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.
You said it. "Wholesome", which is exactly what the stuff is being marketed as or "family entertainment". Heavenly Father, You alone are God and may we bring the Truth to all parts of humanity and be encouraging to people to come to You so as to bring glory to Your Name! In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen! Thanks Sister Marjorie for this eye openner! God Bless you! Amen! Dave
Dear Marjorie--You raised a very important issue here.
I regret having sat and watch such TV shows as "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie" with my children. So much of what the Bible clearly calls sin is dressed up to look cute and harmless and entertaining.
The religion of Wicca (a supposedly "good" form of witchcraft) is growing throughout the country, and the Harry Potter books and movies ran rampant and are still doing so.
Children must be taught against those things before someone comes into their lives and teaches them that they are alright. Thank you for your blog, my sister. :) With brotherly love in Christ--Ron
So right Marjorie,we need to be o so careful. Magic shows unashamedly proclaimed is even used by a senior pastor from a large church in Singapore! May the Lord deliver us from evil. It must truly hurt the Lord.
Amen, Marjorie. This message needs to be shouted from the rooftops. May we learn to abhor every appearance of evil and teach our chidren to do the same!
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?
Marjorie, thanks! An important message.
I am so thankful that my son and daughter-in-law take such care in what my granddaughters are exposed to... and that they take the opportunity to explain things to them when this stuff creeps into their lives.
While we can't shield their eyes and ears from every evil, we can certainly teach our children right from wrong. We can't isolate them from the world, for if we are too protective, when they grow up and leave home, they see, hear, read, and experience the real world with its ugliness and hatred and they will either find it new and exciting, and rebel against every value that has been placed on them, or will want to go into hiding for good.
We must filter what our children see and experience and set reasonable limits on everything in this day and age and yet prepare them for what they will see and experience in the real world. Instead of putting blinders on their eyes, may we put love and respect in their hearts. May we teach them right from wrong and lovingly explain to them why wrong behaviors and decisions are not in their best interest and that includes teaching them about magic, magik, and false religions and what God says about these things.
I liked this blog!
It's probably a little easier w/ birth children. All the youngsters we've fostered have already seen WAY too much of the ugliness & hatred in the "Real" world...
Thanks for your comments, shalom, Marjorie
Satan's goal is to pervert everything good that God has created. He has influenced authors and creative people to romanticize magic because it is a perversion of God's power. Instead of encouraging people to acknowledge God's sovereign power, he has made power seem to be available to those who learn mysterious incantations...instead of presenting our petitions to our Father in Heaven. The authors of these fantasies think they are so clever, however, they are just being used as pawns...
It saddens me that people are being drawn into thinking that way because of books and movies that portray magic as fun