I deleted a “sorry if you’re religious and this offends you” opening because saying that isn’t going to make anyone who would get offended not get offended. I don’t mean anything by it is the point.
I’ve been listening to the Bible in the car and I noticed the app has a function where it will search and read passages on specific things you need guidance on. I put in magic. I knew about the classic “suffer not a witch to live” but there are a lot of other passages with the same message. A LOT. The Bible really doesn’t like magic people.
For example –
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.
There are many more with the same message. Magic is bad. I don’t feel like a bad person.
I don’t think Christians believe in magic generally. Do they think those parts of the Bible are metaphors? If we assume the people that wrote it believed in magic, what was their motivation? Maybe most magic in those days was done by priests of other gods so it was less about magic and more about a turf war.
I bet anyone now who’s Christian and believes in magic would say it’s bad because it comes from Satan. I can’t prove that it doesn’t because I don’t know where it comes from. I don’t feel like I’m doing Satan’s bidding. But that’s how Satan gets you if you believe in that sort of thing.
Twice now Christians have tried to murder me because I’m a “witch”. Which I am not. Plus as far as I can tell, witches seem to be alright. You shouldn’t murder them either.
Also there are these passages –
There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.
I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.
Those probably are metaphors, comparing evil people to animal predators, but they could be about vampires if you want them to be. There’s 100% unicorns in the bible. Dragons too, so why not vampires?