Can You Be Christian and Pagan?

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

You can be Christian and Pagan at the same time and here's why.
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You Can't Follow Two Religions?

Most people will say you cannot be both Christian and Pagan. They are two opposite religions, in many cases one blaming the other for all of the world's problems. Christians say Pagans are devil-worshipers and are corrupting the souls of the world. Pagans say Christians are dogmatic and closed-minded and are bringing us down. But what if the truth is somewhere in the middle? What if the truth is something that isn't discussed a whole lot? What if I told you being Christian and Pagan is a possibility?

I know what you're thinking. She's crazy. And I used to believe that a person could not be more than one religion, especially if those religions seem in opposition to one another. But I've grown up, not only physically and mentally but spiritually. I've studied world religions for many years and have found that they aren't as different as we've been taught. Society might try to sway us one way or another, but if you are anything like me and like to make your own way in this world...read on.

Christianity is Paganism At Its Core

First we must address this idea of division between Christianity and Paganism. Yes, there are fundamental and extremist Christians and Pagans that will tell you there is a division. That these religions are too distinct and different to blend together. But here's the thing - these people aren't seeing past the dogma that's been ingrained in them from other very dogmatic, closed-minded individuals.

If we examine Christianity at its core, at its roots, we will start to see things that remind us very much of Paganism. Traditions and beliefs that echo ancient pagan traditions and beliefs. The major modern "Christian" holidays such as Easter, Christmas, and even Valentine's Day were once major pagan holidays before the rise of the Church. Don't believe me? Research the origins of each holiday and you'll discover a whole new outlook. Christmas follows ancient celebrations of the winter solstice, Easter follows the Spring Equinox and is named for an ancient germanic goddess (Eostre/Ostara), and Valentine's Day is the day before an ancient Roman fertility festival called Saturnalia. There are more holidays with the same story - the Church found it easier to convert pagans if they adopted their holidays. Many of the ancient pagan customs for these holidays still survive today, too (yule log, christmas tree, easter eggs, easter bunny, Santa Claus, etc).

So, the holidays were once pagan, but that doesn't make Christianity paganism. Right? Well, if we look at the basic Christian beliefs we see the belief in an all-powerful God who "gave his only son" so that we may have eternal life. With this belief comes into play the concept of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We are told over and over again that Christianity believes in One God, but at its core the Holy Trinity is three gods in one. Technically anyone could argue that this is still polytheism, which is often a core belief of paganism (belief in more than one god). The Son of God (Jesus Christ) has close connections with some of the most ancient pagan belief systems in that there were goddesses before Mary who bore sons of the gods. Start with looking up Isis, the Egyptian Mother Goddess of Horus. A statue of Isis suckling Horus as a baby looks an awful lot like the images of Mary holding Jesus at her breast. This motif of holy mother and child is not new and is not singly Christian - it spans space and time and can be found in nearly every culture all around the world. In many cases the goddess is even a virgin!

In addition, the worship of the "Son" of God reflects dozens of pagan cults from ancient times who worshiped "Sun" Gods. Is it a coincidence that most Christian churches hold Sunday as the day of rest and as the sabbath? Christians honor the Son of God on Sun-day. The more you dive into the scholarly aspect of religious studies, the more you will see connections and reflections. Bottom line - Christianity and Paganism have similar roots and can be mixed to fit your unique spiritual path.

Syncretism is a blending of various religions, beliefs, cultures, etc. and can be a very enlightening spiritual path.
Syncretism is a blending of various religions, beliefs, cultures, etc. and can be a very enlightening spiritual path. | Source

Syncretism: Why You Can Be Two Religions

For the fundamental pagans and Christians, they will still argue that you can't "mix" two religions - particularly two religions that have been at war for thousands of years. The fact is that most religions have fought one another at some point in history, and often different branches within the same religions fight one another. An example of this is the Protestants versus the Catholics. Do you think they differed in opinions and split from each other peacefully? No. It was bloody. It was violent. It was wrong and inhuman, but it happened. How about the different sects of Buddhism that fight one another? Or the different branches of Islam that fight one another? We can't blame religion for our human faults and differences, we can only blame ourselves - our fear and hatred and ignorance. So the argument of two religions being "at odds" with one another is not a legitimate argument.

