Date of publication: 2017-08-24 14:16
The Old Testament gives us a certain amount of information on magical practices and beliefs, and the very fact that they were outlawed indicates that they existed. In turn, towards the end of the Hellenistic period, Jewish magic was strongly influenced by Greek and Egyptian ideas. By that time many Jews-like the Greeks and Romans-believed in the evil eye, the power of certain words and phrases, the protection afforded by amulets and so on. Necromancy was practiced (necromancers were called bone-conjurers ), as was exorcism usually as a last resort when medicine failed.
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Cutting through the rhetoric, the public relations jargon, the camouflage vocabulary, isn't hard once we understand that these people (including many religious leaders) believe in a different God, world, ethic, man, and Christ than what the Bible clearly reveals.
We should support and encourage strong, moral, talented Christians in positions of respect and power who can influence the decisions of worldly institutions toward ethical choices and activities compatible with a Christian worldview.
Now let us turn briefly to the various spiritual movements of late antiquity. These theologies often had great impact on the occult sciences, and shall be considered with that view.
.till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ..
No one can answer these questions for us. We have to answer them ourselves, honestly before the Lord. Together, in the unity of the Spirit, we all need to follow Paul's advice and cause our careful meditation to produce lives that make a difference for the cause of Christ in today's world.
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This book is not the place for a lengthy discussion of biblical reliability, but we will highlight the main areas of study which establish the historical veracity, the truthfulness, and the inspiration of the New Testament.
The weapons of our warfare are spiritual, and the powers that the forces of darkness most fear are the name of Jesus, the authority of the Bible, and the power of his Gospel.
Expecting a scene, my muscles tightened as I rang up a customer. But the guy with the look didn’t embarrass me. He stood aside and waited. His blue, checkered dress shirt was tucked into khakis, and he sported a thin, whitish-blonde mustache that matched the ring of hair around his head. When the customer left, he leaned in.
God in process, Man in God, Jesus in the Father, for all of us, the hope of joining Jesus in the ascent of God is the unified message of Kazantzakis and Scorsese. "The message that Kazantzakis and Scorsese want to convey in this idea couldn't be simpler..By experiencing Jesus' divinity as a process we can come to learn how the divine might enter our own lives."
First, let's counter the damaging blow made by both Kazantzakis and Scorsese against the integrity of the New Testament as an historical record.
Second, Kazantzakis and Scorsese, locked within their own subjectivity, have failed to consider or account for the abundant wealth of historical and rational confirmation we possess of the truthfulness of the New Testament.
So, we should respect the power of the Devil and his demons, but never fear them. We do not need a rite of exorcism, only the name of Jesus. We are not given a priesthood of exorcists for every believer is armed with the full promise of the Gospel, united with Christ by faith, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.