Superstition - What the Bible says:Submitted by MaxK on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 17:58
(A continuation of discussion from a different thread, which seems to me should be in it's own thread).
It is not true that the Bible (must?!) say witchcraft is a sin because ‘it has power’. The Bible says that drinking yourself silly or poisoning yourself are also sins, and there isn't anything in them. Superstition, self-delusion, lying or being lied to are other equally wrong things like witchcraft is wrong.
For example idolatry is wrong. But the Bible does not say there is anything to idolatry. It says men worship dumb idols that don’t do anything instead of God. Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Other similar verses on idolatry, but not all: Isaiah 44:9-20, Jonah 2:8, Jeremiah 11:12, Isaiah 45:20, Jeremiah 10:3-16, Jeremiah 10:15, Psalm 115:1-18, 1 Corinthians 12:2, Isaiah 2:6-22, Deuteronomy 27:15, Micah 5:13, Acts 17:29, Daniel 5:23. Jeremiah 16:20 “Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?”
The Bible also says that there is spiritual idolatry, and it is possible to be an idolater without worshiping literal idols. For instance Ezekiel 14 – quoted in full below, says of idols that men have set them up in their hearts. Likewise, the Bible says that witchcraft is as the sin of rebellion - 1 Samuel 15:23, and it seems to me that it is likewise possible to be committing witchcraft without literally dancing around like a voodoo witchdoctor or thinking you are being like a witch – even though in the heart and spirit you are – witchcraft is as the sin of rebellion; and men have set up idols in their heart.
Besides the grossest literal idols, a lot of what is called witchcraft actually involves idols too – charms, beliefs in special power spots or objects, or words spoken a certain way to cast spells supernaturally, or sear stones, etc etc, are all examples of dumb idols that don’t do anything. Idolatry.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. - (1 John 5:21)
1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. 2And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 3Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them? 4Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; 5That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.