The path connecting Binah (Understanding) with
Kether (Crown) is associated with the Magician tarot card. The image on the card
is of a young man wearing a white robe with a red outer garment representing one
of the followers of Christ who made his robe white through the blood of the lamb
(Revelations 7:14). Over the magician’s head is the symbol of eternity,
representing the Crown of Life obtained at Kether. The magician has obtained an
understanding of God (as well as his own purpose) at the sphere of Binah, and
utilizes his understanding to assist others and serve God.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
One of the magician’s hands is pointing a wand towards Heaven, and his other hand points towards the earth; he is a conduit of God, and does God’s will on earth by utilizing the blessings/gifts that God has given him to help others. The flowers above and below the magician represents life and abundance, and on the table before him are the four suits of the tarot, which represent the four elements of life (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). The Fool tarot card also had these elements, but the fool did not use them. The magician has advanced in his spiritual journey, and now utilizes the gifts/blessings/resources that God has provided him.
1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Ephesians 6:6-7 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
Deuteronomy 30:9-10 And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
Everyone has a unique purpose in God’s plan, and God will work through you to affect the lives and/or spiritual development of others. The card is titled, ‘Magician’, and the character holds a magic wand, but being a conduit or servant of God does not require the performance of miracles. It is true that God has permitted some people – such as Moses or the Apostles – to perform miracles as part of their missions, but this in not true of everyone. The Magician has other resources available to him besides the wand. In front of the magician are a staff (fire), sword (air), pentacle (earth), and a cup (water), which are also the four suits of a deck of tarot cards.
Psalm 23:3-4 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 89:31-33 If they violate My statutes and do not keep My commandments, Then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes. "But I will not break off my lovingkindness from him, nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.
Proverbs 13:23-24 Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice. He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
Proverbs 23:13-15 Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart also will be glad.
The staff or the rod (of correction) is a resource the magician can use in his personal walk with God (Psalm 23:3-4), and to assist others in their spiritual journey. One way of serving God is to provide others with guidance, and/or correct them when they stray off of the path (Matthew 18:15-19). Being a father – and raising God fearing children – is a tremendous responsibility and means of serving God. Christians are expected to run their households well (1 Timothy 3:4), and failing to do so would be a disgrace (1 Timothy 5:8).
In the tarot, the suit of wands/staffs/rods is associated with the element of fire, because wood is used to create fire. In scripture, it is associated with the shepherd’s staff or the rod of correction – both representing guidance. Even the concept of being baptized with fire has to do with discipline and correction. Though Moses used a staff to perform miracles, the majority of the time (in scripture), staffs are associated with guidance and correction.
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows
Psalm 75:7-8 But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another. For a cup is in the hand of the LORD…
Matthew 26:39 He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.
Matthew 23:24-26 "You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
Matthew 26:26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
1 Corinthians 10:21-22 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?
Cups are associated with peoples’ destinies. Those who God blesses have cups that are overflowing (Psalm 23:5), but evildoers have cups of wrath awaiting them (Revelations 16:19). Servants of God can assist others in selecting between the Cup of Christ and the Cup of Demons, through evangelism or by providing those who stray from the path with guidance. Jesus corrected the Pharisees by pointing out that they are focusing on their outward appearance, while their internal desires were filthy. Providing people with advice and assisting them in selecting a more preferable destiny is another means of serving God (and others) that does not require the performance of magic or miracles.
Genesis 3:24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
Luke 22:36-37 And He said to them, "But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.
Romans 13:3-4 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
Deuteronomy 32:40-42 'Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, as I live forever, If I sharpen My flashing sword, and My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, and I will repay those who hate Me. 'I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword will devour flesh, with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired leaders of the enemy.'
Hebrews 4:11-12 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Swords represent justice and defense of self and others. The sword of the spirit is also referred to as the word of God (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12), which is able to separate the spirit and the soul. Ministers of God can aid their fellow man by serving in the armed forces (to restrain evil) or within the criminal justice system (Romans 13:3-4) in order to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. If nothing else, they can protect their families and children.
Ezekiel 18:7-9 if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing, if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between man and man, if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully-- he is righteous and will surely live," declares the Lord GOD.
1 Timothy 6:9-11 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
Luke 10:34-36 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. "On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.' "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?"
James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Colosians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
The tarot suit of Pentacles is associated with Money and the Earth. Your ability to use your money to serve God is vast. Of all gifts (including the spiritual ones) Charity was of greater importance. Money is the root of all kinds of evil to the selfish, but it is a resource and a blessing to those who desire to help others. In the story of the Good Samaritan, the good neighbor aids a person who had fallen victim to criminals, and uses his financial resources to pay the innkeeper to look after the victim. Obviously, caring for victims of crime is a means of serving others that does not necessarily require money, but financial resources were used in the example of the Good Samaritan.
