When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 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 [demons], or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened [listened] unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered [allowed] thee so to do Deut. The Bible specifically mentions that some of these practices carried the death penalty in ancient Israel. God simply has not changed His standard today. Why does God so condemn the occult and its practices? Simply because it hurts individuals and damages society in the most destructive possible manner — by turning human beings away from their Creator and His laws. RSS feed for comments on this post.
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The Witches' God
Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Comment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here However, intention is the key. If another person specifically requests a spell, it's OK. In around the 16th and 17th century, a period of religious upheaval, a belief in witchcraft was widespread and equated with evil and black magic, notably the Pendle Witch trial. Accusations of witch-craft in this period of time were often associated with devil-worship and Satanism.
Myths About Witches
Witch-hunts were used to target any heretical non-mainstream Christian beliefs. Victims were often accused of debauched practices and transformation turning into animals as well as communion with evil spirits. As late as the early 18th century, there were cases of people being tried and executed. But the era of witch trials ended with the Witchcraft Act which made it illegal to claim magical powers or to accuse anybody of being a witch. This was superseded by the Fraudulent Mediums Act which made making money from claims of magical powers illegal except for entertainment.
Before the advent of the neo-pagan movement, it was used to describe the usually polytheistic belief in many gods pre-Christian folk religions of Europe and the Middle East. It was often used as an insult and a catch-all term for those who did not follow the three main Abrahamic faiths Christianity, Islam and Judaism throughout the medieval and renaissance periods. The modern pagan movement has its roots in the early and mid 20th Century and came on the back of a wider interest in occult theology and spiritualism.
But despite its ancient origins, the Pagan community has historically struggled to get religious recognition.
A turning point came in when Druidry, part of the Pagan community, was officially recognised as a religion by the Charity Commission. Established in by Cambridge academic Ross Nichols, the OBOD movement now has 5, members and has been key in the revival of interest in Celtic Spirituality and Druidry in modern times.
While not all Pagans worship in the same way, many observe key festivals associated with the seasons. The most important are the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice in December - and the longest - the Summer Solstice in June. Despite the diverse range of beliefs, connection with the natural world is a key, uniting theme, among most Pagans.
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Ritual is designed to make contact with the divine in the world that surrounds them. There are no modern Pagan buildings and most Pagan rituals - collective and solitary - are conducted outdoors. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Witches' God by Janet Farrar ,. Stewart Farrar. Part III presents a comprehensive dictionary of over gods from many world cultures, past and present. The Farrars are among the best-known authors on the Craft, and in The Witches' God have written what is likely to become the standard work on the masculine god aspect.
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Sort order. Jan 11, Steve Cran rated it really liked it. The witches God has assumed many guises throughout history. Man's first perception of deity was that of Goddess. After all they saw women give birth but were unaware of the male role in the whole thing.