Doing No Harm vs. Love

When I first read the Wiccan Rede, when I was pursing Wicca and Paganism earlier this year in a quest I had wrongly thought might bring me closer to God, I thought it was beautiful and thought it said pretty much the same thing as the main commandment in Christianity. Therefore I thought that if it was saying pretty much the same thing, that the two religions were compatible and that I would be able to live both. I’m a word person and I love words and words mean things.

The Wiccan Rede sounds so beautiful, “an it harm none, do what ye will”. It sounds great and really, if a person were to follow this they might live a pretty decent life. The main commandment in Christianity is “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself”. It’s a little longer than the Wiccan Rede but still a very basic summary of the religion.

As lovely as the Wiccan Rede sounds, it does actually have a major difference that I didn’t really notice the first time I read it because I was hurting and Wicca was drawing me into its allure and it felt like it fit me so well and I wanted to be a Christian Wiccan. Wicca says that you can do whatever you like, as long as you don’t hurt anybody. That’s about the only thing that all Wiccans agree on as a basis for their religion. But there is a huge difference between not harming somebody and loving them. Not harming somebody doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, loving them does. 

The summation of all the commandments of Christianity is love, and it is easy to not harm somebody without actually loving them. The Bible says that God is love, it also says that we are created in the image of God, in other words we are created to love and that’s why it is so important, this commandment to love God and one another.

I don’t write this to criticize other religions, I write this because it was a huge epiphany for me personally, and this blog is about my own journey and my relationship with God.


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