Why does the Bible say that witchcraft is bad? What's wrong with white magic and pure witchcraft?
The Bible teaches us that the spiritual world is alive and real. It also teaches us that there are two sources of supernatural power – God and the devil. Praying, using spiritual gifts and quoting the powerful words of Scripture are all apart of spiritual warfare and God’s word encourages these spiritual activities. But it also tells us not to seek power from any other source.
When we embrace other sources of power, we have to ask ourselves, where does this power come from? Anything that does not come from God is from the devil. The Bible forbids witchcraft and all forms of extra-biblical supernatural experience, because the source is the devil. Most people who embrace these experiences are doing so to get some POWER or CONTROL. Attempting to gain control or power over another person or situation is against the will of God, because God’s greatest gift towards us is free will. Thing about it – how can it be right to seek the devil’s power to get power or control over someone else?
Even if people say that this power is only used for good things, the problem is that this is still idolatry. By embracing this we are rejecting God’s word, His commandments and His help, by looking for power from another.
The Bible says, ‘There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death’ Proverbs 14:12. If we reject God’s word, we also reject His salvation. Perhaps the devil will be willing to ‘help’ people, if he knows it will cause people to lose their chance of salvation and deliverance. Remember the Bible reveals that the devil sometimes comes as an angel of light in disguise. Finally in Galatians 5:20, the Bible says that anyone involved in witchcraft or sorcery ‘will not inherit the Kingdom of God.’ That sounds like a high price to pay.
If you really want a supernatural encounter or divine help, the Bible is full of examples of people who’ve had this, because they have faithfully obeyed God and His word. In fact, around 1/3 of the entire Bible deals with dreams, prophesies and such spiritual experience. Why seek a cheap counterfeit if you know the source of the real thing?
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