The point is to use your resources to help others. That might include volunteering your time, donating your belongings, or making financial contributions to charities. Using the resources that God has provided you demonstrates good stewardship, which is an area of your life that God also pays attention to (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 12:42-43, Luke 16:1-12, Luke 19:12-26).
The Magician tarot card represents mastery over all elements in his life. It is more than simply the human desire to imitate God by performing magical feats; it involves using all of the resources and blessings that God has given you effectively. The magician may play many roles in life. He may be a father, a guardian, a Good Samaritan, a guide, an advisor, or a philanthropist. The Magician card placed on this path of the Qabalah represents an understanding of why he was created and his purpose in life (to work towards his own spiritual growth while serving God and helping others). After achieving mastery over his life, he is pressing on towards the Crown of Life in Kether.
While on this path, contemplate the meaning of your life; how are you serving God, or using your blessings to serve others? After all, Jesus came not to be served, but to serve others (Matthew 20:28), and taught that the greatest among you would be the servant (Matthew 23:11). The magician tarot card represents a servant of God; using all resources at his disposal to do the will of God on earth. Though the person on the tarot card the person is portrayed as a magician, performing miracles is not a requirement.
The desire to understand and/or perform magic is an innate characteristic of mankind. Humans were created in the image of God, and therefore share many of the same traits with Him. God spoke the world into existence, and naturally, we would like to possess the same type of powers. Unfortunately, we don’t. The great feats and miracles in the Bible – even if performed by a human – is not an ability that resides in us. Those some by obtain a small amount of success while studying the occult, what is achieve cannot compare to the power of God.
Some people desire to practice the magical arts, and others misunderstand the teachings in the Bible regarding miracles, but I will make an effort to clarify the teachings of such matters according to scripture. Of particular interest is the passage in the Bible where Jesus states, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).” This passage of the Bible is not for everybody and it does not address a power that is inherent in all humans. Jesus was speaking to certain disciples, who He had previously given an authority to perform certain miracles (Matthew 10:1). Incidentally, no one in the New Testament is documented as actually being able to accomplish this feat (of moving mountains).
Matthew 10:1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
Mark 3:14-15 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
Luke 9:1-2 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 10:17-21 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
The miracles performed by Christ’s apostles were not due to an inherent power they already possessed within them but learned to use. The apostles were giving specific authority by Jesus in order to do the things they did.
Matthew 14:25-31 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
When Jesus was seen walking on the water, Peter was not automatically able to do the same. It was only after Jesus instructed Peter to do so, that Peter was able to walk on the water, but even then, it depended on Peter’s faith. Jesus did not even do everything on His own, but He spoke according to what His father had taught Him (John 8:28). Jesus receive the power to rise from the dead from His father (John 10:18).
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Acts 28:3-5 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live." However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.
The verses from the Book of Mark (above) provide another example of a passage of scripture that is often taken out of context by modern churches. The passage seems to have been given as a way for the disciples to recognize Paul as one of them (since he was previously traveling around the area and arresting them). The averages Christian cannot speak in tongues, cast out devils, survive deadly snake bites, or drink poison without harm. Though some contemporary churches may claim to speak in tongues, what is passed off as spiritual gifts in modern times is much different than what was found in the early church.
Acts 19:11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul.
Acts 20:8-10 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered together. And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead. But Paul went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said, "Do not be troubled, for his life is in him."
Acts 13:6-12 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
The Apostle Paul was able to survive snake bites (Acts 28:3-5), cast out demons (Acts 16:15-20), and raise the dead (Acts 20:8-10). However, these gifts/miracles were given to Paul by God for a specific reason, and are not abilities that either the average Christian or person may possess. Occultists/magicians may be able to affect the magnetic field or auras around a human body, or perform some feat of mind over matter, but such actions are nothing compared to raising the dead, walking on water, or instantly healing the blind or lame. True magic (or the performance of miracles) is not available to all humans. You cannot join a secret order that can teach you such things, and you cannot learn it from books. Such powers/gifts can only come from God, and only a very small amount of people have been given such gifts.
Moses served as a conduit of God’s power against Egypt, but Noah used his physical skills to accomplish God’s purpose. Jesus performed miracles, but King David used a sword. Miracles were part of Moses’ mission, but they were only a part of it. Moses also led the people in the desert, obtained the Ten Commandments, and wrote the Torah. There are many ways to serve God, and although our human spirits may wish to imitate God by performing magic/miracles, the vast majority of people will need to serve God by using the other resources that God has provided them.
