THE ROAD TO THE OCCULT
What You Read, Watch, or Listen to - Really Matters
DATE OF PUBLICATION: SEPTEMBER 2002
are five levels of reading. Remain on the highest levels. The lower ones
can destroy you.
THE HIGHEST LEVEL
highest level is the Gods Inspired Writings.
The Holy Bible can prepare you for heaven. Only God's Holy Word can lead
you on the path to heaven.
to that are stories of great Christians
and missionaries, along with stories of Christians who have been faithful
in earlier centuries. These are always helpful. Reading them encourages
you to want to live like them, true to God to the end.
THE REAL WORLD
next level down is current events.
Here we have the news of the day, some of which is worth learning about.
Also included here is history, technology, and scientific facts. (Not
included here is evolutionary theory, which is a form of fantasy, a far
THE FICTITIOUS WORLD
next level down is fiction.
The best type consists of books and articles which try to warn of
spiritual dangers and encourage you to live a better Christian life. But
this is not the best level of reading. Gods Word is.
this comes a variety of fiction which is very bad for you.
There are millions of books which belong here. Although the stories are
generally set in the real world, they encourage you to like vicious,
licentious, and all kinds of evil things.
who read fiction find it harder to handle the duties and problems of
everyday life with Christian patience and trust in God.
we drop still lower to the world of fantasy.
These are stories about impossible things in make-believe worlds,
inhabited by giants and gremlins, talking animals and strange creatures.
This is an unreal world, and learning to like it is not good. The reading
of fairy tales prepares you for the next level down, which is witchcraft.
this category, we find Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland, J. R. R.
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and C. S. Lewis Chronicles of
in this category and the next, we find many of the Andersons and
Grimes fairy tales, also the
Oz stories by Frank Baum--which are about actual witchcraft.
THE SPIRIT WORLD
you enter the world of horrors.
By the time a person reaches this level, he has learned to enjoy the
things of witchcraft.
we find stories about witches, vampires, and other horrible creatures
which, although imaginary, are actually the things used by spiritualists
to frighten and catch you.
Lavey's Satanic Bible would fall into this category.
THE OCCULT WORLD
we come to books which actually instruct the reader in the details of
These books do more than merely talk about witches, they explain in detail
their training program and how they carry on their magic.
we find the actual instructional books for witches in training. Included
here are J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. They provide entry-level
Anno Mundi (OAM) Series are books for professional witches. They
contain instruction only somewhat in advance of the Rowling books. They
have complete witchcraft instructions yet are little different than the
is a comparison between the professional witchcraft training series and
the Harry Potter books:
has seven degrees of Magical Training, and includes classes
strikingly similar to those offered at Hogwarts, Harry Potters school.
General Education primer:
Ancient Runes. / Here is an example from the Harry Potter books:
Those are my books for . . Divination, the Study of Ancient Runes (Prisoner
of Azkaban, p. 57, original edition).
First Degree: Divination.
An example in Harry Potter: We will be covering the basic methods of
Divination this year (Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 103).
First Degree: Spell casting.
An example in Potter: All students should have a copy of each of the
following: The standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) (Sorcerers
Stone, p. 66).
Fourth Degree: Animal Transformation
(witches also call it transfiguration). An example from the
Potter books: Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous
magic you will learn at Hogwarts (Sorcerers Stone, p. 134).
My transformations in those days were terrible. It is very
painful to turn into a werewolf . . [My friends] could each turn into a
different animal (Prisoner of Azkaban, pp. 353-354).
Fifth Degree: Magical Lore
An example from Potter: Their very last exam was History of
Magic (Sorcerers Stone, p. 263).
addition to incantations, the Harry Potter books contain the most horrible
stories about people being killed
by Hogwarts students, who laugh about it then and afterward.
is also profanity in the books. For example, in Book 4, you will
find it on pp. 43, 62, 127, 232, 344, 470, 561, and 626.
Such books should be read neither by children nor by
adults. They are evil and a menace to the eternal welfare of the soul.
has expressly forbidden all pretended communication with departed spirits.
In the days of the Hebrews there was a class of people who claimed, as do
the spiritualists of today, to hold communication with the dead. But the
familiar spirits, as these visitants from other worlds were called,
are declared by the Bible to be the spirits of devils. (Compare
Numbers 25:1-3; Psalm 106:28; 1 Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 16:14.) The
work of dealing with familiar spirits was pronounced an abomination to the
Lord, and was solemnly forbidden under penalty of death. Leviticus 19:31;
20:27. Great Controversy, 556.
are few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of
spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. Many tamper
with it merely to gratify their curiosity. They have no real faith in it
and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to
the spirits control. But they venture upon the forbidden ground, and
the mighty destroyer exercises his power upon them against their will. Let
them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds
them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from
the bewitching, alluring spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in
answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared
souls. Great Controversy, 558.
will be confronted by the spirits of devils personating beloved relatives
or friends and declaring the most dangerous heresies. These visitants will
appeal to our tenderest sympathies and will work miracles to sustain their
pretensions. We must be prepared to withstand them with the Bible truth
that the dead know not anything and that they who thus appear are the
spirits of devils. Great Controversy, 560.
Spiritualism, which numbers its converts by hundreds of thousands, yea, by millions, which has made its way into scientific circles, which has invaded churches, and has found favor in legislative bodies, and even in the courts of kings, this mammoth deception is but a revival, in a new disguise, of the witchcraft condemned and prohibited of old. Great Controversy, 556.