Participation in "the occult" is on the rise. Sadly, this is indicative of the world's rebellion against God. Even worse, many Christians (or those who claim to be) sometimes get caught up in the occult before they realize what they are doing. The purpose of this study is to assist Christians in this regard--to point out some of the areas of occult activity and to review the pertinent scriptures.
Occult PracticesPinpointing a definition for the word "occult" proved to be an difficult task. Each dictionary consulted seemed to contain a different definition or combination of definitions which seemed inconclusive. Perhaps one of the better definitions is "of the nature of, or pertaining to, certain reputed sciences, as magic, astrology, etc., involving the alleged knowledge or employment of secret or mysterious agencies."
There are as many ways of practicing the
occult as there are minds of imaginative individuals. It would be impossible
to list all of the different forms of occult practices. However, the table
below lists some of the more popular forms of the occult today. The list
is not, by any means, all-inclusive. Christians should take special care
to not only avoid participating in the occult but also to look for opportunities
to possibly lead others out of the occult and into the saving grace of
The Bible And The OccultSpecific commands. God never intended for His people to be "left in the dark" concerning occult practices. In no less than six specific scripture passages, He specifically forbade His people from participation in occult activities (
Power. When one compares
the power of the occult to that of our God of all creation, it is hard
to imagine why one would wish to rely upon the occult. There are several
biblical accounts in which occult power was no match for God's power or
for His people (
in the occult is an act of the sinful nature (
Penalties. As if the above
scriptural information weren't enough to convince a person that involvement
in the occult is something to be avoided, the Bible gives plenty of penalties
for it as a warning for us. The penalties include loss of occult power
ConclusionFortunately, all is not lost for those who are or have been involved in occult practices. Our God is One of hope. He is loving and forgiving. Escape from the occult is possible:
8For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for
the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the
fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But
everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is
light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up,
O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." 15Be
very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16making
the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore
do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
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