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What about occultic practices like divination? (Part 2)

The topic of the occult fascinates us.  Are practices such as casting spells, predicting the future, and contacting the dead actually real? Can a Christian be involved in these practices? If not, why not?  Part 2 of this series examines divination, or predicting the future. There are various ways that people predict the future.  These include, [&hellip

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What about occultic practices? (Part 1)

Since Halloween is approaching fast, this new series of blogs will examine the occult.  What does the word mean?  What about occultic practices such as casting spells, predicting the future, and contacting the dead?  Can a Christian be involved in these practices?  If not, why not?  To start, the definition of the word “occult” means things [&hellip

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What is demonic possession? (Part 2)

This series of blogs on the angelic realm continues with information on the issue of demon possession.   What does the Bible say about the effects on people of demonic possession? 1. Mute: “While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.  And when the demon was [&hellip

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What is demonic possession? (Part 1)

Remember that the Christian worldview includes natural and supernatural realms.  But naturalism states that there is no supernatural realm, leaving no room for angels and demons.  Yet Christianity can explain why cultures all over the world believe in spirits. Or why today the Roman Catholic church (and other denominations) perform exorcisms and deliverance ministry on demon-possessed people. For [&hellip

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What are demons?

The first two blogs in this series dealt with angels and their tasks,  but now let’s turn our attention to demons.  Demons (or fallen angels or evil angels) “fell” from their status as perfect spirit beings created by God due to their prideful rebellion.  The demons willfully rebelled against God according to Jude 1:6.  It [&hellip

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