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Trickery, illusions, or sleight of hand can be legitimately explained in some instances but often there are satanic occult powers involved that use psychic forces to influence people and objects.  Thus, be wary of magic shows, don’t wear so-called good luck charms, have lucky numbers or

Don’t ‘innocently play’ with what will take people to hell

believe in superstition. The ‘spirit’ behind these practices does not bring glory to Jesus so keep clear of them. God said sorcery, witchcraft and spells are not for His children in fact "pervert the right ways of the Lord" (Lev 19:31; Deut 18:9-14; Act 13:8-10). We, as born again people, must not dabble in anything connected with Satan’s realm, including resorting to signs to confirm guidance – God wants to provide this through the Bible and Holy Spirit within (2 Cor 5:7; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38).

Satan uses counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders that deceive those who are perishing – like those performed by the magicians in Egypt who were able to duplicate some of the miracles God did through Aaron’s rod (Ex 7:9-12,17-22, 8:5-7,16-19). We are to be alert to Satan's tricks, which includes pretending to be an angel of light for he is looking to devour unsuspecting victims (2 Cor 11:14; 2 Thes 2:9,10; 1Pet 5:8).

Black magic, used by witches and those practising voodoo customs, attempts to produce evil results through curses and spells. White magic tries to undo these curses and spells using these occult forces for good. The Bible is clear all those who practice magic arts will be doomed to hell unless they repent (Rev 21:8, 22:15). The Bible states some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Tim 4:1). God is the only source of real spiritual power that flows from a right relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ, and from the Holy Spirit who lives in the hearts of believers.

See also: curses, deception, divination, hypnosis, occult, sorcery, superstition, voodoo, witches/witchcraft.