During my time of self-discovery, I learnt a lot about combining the spiritual side of Paganism with Christianity in what I learned to be that of ChristoPaganism. After this, I decided to do a lot of research and even practice this for some time. This is just some of what I learned during this time of spiritual reflection after choosing to leave the church – a reflection on this can be found here.
ChristoPaganism is a celebration of unity that combines the Pagan aspects of ancient days together with the faith that is Christianity. Many find that this is done to achieve balance of the Magic that is found in abundance as a part of God’s Creation whilst worshipping God and having Jesus as an integral part of our lives.
This path is open to the interpretation of the individual and their personal beliefs. Some choose to include Jesus and Mother Mary into their Wiccan Practices and into their personal Pantheon, and others choose to worship God in Nature and light candles and practice rituals in His name with His Blessing.
There are people who believe that everything comes from God as a Creator Being. They also enlist the help of the other deities, (beings that are divine by their very nature) the Elements and Fae together with the blessings of God.
Such a path as this allows us to worship God in Churches, accept Holy Communion and connect with Jesus, of whom is considered to be a Gatekeeper for this path of ChristoPaganism.
In connecting with Jesus, people who follow this unique path often find themselves experiencing great levels of joy and manifestation in their lives. It is our desire to also open you up to a community that worships God without your spirituality or sexuality getting in the way and causing your to be shunned.
This also opens the door to the meditative practices of the Rosary, Prayer and Christian Yoga – of which focuses on doing poses with prayers being said or played in the background whilst focussing on the Union with God. Such meditative practices can also be done in nature, of which can further enhance the Pagan side within people.
This Pagan side tends to focus on the Elements of Creation. These are Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. These Elements are also present in Christianity as it is believed that God created humanity from dust (Earth), God breathed life into all (Air), put blood in the veins (Water), passion within (Fire) and His Holy Spirit is ever present (Spirit).
With such elements being present in the ChristoPagan Life, it is key to follow the two Great Commandments that were laid down by Jesus. (When asked) He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39 (NRSV)
To look at this in a ChristoPagan way, loving God with all you heart, soul and mind, means loving all of Creation. From the smallest insect to the tallest tree. Looking after nature as a loving representation of God. This also involves looking upon everyone through the eyes of love, as God looks upon all of humanity.
Whilst difficult at times, this can be achieved. For, to quote Saint Paul, “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 (NRSV)
Reading this Bible verse encourages us that God created us all equally, and as such, we are all the same as we share in the fruits of our labour that is the bread of the Earth and the Body of Christ.
As Saint Paul preached the word of Christ to the Ancient Greeks, it is interesting to note that the Ancient Greeks had what could be considered an Unknown God of whom they always honoured to cover off any aspects of life that they may have missed when making offerings to their deities.
ChristoPaganism is a path of self-discovery that holds to the two Great Commandments that call for Loving God and Everyone. Thus, in any ChristoPagan Practice, and indeed in all that many do in such a practice, it is about embracing and encouraging the concept of bringing harm to none.