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Section 12A... The Occult/
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The Occult .. An Overview

 [Also See The Message of the Bible   and  The Warnng of The Bible
Far from being outdated, out of touch, and largely irrelevant to modern society, the Kingdom of God Jesus was sent to earth to proclaim (No, His main message wasn’t about ‘love’) is exactly the utopian world most men and women can only dream of. However, there is also a warning. The Bible very clearly tells us that we all have a choice to make in this life - the most important decision we will ever make. And, if the Bible is indeed the word of God, as it claims to be, and Jesus is the Son of God as He said He was, the consequences for the individual who chooses to ignore, or counter the evidence with clever arguments, will be fatal.

 

In 1951 Parliament repealed the 1735 Witchcraft Act, which legalized membership of satanic covens and the open practice of witchcraft. European interest in the paranormal is rising to a phenomenal level, the sheer volume of media coverage and literature available on the subject of the Occult bearing witness to this. The Church is not exempt: the number of Christians ignorantly involved in paranormal practices and organizations is very alarming. This involvement has been aided by the gradual deterioration in Biblical knowledge across the Western world. Many Christians are oblivious to the reality of the spiritual realm, good as well as evil.

In his book 'The Screwtape Letters', C. S. Lewis has this to say, 'There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased in both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight!'


Definition

‘Occultism’ is the practice of attaining supernatural knowledge or powers apart from the God of the Bible and  is a very general umbrella term, which covers a plethora of beliefs and practices. Through these practices occultists seek to influence the present or future circumstances, of their lives or the lives of others. The term occult is derived from the Latin word "occultus," which means to cover up, hide, or those things which are hidden or secret.


Categories
The three primary categories of the occult world are Divination, Magick, and Spiritism.

    Divination. The attempt to foretell the future and thereby shape our lives accordingly. The divination arts include astrology, zodiac charts, crystal balls, I Ching, psychometry, runes ,tarot cards, palm reading, psychics, numerology, dowsing and horoscopes.

    Magick or Paganism. Those in magick attempt to control the present by ceremonies, charms, and spells. The magick arts include Wicca, witchcraft, white magic, black magic, sorcery, Satanism, black mass, voodoo/witch doctors and psychic healing (also called faith or spiritual healing).

    Spiritism. Those involved in spiritism attempt to communicate with the dead and receive information or help from them. Spiritism involves ouija boards, reiki, channeling ,séances, necromancy, Shamanism and ghosts.

Some other religions, superstitions, New Age and martial arts practices and alternative medicine therapies also contain occult elements.


Why The Rise in Popularity?
Since it’s beginning,  civilization has made tremendous advances.  Our medical and scientific technology has supassed the wildest dreams of our grandparents. We  have put men on the moon, cloned animals and unravelled the mysteries of DNA.

Yet, in spite of all our advances there are some patterns that have been common to almost all of humanity... from the simple Bedouin nomad to the ultra-sophisticated individual ensconced in his urban penthouse.  Every culture since the dawn of time has had their own deities, moral systems and religious traditions, enabling them to cope with the great issues of life and the even greater issue of Death.

Our urbane city dwellers who claim not to be religious nor to believe in God are remarkably similar in their never ending quest for security beyond the present, To reach out beyond human ability to the unknown ‘something’ or ‘someone’ out there that is just that bit bigger than we are. That can offer hope, comfort, answers and assurances in a world that offers little. That can answer their questions ...  Where we are going? What will happen tomorrow, next week? How do we know we are making the right decision? Etc. Etc. Etc.

This never ending quest to have something real to believe in has spawned multi billion dollar industries which prey off man's insecurities and needs and raised hundreds of ‘psychics’, ‘ spiritual leaders’ and 'prophets'.


Sources of Power
But who are these people and where does their ‘power’ come from. It is naive to claim that there is no paranormal ability involved. That Jeanne Dixon’s predictions which actually came true were ‘lucky guesses’. (In any case I have seen psychic feats by Indian so-called ‘holy men’ that would make Ms. Dixon and James Van Praagh look like rank amateurs).

Perhaps at this point it would be well to remember that there are ONLY two sources of supernatural powers in this universe... God and Satan. All paranormal ability has to originate with one or the other. Luckily God has given us very clear guidelines by which to judge what is from Him and what is not...

    “You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message that the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoke presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him”. Deuteronomy 18:21.

 Which stands to reason. The God who created this universe cannot possibly be wrong or mistaken, therefore if any psychic has anything less than 100% acccuracy the source of the prophecy was not God, which leaves only one other origin...   Satan, which is pretty evident from Nostradamus’ methods. Incidently it is interesting to note that Acts 16 clearly ties the power of divination to demons. The demon-possessed slave-girl was described as "having a spirit of divination . . . who was bringing her masters much profit by fortunetelling."

What The Bible Says
(all emphasis added)

“You shall not eat {anything} with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.  Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:26-28,31).

And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. [Leviticus 20:6]

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you {to do} so”. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)

 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;[1 Chronicles 10:13]

Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. [Isaiah 47:13]

 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; [Isaiah 44:25]

 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. [Zechariah 10:2]

 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [Revelation 21:8]

 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.[Revelation 22:15]


Definitions of Terms used in Deuteronomy 18:9-14
and Leviticus 19:26-28,31

(from the book Lord, Is It Warfare? by Kay Arthur)

1. Casts spell: the act of charming; "tying up" a person through magic; used in the sense of binding with a charm consisting of words of occult power.

2. Divination: the act of divining sorcery; soothsaying; pagan contrast to true prophecy or prophesying; man's attempt to know and control the world and future apart from the true God using means other than human; foretelling or foreseeing the future or discovering hidden knowledge through reading omens, dreams, using lots, astrology, or necromancy.

3. Interpret omens: a type of divination; seeking insight or knowledge through signs or events.

4. Medium: necromancer; one who foretells events or gains information by conversing with spirits of the dead; conjurer.

5. Necromancer: one who calls up the dead; medium.

6. Spiritist: familiar spirit; one who has esoteric knowledge through non-human means; diviner.

7. Soothsaying: witchcraft; observing clouds for augury; foretelling future events with supernatural power but not divine power; interpreting dreams; revealing secrets.

8. Sorcerer: magician; conjurer; enchanter; one who practices magic arts, sorcery, charms, with an intent to do harm or to delude or pervert the mind; one who claims to have supernatural power or knowledge through (evil) spirits.

9. Witchcraft: soothsaying; practice of witches; the use of formulas and incantations to practice sorcery; act of producing extraordinary effects by the invocation or aid of demons; the use of magic arts, spells, or charms.

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