POINTS ON THE OCCULT
By Marcia Montenegro, ex Professional Astrologer and New Ager.
I talked today about the Occult to the same high school group I spoke to last week on the New Age. (See CANA post on Points on the New Age at https://tinyurl.com/5b56w79m).
The New Age and the occult are not the same but they easily overlap in some beliefs and practices. These are some of the highlighted points on the Occult.
The Occult is a set of practices aligned with different beliefs; it is not a belief system itself although its practices are based on certain worldviews such as:
1. There is hidden meaning in creation and in images, numbers, words, or there are codes hidden in written texts (the Bible Code is an example of this; it swept through the church a few decades ago)
2. One can contact disembodied beings (the dead, angels, aliens, those in alleged other dimensions of reality, spirit animals)
3. One gains special knowledge and wisdom through what is found in hidden meanings and through contact with the disembodied
4. One can alter reality with the mind, words, and rituals
5. Healing can come via the use of invisible, non-measurable forces (these can be called vibrations, frequencies, magnetic energies, etc. and are common in the New Age as well).
6. Alleged healing is a large component of both the New Age and the occult and is mainstreaming in the culture and being accepted and used in the church.
Energy healing is not just the use of hands to heal but also the use of machines that supposedly read the body, diagnose, and/or treat through vibrations or frequencies.
Energy healing like Reiki, Healing Hands, Healing Touch, and others is an occult practice that most closely falls into the category of sorcery. See CANA post at https://tinyurl.com/msdd3ddh
Healing also includes practices based on belief in invisible non-measurable supposed energy such as chi/qi (acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology, Tapping/EFT, Qigong, and others). The energy may be called the Life Force, Vital Force, Vital Energy, universal energy, prana, magnetic energy, bioenergy, or other names.
Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing) is based on energy beliefs and uses the body as a divinatory tool.
Using objects for healing based on beliefs in a hidden power or energy in the object that has not been factually verified. This includes using crystals, stones, or other objects for supposed healing.
This energy is part of most pagan belief systems and is always based on beliefs opposed to God.
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 lists all the practices of the occult. They can be divided into three categories which can overlap:
1. Divination: Often called fortunetelling, includes astrology, Tarot cards, numerology, the I Ching, Runes, dowsing, and others. For example, Tarot cards are one of many forms of divination, which is forbidden by God. Divination is reading hidden meaning into creation, images, or numbers and/or gaining information via supernatural means through certain methods or spirits. See more in CANA post at https://tinyurl.com/msdd3ddh
2. Spirit Contact: Contact with disembodied beings
3. Sorcery/Magic: Practices that attempt to channel or harness powers from spirit beings; gods or goddesses; perceived powers in nature; and/or objects believe to contain or channel power. Using these methods for supposed healing is also sorcery. Sorcery would include according to this definition casting spells (although be aware that Wiccans and witches do not use this word and consider sorcery to be related to ritual and ceremonial magic, which they do not do) as well as making potions. Trying to alter reality or manifest something in reality with methods believed to be beyond the natural or believed to be in contact with the supernatural or with spirits is sorcery.
DEUTERONOMY 18: 10-12: There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.
The CANA Articles page at https://tinyurl.com/58pm7r8s lists many topics related to the occult such as Ghosts, Spirit Contact, Psychics, Astrology, Divination, Occult Terms & Concepts, and more. These are listed under Topics. Under Book Evaluations and Movie Evaluations are articles on some books and movies like the Harry Potter and Twilight series.
“Christianity, Cults, and the Occult” is a brochure I contributed to. It is available at https://tinyurl.com/5n7mk3jr. It covers these topics:
Book, SpellBound: The Paranormal Seduction of Today’s Kids by Marcia Montenegro
(Cheaper on Kindle; copies from sellers are expensive)
CANA article on Energy Beliefs
Smudging (Burning Sage)
Why Can’t We Use Crystals for Healing?
CANA post on Points on the New Age, talk given last week on the New Age
This post at https://tinyurl.com/msdd3ddh
Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing) is a form of divination:
Some links to articles:
From Janice Lyons http://bit.ly/1JCoQcC
Lyndon Unger http://bit.ly/1JCA05E
Why Applied Kinesiology is not scientifically or medically valid:
The below brochure contains some entries written by myself. A link is given where you can get it in the post at https://tinyurl.com/msdd3ddh
Marcia Montenegro, ex Professional Astrologer and New Ager.
PLEASE ALSO SEE:
My radio interview with Marcia:
Ex Astrologer, Marcia Montenegro on The Supernatural with Laura Maxwell.
Marcia’s Facebook Page: Christian Answers for the New Age
Marcia’s Website: http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/
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