Both the Old Testament and the New Testament warn us about the pure evil that is sorcery, divination, and witchcraft. A lot of twenty-first century intellectuals say that all of this is not real, and is just medieval superstition. But if the Bible, both the Old and the New Testament, warn against these practices, are these practices really fake? Does the Bible condemn practices that are not real? Or does the Word of God warn us about sorcery, divination and witchcraft because they are real and can lead us all straight to hell?
Recommend you think very hard before you play with a ouija board, dabble in horoscopes, or have your fortune told, and instead say a prayer to the Holy Spirit. God wants us to trust in Him, and only Him, with our entire mind, body, and soul. The future is His to know, and for us to only find out as we live through it. The book of Revelation compares sorcery to fornication, idolatry, and murder ! And Revelation 18:23 says that all nations were deceived by the sorcery of Babylon. From that, it's hard to see how it could be imaginary, or be seen as harmless fun for kids and grownups.
God in His Bible condemns these evil practices as follows:
Leviticus 19:26: "You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not practice augury or witchcraft.
Leviticus 6:27: "A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be stoned with stones, their blood shall be upon them."
1 Samuel 28:7-20: Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a witch at Endor." So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments, and went, he and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, "Divine for me by a spirit, and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you." The woman said to him, "Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the wizards from the land. Why then are you laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?" But Saul swore to her by the LORD, "As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing." Then the woman said, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" He said, "Bring up Samuel for me." When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul." The king said to her, "Have no fear; what do you see?" And the woman said to Saul, "I see a god coming up out of the earth." He said to her, "What is his appearance?" And she said, "An old man is coming up; and he is wrapped in a robe." And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground, and did obeisance. Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" Saul answered, "I am in great distress; for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams; therefore I have summoned you to tell me what I shall do." And Samuel said, "Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has turned from you and become your enemy? The LORD has done to you as he spoke by me; for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, David. Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD, and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day. Moreover the LORD will give
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Revelation 22: 15: Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and every one who loves and practices falsehood.
So be careful what you allow your kids to read and watch on TV. Harry Potter might seem like it's all innocent fun and games, but you simply don't know whether or not it will pique their interest to dabble into the black arts down the road. Casting spells, even for fun, is a very dangerous practice.