Morgana, as you can SEE. So far the VAST majority of the Christians DO see it as something good and a genuine GIFT of benevolent feelings from a person of ONE Religion to someone of a completely different Belief. The fact that MOST of them answered "A" tells me that we ARE capable of coming togeher at least in this ONE area.
To ALL my Christian Friends, I thank you very much for affirming to ME and to the other pagans in here that MOST of you DO have it in your hearts to TRULY accept that people of other, non-Christian Religions, CAN have TRUE GOOD to offer right alongside you folks. However I am shocked by the response of a couple of Pagans on this question. YOU assumed the very WORST of those people. I HOPE that you can NOW see them in an entirely NEW light.
There WAS once a time when pagans, Witches, Druids and Christians ALL worked together and supported one another. In those ancient days, the Christians understood that the Witches, et al, KNEW the healing power of many plants and activley sought them OUT to live within their communities to safeguard the health and safety of the population as a whole. In this time (prior to 600 AD), our kind were valued for their wisdom, knowledge and prowess in ALL sorts of things from calming Political turmoil, to guidance for the insane and mentally ill, to even our spiritual methods of Meditation. THEY knew that medical treatment from trained professionals was a thing reserved ONLY for the very rich and powerful. The REST of humanity had no other choice but to depend on the goodwill and knowledge of the Witch healers and even the Priests of Christianity would refer the sick and injured to the MOST reputable of the Witches to be healed. It took another 4 to 600 years for the Witch healers to fall OUT of favor by the countryside Priests. That is about the time that the Burning times bagan with the APEX of the persecution to come with the advent of the Inquisition, which was ORIGINALLY aimed at Heretics WITHIN the church and not directly aimed at the Witches.
With that knowledge, don't you think that it's about time that our TWO belief systems came together once again? Not to heal the Christians but rather to HEAL the EARTH? Our planet is definately very ILL. Global Warming, Environmental Pollution, Loss of Habitat, Famine, Rampant Diseases and SO much more is occuring right this very moment. WE Witches do NOT have ALL the answers but we DO have MANY of them. For the MOST part, Modern Society has forgotten HOW to live in harmony with the Natural World. This is something that almost EVERY Witch knows on a familiar basis. WE actually LIVE our daily lives trying to be as harmonius with the Earth as we possibly can, even within this Modern Society's demands. We CAN show you HOW to live in partnership and stewardship of the Earth. BUT, if YOU allow those FEW among you to continue to carry out the agenda of the Burning Times against us. If you continue to sit on the sidelines and just WATCH while those FEW try to resurrect those bloody days, then there is litle hope that we will be able to help you to re-learn that which was lost. WE Witches CAN teach you ALL the skills to make your OWN medicines that are JUST as effective for many of the "common" ailments of humans AND animals. From the very plants that grow right in your OWN backyards. We can TEACH you which plants are good, and what they are good for, teach you what they look like, how to prepare them and how to take them (regardless what any of the HEALTH FOOD store tell you, MOST herbs are NOT very effective when taken in capsule form, even though that is the way that thes herbs are sold). You folks who are taking St John's Wort for depression are NOT taking it properly at all, if you just toss a handfull of capsules down your throat chased with a glass of water. those who are swallowing a bunch of Ginko Biloba pills are NOT taking it properly for it to REALLY help out your memory. The human body recognizes such form of herbs as just more roughage that has to be processed like any other form of cellulose and you derive very few beneficial qualities of the herbs that way. The same for MANY other herbal remedies that you buy in the "Heatlh Food Shops". ALL herbs are NOT meant to be eaten as dried herbs in a gelatin capsule. But the VAST majority of you NEVER even had the slightest inking of that fact. THAT is the type of information that MANY of us kitchen and Green Witches have at our disposal. BUT we are not likely to share that valuable knowledge with folks who are "out to get us". We WILL however share that knowledge with people who accept us for who and what we are. We are MORE than happy to share what we know with those who will love and appreciate us for BEING what we are.
Most of you Christians ARE genuinely GOOD people and WE apprecitate that fact. We ACCEPT that you don't WISH to follow OUR Religion. And you know what? That's OK. To follow OUR ways is NOT an easy thing to do at all. When YOU get home from a hard day's work, your day is finished with. When WE get home from OUR jobs, OUR work has only just begun and we are up until ALL hours of the night doing the work that WE love so much. We are NOT going to change what we do nor why we do it. You are not going to change what YOU do and WHY you do it. That's the way things SHOULD be. We are ALL individuals on this World and we are ALL capable of not only ACCEPTING that fact. We are capable of CELEBRATING it. Christians and non-Christians alike.
Raji the Green Witch