Discussing with the Elderly People the Topic of Magic and What the Bible Says about It
Wholesome Life  2008-11-04

As it is our tradition, every month we have a time of fellowship –discussing various topics with our elderly friends. We listen to them to find out what is interesting for them and what they would like to know and discuss. Our goal is to give them the opportunity to express their opinions and to ask questions… A few weeks ago our friend Keranka Tersieva suggested that we meet to discuss the topic of magic/ fortunetelling – how do we define it and what is the Christian position concerning it. I was given the responsibility to prepare a short presentation on the topic and to lead the discussion.

I started my presentation with the idea of animism and where the belief in the power of magic comes from. I traced the history of doing magic and the belief in magic in our country and emphasized on the fact that even though Bulgaria was Christianized early in its development as a country, the power and influence of magic and superstition continued through the ages and is still in existence today. At that point the people started asking questions, sharing stories and personal experiences. It was evident that occultism and the belief in the supernatural is something very strong among the elderly people.

Each person when faced with a very difficult situation or a problem is willing to seek for a shortcut, for a way out, for some hope in the face of darkness and confusion… However, not always the chosen method for solving a problem is the best one. This is especially true for those who seek answers by visiting seers and fortune tellers. These people ask for big payments which in many cases consist of a whole monthly salary, but the people in need are too vulnerable and gullible and pay the price…

At the end of our discussion I read the verses from Deuteronomy, where God proclaims a curse on those who practice magic and calling of spirits. We all came to the conclusion that the God that we believe in is strong enough to answer our prayers and to meet our needs. We do not need a substitute helper when we believe in Jesus Christ.


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