Questions about religion: 4. What do you think about witchcraft, mediums and Ouija boards?

What do you think about witchcraft, mediums and Ouija boards?

The Bible teaches that there is a devil. He is an angelic being created by God, probably long before our world was made. Satan, the devil, wanted God’s throne. He was hungry for power and control, so led a rebellion against his Creator. He was cast of out of heaven, to hell, which was made by God for the devil and his angels. Jesus described what it was like when He said, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’ (Luke 10 v. 18)

Ever since, Satan’s subtle device has been to try to make people imitators of him and turn against God. He has power, but not absolute power. He can do incredible things, but it is foolish to dabble with anything to do with Satan. As his banishment from heaven shows, he is doomed.

Early in the Bible God tells His people, ‘Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritualist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.’ (Deuteronomy 18 v. 10 – 12)

Whether it is the Ouija board, a horoscope, fortune telling, tarot cards, or palm reading, God forbids it. This isn’t because He is against us, but because He loves us and wants the very best for us. Would He die for us if this was not true? He wants to protect us from the things and beings that might harm us, even if they appear at first, innocent and fun.

A person can know fullness of joy and peace through knowing God. Jesus, though tempted by Satan himself, resisted the devil’s empty offers of pleasure, lived, died and was resurrected, so that we too might be able to resist the devil today.

One day the devil will be bound, and his deceit and trickery will be over. The Bible says he will face horrific judgment and never be able to escape. (See the description in Revelation 20 v. 2, 3 and 10)

Take God’s advice and avoid all things to do with the devil, or contacting the dead. It’s extremely dangerous and, as the example of Satan proves, leads to separation from God.

If you have already been involved, I encourage you to turn from these things, ask that the blood of the Lord Jesus will cleanse you from all sin, and that God’s Holy Spirit will come to live within you. There is a dramatic incident of this happening in the days of the early church, which culminated in the new Christians burning a vast number of books about the magic arts. (Acts 19 v. 11 – 19)

 

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