I think that some issues that come up in evangelizing a certain group of people is the lack of taking them seriously just because they do no believe in the Gospel. Humans aren’t that different from each other; we are Christian and we are human. No one just becomes who they are in a vacuum. Learn how they have come to believe the way they do – given their life experiences and how Christianity had been presented to them, is their conclusion that farfetched? Are there answers you can provide them that answer their concerns in a sincere way? Show them that we, and our Lord, see them as people with a past and a future, not blind, bumbling infants.
You might want to research convert stories from neo-paganism to Christianity. Some had scary experiences, but what is more typical is that the Truth was finally revealed to them in a way that they were looking for all along. I think we are partially to blame for not getting over the stigma against neo-paganism and understanding that there are genuine seekers of truth in that movement, if only we’d engage them as such.
Do you believe Paganism is under Satanic forces and do you believe that they are the biblical Harlot? :shrug:
At “best”, it’s pop psychology and placebo effect, and at worst the influence is demonic.
But I should qualify it and say this: we should be careful not to give these practices too much credit. For all the talk about how some forms of martial arts, for example, should be avoided because they can involve “aligning your chakras”, this argument is inherently flawed. There are no such thing as chakras, nothing is being aligned. In fact, it’s just encouraging good posture and form – you can have both without all the chakra mess. Many do, including experts at the various forms.
Spells? More like positive thinking and wish fulfillment.
While engaging the people practically, we should not add more ammo to the hollow barrel of these practices through ignorance and fear. The Lord is with us, whom shall we fear?