person involved in witchcraft may claim that the Bible
does not condemn witchraft, since they assert that the
real interpretation of the Hebrew word for "witchcraft"
should be sorcery, divination and those who practice such
Response: The Bible categorically
denounces any and all occultic practices.
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
spiritist 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.
The New Testament also condemns such
practices (Galatians 5:20). In the city of Ephesus many
who were practicing in the occult became believers in
Jesus Christ and renounced their occultic practices.
"Many also of those who practiced magic brought their
books together and began burning them in the sight of all"
Another encounter with the occult can
be seen in Acts 13:6-12
And when they had gone through the
whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain
magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus,
who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of
intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and
sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician
(for thus his name is translated) was opposing them,
seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But
Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy
Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him. And he said, "You who
are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil,
you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make
crooked the straight ways of the Lord? And now, behold,
the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind
and not see the sun for a time." And immediately a mist
and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking
those who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul
believed when he saw what happened, being amazed at the
teaching of the Lord.
The Bible in the strongest terms
condemns the occult and those who practice it. The road
of the occult is broad and leads to destruction, while the
way of Christ is narrow and leads to life eternal.
Other Verses: Ex. 22:18; Lev.
19:26,31, 20:6,27; 1 Sam. 15:23a; 2 Kings 23:24; I Chron.
10:13; Is. 2:6, 8:19-20, 47:13-14; Ez. 13:20-23; Dan.
2:27-28, 5:15-17; Acts 13:7-10a, 16:16-18; Gal. 5:19-20;
argue that sorcery is black magic used for evil, and that
they practice white magic, magic for good.
The Bible makes no distinction between good or bad magic
or sorcery. All sorcery comes from the same source and is
abhorred by God. See verses above.
non-Christians see the return of Christ as a horrible
thing. Witches will scoff at this saying "Our Goddess
isn't some spiteful deity that will one day wipe out the
Earth. She loves us enough to let us do what we want and
make our own choices".
Love implies a relationship. If the goddess is in us, if
the goddess is us, and is the earth, trees and that rock
over there, it is impossible to have a relationship with
her and it is impossible to be loved by her. God can be
separate from you and be closer than anything else. The
holy spirit can be in you, yet you are not God. It is
this separateness that allows Christ to strengthen us. We
are weak, but through Him we have strength. Because He is
distinct from us He can provide us guidance, he can listen
to us, he can love us. He couldn't do this if he were
only another aspect of our being or of nature.
believe there is no absolute truth, therefore, there is no
right and wrong.
This is immediately a contradictory statement because
people who believe in an absolute truth such as the Bible
must then be wrong. The pagan will admit they believe
Christians are wrong, forgetting they don't believe in a
right way or a wrong way. The chances of doing something
in this life that doesn't affect someone else in some way
at some point are very low. Without guidance or a set of
moral standards, we will negatively affect someone else.
This is a fact and it is sin. The pagan will argue that
we shouldn't impose our beliefs on them. They will also
say that we shouldn't harm the environment. But, if I'm
an atheist and believe the Earth is just a rock, I should
then be able to do anything I want to the environment. To
say I can't, is to say my belief is wrong. The point is,
it is not possible to say all ways are truth and there is
no right or wrong. For the Pagan to say there is no right
or wrong is to say the Earth is Goddess, but the Earth is
also not Goddess because the atheist is right too.
Realizing this impossibility should alert the Pagan to the
reality that there is truth out there. As eternity is at
stake, it is a good idea to seek it out and listen with
this new appreciation for truth.
us a clear vision of how He wants us to live our lives.
We may not always like what he says, but that doesn't mean
it isn't good for us. As God gives us moral guidance, he
also gives us the Holy Spirit to help us. When we accept
Christ, the Holy Spirit works in us making us want to do
good. Having a relationship with Christ is not a set of
rules and regulations meant to punish us. It's a new life
and a new appreciation for the truth. And God is there to
believe in endless reincarnation and Karma that is passed
on from life to life as you struggle to reach
There is no Choice in Paganism. No matter what you do or
what you believe, your life is heading toward the same
truth, the same goddess. This goddess offers no end to
the wheel of life cycles and has nothing more to offer you
than a broken record and eternal punishment for past
mistakes. Jesus offers so much more. He loved us so much
that He died on the cross so that we can spend eternity in
heaven. He gave us choice. The choice to choose Him or
not to choose to be with Him. Jesus does not demand that
we spend life after life trying to improve our karma,
while not remembering what we did to deserve the
less-than-perfect karma rating that led us back to earth
again. He does not expect you to be punished for a
previous life's karma only to pass your karma on to
another life for more endless punishment. All he asks is
that you believe in Him and accept his free gift of an
eternity with Him.
Pagans the Christian belief in hell is a major obstacle.
They see Christians as Cruel and heartless for believing
that humans would go to hell for not believing in Christ.
This usually comes from an incomplete understanding of
what hell is and the free will that God gave us to choose
First of all, Hell was created for the devil and his
angels. (Matthew 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4). The devil is a
sinner and has sinned from the beginning (I John 3:8).
So, hell is a place for sin and death.
God create a place for sinners to go, they might ask. Why
would God create sin? God didn't create sin. It is a
natural result of giving us free will. We are not robots
put on earth and allowed only to do what God would have us
do. God gave us freedom to choose and to enter into a
relationship with Him freely. A relationship is no
relationship at all if a person is forced to love.
will also argue that no one would choose hell, so it is
only because of a lack of knowledge that they would go
there and that is unfair.
Throughout our society we see many people make bad choices
with severe consequences and they were fully aware of
their actions. People drive drunk, do drugs, and break
the law. There are consequences for those actions and we
don't assume they didn't know what they were doing. It
all comes back to choice and freedom, something we all
cherish and wouldn't want to live without.
It is not
unfair to be punished for our actions. Even nature shows
evidence of consequences for our actions. Believing in
Christ is an action. It is the basis for how we live our
lives, and there are consequences for those who choose to
live apart from God just as there are consequences for
those who make bad choices in society. It really isn't so
foreign. Christians are those who choose to live with
Christ for eternity. Non-Christians are those who don't.
Heaven is a gift to those who choose it. "For the wages
of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life".
Hell is a place for those who have chosen to live apart
from God, to whom God will say "Your will be done".
doesn't God give us a second chance?
Again this comes back to free will. If God manipulates
the choice it isn't really free will is it? Choosing to
follow Christ after experiencing the reality of hell is
like choosing to bet on a horse race moments before the
winner crosses the finish line. God made the evidence of
His presence overwhelming. He gave us His Word in the
Bible, He sent his Son to die for us, and he created the
amazing universe we live in. He also gave us guidelines
to live by because He wants peace and happiness for us.
He didn't want us to live in chaos without Him, only to
accept Him when the race is finished. God is a personal
God who loves us and wants us to have hope, a hope that he
freely gives. But, it is up to us to choose eternity with
Him or apart from Him. God is honoring the right of
those he created to make their own choices. We are not
just a means to an end. He loves us and created us as
unique individuals. He will reward us and receive us with
open arms if we choose Him.
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