Best Of: I've Never Been Exposed To Satanic Activities

Erin Davis 01/29/13 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: Myself ; 33 comments

From the LYWB.com team: It's our fifth birthday here on the blog. To celebrate, we are featuring the "best of" the blog all month. This blog on exposure to evil was one of our most popular posts ever. It was originally posted around Halloween, but even after that holiday has come and gone, clearly many of you are wondering if you've ever been exposed to satanic activities.  

Where I live, there are skeletons hanging in the grocery store, zombies at Walmart, and lots of opportunities to attend events and movies that are dark and scary. I bet the same is true in your neck of the woods.

scary movieA trip to the movie theater turns up the same scary results. Invitations to attend these movies or watch scary movies at home may well be coming your way along with opportunities to go to haunted houses ripe with depictions of the "un-dead" (think zombies, ghosts, and mummies).

I posted a "Lies guide to Halloween" with my thoughts on how to best navigate this spooky holiday, but long before the trick or treating begins it is important to consider what God's Word says about dabbling (that doesn't necessarily mean participating!) in things like witchcraft, sorcery, and the occult.

Deuteronomy 18:10–12 says, "There shall not be found among you ... anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD."

Leviticus 20:6 says, "If a person turns to mediums or necromancers ... I will set my face against that person."

Let me translate. Divination is telling the future (fortunetelling). Sorcerers communicate with evil spirits. Necromancers seek to communicate with the dead for the purposes of magic.

I know that sounds like some pretty trippy stuff. The reasons to stay clear are many, which is why the Bible warns so strongly against it. But it is important to be aware that these things might not show up as overtly as you might think.

Almost all of the girls I interviewed for Lies Young Women Believe told me that they had never been exposed to satanic activities, and yet a study of girls who were actively involved in their youth groups found that in the previous three months:

  • 72 percent of young women had looked at or read their horoscopes.
  • 28 percent had their palm read.
  • 42 percent had participated in psychic-related activities.
  • 82 percent had watched supernatural and spiritual themes in movies or on TV.

I imagine that these numbers likely represent many of you, meaning that you have been exposed to satanic activities, maybe in the past few weeks, and you don't even know it.

That's why the lie, I've Never Been Exposed to Satanic Activities made the list of the top twenty-five lies addressed in Lies Young Women Believe.

Nancy and Dannah wrote about it this way:

It's easy to become comfortable with evil when we are exposed to it casually or repeatedly. And while casual exposure alone may not destroy your faith and values, you need to be aware that exposure plus a lack of awareness of what you're exposed to can be dangerous.... Be aware of what you are getting close to and what God says about it (Lies Young Women Believe, 64).

If there is one month out of the year when you are most likely to experience casual and repeated exposure to satanic activities, it's this month. In response, put things like divination or sorcery on your list of things to stay clear of.

What can you do to guard your mind against casual or repeated exposure to evil this month (and all year long)?

Comments

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    summer<3
    ??
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:43 am
    My youth group goes to a haunted corn maize each october. Is that wrong?? We have a short sermon preached to us and then we go into the corn maize at night. They have clowns and people with chain saws jump out at you and stuff. Is that ok to participate in??? I mean since it is not sorcery or anything but it is still meant to scare people.
    Christina
    Re:summer<3
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am
    I believe that is ok. My church does the same, and we play Psycho, etc. It's really fun, i think that's ok.
    Laura
    Re: summer<3
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:29 am
    Hi Summer<3

    Many months ago, I was introduced to a game that seemed like it could be fun. And it was fun. But the sole purpose was to avoid this creature that frightens you, while completing the objective. Well, it sure did scare me!

    However, it dawned on me that the game I was playing was going against what God says about being afraid. "Do not fear." God, in His mercy, revealed to me that playing that game went against His desire for me not to be afraid.

