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The Bible and Witchcraft

Modern day witchcraft is a carry over from ancient pagan religion. There are many pagan religions from which various forms of witchcraft derive elements. The ancient fertility religions of Egypt, Canaan, and other nations involved sexual activity as part of their rites. The theology behind these rites was that the goddess and god would be encouraged to mate through the sexual activity of their worshipers. The supposed result would be fertile crops, flocks, and herds. The religion was supposedly all about the cycle of life. Mother goddesses like Diana of the Ephesians, the Egyptian Isis, or Aphrodite in Greek and Roman cities were symbols of fertility and life. By means of certain rites or rituals, devotees could supposedly manipulate the powers of these supernatural spiritual beings for their benefit.

Arising from these pagan religions were other practices often associated with witchcraft. These include necromancy, the conjuring up of the souls of the dead. They also include various forms of divination, or trying to foretell the future. Divination involved everything from the reading of spots on the internal organs of animals to the reading of tea leaves or the dregs in the bottom of a cup of wine, to the reading of the stars. The law of God in the Old Testament soundly condemned these pagan practices (Leviticus 19:26,31; Deuteronomy 18:9-12). They were condemned because they involved people turning to other powers besides God and trying to put their trust in those powers. The Bible teaches that there are many supernatural beings, demons and angels, all of which are superior in power to man but all of which are creatures of God. God alone is Creator and worthy of worship.

Throughout the centuries, paganism and forms of witchcraft that are derived from it have been focused on man finding gratification through the manipulation of these powers. This usually involves certain rites, incantations, or spells that are designed to cause the person’s desired results through manipulation of the higher powers. Man can be in charge by pulling the correct supernatural strings. The religion of the Bible, in contrast, has always been about man submitting in obedience to God. In biblical religion it is not man’s agenda, but God’s agenda which must be accomplished. Man is not manipulating God but submitting to God in obedience.

According to the Bible, witchcraft in all forms is a matter of grave concern to God. God does not tolerate it. It is listed among the works of the flesh practiced by those who shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). It is also mentioned among the practices that will land one in the lake of eternal fire (Revelation 21:8). All who serve the God of the Bible should beware of getting involved with Tarot readings, crystal balls, séances, astrology, and any form of witchcraft. Whether it is called Wicca or Satanism or white magic or some other term, we should flee from it. We are to worship only God, our Creator, and give our trust and allegiance to no other powers.

Dan R. Owen

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  1. I found the information below shared at another website. There is another article on “God’s Chosen” on this website that goes even deeper on the subject of Melchisedec and the beginnings of the other religious practices you mentioned here in your blog. If you want the website address I will be happy to send it to you. E-mail me and tell me what you think.
    I enjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the good work. God Bless.
    Floyd

    Melchisedec

    Chapter 7 of the book of Hebrews tells us that Melchisidec had no father or mother, is without descent, and has neither the beginning of days, nor the end of life. What are we to make of this seeing that the only ones spoken of in scripture that have no beginning and no end are Christ and YAHWEH? There can be only one explanation. Melchisedec is not a man, but instead is the spirit of the Almighty in the CHOSEN LINE of man from Adam through Shem, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and on down through the line of Judah to the one to whom the scepter of rulership belongs, Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah. This chosen line is the “order of Melchisedec.”

    The word ”order” in the phrase “after the order of Melchisedec” means “fixed succession.”

    In Genesis 1:23, God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” The first of this fixed line of succession in the flesh is Adam, the first man. And Genesis 5:3 says that when Adam was 130 years old he became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and he named him Seth. This would seem to make Seth the next chosen one in the succession after Adam. In fact, the main story of the bible is that of the progression of the chosen line, even though there are many sons and daughters born to these patriarchs.
    The particular man in this fixed succession who was called “King of Righteousness” (Melchisedec) at the time of Abraham’s giving of the tithe was Shem. For Noah had died 38 years before Abraham was born and Shem was 486 years old. Shem lived 600 years and died when Abraham was 114 years old.
    After Abraham brought forth Isaac and Jacob through him is when God began expanding the chosen line into the chosen families of the 12 sons of Jacob. And it is after these families multiply and go into bondage in Egypt that this story takes an interesting turn which is the root of all the discussion and controversy in the New Testament and in all of the churches through history to now concerning the law.

    The addition of the written Mosaic Law

    Moses had been sent to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt and had given Pharoah the choice as to whether or not there would be another plague on Egypt. Pharoah’s choice was to mock the authority of God and to order the slaughter of the first born of Israel and God responded by extending this curse to include the first born of Egypt and the first born of animals. This is where the interesting turn begins to take place. Since the first born is in peril, so then is the “order of Melchisedec.” This curse is aimed at the one whom is to be the final and permanent priest in the Melchisedec line, and in order to save it to a future appointed time, a sacrificial lamb had to be offered in its place. This is where ritual law was added (Gal. 3:19) to the spiritual law that until then was only in the hearts of the chosen.
    There are several reasons why the law was added. It was added to instruct Israel, and especially the chosen line, in correct behavior and to show the punishment for those who oppose it. And the rituals of law were added in the form of enjoyable feasts that were to instruct, prophetically, how the final one in the Melchisedec priesthood would take his place as the everlasting spiritual high priest in heaven. These feasts in the law show the plan of the Almighty for the salvation of all mankind and the events leading up to and surrounding that event in the symbols and rituals that make them up.
    But the interesting turn spoken of earlier is that when Israel came out of Egypt, the first born children who had been protected by the original sacrifice of the passover in Egypt were not made priests in the rituals of law. In their place, the sons of Levi were given the priesthood and made to be the tutors of law, and the chosen line of Judah, through which the Messiah was born, and the rest of the first born, became the STUDENTS of law. And when the Messiah came, the priesthood was transferred back to him. This is why it is stated that, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified (like Abraham) by faith.” (Gal. 3:24). And those who followed after him became the servant priesthood to him under the New Covenant in the same way the Levites served the High priesthood of Aaron in the ritual law of Moses.
    Don’t you see, the real purpose for the Mosaic law was to prepare the line of the Messiah for His Priesthood, and the people to accept him, and those who were in charge of the Levitical priesthood were not ready to give it up.
    As it turns out, as stated in Hebrews 7:16, this ritual, tutorial law was only a carnal form of the true spiritual law. And because of the weakness and unprofitableness of the commandment in the carnal law there is a disannulling of it. (Heb. 7:18).
    This can only mean that the priesthood and written code of law given under Moses with the Levites as priesthood was never intended to be permanent. The law of Moses was instead a shadowy copy of the spiritual law of Christ that was coming. The law of Christ is “Love”, for love is the fulfillment of the law.
    Scripture says that, on becoming a Christian and becoming a kind of firstfruits of the spirit with Christ, it is no longer we who live, but Christ (Melchisedec) who lives on in us. “For we have the mind of Christ.” God has transferred us into the kingdom of his dear son, where our lives are hid with Christ in Him.
    Christ’s Melchisedec priesthood continues on forever. The true law is spiritual and has always been a matter of the heart.

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