The claim (denied by Romans 1:18–20) that one has no knowledge of God or the origin of the universe. Some agnostics make the claim on a personal level, while allowing that such knowledge may exist but has never been known by themselves. Others assert that such knowledge cannot be had by anyone. Agnostics avoid the charge of dogmatic atheism by acknowledging the theoretical possibility of God’s existence. Yet virtually all live as if the non-existence of God was an established fact, and are thus practical atheists.
In its original, literal meaning, theories and experiments involving the transmutation (dissolving and combining) of base metals to form gold though chemical and/or supernatural processes. Today, it caries the meaning of a mystical transformation in New Age consciousness through various mystical techniques. It blended with the magic and mysticism of the legendary Greek Hermes Trismegistos which became known as the Hermetic philosophy.
Holy, supernatural, non-human beings created by God. Angels worship God and serve as His messengers. Angels can materialize in the natural realm at will under command of God. Holy angels are obedient only unto God and only take instructions from God.
A person whose appearance is prophesized in books of 1 John and 2 John in the Bible. He is expected by some to appear near the End Time, when he will act as Satan's chief representative. He will be the adversary of Christ (and Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament and will rule the world until overthrown by the Second Coming of Christ according to the Bible. Some scholars also refer to him as the Beast.
New Age/occult doctrine teaching methods to induce an out of body experience (OBE), in which one’s soul (i.e., astral body) departs the physical body, travels to various parts of the universe, then re-enters the body. Usually a “cord” is said to connect the soul and body at all times; also called astral travel. The invisible spirit of a person ( or more likely an animal ) is called the astral body. The astral plane is the level of existence through which spirits of the dead first pass; the level in which an astral projected spirit travels.
The assertion, to be taken on faith, that there is no God.
A form of psychic assault. The motivation behind the spell is malice; the purpose is to control the mind or body of another (human or animal). Tends to draw power from external sources, whether this be from the surrounding landscape or another person/animal. Its effects are usually to some external means. Black Magic is typically considered to be more powerful than white magic, but its use also comes with more consequences. It can be used for both "good" and "malice".
The direct line of descent or pedigree. A child will have the same bloodline as his father and mother through whom he was conceived. There are many who define the bloodlines by referring to the forefathers. Bloodlines are created through conception and do not refer to the physical blood that has been transferred from the parents to the child.
Forced indoctrination using various techniques to cause a subject to abandon basic political, social, or religious ideas or beliefs and replace those ideas with a contrasting belief system; the phenomena of radical change in behaviour and core beliefs. The word is sometimes used to describe any form of persuasion perceived to be unethical that results in a radical and negative change in personality and also linked to mind control.
A Christian is a believer in the Trinity; The Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It is a person who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and is filled with the Holy Spirit, to be a living sacrifice to Christ. This person lives according to the stipulations of the Bible.
To ensnare; to catch by craft; to overreach; to mislead; to cause to believe what is false; to lead into error; to beguile.
In general demons are defined as invisible, spiritual beings (Ephesians 6:12) that are organized and have supernatural power and knowledge (Matthew 12:24, Revelation 16:14), can possess humans and animals, (Luke 8:2, Mark 5:13), and can inspire false doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1). Demon is the collative term for demons and evil spirits. However demons actually are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim when they are destroyed. Example of such destruction was when the Nephilim were killed in the great flood of Noah. Demons are followers and worshippers of Satan and found in the lower ranks of the evil hierarchy.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against (1) principalities, against (2) powers, against the (3) rulers of the darkness of this world, and against (4) spiritual wickedness in high places, giving us a hierarchy that evil exists in. The Amplified Bible defines it (1) despotisms (dictatorships), (2) powers, (3) the master spirits who are the world rulers of this present darkness and (4) the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
Fallen angels have their own celestial bodies; therefore they have no need to inhabit bodies. Fallen angels can materialize in the natural realm at will and in countless forms. They appear to be in the higher rankings of the evil hierarchy.
A spirit that exists within the family bloodline, a generational spirit that has a familiarity with a person due to being connected to the specific family line; a spirit well known with the family history through long and close association with the family. He guards the secrets of a family line.
