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The Occult (Part 3)

This series of blogs continues to examine occultic practices.  People cast spells, predict the future, and contact the dead?  What is a biblical response to these practices? Deuteronomy 18:9-13 says, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one [&hellip

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The Occult (Part 2)

The topic of the occult fascinates us.  Are practices such as casting spells, predicting the future, and contacting the dead actually real? Can a Christian be involved in these practices? If not, why not?  Part 2 of this series examines divination, or predicting the future. There are various ways that people predict the future.  These include, [&hellip

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The Occult (Part 1)

Since Halloween is approaching fast, this new series of blogs will examine the occult.  What does the word mean?  What about occultic practices such as casting spells, predicting the future, and contacting the dead?  Can a Christian be involved in these practices?  If not, why not?  To start, the definition of the word “occult” means things [&hellip

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Demonic possession (Part 2)

This series of blogs on the angelic realm continues with information on the issue of demon possession.   What does the Bible say about the effects on people of demonic possession? 1. Mute: “While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.  And when the demon was [&hellip

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Demonic possession (Part 1)

Remember that the Christian worldview includes natural and supernatural realms.  But naturalism states that there is no supernatural realm, leaving no room for angels and demons.  Yet Christianity can explain why cultures all over the world believe in spirits. Or why today the Roman Catholic church (and other denominations) perform exorcisms and deliverance ministry on demon-possessed people. For [&hellip

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Demons

The first two blogs in this series dealt with angels and their tasks,  but now let’s turn our attention to demons.  Demons (or fallen angels or evil angels) “fell” from their status as perfect spirit beings created by God due to their prideful rebellion.  The demons willfully rebelled against God according to Jude 1:6.  It [&hellip

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Angel attributes and tasks

This series on angels and demons continues with a look at the types of angels that God created, their attributes, and their tasks.  In the Bible, there are seven kinds of angels listed: cherubim (Genesis 3:24), seraphim (Isaiah 6:2), archangels (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and thrones, powers, rulers, and authorities, all of which are found in Colossians 1:16. [&hellip

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Angels: An introduction

Our culture has a fascination with the supernatural, and with good reason.  Everywhere one goes, there are unexplained phenomenon.  People experience the unexplainable.  Couple that with media focusing on the supernatural, from movies about angels and demons, to books about vampires and werewolves, to comics about ghosts and hauntings, we are bombarded by these stories.  But what [&hellip

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In the end…

As we wrap up this series of blogs on God’s will, let’s conclude with a look at what really matters.  If  someone gave you an “End of Life” test, a series of questions to use near your last days, it might look something like this: 1. Who did you love? 2. Who loved you? 3. [&hellip

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Non-moral decisions (Part 2)

Decision making and God’s will continues with this second part regarding choices that don’t involve a moral component.  Non-moral decisions are made when there is no command in the Bible regarding God’s stated will.  If there is no special guidance by God, or no moral guidance given by God, then we have to make choices that are neither right nor wrong. Whatever we [&hellip

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