WRIGHT WAY: That old black magic
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Oct 05, 2011 | 2058 views | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When I was a junior in high school I had the toughest teacher of my academic career. She often wore her ROTC uniform in class and exercised zero tolerance for nonsense.

We had several rough and tough students who intimidated many teachers — but not her. If they came in her English classroom with an attitude — loud, talkative or even slightly rebellious — she approached their desks, told them in a soft whisper this would not be tolerated and took her seat.

If they continued, she quietly wrote a note and asked them to take it to the principal’s office. They were either in detention for a week or never came back to class. Needless to say, most students did not cross this teacher.

Now that she had us where she wanted us, she explained that a test would be given the following week that would make up 25 percent of our passing grade. This test seemed unfair if most of us were going to pass.

Memories of a nervous class of complaining students are still vivid in my mind. Failing this class only meant we’d have her again! Students were huddled after class trying to figure out what to do. Some decided to play sick to buy more time, while others protested to the school principal to no avail.

One student, who had already been held back once for failing her class, said he could not go through this anymore. He told us he had been learning black magic and was going to put a spell on her! He was my best friend’s older brother.

The day before we were to have that surprise test, our English teacher got so sick she did not return to class until we had all become seniors! The 22-year-old substitute teacher did not seem to know any more than we did. She passed us all! My best friend’s bewitching brother was ecstatic! He took credit for her condition and became strangely popular in his last year at school.

Afterward, I recall riding the bus with him and another odd student who had started to dabble in witchcraft and black magic. I remember them telling me about their powers and the “voices.” The other student even knew the names of several demon spirits which he called his “friends.”

I kept my distance from them as the other student even started to make predictions about the future. This was also during the time I started to take a closer look into the Bible. I must admit, those two students unnerved me. I desired a better understanding about the supernatural.

Take, for example, the strange incident involving Israelite King Saul. Because of his unfaithfulness to God, he was cut off from divine direction. So when the Philistines came to wage war with Israel, King Saul sought help from a spirit medium — a clear violation of God’s law at Deuteronomy 18:10-12.

According to 1Samuel 28:8-15, Saul said to the woman, “Please conduct a seance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you. Then the woman said to him, ‘Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?” — New King James Version.

After swearing she would not get into trouble, the spirit medium held her seance and brought forth a spirit that took the form of the dead prophet Samuel. It was also revealed to her that King Saul, so desperate, had even deceived her to get what he wanted.

According to 1 Samuel 28:15, the spirit called “Samuel” said to Saul, “‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’ And Saul answered, ‘I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.’”

Since Saul knew God had departed from him and would not answer him anymore, neither by prophets or dreams, is it reasonable to think God would allow a spirit medium to get around His cutoff of divine communication? Would God break His own law by delivering a message to Saul through a spirit medium?

Would it be reasonable to conclude that Samuel was willing to speak with Saul by means of a spirit medium, when it was condemned by God? If spirit mediums could truly get in touch with the dead, why would God outlaw their practice as deserving of death, at Leviticus 20:27?

Many Christians believe people are not really talking to the dead but are involved in a terrible deception. What do you think? According to Psalm 115:17, the Bible links silence, not talking, with death.

I believe black magic, seances and witchcraft are real and harmful. I’m still not sure if that student put a spell on our English teacher or if it was a coincidence. What I am sure of, however, is that a God of love would not label communicating with the dead as a crime deserving of death if His people were really speaking with dead loved ones. Something far more insidious is going on in this spirit realm.

This darkness has eyes. It is no place for children of light.