A spirit that can communicate with humans, often through possessing the body of a medium, channeler, or psychic; also, a special type of spirit that can impersonate a deceased person during attempts to communicate with the dead. A familiar spirit is believed to attend, serve or guard a person, can be sought for information, protection and guidance and can be “passed down” from the person’s ancestry; also a spirit attending and obeying a witch, often said to assume the form of an animal. (Leviticus 19:31)
A spirit that makes filthy; defiles; daubs; dirties; bemires; as to foul the clothes; to foul the face or hands; covered with or containing essential substance which is damaging or can cause injury. Example of a foul spirit is the dumb and deaf spirit. (Mark 9:25)
It comes from the Greek word gnosis (knowledge). It is the belief that salvation comes through secret knowledge and is being influenced by Greek. Gnosticism generally taught that matter was evil and spirit was good. Forms of gnosticism affected early Christianity. One Gnostic heresy taught that because matter was evil, Jesus could not have come in the flesh. Many New Agers regard Gnostic Christianity as the more enlightened form of Christianity.
(Capital G) The creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the Supreme Being. The only one true living God who is perfect, almighty, omniscient, all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good; a Trinity God.
(Lowercase g) A superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity. Satan is worshipped as a god.
(Lowercase g) New Age, occult, neo-paganism. A term used in various though related senses to affirm a feminine nature or aspect of the divine. Three beliefs are common: revering “Mother Nature,” or the Earth, as divine (see Gaia); worshiping a female deity (often linked to primitive pagan religions, as in Wicca); and the search by some women for the “divine spark” of the “goddess within”.
Non-physical entities or spirit beings, often believed to be the spirits of the dead.
A form of mind control; a technique inducing an altered state of consciousness or trance by verbal or non-verbal stimuli. Participants experience reduced ability for critical thinking and are generally open to external suggestion.
The power (direct or indirect) to affect man or events; causing something without any direct or apparent effort.
Jesus of Nazareth lived in Palestine from about 5/4 BC until AD 33 (or possibly AD 30). The name “Jesus” corresponds with the Hebrew “Joshua” and means “Jehovah is salvation.” Jesus is the Messiah, or Christ, promised in the Old Testament of the Bible, and that He died to save human beings from the penalty of sin. Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity that He was and is fully God and fully man, that he was born of a virgin, died on the cross as a substitutionary atonement for our sins, and rose bodily from the dead overcoming Satan and death.
Legal Right / Legal Ground:
An abstract idea of that which is due to a person by law or tradition or nature. A person can be endowed by a senior (parent, manager etc) or Creator with certain unalienable rights. A right is something that nobody can take away but has to be “overwritten”; to be nullified. When man sins, Satan is given a legal right according to God’s laws, to influence the person’s life (causing calamity, death etc), also called legal ground. When the sin is confessed and renounced, this legal right is overwritten by the blood of Jesus and deliverance, healing and restoration can take place in the person’s life.
(Magick) Occult ceremonial use of amulets and talismans, and may involve necromancy or divination, invocation of infernal deities or use of natural elements to gain supernatural power or knowledge. The word magic is also used to describe a type of stage performance involving legerdemain (slight of hand) or illusion with no alleged psychic or occult power. This type of stage magic is not inherently evil, although occultists have occasionally used stage magic in an attempt to claim supernatural abilities. Ritualistic Magic is the attempt to control powerful, supernatural forces through the use of ceremonies. Ritual or Ceremonial Magic is the magic usually practiced by a group (two or more persons) and using (1) Chanting or incantations (spells) (2) Ceremonial dress (robes) (3) Potions (4) Gestures (5) Special signs or symbols (6) Ceremonial artefacts (7) Mimicry or imitation (8) Anything that will create a state of emotional or mental intoxication.
To influence or control man candidly or deviously; to tamper with the intention of deceit.
Entering an altered state of consciousness by use of a mantra, yoga, deep relaxation techniques, controlled breathing or visualization. Often linked to Eastern metaphysical philosophies, the New Age and/or Eastern religions, these techniques promote the emptying of the mind or the suspension of critical thinking. This is different from biblical meditation where one is encouraged to meditate on God, His attributes or His Word, employing the whole mind (Joshua 1:8; Luke 10:27).