The witches and magicians in the Bible were real, but their abilities did not even compare to God’s power. The witch of Endor did summon the spirit of Samuel for King Saul (Isaiah 28:7), Balaam the magician was able to communicate with God (Numbers 22:9), and three magi were the first gentiles to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:11), but God makes it clear throughout the Bible that His followers are not to play the harlot against Him by seeking out such people.
Differentiating between magic, miracles, and science takes some discernment. What is the difference between alchemy and medicine, or between an occult practice and what is done in modern Pentecostal churches? Is speaking in tongues acceptable, but automatic writing evil?
Isaiah 47:10-14 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
The Bible clearly states what is wrong with divination, astrology, and other forms of soothsaying. It is vanity, because in the psychic’s heart they say to themselves, “I am.” I am that I am, is the name God used to reveal Himself to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). The statement here is that the psychics say to themselves, ‘I am God and there is no other besides me.’ This egocentric way of thinking is a basic component of sin and ignorance.
The Bible makes it clear that divination and witchcraft are not acceptable in the eyes of God. These practices are objectionable because they cause a person to play the harlot to God. Magicians can get puffed up in their own vanity, and become stumbling blocks to others.
Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead?
The above verse points out that it does you no good to consult the dead on behalf of the living. Why consult anybody other than God? Daniel was appointed as chief of all the magicians, astrologers, and soothsayers, but he did not practice any magical arts. He only consulted God for the answers to His problems, and He was considered wiser than all the magicians in the land.
Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
If you have any doubt as to the acceptability of magic, the following verses contain further warnings regarding such practices.
Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Leviticus 19:31 ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:6 As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.
Leviticus 20:27 'Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.'"
Deuteronomy 18:11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
2 Kings 21:6 He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD provoking Him to anger.
1 Samuel 28:7 Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek for me a woman who is a medium that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at Endor."
1 Chronicles 10:13 So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it.
Leviticus 19:26 'You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.
Nahum 3:4-5 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
2 Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Hosea 4:12 They consult a wooden idol and are answered by a stick of wood. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 "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. "You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.” For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so.
As you can see by the above verses, all magical practices are detestable to God. You need to put God first in your life. If you have a problem, look to God for the answers. If you need help, call on God, and He will provide for your needs. If you trust in God you will have no need to ever practice magic. Magic cannot compare to the power of God.
Exodus 7:11-12 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
Exodus 8:18-19 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
The magicians of Egypt tried to compete with God, but they could not. Is magic real? The Bible portrays magic as being real (to a certain extent), but the abilities of man cannot compare to the power of God. The magicians of Egypt were able to turn their staffs into snakes (or at least produce the illusion of it), but God is much more powerful, and Aaron’s staff swallowed the staves of the magicians.
Many churches today still practice the laying on of hands. The Old Testament prophets received insight by using the Urim and Thummim, and the Bible is full of miracles. The disciples cast lots to determine who would replace Judas as one of the twelve, and Daniel was a dream interpreter. So how do you know which magic is okay and which magic is not okay? The answer to this question is also the answer to what is wrong with magic.
The magic that the prophets and the disciples performed were done to bring glory to God, and were done at the direction of God. The magic that magicians perform is done to bring glory to the magician. Christians no longer perform miracles, because there is no longer a need for miracles. In the early church, miracles were performed to help people believe, but now that the world has so many believers in it, Christians no longer need to go to such extremes to convince people of the truth of the gospel.
Magic is vanity. If you are a magician, examine your motives. What were the reasons that you chose to study magic in the first place? If you are seeking power, look to God; He is the highest power there is. There are also hundreds of magic books on the shelves of bookstores full of little tidbits of information that make the reader feel like they have a deeper understanding of the universe than everybody else.
It is basic human nature to want to feel smarter or have more knowledge than other people. The reason there are so many different Christian denominations – and religions in the world – is because everyone wants to feel that their denomination/religion is the right one. Magic is just another way to exalt yourself. The real power is with God. If you truly want to be exalted, then you must humble yourself (Matthew 23:12, 1 Peter 5:6).
In the Old Testament the Urim and Thummim were used to gain information and guidance from God. Joseph Smith also claims to have translated the Book of Mormon with these stones. How was it okay to gain information by these stones, but wrong for the pagans to use divination? What is the difference? One difference is that only Priests used the Urim and Thummim, and all credit and glory was given to God. The pagans were consulting other gods and doing it for their own vanity and/or profit.
Another thing that is important to remember is that once Jesus came, He became the mediator between God and man. We live in a time where we have easy access to the Bible (printed in the language of your choice). We are able to read the Bible to get answers directly from the precepts of God, so we don't need to use tarot cards or dowsing rods in order to obtain this information. We also have the Holy Spirit to guide us. The time when God communicated to us through divination is over.