If you are a person who believes any religion could be "right" and no one is exactly "wrong", then you are a person who might want to blend different religions like Christianity and Paganism. This is what some call Syncretism, which is defined as the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. People will tell you this is wrong. People might even say you are being racist or culturally appropriating. In the end, it is up to you to study, practice, and show respect for whatever spiritual practices you decide to blend for your own enlightenment. If you decide to go to church on Sunday but then also believe in multiple gods, who is it really hurting? If you allow others to choose in what they believe, why can't you believe what you want to believe? If you show a respect for others' beliefs, then you are more than entitled to believe what you want to believe even if that is blending pagan customs with Christian ones.

I've heard so many people say "you can't be Buddhist and Christian" or "you can't be this and that at the same time". Why not? Most religions are a blend of various belief systems that have come together over a course of hundreds and sometimes thousands of years, some are even newer than that. When people tell you you can't do something when it comes to religion, they are merely trying to control you. Don't let them.

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Following Your Own Path to Enlightenment

I've found that people who are more likely to blend two religions to make their own spiritual path are the people who are the most open-minded and caring souls. These are the people who respect everyone else's beliefs and customs, and sometimes hide their own from the world because they fear judgment and criticism. If these kind, open-minded seekers show the respect to others that they deserve, why can't they get that same respect in return?

If you find yourself following a spiritual path that is unique to you, then you are NOT in the wrong. You are on your own path to spiritual progress and enlightenment. If someone tells you that you can't mix Christianity and Paganism together, simply bid them farewell and do what you feel is right in your heart anyway. It is when we start pushing our beliefs on others that we lose sight of true connection to the Divine (God/Universe/Etc). When we focus our time and energy on what other people are believing, we lose ourselves in the process. If everyone spent more time on their own selves, their own souls, the world would be a much better place!

So, do what you feel is right in your heart. Follow your intuition. Follow your own beautiful, sun-kissed path to spiritual enlightenment wherever it may lead - be it to Christianity, Paganism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, or whatever!

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      Chase G 11 days ago

      I’m glad I found your article! I honestly thought I was alone in this as I have searched over and over for groups who are Christian Heathen/Pagan.

      I started a group on Facebook hoping I wasn’t alone. Just wanted somewhere that people who share this ideology could go to share stories, ideas, beliefs, etc. still hoping to find followers.

      I’m glad I am not the only one and that your article came up out of nowhere.

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      Nicole Canfield 3 months ago from Summerland

      Jeremy - Oh, yes! Most definitely! I think this isn't necessarily a religious thing, but a human thing to change one's beliefs based on their desires/behaviors. This is why I enjoy paganism, the rules are a lot less strict...if there are any rules at all! Thanks for commenting!

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      Jeremy Gill 3 months ago from Louisiana

      Interesting read. I've always thought Christians (and other religious followers) morph their beliefs to match their perspectives. For example, many Christians have sex before marriage or don't regularly go to Church but still believe in the core teachings.

      On a lighter note, I love that green image in the middle, adds a great visual flair.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

      Okay, thank you for your thoughts.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

      Kari - Exactly! I couldn't agree more. Thanks for the comment.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Kittythedreamer, all that you said is your research opinion or findings. One holiday you failed to mention is the New Year Holidays. Is it a christian festival or is it universal?

      I've done my research on Christmas, Easters some years ago as a youth.

      Though paganism in character, don't you noted that it is the Roman Catholic Church RCC that started the adoption of paganism into the Christianity? It is no marvel then that the Anglicans, had to come out of the RCC through a bitter and fierce war!

      I am unable to accept "pagan" as you defined it. A pagan is not an heathen. He/she is a gentle man or person to the core. He may be well educated. But he/she needs to connected with his creator. That is why many religions arise in the world. So, a pagan is a person seeking God,his creator for the salvation of his/her soul.

      He may worship any thing he fancy, his pathway! But he misleads himself, right? I do not blame such souls, because their are trying to get to the root of their being. God is always responding to such individual persons whether their are in the church or not. But eventual, their land in Christianity finally.

      For hundreds of years, the ancient Egypt though and worshiped plurality of the gods. But it was later realized that they is only one God, the SUN!

      How wrong they are!

      Now, Christianity is not a religion. A Moslem will even tells you that Islam is not a religion. They are many that though the same way with their doctrines. They say it is a way of life.

      Whatever pathway or "front" a person follows, is he the creator of his life? They needs to connected with the only true God, creator of heaven and earth,and the seas.

      Thankyouvery much.

