Although Christians do not Doubt the Existence of Witchcraft. Vol 3, No. 22

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The people of God have not in their history (from the time of creation) denied the existence of Satan and its hostile spiritual powers. The Bible, in common with the ancient world, recognizes there is ‘a transcendent dimension populated with a variety of immanent spiritual beings’
These beings include the spiritual world of angels (which itself includes different kinds of heavenly beings, such as the cherubim, the seraphim, and the living creatures around God’s throne. (Ref; Ez. 1:5-14, Rev. 4:6-8) and also the world of demons (evil angels) who are rebellions against God, who exert evil influence in the world, led by Satan the head of demons.
The former (the heavenly angels) are at good rapport with us Christians while we are in conflict with hostile spiritual powers, wrestling not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12). Even Jesus recognized the reality of these evil spiritual powers and one of the significant part of his ministry was exorcising demons (Lk. 8:2). But then, one thing interestingly clear here is that as Paul rightly pointed out to the Collosian community that God created all things “visible and invisible” through Christ and for him (Col. 1:16). Hence all created spiritual beings though powerful, are all subject to the authority of Christ. This indubitable fact was witnessed in Jesus earthly ministry (Mk. 5:1-20), in Jesus continuing ministry through the Church, by his spirit (Acts. 16:16-18) and even today, we bear testimony to the conquering of Satan and its cohorts in varied ways. But unfortunately, many Christians (esp. Africans) are living in fear of spirits, of malign and threatening powers. And in our bewilderment, we end up even condemning street children and the elderly as alleged sorcerers. Worse still, the fact that Christ has triumphed over death and all those occult powers is re-affirmed only in a struggling hallucinations and superstitious prayer corrupted by embarrassing liturgical abberrations. Faith has been trampled upon, scattered and picked up with impurity and fear of Satan. We emphasize more the destruction of Satan to the worship of God and what could that imply – creating more awareness to the presence of demon than God’s omnipotence. One thing that made me to love the Jews so much was their uninterrupted act of reciting Ps. 145 every morning. A Psalm that proclaims God’s kindness to His creatures and mirrors the multifaceted nature of God. This is because they understood the logic of mystery that God is close to all who call on Him. In our own time, the word was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14), yet we loose this word to fearfully attack Satan with a purported courage.
As Christians, we believe that God has power over all else. After all, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow;” including that of the witches. Again, the gate of hell shall not prevail against the kingdom of God and no weapon fashioned against the children of God shall prosper. If we believe that God is the only being who can manipulate nature because he is the creator of all, and we believe that God is always with us, then belief in witchcraft becomes wanton phantom. Thus, we should be more preoccupied with the worship of God (Latria) than the casting of wanton phantom realities. Just try it and your mystifying stories will turn into a beautiful and glorious one. Happy Sunday!

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