"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
 John 3:19

 

 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1

 

MAGIC, MIRACLES AND YOU:

 

 

What is the Purpose of ‘Magic’?

Well we just basically exposed that the purpose of all ‘magic’ is to deceive. To either lead men to trust in Satan and his fallen angels to help them, (familiar spirits) or to lead men to think that somehow man holds the secret to the powerful resources of the universe through ‘magic’ formulas, etc. or that he has within him some power that he just needs to develop and he will be able to do whatever he wants. 

All such desires on the part of man just cements him in more and more with the unreasonable rebellion of Lucifer, who wanted to exalt himself above God. There’s a hefty dose of selfishness and laziness connected with it too, and that helps it along.

What about the ‘wonderful properties’ of the Human Mind?

Most of those who are claiming ‘magic’ powers, whether in martial arts, New Age, Eastern Mysticism, alternative medicine modalities, ‘faith healing’ and so on, claim that the power is inherit in the human mind to tap into the universe and to cause what ever it wants to become reality. There are a hundred ways they have of explaining it. This concept lies at the base of the 'theory of evolution' as well.

They get all poetic about the fact that science says that we don’t use all of our mind, just 2% or some such thing, (science probably doesn’t) and just how they decide this wonderful thing is unknown, so then they think that all these wonderful powers are just lying there unused, and all we have to do is learn how to ‘tap in to them’ and we can all be gods.

 Sound familiar? "Ye shall be as Gods". And if we did all have these powers,  what a mess things would be in! Talk about ‘star wars!’

No, there are not any hidden powers in man’s mind; it is just the deception of the evil angels playing their parlor tricks making people believe what is not true. There is just one marvelous power that our minds do have. It is a power that Jesus died to give us. It is the power to choose whom we will serve.  

This is an immense power indeed, as it can choose to serve God and He will then provide everything needed to bring this about. 

The whole purpose of our lives revolves around making that choice, repent and be ‘born again’ and eventually have eternal life; or go your own way (which is serving Satan) and eventually die forever. It is just that simple:

Choose who is going to be your God.

 

A Horrible Deception

It is really a horrible thing that so many people who are really wanting to do something ‘good’ by developing their ’abilities’ are really being influenced and finally controlled by evil angels whose purpose is to harm and destroy, and the ones that these deceived people seek to ‘help’ are often ensnared by demons through their influence.

 

What does the Bible tell us about magicians and witches?

 "And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians." Exodus 9:11

Here we see a demonstration from God to show that these great magicians who were supposed to wield such awesome power were unable to even protect their own bodies from the plagues sent on Egypt from God.

"Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; 28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days." Daniel 2:27

Here Daniel tells king Nebuchanezzar point blank that his famous magicians can’t tell the King what he wants to know. They just don’t have that kind of power such as God gives through His Holy Spirit to those that serve Him.

 "There shall not be found among you any …that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, (hypnotist) or a consulter with familiar spirits (Spirit medium), or a wizard, or a necromancer. (One who claims to talk to the dead) For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD:" Deuteronomy 18:10-12

God told His people not to have anything to do with any of these people who claim to have supernatural powers and work magic. God doesn’t change, He no more approves of this sort of thing today, than He did then. Why? Is it because He wants to keep something good from us? No, it is because He knows it is all a pack of lies that Satan will use to enslave and destroy us, He wants us to have the good, all the good, and not the cruel evil.

"And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?" Isaiah 8:19

God is saying here that when people tell you to seek wizards and witches, claiming to talk to the dead, that you are to refuse and instead seek God. Why should the living seek help from the dead anyway when the Bible tells us, "The dead know not anything." Ecclesiastes 9:5?

 

Magic and Children

It is such a sad thing to see little children who are trusting and naïve, being told with great earnestness by parents and others that things are ‘real’ that are definitely not real, and the adult knows it to be a lie. It is considered nice and even important for the children to be able to believe in fantasy, "After all, they are just kids, let them have some fun. Children need to believe in ‘magic’ and fairy stories. They enjoy it."

Now let’s take a good look at this; do you really enjoy being lied to by a friend? Even if they tell you something that you want to believe, but later you find out it is all a lie, do you say, "Oh, I’m so glad my friend lied to me about that?" Usually the result is that you are hurt badly, you feel betrayed that one you trusted lied to you. You can never fully believe them again comfortably after that experience.

What about your children? If you encourage them to believe in that which is untrue, lying to them about fairies, and mermaids, and Santa down the chimney, how are they going to believe you when you tell them how they should live aright, and when you tell them about God? Please face the truth; it is no fun to be made to believe a lie. Mother Eve could tell you that.

"Oh, kids know the difference, they know its just pretend" some say. But how can they? Children are dependent on parents and teachers to teach them what is real and unreal, what is beneficial and what is harmful. No untruth is beneficial, it all has a baleful effect, warping the mind and making it harder to discern between truth and error. The whole subject of our salvation is on truth vs. error; to be warped in discernment makes it almost impossible to believe to the saving of the soul.

I have seen parents fly into a rage if a child calls them a liar! But what else can you call it? Loading children with fantasy is betraying their trust in you to teach them the TRUTH!

The very fact that children are innocent and trusting and easily fooled makes it an even more wicked thing on the part of those that know the truth to lie to them, or allow them to believe in things that are not true. Of course they believe you, and it seems happy to them, but it’s because they trust you are telling them the truth.

 Now a days this deliberate deception of the helpless and innocent is amplified a thousand fold by the reinforcement of TV, movies, video games and a whole billion dollar entertainment and toy industry that gets rich through aiding the corruption of the developing minds of our children.

Mankind has this desire to be a god, to have power, to get your own way, to rule others, to be able to get what you want with no effort on your part (Laziness) and the idea of Magic feeds this in children until it is terrible in its results. Unreality, even when it is known to be unreal still affects the mind as the person craves for it to be real. 

The Bible tells us that only those who love truth will be saved; if we love fantasy and the unreal, we cannot love God as we must learn to love Him if we would be saved.

Fictional stories whether ‘realistic’ or purely fantastic all serve to warp our concepts of reality in very undesirable ways, making it harder for us to follow God and be saved. You see, people can write a story and have things happen in certain ways, but in real life, there are universal laws that won’t allow something to work that way.  

For example, in stories a man can drink and live immorally and abuse his body and yet be super strong and skillful; in real life, he’ll be a sick slob! 

On TV you can see people who live and act in ridiculous ways and yet there they are in a lovely home with all the luxuries and never a hardship; in real life there would be want and unhappiness in such a situation.

Many wrong and hurtful theories had their beginnings in someone writing a novel where the concepts were shown and where they were successful; but in real life, they just don’t work! Untruth is never innocent.

 

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