Magic is big news these days. It's everywhere. I have always been a reader; it's my favorite hobby. I have belonged to many book clubs. Years ago, I seldom saw books on magic listed in the book club listings. Now there are many. And the major book stores have huge sections dedicated to magic and false religions. And it seemed to sneak in without much notice. When I was about 12, a "Dirty Book Store" opened in my town. What an outcry went up! But I can't even point to the time that magic books became popular; I don't remember any protest at all. Some magic is fake, done with chemistry and illusions and special effects. It's "entertainment". They make movies and TV shows about it. Other magic (sometimes spelled magik by practitioners), is a real attempt to contact the spirit world, and use spirits to change conditions of earth. This kind of magik is usually tied to some form of false religion. We know from the Bible that the spirit realm is made up of the Eternal Creator God: Yahweh, and of powerful, created beings: angels. Most angels serve God. Others rebeled. Obedient angels help humans when God instructs them to. Rebel angels please themselves. Why should anyone expect spirits to obey them? Spirits are more powerful than we are. If dark angels do anything to "aid" humans it will be at a price. Many children are being introduced to potentially demonic situations by the popularity of children's books and movies about magic. Parents and youth ministers need to teach young people the realities of "fun" entertainment that is not right for God's children. Here are some thoughts on magik from Bible: "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards..." Lev. 19:31a, KJV "There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of the times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer." Deut. 18:10 & 11, KJV
Great post! And you are right about children being "introduced". It's not a forceful approach of any kind, and people should be warned against "safe" shows/movies/charactors. Even if it doesn't say magic, it has many approaches. It's all the same.
From MSN Encarta: Magic synonyms: enchantment, supernatural, sorcery, witchcraft, voodoo, augury, alchemy, deviltry, incantation
Synonyms: conjuring, tricks, trickery, illusion, sleight of hand, artifice
Thank you for your comment. I worked in a high school for several years, & it saddened me how "fashionable" pentagrams have become. Some symbols I couln't even identify, but they probably weren't wholesome.
Sister Marjorie, magic is so rampant that they are used to attract crowds for shopping, TV shows and whatnots. Some of them are pure tricks and optical illusions but sadly many are not. Many are black magic. They are the use of occult forces to bind someone, to know one's future and even to alter one's fate.[img]http://planetsmilies.net/not-tagged-smiley-15450.gif[/img]
That's why the Lord forbids the involvement with these demonic forces. They are demons in sheep's wool. Everyone, including Christians should be careful not to bring them home unknowingly.[img]http://www.anchoredbygrace.com/smileys/sleeping.gif[/img]
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P/S how's the kiddo coming along?