    So while a corn maze at night isn't necessarily a bad thing, I would challenge you to look at what is going on at the corn maze. It may not be magic or sorcery, but it is something that is attempting to frighten or scare you. And God doesn't want His precious daughter to ever fear! He loves you so much and wants to see you dwell in His love, joy and peace.

    Here are some Bible verses that talk about fear...

    John 14:17- "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

    1 John 4:18- "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

    Isaiah 41:10- "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
    Gracer
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:37 am
    So watching 'Bewitched' or "I Dream of Jeannie' is wrong?
    Christina
    Re:Gracer
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:56 am
    I used to watch those shows, but they have witchcraft in them. Those shows are wrong. Even though they seem innocent, they are not. The Devil will trick us, and uses many different ways to do so. Making a magic show seem innocent is a trick, when in reality it is still witchcraft and wrong.
    Hannah Hammersley
    Supernatural Tv shows
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Hi! I'm a Doctor Who fan and I love watching it, but it has aliens in it. They don't scare me (so far) but is that a wrong thing to watch? I am over the age of twelve, and I usually watch the show with my sister who is over thirteen, and she loves it as well.
    Katie
    Supernatural Themes
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm
    This is my opinion and I do like reading this blog and I love Jesus so I want my media to be based on God's standards, but to rule out anything supernatural is a bit...legalistic.

    What about Narnia and LOTR? C.S Lewis and Tolkien were Christians who wrote about magic and wizards, in fact Narnia and LOTR have a lot of biblical content. And by reading or watching content with witches/wizards we aren't participating because we know that it's fantasy and we're not going to try it out or chant spells. However shows that have a lot of divination or that really shows the process like the viewer is participating I would avoid. I dont read/watch Harry Potter because it is kind of like educating the viewers to be interested and participate in witchcraft. (And I also dont like that big theme of revenge in it.) Yes, there is a line. If there is a movie with a witch in it, it doesnt mean we are participating in magic , but if it has a lot of supernatural content- demonic magic, playing with the dead, ouija boards being used so the viewer can see- that is something you shouldnt watch.

    To put it into perspective: For example, as a Christian we are not to commit adultery, and if we read a book or watch a movie involving someone who remarries with an ex who is still alive, it doesnt mean we are committing adultery just by watching that movie. It becomes dangerous when we get immersed and obsessed with it, and if we practice it or learn a lot about it.

    Movies like Narnia, LOTR, even children's stories like Thumbelina or Snow White that have Witches/Wizards, we are not educated about it and we know it's fantasy. I am a LOTR fan and I feel peaceful about watching it. Also, the word supernatural means unnatural, above nature, miraculous. Jesus' miracles are supernatural. If you watch a kids show with a talking dog, that's supernatural even though it's not satanic. Dr Who is fine as long as you dont get really scared.

    By the way, I'm open to discussion because I'm still asking God about media decisions and where to draw the lines.
    Katie
    Sorry, Typo in my last post
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    3rd paragraph

    To put it into perspective: For example, as a Christian we are not to commit adultery, and if we read a book or watch a movie involving someone who remarries WHEN an ex who is still alive, it doesnt mean we are committing adultery just by watching that movie. It becomes dangerous when we get immersed and obsessed with it, and if we practice it or learn a lot about it.

    Just to make that clear! Even though that wasnt the main point.
    A Person
    I stand against this stuff
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm
    This stuff is absolutely dangerous. I was put up to this against my own will as a five year old. I wont go into details at all. But God is healing me from it. It's small, but it's still pure sinful.

    I could use prayer that God will heal me from this.

    Since then it's caused me nightmares repeatedly. We have to repent whether we participated or were taken against our own will. This was so long ago. But I would appreciate prayers. Don't get involved, upon that note what do you think about Harry Potter? I am now having second thoughts about Harry Potter.

