It is vitally important to remember that the use of any magic (whether “black” or “white”), any form of divination or other mystical ritual is the work of demons, whose source is Satan himself. There are always very serious consequences for the person involved with demonic powers – including oppression, demonic manifestations, spiritual possession, and more evils.
The demonic realm has no goodness in it. Like their master, Satan, demons are hate-filled, evil liars whose goal is to deceive and destroy people. Demons know that their time is short before they will be judged and sent to hell forever (Rev 12:12). The demons ‘ hatred for God and for the object of God’s love – humanity – drives them to do as much damage to people as possible.
Life In A Fallen World
It is important to remember that many unusual and tragic occurrences do NOT have their basis in the spiritual realm. For example:
- Some who claim to have “mystical powers” really do not, but deceive others into thinking they do – in order to gain wealth, prestige or influence. Their own selfishness – not spiritual forces – dictates their actions.
- People are often blinded and deceived by Satan (“the god of this age” – 2Cor 4:3,4) into believing that their animistic practices or superstitions actually have some kind of power, when in reality they have no power.
- Circumstances often occur that have a very natural explanation. Not every sickness, dream, mishap, accident or natural disaster is caused by some spiritual force or mystical power. These events are often just a part of living in this broken, sin-filled world that is far from what God originally created it to be. But some people mistakenly believe that they can live in such a way as to never be touched or impacted by the consequences of living in a fallen world. They think that if they can just live right, “think positive”, perform enough rituals, or appease the “bad spiritual forces”, nothing bad will ever happen to them. This is a form of animism that even some Christians fall victim to.
Combating The Forces Of Darkness
While it is true that not all harmful events have a spiritual cause, the Bible does reveal that there truly are fallen demon spirits in the world (Eph 6: 12) – and that these demon spirits are actively attempting to harm mankind and draw mankind away from worshipping God.
Demons do have a form of satanic power, and they share this power with those who willingly cooperate with them – but at GREAT COST to those who are foolish enough to cooperate with them. Demonic spirits use deception in any form: lies (John 8:44); temptation (1 Cor 7:5); false signs and wonders (2 Thess 2:9); trying to appear as an angel from God (2 Cor 11:14); and more. These evil spirits are at work even now to control the hearts and lives of those who are not submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Eph 2:2,3). But for the Christian, the demonic realm is not to be feared, for it can be confronted and overcome (Matt 16:18; Mark 16:17; Luke 10:17-20; Acts 8:7; 2 Cor 10:3-5).