Happy Wicca Day?

Neal Pollard

The News Centinel, the Knoxville newspaper, reports that Vanderbilt has among its holidays a Wiccan holiday listed on the BBC Interfaith Calendar.  Vandy administration says it cannot know how many students officially adhere to the pagan or Wiccan “faith,” but those who claim to be will be freed from classes to dance around the maypole and whatever else one does on an official Wiccan holiday (from news item, 8/18/11, 7A).  While the columnist is questioning how honest everyone will be, given its observance will be on one’s “honor,” the greater question is how much such multiculturalism is trying God’s perfect patience.  The push to tolerate anything and everything in the name of religion will eventually make the popular policy to “co-exist” untenable, even for those either naive or biblically ignorant.  Jesus speaks in exclusive terms, calling Himself the only way, truth, and life (cf. John 14:6).  Others in the New Testament follow this religiously exclusive idealogy.  There is no other name under heaven whereby one must be saved (Acts 4:12).  You will find this “salvation is only in Christ” message in other passages (Acts 10:43; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Mt. 1:21; etc.).  So many “faiths” attempt no answer for our origin (cf. Buddhism) or a purpose beyond self (cf. paganism) or for our destiny (cf. materialism).  Others have added or changed God’s message regarding one or more of these areas–Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Protestantism, Catholicism, et al.  Others’ belief in their deity run counter or contradictorily to the truths taught in the Bible (cf. Islam).  There is a sea of religious confusion that either fails to answer the great questions of life or give false answers.  Only in Jesus can one find the truth, and one can only find the teaching of Jesus in the Bible.  That is a strikingly narrow statement to make in this post-postmodern era, but it is a statement behind which all of us who truly follow Jesus must make–not hatefully, but lovingly and not spitefully, but urgently!

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