S05 Ep19 – Avoiding the Occult

00:00 – 10:45 = Topic Introduction and Context (Avoiding the Occult).
10:46 – 31:21 = Why do Occults Intrigue us?
31:22 – 38:40 = Unfair Advantage of spirits and Satan.
38:41 – 40:09 = Public Service Message.
40:10 – 44:06 = Truth, Beauty and Goodness.
44:07 – 44:32 = Closing.

In this episode, we delve into the realm of the occult, defined as any practice seeking to engage supernatural forces to produce a desired effect. Examples include seances, witchcraft, tarot cards, ouija boards, and Reiki. The discussion emphasizes that occult practices are considered bad for three primary reasons: they call upon non-divine spirits (potentially demonic), they violate the moral law, and they can lead to demonic possession or obsession. The allure of the occult is explored, citing false promises, avoidance of suffering, loneliness, and a false sense of control as driving factors. Strategies for overcoming fear and avoiding occult practices are also discussed, including delaying responses to suggestions and seeking guidance from faith-filled individuals and the teachings of the Church.

  • Nature of the Occult: The occult encompasses practices that seek to manipulate supernatural forces outside the divine sphere. Examples include seances, witchcraft, tarot reading, and Reiki, which aim to contact spirits, predict the future, or manipulate energies for healing.
  • Moral and Spiritual Implications: Engaging in occult practices is considered bad for several reasons. Firstly, it often involves contacting spirits other than God, which can lead to demonic influence or deception. Secondly, it violates the moral law by seeking power or knowledge outside of God’s ordained means. Thirdly, it can lead to spiritual harm, such as demonic possession or obsession.
  • Allure of the Occult: People are drawn to the occult for various reasons. False promises, such as the illusion of control or access to hidden knowledge, can entice individuals. Additionally, the avoidance of suffering, especially in times of grief or loneliness, can make occult practices seem appealing as a means of seeking comfort or connection.
  • Overcoming Fear and Temptation: To combat the allure of the occult, individuals can employ strategies such as delaying responses to fear-driven impulses and seeking guidance from trusted spiritual advisors. By turning to God and His teachings, individuals can find true peace and security rather than relying on deceptive promises of the occult.
  • God’s Desire for Intimacy: Despite the challenges and vulnerabilities we face, God allows these moments to draw us closer to Him. In times of guilt, shame, desperation, or loneliness, we can turn to God for comfort, guidance, and a sense of belonging. God desires intimacy with us and uses our openness and vulnerability to deepen our relationship with Him.
  1. How do occult practices differ from divine or religious practices?
  2. In moments of desperation or loneliness, have you ever been tempted to seek solace in occult practices? If so, what drew you to those practices and how did you resist?
  3. What strategies do you use to discern between God’s will and other influences?
  4. How does understanding God’s desire for intimacy help combat feelings of loneliness or despair?
  5. How have societal influences and cultural norms blurred the lines between acceptable spiritual practices and occultism in today’s world?

This episode is based on a discussion on the occult. It explores the reasons why these practices are considered bad and delves into the allure of the occult. The episode also provides strategies for overcoming fear and avoiding occult practices.

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