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Comparing Spirit Worship (Animism) and Christianity

Spirit Worship (Animism)
Christianity
God Animists believe that gods and spirits are found in trees, rocks, plants, and other things. Some also believe in a great god who is above all the others. Christians believe in one God. “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4 and 1 John 5:20).
What is God like? If a great god exists, he is far away from humans and does not care about their daily needs, animists believe. Spirits and gods are unpredictable. They may bring sickness or “bad luck” to people who do not please them. God “is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). “God is love” (1 John 4:16). Cast “all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Ancestor Worship Many animists make offerings to their dead relatives. They hope the spirits of their ancestors will bring them good fortune. God alone is to be worshipped. (See Exodus 20:3.)
Wichcraft Animists believe that witch doctors, medicine men, and shamans have a special understanding of the spirit world. Animists go to them for help and protection. Witchcraft is not pleasing to God. (See Deuteronomy 18:10–12.) God desires what is best for His children.
Words of followers “I am a witch doctor. It is not an easy life I have. No matter what I do to try to please the spirits, I don’t get what I want. I have no peace. I want to be free of this now! Any life would be better than being a slave to evil spirits.”—Hmong man in Asia “Witchcraft seeks to give people assurance, protection, and superhuman power. The final result of being locked in witchcraft is that they are constantly afraid of things they can’t see. As Christians, we have nothing to fear from unseen spirits. Jesus lives in us and gives us victory. But we must obey the Scriptures and not become involved in witchcraft.”—Christian missionary