A Facination For Hidden Things

October 6, 2012

A Fascination For Hidden Things

            When a rock star passed away a news commentator made some comments about her life.  He also played a video clip of her speaking.  Among the things she said was, “I have always had a fascination for the occult.”  It’s unfortunate, but she was only one of many who have a fascination for the occult.

Some people are making a concerted effort to facilitate the curiosity people have about the occult. They are often people who are in a position to influence the thinking of people.  Favorable comments about the occult are often found in newspapers, magazines and radio, and television programs.  Children’s toys and games often lend themselves to this way of thinking.  One may also find occult art printed on young people’s clothing.  One has to be blind or ignorant not to be aware of the growing publicity of the occult.  Indifference leaves the door open for the occult to have a growing impact on the thinking of people.  Parents need to put some limitations on what their children see and read if they don’t want them to be taken in by the occult.

The occult has to do with that which is hidden, whether of the past, present, or future.  It deals with such things as fortune telling, astrology, theosophy, clairvoyance, etc.  Much of occult practice is included in the New Age Movement.  Satan uses Halloween as an opportunity to awaken a renewed interest in the occult.  Most people view Halloween as in innocent part of our culture.  For most people that’s all it is, but it brings to mind witches, ghosts and mysterious phenomenon.

It is hard to understand parents who don’t teach occult religion to their children, but they are willing to let others do it.  They let their children go out and buy Harry Potter books that openly teach occultism.  They also allow their children to buy music and DVDs that promote it.  They have no objection to their children wearing black shirts that promote the occult with a grotesque face.

What are the dangers of the occult and why should we take precautions against it?  There are two ways to find out.  One is to experiment with it.  There are dangers in that.  The most prudent way to learn about it is to listen to the testimony of those who have been in it and left, because they didn’t like what they found.  Some of those who  experiment with the occult get trapped in it and suffer for it.  If you have access to Internet, a good source of information is the web page christiananswers.net.

Satan is very subtle in his ways of diverting the minds of men away from the truth.  It has been said, “Men will believe a lie if they hear it often enough.”  When people are frequently confronted with the occult, they are more inclined to accept it.  That’s especially true of children and young people because their minds are more receptive.

The occult has been around for a long time.  The Bible warns us about it.  Deuteronomy 18:10-11 says “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,  or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.”  In the New Testament, in Galatians 5:19-21, we read, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,   idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,   envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Aside from being condemned by Scripture, the occult opens people up to the danger of demon possession.  When the mind is given over to occult practices, Satan can take control.  Demon possession prompts people to do things that leave them in shame and disgrace.  It results in extreme mental and emotional stress.  Deliverance is possible only through the help of strong Christians who know how to deal with it.

Beware of what Satan offers you.  He doesn’t have anything to offer that you need or that is for your good.  We need to be content with what God wants to reveal to us.  It is all for our good and will never put us in danger. Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”


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