Is the Biblical View of Witches Out of Touch with Modern Times?

SharePinEmailWitches frequently appear in the Bible and they never appear in a good light. But are Biblical views of witches outdated and do we need to reconsider how we view them in modern society? What the Bible Says About Witches There are lots of Biblical quotes about witches, the most commonly known is “Thou shalt…

Witches frequently appear in the Bible and they never appear in a good light. But are Biblical views of witches outdated and do we need to reconsider how we view them in modern society?

What the Bible Says About Witches

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There are lots of Biblical quotes about witches, the most commonly known is “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” This quote is perhaps the most famous and it is often used in books, movies, and television shows. 

So, why are witches so reviled in the Bible? The main reason is that witchcraft is a tool used by Satan to prevent people from finding God’s light. Essentially, practicing witchcraft is worshiping false idols, which is against one of the Ten Commandments. The Bible considered witchcraft to be enticing people away from God and towards a false sense of entitlement. 

Modern Day Witchcraft

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Wicca or modern-day witchcraft is not about communing with the devil; it doesn’t cast spells to harm others. Instead, witches work regular jobs and raise families. They practice in peace and there are growing numbers in the US and other Western nations. 

Modern witches are not defined by their religious beliefs. The principle behind the belief system is embracing inner energy and using it as a guide to the world around them. Witchcraft has no god and relies on nature to aid spiritual practice and devotion. In modern witchcraft, any association with Satan is firmly rejected. 

The Numbers of Witches Today

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The full picture of how many practicing witches there are today is not clear, as religious affiliation studies don’t often provide an option for Wicca, so witches are grouped under “other” or as “unaffiliated.” This makes it tricky to track people with Wicca sympathies. However, the data shows that this “other” group is growing over time. 

Supporting Data

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In a Pew Research Religious Landscape Study, a “new age” category was included for spiritual practitioners who don’t identify with other religious affiliations. In 2014, 4% of the population, or the equivalent of 1.3 million people chose this group. 

These numbers are a little misleading since Wicca is just one type of witchcraft and many practicing witches wouldn’t choose to identify as Wiccan.

The research studies also tend to ignore those who fit into multiple categories. Some identify as Christian or another mainstream religion who also practice witchcraft to supplement their belief system. It assumes that spiritual witches have rejected all forms of organized religion. 

The Widespread Belief

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In 2021, Statista conducted research into the belief in spells and witchcraft. The results were quite shocking, while the vast majority of people do not believe or don’t know, 21% of Americans do believe in the subject. 

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that millions of people are witches. It could simply be that Christians and people who follow other Abrahamic religions do believe that witches are real but shun the practices. 

The Danger of Witches

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Evil witches are part of legends and folklore. There are fairy tales, songs, and myths that tell of the danger posed by witches. From luring children to their doom to seducing men, witchcraft is rarely described in a positive light. Some would argue that witchcraft is simply another spiritual practice. 

A Connection With Nature

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Modern witches believe in the innate energy of natural items. They embrace nature and the Earth as something to treasure. This is something that aligns with Christian beliefs since God charged us with being the guardian and protector of the Earth

Rethinking Outdated Views

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There is a long, sordid history of witchcraft which has left a stigma in the collective consciousness. Many argue that the case against witches is based on misogyny, with women being falsely accused of devil worship to keep them in their place. There is some evidence that healers and medicine women were branded as witches for having the audacity to compete or disagree with men in these professions. 

While witches are no longer burned at the stake, there is a lingering negative view. 

Witchcraft in Media

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Even in recent months, there has been witchcraft controversy in the media. For example, in 2023, Target came under fire for a children’s clothing line that featured a pentagram. This symbol is attributed to Satanism and Witchcraft. 

Taylor Swift also caused a media storm when she was accused of promoting witchcraft in her Eras tour. 

This demonstrates that many still associate modern-day witches with the evil devil worshippers of legend. 

The Bible Interpretation

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While the Bible is open to interpretation, it is strongly against anything that distracts you from your relationship with God. Although it is fine to appreciate nature, denying God’s love and power goes against fundamental Christian beliefs.

Interacting With Modern-Day Witches

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As practicing Christians, modern witches can leave you in a little of a quandary. Since the Bible is clear that witchcraft has the potential to lead people away from God, how should you interact with anyone following this spiritual belief?

Practice Respect

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Just as when you meet people of other religions, if there is a witch in your social circle, you need to practice respect. 

Share Your Christian Beliefs

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While witchcraft is considered cool, try to open up a dialogue and discuss your Christian beliefs. You may be able to help them discover a path to God.

Try to Love

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Even if you wholly believe in the Biblical descriptions and views on witches, you should still try to follow Jesus’ teachings and love. Don’t be hateful towards the other person and try to show compassion and love.

Forgive

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One of the main roadblocks Christians face when discussing faith with atheists or those who have alternative spiritual beliefs is mockery. You may be called old-fashioned or out of date, but try to forgive any insults.

Highlight that the Bible is Not Misogynistic

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Young women are particularly vulnerable to falling into alternate belief systems like Wicca. There is often a belief that traditional religions are anti-woman, but you can show that the Bible is not misogynistic. 

Don’t Be Drawn In

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Finally, be sure to avoid being drawn into witchcraft practices and beliefs. Remember to remain on your path to God and avoid temptation. 

Popularity

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Although witchcraft may be increasing in popularity and a hot new trend, it is not fully compatible with Christianity. It is possible to enjoy nature, and other things that witches treasure, don’t allow anything to weaken your relationship with God. 

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