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Suffering The Witch

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God’s Condemnation Of Witches

By James Donahue

Is there such a thing as a witch? The answer to this question is yes. We live among people with supersensory or clairvoyant abilities. They are all around us, sometimes not realizing their special abilities exist.

We now refer to such people as psychics, telepaths, prophets, visionaries, diviners, foretellers, mediums, empaths and seers. Some people who are especially gifted in this area make a living giving advice to others. Then, which is to be expected in areas of the metaphysical, there are the frauds that tend to give a bad name to the real psychics living and working among us.

My late wife, Doris, was an especially talented psychic. She seemed to know what mischief our children were into without asking. I saw her walk to the telephone and reach for it before it began to ring. She could divine water with a willow switch. Later in life she discovered that she could talk to spiritual entities and hold conversations with her dead relatives.

Doris had a strict fundamental Christian background and refused to talk about these abilities outside of the home and her close friends. She seemed embarrassed to think that she might be a witch in hiding.

There is a reason she felt this way. It seems that the Bible condemns anybody with such abilities.

Leviticus 19:31 reads: "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God."

In Exodus 22:18 the Bible demands: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

Deuteronomy 18:10-11: "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes a son or a daughter pass through the fire or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an auger, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead."

There are many similar warnings, most all of them found in the Old Testament Books of Law. All of them are designed to condemn people born with natural psychopathic abilities and threaten them with death if they ever make these abilities known to others.

The Christian church has gone through episodes of ugly witch hunts in which people accused of having such abilities were stoned to death, hung or burned alive while tied to a stake. Back in Old England, early practitioners of healing by using natural herbs and medicines also were considered witches and they suffered the same terrible fate.

It seems that all human progress in the fields of medicine, science and philosophy has been severely hampered through the centuries by religious fervor, much of it based on early Hebrew beliefs allegedly chipped out on stone tablets by Moses, who said the "laws" were given to him by God during a private encounter on a mountain.

Surveys are showing that there has been a general turning away from the old severe religious influence on our lives in recent years, at least by the youth. But the older generation, which makes up most of our elected political and religious leadership, appears to be drifting back into Christian doctrine with great fervor. This fervor is behind the current debates over racial equality, abortion, women’s rights, school prayer and creationism.

Scientific evidence and common sense are set aside by the written authority of God as expressed in the Holy Bible. Thus our children are taught that the Earth is only about 6,000 thousand years old, that Adam and Eve were the first humans, and we were all born into sin because we are direct descendants of Adam and Eve, and that the only way to save ourselves from an eternal damnation in Hell is to accept Jesus Christ as our lord and savior.

And if we dare to evolve so that our brains allow us to be in any way clairvoyant, heaven help us. The men in those high seats of power might just declare us to be witches. They might not get away with publically burning us at a stake. But we might be tossed in jail on some other trumped up charge, just because we dared to stray from the accepted norm.

And in this case, the norm isn’t normal.