Tomorrow is my least favourite “holiday” of the year – Halloween. Kids of all ages will be sporting the latest costumes, including witches and wizards.
One of my favourite childhood movies is The Wizard of Oz. After Dorothy lands in the fantastical Land of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch of the North appears in a shimmering bubble and asks Dorothy, “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” Dorothy quickly answers that she is not a witch at all!
Many children’s books and movies are filled with stories about witches, especially bad witches. In popular media, good witches seem to be a rare character. The only other “good witch” that I have ever heard of was the character of Samantha Stevens in the TV series Bewitched which, believe it or not, ran from 1964-1972.
As a kid, I always wished that I could wiggle my nose like Samantha and make bad things go away.
As a child, I semi-believed in witches. As an adult, I know that the world is filled with those who would call themselves witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers etc. I know that there are people who practice the “art” of witchcraft and that some of them do define themselves as practicing black (bad) or white (good) witchcraft.
But as a Christian, I ask the following questions: is there such a thing as a “good” witch or “good” witchcraft?
As always, I go to the Word of God to find what He has said about the subject.
In the Old Testament, the word “witch” is translated from the Hebrew word “kashaph”: to whisper a spell, that is, to inchant or practise magic: – sorcerer, (use) witch (-craft).
Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, an observer of clouds, or a fortune-teller, or a witch,
Deu 18:11 or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or one who calls to the dead.
Deu 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination to Jehovah.
God regards those who practice and/or promote any of the above activities as abominations – disgusting, abhorrent, abominable.
God says that practicing witchcrat is a sin.
1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idol-worship.
Gal 5:19,20 Now the works of the flesh [sin] are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
God hates the practice of witchcraft because it is based on lies and false spirits and it leads people away from The Truth of God and His son Jesus Christ.
Because God knows that those who practice such arts can have such a profound negative impact upon the spiritual, eternal life of mankind, He has set a serious punishment for those who practice witchcraft.
Lev 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death:
Exo 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer [permit] a witch to live.
God has made His views on witchcraft abundantly clear. And I couldn’t find any where in His Word where He differentiated between a “good witch” and a “bad witch”. Witches and withcraft are an abomination to God – period!