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The greek word for sorcery

January 28, 2008

Speaking of Babylon:

Revelation 18:23 (King James Version)
23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived

Do you know of anyone who struggles with sorcery?

When we think of sorcery, we normal think of Hollywood’s portrayal of sorcery. Spells, chants….dark religious stuff, right?

I heard something interesting about this in a sermon that I heard online today (after hearing it in an interview right before that). The speaker, former hip hop artist ivor myers, brought up the original definition of the word that is translated to “sorcery.”

According to blueletterbible.org, it’s:
pharmakeia
1) the use or the administering of drugs
2) poisoning
3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry

According to Myers, this word is related to the modern word “pharmacy,” and the Biblical definition is “Anything that medicates the mind so that it will not follow the will or the Law of God” or “Anything that disconnects the mind from the mind of Christ.”

According to Myers this can apply to…Marijuana, television, music, and many other things that a lot of people struggle with. We might not realize this, but a lot of us might struggle with sorcery.

Just something to think about… ūüôā

If you want to check out the Sermon(click), he talks about this specifically about….20 minutes into the sermon. It’s interesting stuff….check it out ūüôā

The sermon itself is largely about the entertainment industry, and things that could be keeping us from God.

Sinning Repeatedly

May 20, 2007

My Pastor spoke today about sin, and the guilt and fear that often accompanies it. He mentioned a Chinese proverb, which said something along the lines of…..if you commit the same sin twice, you no longer feel guilty.

That’s a true statement….maybe not twice, but when we sin again and again, we eventaully don’t feel anything. If we cheat on our taxes every year, we might try to justify it at first, but after a while, we don’t even need to justify it, because it doesn’t bother us.

There’s one thing that many internet junkies and many kids of my generation do without even thinking about……

“It’s Not a Religion, It’s a Relationship”

May 12, 2007

I hear those words uttered frequently from my fellow Christians….”It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.”

I¬†do¬†believe¬†that¬†a¬†relationship¬†with¬†Jesus¬†is¬†the¬†most¬†important¬†things that we can experience, and the most important part of Christianity. That being said….I still have to argue with those who claim that Christianity is not a religion. ¬†I do believe that it’s a relationship, but I believe that it’s a religion as well.

Religion is a belief (spirituality, some might say), and the practices associated with those beliefs.  God created us, and reveals Himself to us, so we do have that belief in Him. We also have practices associated with that belief, such as baptism, ministering, helping the poor, etc.

God basically created Judaism, giving priests instructions to teach the knowledge God gave them and the practices He commanded. Man might have changed it a bit, but God created it.

The Bible does seem to speak of true religion on a positive note….So I can’t help but disagree when people say that Christianity isn’t religion, or that we shouldn’t be “religious.”¬†¬†Religion is belief and practices, and we shouldn’t forsake the belief in God, nor should we forsake the practices that He has commanded.