    Thank-you,
    Your-sister-in-Christ
    P.S. I have been a believer since I was four years old.
    Hannah t.
    ???
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm
    I for like the past months have not watched much tv. But now I kind of want to start watching tv more but I just don't know what tv shows are appropriate or not. It is just so hard I tried to watch a show that seemed appropriate but as the first premier it was not at all appropriate. I just don't know what to do.
    Brittany
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm
    Well, I had my fair share of the ouija board, tarot cards, psychics and horoscopes before. I feel SO guilty for all of it, but I know that when I asked for forgiveness, God forgave me for it. Thanks for the post!
    monica
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    Hey, if you're used to not watching much tv, stay that way!!! TV is not bad in itself, but there is very little that is beneficial on it, and most of it is decidedly non beneficial :(
    Plus, if you really think about it, watching a lot of tv is wasting precious time that you could use doing other useful stuff. I don't have TV in my house, I only watch a couple shows every now and then on my computer (heartland is the only show I would never miss an episode!!!) I don't mean to sound preachy or anything, but its just so much better to watch very little tv. Keeps your mind away from the wrong things, because you're not exposed to it all the time. What you watch and read shapes you, its almost like brainwashing. So if you are watching and reading a lot of useless stuff that is not building you up, your mind will probably be filled with useless stuff and you won't find yourself growing very much. That's just my 2 cents worth :)
    its me
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm
    Some people I know really take offense against the wizardry stuff, but most don't. I've read the Harry Potter books, and have watched some of the movies. Is it really actually all that bad? I know that it's fiction, so it's not like I'm actually trying any of this stuff.
    caroline
    Re: Laura
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm
    God doesn't want His precious daughter to fear? Give me a break! What about all the other precious daughters around the world that are hurt, raped, and killed? I suppose God doesn't want them to fear either? If God cares so much why doesn't he protect and love them like he does the all the holier-than-thou's?
    Melody
    TV and corn mazes
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    Here are just some thoughts from me:
    Would you feel comfortable watching or doing those things with Jesus sitting beside you?? Is it going to bring him glory? Evil powers do exist, so playing with anything related is dangerous! Seek God and search your heart!
    Laura
    Re: caroline
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    Caroline,

    Why does God allow such things like rape to occur? Why doesn't he just stop those things right now? To be honest, I have no idea. Anyone being hurt in any way is horrible! Especially when we see the rape and killings of innocent young girls (or any girl for that matter).

    But one thing I do know, is that God so loved this world that He gave His Son Jesus up to be tortured and killed on our behalf. He saw that the only way to break our chains of sin was to put it all on Himself. And he wants everyone to come to know Him and that love He pours out for us every moment. I'm not a parent, but I can assume that when God sees the destruction of anyone's life, by another person, He is horrified and heartbroken.

    I'm not saying you have to believe God when He says do not fear. But, as for me, I'll do my best to have faith and believe Him. My hope is, that you will too because He loves you more than you know.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Hannah Hammersley
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm
    Imagination is a wonderful thing, isn’t it! I’ve not watched Doctor Who to know how to advise you on this. I would encourage you to speak with your parents about this and follow their guidance.

    I like to use Philippians 4:8 as a grid for deciding what to view: Is it true? Is it honorable? Is it just? Is it pure? Is it worthy of praise? I also ask myself “Will draw me closer to God or tempt me to turn away from Him?” I hope those questions help you. You can also check out Erin’s blog on:

    “How to Know if a Media Choice is Wise” for more help.
    http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/index.php?id=698
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Hannah t
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    Great questions, Hannah t! I agree with Monica and her comment! There really isn’t much on TV that is worth watching. There are lots of other things you can do with your time—listen to music, learn a craft, read a book, invite a friend over and play games.

