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Wiccans & Satanists

After examining the origin of Halloween traditions of dressing up and getting treats, let’s turn our attention to two more groups that celebrate on October 31st: Wiccans and Satanists. For Wiccans, this is day to contact the dead.  Much like Druid belief, the dead are most accessible on this day.   For an explanation of contacting [&hellip

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Halloween

Halloween is a unique holiday. Many people wear costumes, get candy, and carve pumpkins, but have no idea why. Today’s blog will answer that. First, the word “Halloween” is a contraction of the words “All Hallow’s Eve”, the name given to October 31 as the day before All Saints Day, which is November 1. The [&hellip

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The Occult (Part 4)

Occult practices are very intriguing. Are things such as casting spells, predicting the future, and contacting the dead actually real? Are these practices against God’s will or not? Part 4 of this series examines seances and the contacting of the dead. God forbids the contacting of the dead in Deuteronomy 18:9-13.  This is for two reasons.  First, [&hellip

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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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