The astrological influence on humans conveyed through a force or substance similar to magnetism. The patients are treated with magnets or charged fluids, theorizing that cures were actually coming from an energy or mysterious “magnetic fluid” coming from the hands, voice, or nervous system of the practitioner. This invisible substance or magnetism was thought to be similar to electro-magnetism and was dubbed “Animal Magnetism.” Pupils were later able to induce a “magnetic sleep” (trance state or hypnotic condition) in their patients. The term Mesmerism eventually became analogous with hypnosis and was linked with both Spiritualism and Mind Science religions.
(Thought Reform, brainwashing) The Bible warns against seducers, deceivers, and exploiters who employ methods that can bring about spiritual harm and/or personal abuse. The Mind Control or Thought Reform model suggests that there are specific methods of deception that can be employed by abusive spiritual leaders that may result in a diminished capacity for critical thinking and suppression of autonomy in their followers. These methods are believed to involve an intense social influence conditioning program which may include a closed system of authoritarian control, manipulative, group dynamics, a system of punishment and rewards, induced dissociation or trance induction, information control, fraud, coercion, and double binds. Depending on the number and intensity of undue influence elements, and a person's own unique susceptibilities, one may experience a pseudo personality change and marked debilitation, compliance, and servitude. The Mind Control model should not be interpreted to mean that the subject is not responsible for the consequences of his or her decisions and actions. The Mind Control theory is not justification for holding individuals against their will or for conducting forcible, involuntary deprogramming.
The theory or belief that man can know God or religious truth through the inward perception of the mind, internal illumination, or special revelation, and that such knowledge is more immediate, direct, and reliable than that obtained by ordinary understanding or sense perception.
The Nephilim are the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Nephilim means “those who came down”, “those who descended”, or “those who were cast down”. The fallen angels materialize in the natural realm to have ungodly sexual relations with earthly women, and then produce giant size offspring. Example of this is found in Gen 6:4 where the fallen angels are referred to as “Sons of God” and then produced giants which Goliath was one of. The Nephilim is also referred to as the Anunnaki and is still being produced and active today. They are followers and worshippers of Satan and appear to be in the lower rankings of the evil hierarchy.
New Age is a recent and developing belief system encompassing thousands of autonomous (and sometime contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events. Generally the New Age borrows its theology from pantheistic Eastern religions and its practices from 19th century Western occultism. The term “New Age” is used herein as an umbrella term to describe organizations which seem to exhibit one or more of the following beliefs: (1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness.
Occult is a system of religious beliefs or rituals, pertaining to the supernatural - that which is beyond the range of natural knowledge. Sociologists and anthropologists sometimes use the term ‘cult’ to describe religious structures or belief patterns with meanings unique to their disciplines. In modern usage, the term ‘cult’ is often used by the general public to describe any religious group they view as strange or dangerous.
Historically, paganism has been used as a generic term to describe primitive non-Christian religions and superstitions, including religions centred on the occult. More recently paganism is used as an umbrella term referring to Wicca/witchcraft, ceremonial magic, nature worship, polytheism (especially female deities), and ancient mythologies (Celt, Norse, Egyptian, Greek and Roman).
Belief originating with religions of the East (e.g. Hinduism) that when a person dies he has the ability to come again to the earth, inhabit a new body, and live as many lives as needed to progress towards a religious goal. Whereas Hindus typically believe that reincarnation includes transmigration of souls between animal, plant, and even inanimate forms, New Age believers typically restrict reincarnation to human and celestial forms. Reincarnation generally assumes a doctrine of karma. The idea is the basis for the practice of attempting past life regression.
An action or behaviour indicating a belief in, reverence for, and desire to please a divine ruling power; a particular system of faith and worship; recognition some higher unseen power as having control of a person’s destiny, and as being entitled to obedience, reverence, and worship.
Known as traditional healers of South Africa. They fulfill different social and political roles in the community, including divination, healing physical, emotional and spiritual illnesses, directing birth or death rituals, finding lost cattle, protecting warriors, counteracting witches, and narrating the history, cosmology, and myths of their tradition. There are two types of healers: the diviner (sangoma), and the herbalist (inyanga). The sangoma perform a holistic and symbolic form of healing by drawing on ancestors in the afterlife who is believed to guide and protect the living. This is done by being possessed by an ancestor, or channeling, throwing and reading of bones, or by interpreting dreams.
