Llewellyn Magick Blog: Does the Bible Outlaw Magick?   1 comment

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From the Llewellyn Magick Blog, July 7, 2015:

The Western Mystery Tradition is quite steeped in Biblical literature and imagery. Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Masonry, the Golden Dawn, and Thelema have extremely close ties to the Christian spiritual tradition. (This is not to be confused with the political co-opting of Christianity from about the second century CE onward.) Not to mention my beloved Solomonic grimoires, which are most certainly an expression of medieval Christian mysticism. Even indigenous forms of witchcraft and folk magick around the world now bear the stamp of Christian influence (though these are cases where Christianity was merely adopted into an existing worldview, rather than overwhelming and replacing it). We can see this especially in places like Africa and South America, where Catholic forms of witchcraft are quite common.  The question of magick among these traditions arises every so often.  […]

You see, that Bible that so many of us like to use as a magick book in its own right (and, never doubt for one second that it *is* a magick book) actually tells us that magick is evil and must never be practiced. […]

 

Deuteronomy 18:9-12: When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

 

It looks like the Bible is exceedingly clear on this point, and believe me the above is only a scratch on the surface of Biblical admonitions against witchcraft, sorcery, divination, etc.  […]  Therefore, can we simply ignore the fact that the same book stresses, over and over again, that magick is an abomination to the same Divinity we invoke in the Psalms? Isn’t it highly likely that Divinity will be offended that we are calling it for something in which it has clearly stated it wants no part?

Read the Rest at:  http://www.llewellyn.com/blog/2015/07/does-the-bible-outlaw-magick/

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Posted July 7, 2015 by kheph777 in history, llewellyn blog, religion

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  1. Great article! However, I feel I must, respectfully, play devil’s advocate regarding some of your assumptions. From a scholarly perspective, it is highly unlikely that the prophets themselves wrote the passages of the Bible that you are citing. Generally, there are four types of scribes of these books that are acknowledged by scholars and many theologians: Jawhists, Elohists, Deutoronomists and the Priestly Source. These books were undoubtedly written over the course of several centuries. Thus, they consist of countless scribes casting their own opinions and personal perceptions into the scriptures, specifically Leviticus and Deutoronomy. This definitely helps to explain the plethora of contradictions within the Old Testament itself. Furthermore, an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi would argue (and the following certainly does not reflect my own opinion) that God was working through Moses when those miracles were performed and, therefore, Moses was merely a vessel or conduit for the Will of God. Thus, it wasn’t Moses performing the miracles in accordance with his own will. Lastly, and somewhat unrelated to my above commentary, I think it’s a bit presumptuous to assume that nearly ALL people who publicly criticize homosexuality are privately engaged in homosexual acts. While there are irrefutable cases of that being true, I think it’s more common and rational to say that people who publicly condemn homosexuality are simply products of unfortunate religious and social conditioning that they have been victims of since childhood. Regardless, I enjoyed the article very much and I have a tremendous amount of respect for your work!! Keep ‘Em coming!!

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