92. Is magic OK?
Yes, God approves of magic.
God taught Moses some cool magic tricks to impress the Pharaoh.
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said,
Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses
fled from before it. And the LORD said unto
Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his
hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand. ...
The Bible has a magical procedure to find out if a woman has been defiled.
And the LORD said
furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand
into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as
snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into
his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned
again as his other flesh. Exodus 4:2-6
And when he hath made
her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be
defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that
causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly
shall swell, and her thigh shall rot. Numbers 5:27
And God invented a magical cure for snakebite.
And the LORD said unto
Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole:and it shall come to pass,
that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a
serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a
serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
No, the Bible condemns magic.
It is an abomination to God. (So are magicians.)
There shall not be found among you any one ... 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. For all that do these
things are an abomination unto the LORD. Deuteronomy 18:10-12
God forbids believers to use magic.
Ye shall not ... use enchantment, nor observe times. ... Regard not them that
have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them:
I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:26-31
Witches, wizards, and people with "familiar spirits" must be stoned to death.
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18
God praised Hezekiah for destroying Moses's magical bronze serpent (which God told Moses to make
to cure people from the snakes that God created to kill them). Apparently God
even dislikes his own magic.
A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death:
they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
He [Hezekiah] did that which was right in the sight of the LORD....
Elsewhere in the Bible magic and magicians are condemned.
He ... brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made.
2 Kings 18:3-4
In the Old Testament, Manasseh's use of magic was called "wicked in the sight of the Lord."
Manasseh ... observed times, and used
enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much
wickedness in the sight of the LORD. 2 Kings 21:1-6
And Acts, Simon "bewitched" the people of Samaria.
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery,
and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
And Elymas the sorcerer was blinded by Paul.
Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him
[Elymas the sorcerer]. And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil,
thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing
the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness;
and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Acts 13:8-11
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- Is dancing a sin?
- Is it wrong to steal?
- Is it wrong to lie?
- Is it OK to make images?
- Is it wrong to have sex outside of marriage?
- Is divorce ever permissible?
- Is it OK for a divorced woman to remarry?
- Is polygamy OK?
- Is it OK to covet?
- Should we hate other people?
- To kill or not to kill.
- To judge or not to judge.
- Is it OK for men to have long hair?
- How should nonbelievers be treated?
- How should homosexuals be treated?
- Is it OK to call someone a fool?
- Should we let others see our good works?