This is the appropriate name of the supreme evil spirit, the Devil, opposing the living God Almighty. He was created by God and once served God. Also knows as Lucifer. He is the highest ranking fallen angel who wanted to be exalted to the position of God. Through this sin he fell and now leads a large number of rebellious fallen angels, spirits and demons. Satan and his host seek to destroy the plan and people of God. However he will ultimately fail and be eternally punished (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10).
Represented by two separate groups, secular and traditional Satanists. The secularists do not believe in a literal, personal, spiritual being called Satan, but rather consider Satan to be an archetype or symbol that represents the ideas of Satanic philosophy. Various satanic ideals include self-interest, indulgence, an anti-herd mentality, and an emphasis upon rational self-interest. Traditional Satanism involves the worship of the Satan and includes blood, human and animal offerings, and satanic ritual abuse among other during worship sessions called rituals.
An ancient practice of utilizing altered state of consciousness in order to contact the gods and spirits who hold sway over the forces of the natural world. Shamanism is applied animism (the idea that a soul, or spirit, could belong to a man, animal and plant). A shaman is a person who is able to perceive this world of souls, spirits and gods, and who, in a state of ecstatic trance, is able to travel among them, gaining special knowledge of the supernatural realm with the intention of accomplishing some specific purpose. The term "shaman" has come to refer to any priest or priestess or medium who uses magic and superstition to heal the sick, exorcise demons, and/or communicate with spirits. Shamans possess magical powers and have esoteric knowledge, including the healing powers of certain plants. Shamanism offers not only an alternative medicine, but an alternative reality.
In witchcraft or Wicca, a ritual to affect a person or the future supernaturally or magically. Often involves incantations, and the ceremonial use of herbs, candles, knives, or other occult paraphernalia.
Three categories can be defined:
follower and worshipper of Satan. Invisible, spiritual being (Ephesians 6:12) that are organized and has supernatural power and knowledge (Matthew 12:24, Revelation 16:14), which can oppress and/or possess humans and/or animals, (Luke 8:2, Mark 5:13), and inspires false doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1). These spirits are found in the lower rankings of the evil hierarchy and are often shown to be under divine control, and not acting of their own devices. There are numerous kinds of evil spirits; all with evil stimulus e.g. foul spirits, unclean spirits, lying spirits, rebellious spirits etc.
There is only one holy, all-good spirit called the Holy Spirit which is part of the Trinity of God, and given to the children of the Lord according John 14:16 where Jesus declares: “But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.”
Any person consists of 3 parts – a spirit, a soul and a body. The spirit is the spiritual part of humanity. The climax of God’s creative work was His extraordinary creation of man. Genesis 2:7 tells us that “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and the man became a living being”. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which means “wind, breath, air, spirit.” God breathed His own breath of life into man, making Him the Source of life as He directly placed life within man.
Sorcery is the usurping for ourselves god-like powers to manipulate reality; the use of supernatural power over people and their affairs. The attempt to get what is wanted is done through (1) Incantations (confessing it) (2) Mind Power techniques (thinking it) (3) Voodoo (doing a technique)
Activity caused by God or his angels, or by Satan and his following, commonly referred to as to anything outside the bounds of natural laws.
The one true God eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal, co-eternal, and one in essence. (1 John 5:7 – So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One; 1 John 1 shows that Jesus is the Word.)
(Mark 5:13) The Greek term appears 21 times in the New Testament in the context of demonic possession. It is also translated into English as spirit of impurity or more loosely as "evil spirit." The Latin equivalent is spiritus immundus.
The practice of witchcraft, nature worship, worship of the gods and goddess, paganism and neopaganism. In modern form, it is a revival of pagan religions (neo-paganism) and the worship of “pre-Christian” gods and goddesses. A common creed is, “Do what you will, and harm none.”
The practice of performing act’s (good or bad) with the aid of a spirit.
A witch doctor was originally a type of healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by witchcraft. It is currently used to refer to healers, particularly in third world regions, who use traditional healing rather than contemporary medicine. In contemporary society, witch doctor is sometimes used derogatorily to refer to chiropractors, homeopaths, and faith healers. In its original meaning, witch doctors were emphatically not witches themselves, but rather people who had remedies to protect others against witchcraft.