The Bible and the Occult pt1

” But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, In whom the god of this World hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of  Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”(2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The Bible calls Satan the god of this world and most Christians seem to be woefully ignorant to this fact. We also seem to be ignorant to the spiritual world  that surrounds us and its demonic influence.  Our  world was not always in this present state of  chaos. There was a time when the spirit of man ruled and all evil principalities were placed beneath him. One day however the spirit forfeited his right as a ruler on the earth and by disobedience gave authority to those same principalities that were once under him. This is the present state of man and why Satan is called the “god of this age”. Ephesians also calls Satan the “ruler of the air”. The word air in the greek means “atmosphere”. This means that satan is in control of the atmosphere around us. Paul mentions later in Ephesians 6 that our “War isn’t against flesh and blood but against the rulers of this dark world and the spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.”  Paul was very aware of these spiritual entities that lurked behind the material universe. We however are at a disadvantage  because of our lack of spiritual knowledge.  We only think in terms of  what is right in front  of us. The bible uses another word, carnality. To be carnally minded means to be ruled by your senses totally. Satan loves when you are ruled by your senses in this physical world because he knows that he can exalt his throne above our carnal thinking. We can never get one up on him because we keep looking for the problem in the natural world. Paul didn’t see it this way. He knew that our enemies were not natural or transparent. This is why he encouraged us to put on the full armor of God. This is also why Peter said to be “vigilant because our adversary walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour”(1 Peter 5:8). It is apparent that he doesn’t parade himself right in front of us. He knows that he would be easily detected here. Instead he hides himself  at the apex of the universe  transformed into an angel of light. This is his command post. He has  all the occult knowledge  of the universe here and  perverts this present world with it. Satan brought with him from heaven the knowledge of the occult. Occult means “hidden knowledge” and this is the “light” that he(Satan) blinds unbelievers with. We are trying to discern a realm that he has had  dominion over for eons. You may say I don’t know anything about the occult and would never practice it. This paradoxically defines the problem. We are ignorant to the devil’s schemes and we practice the occult everyday and don’t even realize it. The main manifestation of the occult is rebellion. 1st Samuel 15:23 says “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” Rebellion says I DON’T NEED GOD. Rebellion seeks to find its own way. Spiritual rebellion is more subtle than the rebellion we usually think about. It says that I’m going to make my own way with out God. If you remember this what exactly happened to Eve in the garden of Eden. The devil tricked her into thinking that she wouldn’t die and that she would be like God if she ate the fruit. (Genesis 3: 4-5).  Eve wasn’t evil and was probably closer to God than most of us and yet she was still vulnerable to the deception of the enemy. He promised her supernatural power, however, what Eve didn’t realize was that she already had supernatural power. This is the same issue the church struggles with today. We want super natural power but we don’t want to go to God to get it. We don’t need God so we use alternative methods to tap into to the supernatural. Now there is nothing wrong with supernatural power. In fact I believe there is not enough teaching in the body of Christ on the supernatural power of God and this has given Satan the advantage over us. Our traditional churches has left us starving for more supernatural teaching. Because this hunger hasn’t been satisfied, we tend to look for satisfaction in the occult. Another main tool of the occult is “divination”. You could put  fortune telling, ESP, and astrology under the umbrella of divination. Divination provides  knowledge through supernatural  means about people , events, and situations. This power is usually accessed for the purpose of control or self reliance. Lets take a look at astrology. Some  claim that it’s just a harmless pseudo science . I don’t believe so. I believe it’s  real and very harmful. Remember Satan is called the ruler of the air and the cosmos is his headquarters. He knows all about  the zodiac and the precession of the equinoxes which were ironically some of the first pagan religions. There are spiritual truths in the invisible realm that the enemy uses to exploit the natural world. We can no longer, as a church body, afford to remain  ignorant to this invisible world if we expect to make any real progress in the natural world. 

Peace, Julian James

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