The creation of this article is in part prompted by a casual conversation with a cashier at a well-known general store. In response to a comment made regarding a piece of jewelry the cashier wore, she stated that she is a "Christian witch." The comment rendered me speechless, which is not an easy thing to do!
It is known that cults redefine terms, and based on experience you can ask ten people who claim to be Christians what makes them Christians, and receive ten different answers.
"I went to church when I was a child."
"My parents were Christians."
"I believe in God."
Since the Bible rather sarcastically responds to that by stating you do well, even demons believe in God and shudder (James 2:19), we will look at the text the Christian faith is based on, the Bible, for the definition of a Christian. This is also a long established habit, to define and clarify terms.
Also note these are definitions from biblical resources and Bible dictionaries. We are searching for the original meaning or as close as we can get to the meaning of the original language as it was translated, not any particular definition by any group.
The terms are listed in alphabetical order, along with Bible scripture references in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Bible Establishes God as Superior
Then we look at three accounts in the Bible of God trumping the practitioners of such practices demonstrating Himself superior, as follows:
- Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream;
- Moses and Aaron v. the Egyptian Secret Arts; and
- Daniel as Opposed to the Magicians and Diviners.
Practices Forbidden in Scripture
Then we turn our attention to various practices considered not only forbidden, but dangerous and even occultic in the Bible, such as: