I'm not trying to cast any stones. Just here to try to answer your question in my own opinion, which you asked for. If you believe everything in the bible whole-heatedly. I think you might should simply spend more time in it seeking the answers to your questions. Bc each and every one of us has our own beliefs and opinions and even some have been past down through traditions of how we were raised. So all I'm trying to say is just get out the holy book and spend time seeking God so he can show you the truth and the light. Hope that helps..
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*After you described more Well..... I can almost guarantee that every person that calls themself a Christian will say no to that and try to point out that it is satan's work. But let me give you an example. The bible specifically points out that being gay (or specifically, living that "lifestyle" as they like to say) is a sin. Yet there are Christian churches out there that openly welcome it and say that it's not a sin, that love is love in god's eyes.
“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…” —Deuteronomy 18:9-12
Christian Is a label that is put on people that believe and fallow in the teachings of Christ. I would consider you a Christian because you believe in his teachings but I think you are putting too much focus on the word. It is up to you what you believe in not what people want to label you as.
The difference between Pagan religions and Abrahamic religions is that in Abrahamic religions, God is materially different than any other thing. Pagans tend to worship parts of creation, or sometimes they will worship gods who are creators, but are somehow materially the same as creation. These two viewpoints are completely antithetical. However, there can be parts of Pagan religion that are not contrary to Christianity. Finding similarities between religions and figuring out how Christ fulfills all the truths within those religions is the ideal role of a Christian evangelist.
Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:8 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only." Matthew 4:10 You cannot serve two masters.
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Personally, I find that Christianity and Paganism are rather incompatible (word is GOD is a jealous God, so it would make it difficult at best to worship anyone else and Him at the same time), however there are some people who have found a way to make it work. I would suggest checking out the book ChristoPaganism by Joyce and River Higginbotham.
You may want to check out Christian Gnosticism as well...