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Sorcery and Divination

Sorcery and Divination

The Bible condemns the practice of sorcery and the occult. Sorcery is defined by Merriam-Webster as the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits especially for divining. Divination is defined as the practice of foretelling events by means of signs or omens. Superstitious people have believed in divination from the earliest times. It is anything that humans initiate, on their own, to communicate with the spirit world. It is satanic, never glorifies Christ and the Bible strictly forbidden it. When we are living outside of the will of God, we easily open ourselves up for satanic activity.

We read in Leviticus these words: “You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying”….” Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” (Lev. 26, 31). Paul also includes these vices in his warning to the Galatians: “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 18-21).

Sorcery is or can be manifested in some the following activities. Many are eastern culture and new age practices.

1. Psychic – Lying outside the sphere of physical science or knowledge : immaterial, moral, or spiritual in origin or force.

2. ESP (extrasensory perception) – (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition).

3. Clairvoyance – Ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception.

4. Precognition – Clairvoyance relating to an event or state not yet experienced.

5. Astrology – The divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs.

6. Horoscope – Use by astrologers in inferring individual character and personality traits and in foretelling events of a person’s life.

7. Divination – The art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers.

8. Ouija Boards – Used to seek spiritualistic or telepathic messages.

9. Astro Travel – Projecting the mind outside of the body (now used in pain management).

10. Psychokinetic – movement of physical objects by the mind without use of physical means.

11. Spiritual mediums – Used to seek spiritualistic or telepathic messages.

12. Channeling – The process of conveying thoughts or energy from a source believed to be outside the person’s body or conscious mind.

13. Psychics – A person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces.

14. Crystal Work – The art or practice of concentrating on a glass or crystal globe with the aim of inducing a psychic state in which divination can be performed.

15. Tarot cards – pictorial cards used for fortune-telling.

16. VooDoo – A person who deals in spells and necromancy – sorcerer spell.

The following in some cases may also exhibit satanic activity. However, in some cases they may be of God, therefore, they should be tested. Out-of-bodies experiences are natural, however, demon activity can influence the vision during the out-of-body experience. Maurice Rawlings, M.D. says in his book Beyond Death’s Door that one in five of the people interviewed after resuscitation report an out-of-body experience.

1. UFO’s – The origin is unexplained.

2. Yoga – Can be tied to Eastern religions or New Age teaching.

3. Out of body experiences.

4. Telepathy – Communication from one mind to another by extrasensory means.

5. Premonition – Anticipation of an event without conscious reason.

6. Apparitions – Visions of various kinds.