Recently I responded to an online friend by saying that her dabbling in spiritual matters (she considers herself a medium) is dangerous, and that in the current state of spiritual warfare in the world, she ought to consider signing up with the winning side.
The reaction from one of her co-religionists was “There are no sides in the Universe. Peace!”
This is a clash of worldviews. To the pagan goddess-worshiping New-Age spiritualists, all spiritual influence is equally good and valid and compatible. To the Christian, all spiritual influence apart from Christ is evil, intended only for bad. No matter how they dress themselves up as “spirit guides,” or wise ancestors, or angels of light, all such influences are demons, under the orchestration of Satan, the “thief (who) comes to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
As a Christian, I firmly believe in the spiritual realm, existing as a sort of fourth dimension invisible to our senses, yet very present. It is inhabited by spiritual beings, angels and demons. If you are a Christian, but have no appreciation of this, you are being needlessly naïve. Pagan religions and cults are founded, organized, and sustained by intelligent beings invisible to us, but able to communicate with people.
The spiritualists and mediums want to believe this is not a war, that Christianity and their neo-Wiccan goddess religion can coexist peacefully. They claim that the five-part Hebrew incantation they use is simply the last part of the Lord’s Prayer (“thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”) – no conflict with Christian beliefs, right? (One wonders whom they are addressing with these words.) They claim that the Wisdom Goddess they venerate is the same as that wisdom mentioned in Proverbs as being present at the creation of the world.
Thankfully, Paul saw the situation more clearly:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
“Against.” We are against something, engaged in a struggle. This is the Christian view of the world. It is a world ruled by an evil emperor, into which we have landed like a small invasion force. They see us as disrupting the harmony of the world. We see only hostility (directed at ourselves) and the continuing lies and depredations of the evil emperor and his clever minions, as they trick the world’s people into serving them.
As for the spiritualist/pagan who believes her religion is compatible with Christianity, she is deluding herself:
The sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too. You cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. I Corinthians 10:20-21
You must choose which side you are on. There are sides in this universe. By not choosing, you remain on the dark side by default, the side that is doomed to losing in the end, whose defeat has already been made certain by Jesus’ Ascension:
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11