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Most early Eastern theologians didn't believe in witches (technically, neither did Western theologians, as is evidenced by Canon Episcopi), but most common folk did. Without getting into the confounded history of witch-burning, it is generally held that theologians prior to the 10th century did not believe in witches. The 9th century Canon Episcopi that I ...


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It wouldn't have you believe in witchcraft it would just have you avoid it. Whether you believe in it or not is entirely separate from it existing, see this wiki about Ouija boards. So you don't have to believe that Ouija boards work, I personally don't. However, even though I don't believe they work, I still don't associate with those types of things. ...


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Frankly, the more you know the history of the Orthodox Church, the more you would be inclined to say that they would never have executed witches. In fact great portions of the Eastern Orthodox Churches history, is when they have been the ones being executed, whether by pagans or heretics. In fact if someone told me that the Orthodox had executed witches, I ...


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King James VI of Scotland (who later became King James I of England) tried to prove that witches existed and that the Bible said they must be killed. James developed an obsession with witchcraft from an early age, blaming witches for the death of his mother, Mary Queen of Scots. In 1597 he published a book that he had written on the subject of witchcraft, ...


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Did Jesus use witchcraft when he predicted that Peter would disown him three times? Before we go any further, perhaps we should define what we think witchcraft is. Commonly, it is perceived as the practice of magic, especially black magic, involving the use of spells. In some countries it is a religious practice involving magic and affinity with nature, ...


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Commentators do not all agree on what happened here, but from the context the most plausible is that God overtook the wicked witch with a vision of Samuel to rebuke Saul. The rebuke is even in part for wickedly seeking a medium in the first place. God on occasion put additional sting and irony into his rebukes by taking a strange person to act as his ...


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You have to remember that the worldview of the NT and HB are very different than our own. The use of magic in the Greco-Roman world was more akin to a "Science" than religion. It was a very technical trade that required precision and attention to detail. I'll let you decide whether or not it was actually effectual, I generally don't. We have gobs of magical ...


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Exodus 22:18 famously says: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Without a doubt, this was the basis of the belief that witches should be put to death. The Calvinist Bible commentator Matthew Henry says about this verse ("our law" refers to the law of Britain and Wales): Witchcraft not only gives that honour to the devil which is due to God alone, ...


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The word 'witch' is of Germanic origin. The New Testament was written in Greek, and the real word in the text was 'pharmakeia'. The meaning of that is obvious - the use of drugs. One would suppose this meant mind altering drugs, unless the ancient Israelites were so benighted as to have no medicines. This has nothing to do with the word 'witch', derived ...


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Possible candidates that appear in the Bible you might like to consider: Antiochus Epiphanes (cf. Daniel 11:21-45, 2 Maccabees) The King of Tyre (cf. Ezekiel chs 27-29) Both of these have been considered to be types of Antichrist which would make them a natural fit to be associated with devil worship. Not a famous person, but a place mentioned in the ...


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Biblical or Historical Devil Worshipper? Since we are dealing with the 14th century and a fictional novel, it would be best to use a fictional character. At least this way it remains fictional. Why not take a medieval legend to your advantage. It seems to me the legendary personage of Cartaphilus. Although legend says he is of Jewish origin, you could ...


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No, the cock crow was a time in the early in the morning—when the cock crew. It referred to the shortness of time before Peter would betray Christ, despite his saying he would go to his death for Him (Matthew 26:35) a few hours prior. No witchcraft involved.


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In the real world, there is no fairy tale magic. (Devotees of Harry Potter, take note.) If you see something "magical", you're either seeing (1) a fraud, (2) a marvel of technology, (3) a holy miracle of God, or (4) some kind of demonic action. The Bible and the Church forbid "sorcery" and "witchcraft" because those words ...


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The question at the end of the body of the question asks: Did King James ever tell those translating the Bible to include anything that was not in the original Hebrew OT or the Greek NT? The King James Bible involved a huge amount of work by very learned men with input and comment from very many others. Also there were other translations available. King ...


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This is not something I had ever heard of and I have only done some brief digging but, here are my (protestant) 2 cents. This is from the website of the Esoteric Interfaith Church describing what Christo-paganism purports to be. Here you can become ordained today! and/or earn degrees from bachelors to PhD. What is this term, Christo-Pagan or Christian-...


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Does the Catholic Church have any (quasi) interdiction against the Harry Potter books? The short answer is no. Nevertheless some priests have taken a more personal stance within their own diocese or country. The Catholic Church has taken no official position on the books, but various Catholics, including officials of the Roman Curia, the hierarchy, and ...


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In the Orthodox Church, people who have practised witchcrat, or attempted to do so, are urged to confess that as a sin. Attempting to harm other people, whether by natural or "supernatural" means, is an indication of malice, which is definitely sinful, There is more detail in my article on Christian responses to witchcraft and sorcery. Someone else ...


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