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Monday, February 5 2018
Why Is Witchcraft A Sin?
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry ... 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"
The English-language word "witch" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, Wicca, that meant twisted. The word could be used for something useful and innocuous, such as a "wicker" basket that is made by twisting light, flexible branches (traditionally of willow) together. But in matters of human thought and behavior, it referred to a form of self-destructive rebellion. The word wicked, which literally means twisted, originated from that usage.
"Witch" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced kaw-shawf, that meant to whisper (similar to the sound made by a snake's tongue - hence also the reason that Satan is called a "snake") while casting spells or enchantments (i.e. the "show" part - see the Fact Finder question below).
The LORD warns very plainly about witchcraft and all of the other forms of rebellion that entice people to squander themselves with it i.e. "Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies" (see below). They are all sin because of the attitude that produces the self-wasting behavior.
Witchcraft was one the specified death-penalty offenses declared by the LORD.
"22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." (Exodus 22:18 KJV)
Witches were to have been driven out of the Promised Land.
"18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God." (Deuteronomy 18:9-13 KJV)
Why? While most were and are fakes in their claims to supernatural power, some really can contact and be assisted by evil spirits - or even communicate with the spiritual record of righteous people who are dead. They provided a direct opening for evil spirits to infect other people.
The example of the Saul contacting Samuel through the "witch of Endor" is an infamous example. Notice that the "witch" was not in full control of what she was doing - she could contact the dead, but couldn't recognize the appearance or voice of living King Saul, albeit disguised, who was standing with her.
"28:4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa. 28:5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. 28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her.
The Law of God is about finding the true way to eternal life. In so dong, it reveals the attitudes that will result in an eternal dead-end that awaits those who refuse to repent: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."
"5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Fact Finder: How did the Pharaoh's sorcerers do their witchcraft?
This Day In History, February 5
62: "The 62 Earthquake" occurred in Pompeii, Italy. The city was completely destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1428: King Alfonso V ordered Sicily's Jews to attend "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) sermons so that they would become "converted" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1555: The Diet (from the Latin word dieta meaning a day; the word diary has the same origin) of The Holy Roman Empire opened at Augsburg. Proclaimed by Charles V, it dealt with numerous religious matters. Among the decisions reached: that no member of the empire would go to war with another on religious grounds, and both Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism were to be allowed (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1556: Henry II of France and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
1631: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived from England in the English-created colony of Boston (prior to the coming of the English, the site of Boston was nothing more than swamp and wilderness).
1679: The Treaty of Nijmegen was signed by Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and King Louis XIV of France.
1810: The Siege of Cadiz began during the Peninsular War between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula.
1811: After King George III became incapacitated by old age and illness, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, later to be George IV.
1818: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
1841: The union of Upper and Lower Canada became effective. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1881: Thomas Carlyle, English author and historian, died at age 85.
1909: Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
1924: The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.
1941: Andrew Barton Paterson, Australian poet, died. He is widely credited as the author of Waltzing Matilda.
1954: The most northerly group of islands in Canada was named the Queen Elizabeth Islands. William Baffin was credited with the 1616 discovery of the islands.
1958: A hydrogen bomb was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, It was never recovered.
1973: Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto. It became the highest tower in the world at the time of its construction and was declared to be one of the "Seven Wonders of The Modern World."
1983: Klaus Barbie, wanted Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, after extradition from Bolivia.
1997: Switzerland's three largest banks, facing international pressure, announced that they had created a 100 million Swiss franc Holocaust memorial fund as a gesture of good will toward their critics.
1997: Fire swept through the library of Pulkovo Observatory, Russia's most famous astronomical institution. The fire and the water used to fight it destroyed or damaged nearly 5,000 rare old books. Arson was the suspected cause - Russian "Conservatives" were believed to be responsible because they wanted the observatory's extensive grounds, near St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), made available for hotel construction.