a threatening prospect.
In some cases, like with the Islamic faith, the media, government, politicans, churches and various social organizations demonize it because of a small portion of the faith.
The best answer I can give, is blind faith and lack of education. Personally, I was born and raised Roman Catholic, but have found there to be a large number of teachings that I don't agree with as I get older. I have never been one for blind obedience. I see beauty and validity to all true faiths (any faith that does not teach hatred and violence). There is a lot we can learn from each other, if we allow ourselves to learn.