The occult and the paranormal. What does God say?

Satan disguises himself as someone good:

"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve." (2 Cor. 11:13-15)

Don't associate with evil:

"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." (Eph. 5:11)

God is against sorcery (magick), divination (gaining knowledge through supernatural methods such as astrology, channeling, psychic powers, palm reading, etc.) and spirit contact:

"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord." (Deut. 18:10-12a)

Consult God, not psychics or channelers:

"When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light in them." (Is. 8:19,20)

God is against astrology:

"Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is to come upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame." (Is. 47:13,14a)

The occult tries to turn us away from truth:

"The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer...opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 'You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right!' (Acts 13:7-10a)

Satan prowls for prey:

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8)

How to resist Satan:

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)

In Christ, we are safe:

"The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4b)

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