I’m not one to put down someone else’s faith journey. Our spiritual lives can take us all over the place before we settle. But I just watched a mainstream television show that featured a practicing witch and then I watched a Harry Potter movie. Witchcraft is certainly a prominent subculture in our world right now.
Witchcraft, spells and magic don’t work.
They can’t work. Physics is the mechanism for our universe. Things can’t be changed in our universe except by direct physical intervention. Energy. Real, measurable energy, not metaphoric energy. Not mind power, or thought waves, or the spirit world. Laws of thermodynamics; ee equals em cee squared. What you take out has to equal what you put in.
(For those who want to quibble – God owns all the energy, so He can work miracles. You can’t.)
There are no inherent powers in plants except their chemical composition. A few words and some weeds, dirt, animal blood and whatever are not going to change the course of the universe. Black velvet dresses, red capes and pointy hats mean nothing to the cosmos. Sorry.
Why are people, especially young women, drawn to the world of witches and wicca? I enjoy the Harry Potter movies and books as fiction, a way of understanding the world in which we live and how we relate to each other. It’s whimsical in some ways, brutally honest in others. I like both elements. But it doesn’t make me want to start casting spells with a magic wand, because that is not possible. It is not possible because it is outside the realm of possibility.
People are drawn to the occult in times when they feel they don’t have much control over their lives. They yearn for freedom, individuality, a sense of power. I thought feminism was going to give that to us! But it did fail, and women feel trapped economically, emotionally, even physically by the materialistic culture we have built. Wicca, witchcraft and other pagan practices make them feel like they might gain control. They are looking for empowerment. All they get are lies.
Christian women find empowerment in Christ. It’s a big topic, but one someone should attempt some day. The Church freed women, in Christ, to pursue education, to serve as leaders, to speak out. Christian women, in Christ, find that modesty and chastity are empowering. Generosity, charity and kindness are empowering.
We don’t need magical powers. We have the power of Christ.