Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Mythical beings that have risen from folklore and superstition throughout history are strange and sometimes comical. Centaurs, vampires, werewolves, swamp monsters, leprechauns, and men who listen are some of the top mythical beings prevalent in our time. History demonstrates that it does not take much convincing for people to believe in an otherworldly being or the powers of a mysterious relic. These legendary tales were created within the imagination of fearful men trying to explain difficult mysteries and were used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. During this time people had a shaky faith in a higher power and often turned to supernatural entities like ghosts and phantasms out of fear. This caused instability in their understanding of the spiritual realm making anything that went bump in the night something to be in awe of or scared of. Prov. 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The knowledge of these fictitious life forms might have caused people to procure a protective totem that gave them a perceived safety from the unknown. However, when the belief in these unorthodox creatures of human invention became mainstream in many societies, their beliefs brought spiritual bondage into people’s lives and caused them to live in communal fear and suspicion. This created difficult living conditions enhancing the terror between tribes, villages, and communities causing all kinds of conspiratorial mistrust. They needed to break away from the enslavements and superstitions these mystical beings caused in the hearts of the people. 1Tim. 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
A modern-day skeptic who believes in nothing might say, “What is the harm in believing in these mythical beings if no one is being hurt?” The harm is when people end up in a crisis life-and-death situation and they have no real deity to trust and fall back on. What, or who will they call upon to save their life in a sudden catastrophic event? Will it be a leprechaun, a centaur, or some lucky charm that brings deliverance to their soul? No! Not likely. The next problem is that the people who live in a state of superstition eventually become dull in their thinking as demonstrated by God’s explanation to Jonah as to why God is being merciful to the people of Nineveh. Jonah 4:11 “But may I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as well as many animals? ” The whole city was living in utter ignorance. They had become idiots in the true meaning of the word. They had become utterly foolish, ignorant, and senseless people.
Idiocy is as prevalent today and has to stop, or people will end up being part of an idiocracy just like the citizens of Nineveh. If a population doesn’t stop being senseless, they will end up in a stupid society. Please note that I am not picking on anyone, I’m warning everyone that it does not take much social nonsense to create a trend, and before we know it… stupid is what stupid does and slow-wittedness becomes the default thinking of a nation. It does not take long within a carnal simpleminded society for concentration camps to be a good idea and getting rid of certain people groups becomes an option. History has already shown us that national thinking can be swayed to this type of final solution. This is how conflicts around the world start and are passed on to the next generation. 1Tim. 4:1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
Those who have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are often referred to as people who believe in a mythical invention of religious fanaticism. Christians are often described as mystics because Jesus was portrayed by some as someone practising mystical evocations and therefore, they try to lump Jesus in the same category as mythical beings. The problem with that theory is these gainsayers who make this weak argument have a dilemma. If they claim Jesus was a mystic who walked around casting spells then He existed even if their claims are erroneous. Plus, why is the calendar these same deniers use to live their lives, based on the historical account of Jesus of Nazareth? Rom. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
Truly, there are numerous mysteries hidden in Jesus Christ, our Lord. But something that can be counted on is when there is a life-and-death situation, Jesus can be called upon and trusted to help in time of need. Jesus said, “He would never leave us nor forsake us.” Heb. 13:5b Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. One of my favourite verses describing with confidence the magnificence of the Lordship of Jesus is when the Apostle Paul writes. 1Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. I love these healing words “And without controversy, God was manifested in the flesh.” Without controversy, without arguments, and without dispute Jesus is! We have Jesus… God is within us, living in our hearts. What an amazing mystery we are part of. God lives within those who have accepted Jesus as Lord.
How wonderful it is for us that God had mercy on the senseless people of Nineveh. If God had mercy for them, then He has it for the senseless people of this world. God gave us Jesus so that we could become chosen of God and grow in the wisdom of His Godliness. This gift is for those who especially believe – not in a mystical being, but in the person of Jesus Christ the Lord. 1Tim. 4:10 For to this end we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. We no longer put our unstable beliefs in the mythical apparitions of man, but can confidently put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
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Yesterday, a new acquaintance was describing the use of Tarot cards in his life, to me.
Scripture is clear about God’s opinion of divination. Yet, there are many individuals who profess Jesus and still allow themselves to dabble in the arts of darkness.
While Tarot Cards may not have made the “A” list of mythical Beings, they certainly are pervasive in our culture right now and are probably more destructive than your average Centaur! How are they destructive? Yeah, well, what Norm said above, please review!
I must continue. It’s midnight but this is too good.
What about Ouija Boards? I went down the aisle of Sears…yeah, there once was this big box store called Sears in Canada, and as I walked down the aisle looking for a gift, I was absolutely shocked to see piles of these Ouija Boards, idiocratically stacked neatly in a row. “SATAN get behind me, JESUS come quickly.” is all I could think! (This was 1988 and I was a new babe in Christ)
I had heard numerous stories of necromancy as I graduated from high school in 1986 and began my own life. With Jesus by my side, I instinctively knew to stay away from things like Ouija Boards and Tarot Cards. To me, dead is dead and let them be dead until Christ returns with his resurrection power!
Anyway, what do other Christians think about Tarot Cards and Ouija Boards? Is it harmless fun or do you draw the line and keep that sort of thing away from your activities, regardless of who might think it is a good idea?
As you say, “Dead is Dead!” 2 Tim. 4:3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.