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      Kari Poulsen 5 months ago from Ohio

      I consider myself a Christian, but I think other religions are very like Christianity. As I learn more, I think to myself, "If God has many names, why can't he be different things to different people." It seems to me that more religions tell you to love your neighbors than don't.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

      Yep, you lost me. I'm checking out. Thanks, though!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi MizBenjabber's, pagans>christians>? People move from paganism to Christianity, or Moslem,or other religious beliefs. How can Jesus be a pagan when you left the church? If Jesus is a pagan as you claim, what do you say of Aleister Crowley? And what of Muhammad the founder of Islam? Remember Islam got its roots from true Judaism, which Jesus seems to be brought up with. But He had something higher than Judaism!

      Remember also that Jesus was true incarnate and not reincarnate.

      Yes, there was no Christianity before Jesus. The followers of Jesus did not even found Christianity. "Christians" is a mockery way of describing the followers of Jesus. Like a Moslem would be angered is you call him a Muhammadanism, for his/her religion is Islam!

      Yes, I agreed some preachers are thieves. One of the apostles of Jesus, Judas Ischariot is a thief. His master right from fellowship asked him to stop. Jesus in his days took the whip into the temple or church.

      Now that you have left the church as you claimed, your "spiritual beliefs" are in tandem with mine and others before we become Christians or other religion.

      These spiritual beliefs are common among all heathens or pagans! No wonder, such a fellow with such mindset goes do church being unreceptive to the salvation of his/her soul.

      Thank you.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      Nicole, what a hub! I love the way you tackle these religious prejudices. "Pagan" is just a dirty word Christians use to define "non-Christians." People don't want to realize that Jesus could be legitimately defined as a Pagan because there was no Christianity before him. Non-Christians are speaking up and are now being proud of their spiritual beliefs. We refuse to be controlled by a church or other organized religion of man that keeps being used to denigrate the role of women and is being used to start war after war. We recognize the place of the Divine Feminine and are working to bring God's other half to the earth. I've learned more of the truths in Jesus teachings and his love, and follow them, since I left the church than I ever did sitting listening to Hellfire and Damnation. Does that make me a Christian?

      @Miebakagh, many preachers are just thieves in the name of God. If Jesus were here today, he probably would take a whip to them in their own pulpits. That's one reason why I left the church.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

      Miebakagh - Again, that is your opinion. In the United States of America we have freedom of religion, which means we also have the freedom to mix religions and make our own spiritual practice under law.

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      jay kadamba 5 months ago from the land of fairy tales

      Yah similar to each religion like Islam and Sikhism are similar and Judaism is similar to Zoroastrianism and I if you want I can even help you in your articles by providing even more information because I have a good knowledge about mystical creatures like kappa,fairies, mermaids and merman,Griffin,werewolf, etc and even about paranormal things and activates

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      jay kadamba 5 months ago from the land of fairy tales

      Yah a bit different but each religion is similar to an another religion like Islam and Sikhism are similar and Judaism is Zoroastrianism are similar to each oth

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Kittythedreamer, the question of judging should not arise. And yet,you answered the question right.These banker/preacher thieves are sometimes catches! In the oriental countries, these are beheaded, especially if they happen to be political government workers. The preacher,banker thieves catch,imprisoned,or killed lost out.But the bank goes on to do its legal duties or economic business.

      It seems they must be a mere professing some where else in the religious matter. Christianity and pagan can not go together!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

      Jay - Yes, I absolutely believe that! Just as Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all stem from the same place, as well. Yet they all seem to believe they are much different, don't they?

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      Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

      Mr. Fiberesima - Thank you for your comment. Yes, there are preachers who are indeed thieves. And there are bankers who are thieves, as well...in fact, if you look at the BIG BANKS such as the Treasury...you would begin to wonder how banks get away with such thievery. So it's all subjective. I don't judge your path, and I ask the same respect in return. If not...farewell.

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      Karen A Szklany 5 months ago from New England

      Great hub, Kitty! I grew up Catholic and some of the teachings still resonate with me. I am also drawn to Shamanism and Druidry, and want to bring it all into my work as a Labyrinth Walk Facilitator.

      Thank you for your encouragement in establishing my own individual spiritual path. I have been doing this for a while, but if I listen to certain family members, I'm all wrong. I am grateful for the support of my UU church.

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      jay kadamba 5 months ago from the land of fairy tales

      Kitty you know similar to Christianity and paganism even Shintoism and Hinduism are very much similar to each other from their roots

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      How can that be? Is it correct to say that one can be in a profession such as both a theft and preacher? Or both a theft and a banker? How many will agreed to such a though? To say then that one can be both a christian and a pagan is foolishness to the though.

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