If you are performing magic it must be for the glory of God, and not your own. The same thing applies to all Christians. If your church practices faith healing, is it done for the glory of God, or for the glory of your church or its members? Did God actually appear to you and inform you that He was giving you this special power that He wants you to use, or are you misinterpreting scripture to justify a practice that you want to perform?
If you are someone who currently practices magic, or claims to have spiritual gifts, I ask you to contemplate the scripture in this chapter very carefully. Certain Christian denominations claim to speak in tongues, and say that doing so is proof of the gift of the Holy Spirit (and therefore acceptance by God). Such churches destroy the faith of would be Christians who are told by the church that God must not have chosen him/her, or else they want mutter incoherent sounds also.
Such churches are deceiving themselves and leading others astray. In the New Testament, when people spoke in tongues, everyone in the crowd heard the person speaking in their own language (Acts 2:6). Now that would be impressive. Mumbling some gibberish and making up stupid words that no one understands is not the gift of tongues, and certainly isn’t proof of the Holy Spirit. If such people did have the gift of the Holy Spirit, then they would be able to discern that their actions are ridiculous.
If you belong to a church that engages in such practices, or if you have been practicing magic for a long time, the information in this chapter might be hard to accept at first, but it is the truth. You may have wasted many years studying and/or engaging in practices that the Bible says is worthless or unacceptable. You probably have your own ideas and philosophies that make perfect sense to you, and they have likely become apart of your belief system.
I have been there. It was very hard for me to accept the truth. At the start of my spiritual journey I studied the occult, magic, and divination. I spent so much time, money, energy, and effort to learn a forbidden practice that I now recognize as foolishness. I assure you that if you trust in God, and study the Bible, magical practices will seem useless and unnecessary to you. You will come to know what you may now consider wisdom as foolishness.
I searched the scriptures for a long time trying to find a verse that says that magic is okay, but it is not anywhere to be found. I realized that what I was truly seeking was to imitate God, and to understand the mysteries of the world. You don’t need magic for that. I have searched through many philosophies, and the only one that I haven’t found fault with are the mysteries contained in the Bible. The Bible does not contradict itself, in spite of being written by many people over hundreds of years.
Other philosophies are flawed even when written by a single author. There are many people that put together giant lists of supposed contradictions or flaws in the Bible, but those lists are incorrect. Most of the time when people find an apparent contradiction in the Bible, it stems from them not understanding the broader concept, which they could do by researching the topic in a little more detail. Of course, the mysteries in the Bible are not made available to everyone. Some people have the truth intentionally hidden from them so that they are unable to understand (Matthew 13:13-14, Mark 4:12, Acts 28:26-27). The mysteries of God are only available to those who diligently seek Him (Matthew 7:7-8, Hebrews 11:6).
Revelation 21:7-8 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
The New Testament does not deal as harshly with witchcraft as the Old Testament did, but it still makes it clear that sorcerers will suffer the same fate as murderers. The Old Testament put to death witches, homosexuals, adulterers, and so on, at their first offense. The New Testament concept is that such practice may still warrant punishment by God (in the afterlife), but they are no longer punished through the criminal justice systems of most modern societies.
This path of the Qabalah connects understanding with the crown of life. If you are to press on and obtain the Crown of Life, then you must first gain and understanding of God and your place/purpose in His plan. Following His commandments is a very basic lesson, so if you choose to engage in practices that God opposes, then you are not demonstrating a very profound ability to understand the precepts of the Bible.
The Magician tarot card is associated with this path, but practicing the magical arts is not part of being a servant of God. There are many ways that you can serve God and others that do not require you to possess magical powers. If you claim to possess such powers or some spiritual gift, you should closely examine yourself to ensure that you are actually using it to serve God, and not your own vanity. If you choose to engage in any practice that was listed in this chapter as being unacceptable, you should do so with discretion, and carefully evaluate who is receiving the glory – and if the practice is something that you even need to do.
Not all of man’s wisdom is bad, but it must be used with discretion to ensure you are not playing the harlot to God. There is nothing wrong with taking your child to the hospital when he/she is sick, but you would be amiss if you didn’t also include prayer in your effort to heal your child.
The lesson of this path of the Qabalah is mastery over every aspect of your life, and the ability to recognize your strengths and use your gifts to assist others. Of course, complete mastery of every aspect of your life is something that you must continually work at, and is not something that you can expect to be 100% successful at. You are only asked to fight the good fight of the faith, and work towards your crown of righteousness. Ultimately, you are saved by grace and through faith, but faith without works is dead.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
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