Can a Christian be a witch?
My friend has always been Christian since she was a kid. In the past couple of years she's been saying that she is a witch, she does spells, she has a book of shadows, and so on, so I assumed she was not Christian anymore. But then I got an email from her where she's talking about being a devout Christian. Is it at all possible to be a Christian and practice witchcraft? I thought they were mutually exclusive.
She seems to believe in magick as a reality. I can't understand it.
By the way, she's in her 30s.
The Bible is specific about avoiding the practice of cults and false teachings. (According to them) She cannot do both and have it be anything other than conflicting interest. She is fooling herself. Pick one or the other.
In the past, many modern day "witches" were herbalists and midwives and highly revered in the church system. Many Christians speak out against Pagan practices but i'm a pantheist and do a little wicca here and and such all of the time to meditate or to try to practice keeping a clear mind.
Many pagans are eclectic and can follow dieties such as Jesus or the Jewish God of all. Christians have told me (the ones who actually read the bible) that as long as they aren't praying to some other god or thinking they have magical powers, it is no harm to anyone.
It just really depends on what type of christian you are talking to and what type of "witchcraft" they are doing. Some require the blessing of other deities which rule them out of Christianity completely.
Sure, a lot of the poor women mercilessly killed in European witch-hunts of the 1480s trough the early 1700s were Christians. Same goes for the women killed in the famous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693.
Why? Are you planning on killing your friend?
Yes, my wife is. LOL
Only one who has been lead astray from God's path.
No. She has chosen to follow witchcraft, or revel in satanic spirits. The devil also knows scripture and knows the truth about God, but is still the devil. Better educated people are able to deceive better than those who are obvious and not well informed.
Christians serve Christ and operate in the spirit of Christ, not the devil. They are two opposing forces. She must choose. I would stay away from her until she gets back on track. Spirits are very real. Alot of the students involved in school shootings also messed with satanic spirits and such.
No, you cannot be a Christian and a witch. In the Bible the apostles rebuked witches and cast demons out of them.
Would a true Christian need demons cast out of them?
matthew 19:16-17 / matthew 5:17-20 / 1 samuel 15:23
you are either a genuine christian or you are not.
a genuine christian that leaves the faith for another will lose their salvation - hebrews 10:26-39
Your friend is confused. She wants to practice something new and exciting, but doesn't want to let go of her Christianity. She's going to have to make a choice sooner or later, as the two practices are incompatable.
I find it difficult to understand the concept that any Christian would find ANY form of Witchcraft acceptable enough to practice safely, yet still be sure they'll go to the heaven they so want to go to. If by ignoring the warnings stated by their own bible, are they not disobeying their God? AND if by disobeying their God, won't they go to Hell anyway? They're toying with their own soul just to fulfill their own desires. AND this is not what Witchcraft is for. You cannot expect that casting a few spells will fulfill your immediate desires now. It doesn't work that way.
Christian magic has a long history, even though calling it Witchcraft is a new idea.
Here are some books for you:
The Magical Writings of Thomas Vaughan:
Greater Key of Solomon:
Ancient Christian Magic:
The Divine Synthesis and Realization of Magic by the Christian Revelation
Yes, there have been Christian Witches for about as long as there have been Christians.
Witchcraft is a practice rooted in nature & psychology... it has been combined with just about every spiritual path (and no spiritual path) throughout history. The practice (in various forms) is probably about as old as religion itself.
Just like Catholics interpret the Bible/Christianity one way, and Pentacostals another way, and Mormons yet another way-- but they all consider themselves Christians.
Some Christians use the Bible to support the death penalty and some use it to support being against the death penalty-- but they all still consider themselves Christians.
Christian Witches reconcile their religion with their practice of the Craft, like every other Christian think their way of believing in the Bible is right.
Christians CAN be witches. ANYONE can be a witch. It IS NOT evil.