I have recently met some people who believe and practice Haitian Voodoo. They use representations of Catholic Saints for some of the various Spirits. The use of Catholic Saints I believe originated as a form of disguise from the days of slavery and the predominant influence of the Catholic Church during that time frame. That disguise is as close as Voodoo and Catholicism come from my limited understanding.
The thing that I find interesting is the concept that they believe in a single Creator but that single Creator does not have time to deal with them as individuals. The single Creator is to busy with the Universe to have time for individuals. The solution is that the single Creator has created Spirits, Loa and Orisha, who handle the day to day issues of humans. In effect, a management team has been established.
The management team requires a variety of offerings depending upon which Spirit you are calling upon. The offerings may consist of various types of food, drink (both alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic), and tobacco to name a few but not all. There are blood offerings that may involve animal sacrifice and/or the pricking of ones finger. I do not know the extent of blood offerings as it is not discussed in detail.
I have just given an extremely shallow description of what I’ve encountered. I do not pretend to be knowledgeable on the subject.
Now my questions;
What does one say to a follower of Voodoo when they say that if God The Father as a Christian believes, created all things He also created other Spirits and lesser Gods?
How does one explain where the magicians, sorcerers etc of both OT and NT derive their power if not from Spirits or lesser Gods?
The argument that gets presented is that it’s acceptable to follow or worship both God as we know and understand Him and the Spirits and Lesser Gods at the same time.