    Whether we realize it or not, everything that we allow into our minds affects us. I like to use Phil 4:8 as my grid for deciding what I view. Erin gives additional suggestions about being discerning in your media choices that we hope you will find helpful.

    http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/index.php?id=698
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Summer<3
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    You ask a great question, Summer! I encourage you to discuss with your parents and youth leaders. Would there be different things to do within the corn maze without the scary things? How could you approach it differently? You never know what is in someone’s background or what they are struggling with. They may not be able to handle the things that are simply scary to someone else. Sharing the gospel at your gathering is a great idea. How does the gospel or the short sermon line up with the things you are exposed to in the corn maze? I share these questions with you, Summer, as a way to get you thinking.
    Kaylee
    Re:
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    I have never been one to openly agree with or do anything that is purely satanic! I mean to me that is so disgusting and scary!

    But I just have to say this because I feel so strongly about it. All sin is from satan and there's one sin about us girls that so many Christian girls don't care about... and it's terrible!

    "Likewise I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, MODESTLY and DISCREETLY, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments." 1 Tim 2:9

    Most girls just don't want to talk about this verse or anything about immodesty but, the truth of the matter is that immodesty involves abuse, rape, violence and murder, and yet most Christian girls don't want anything to do with this verse.

    Very, very sad!!!
    Kingsdaughter
    Truth
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    what you are saying is the truth. Yes like many others i have been exposed to it like horoscopes and scary movies. Of course when i was in sin i really didn't care and all those you girls talk about, my mom did warn me about but like i said i just didn't care. Till i give my life to Christ well i stopped all then and started care.

    To Laura: sweety i know how feel basically because i was one of those who was raped. Not once but twice, two different people. but even for me, God's word stands he doesn't want me to fear.
    you gotta remember that this world right now is control by satan and we are vulnerable to a lot of stuff. But the greatest thing is that if God allows you to go through it. you would have a wonderful testimony of God's goodness in your life. I know i do. From how he save me to how he heal me. You make a valuable point but please don't ever think not even for a second that God doesn't care he does.

    He cared about Dinah, Joesph sister, tamar, David's daughter, Sarah, abraham's wife. there is no doubt he cares about me and was grieved when they did what they did to me. but allow me to go through and hold me in his arms so that it won't destroy me but make me into something great that he has plan for me. And he cares about you too.
    Laura
    Re: Kingsdaughter
    on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    ...I think we're getting our comments a little mixed up...

    I think your responding to the comment that says Re: Laura, which is by Caroline. Right? Forgive me if I'm wrong. Your comment doesn't seem to make sense in light of what I was saying. Which is exactly what you said :)
    That God really does care.

    Lol! Sorry for the mixup. Just wanted to make sure I understand correctly. =D

    Have an awesome day, Kingsdaughter!

    P.s. it is really evident that God has taken your heart and shaped it by His love! He has done a great healing in your life! It's beautiful.
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Gracer...
    on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    I grew up watching those shows. But, now that I know what God's Word says, I wouldn't choose to do that at all. I think "why would I watch anything that is an abomination to God?" (Deut. 18:10-12a) When you are trying to decide what is OK to watch and what is not OK, examine it by Philippians 4:8.8 "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—think on these things."
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @A person...
    on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    Have prayed for you tonight! I pray God will bring healing to your heart and soul and mind.

    Glad you are having second thoughts about Harry Potter. It doesn't leave much guessing room when you measure it to the Scriptures in the post, does it?!
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @its me...
    on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm
    Is it all that bad? The Scriptures tell us to guard our heart (mind) with all diligence (above all else) for out of it are the issues of life (it determines the course of your life)." (Prov. 4:23) Nothing is innocent; God says to guard your mind against anything that would wrongly set the course of your life.

    Nancy and Dannah said it well from the post above:

    "It's easy to become comfortable with evil when we are exposed to it casually or repeatedly. And while casual exposure alone may not destroy your faith and values, you need to be aware that exposure plus a lack of awareness of what you're exposed to can be dangerous.... Be aware of what you are getting close to and what God says about it " (Lies Young Women Believe, 64). Praying for you as you consider these thoughts.
    Summer<3
    @Lorree
    on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    Hhhmm....I'm going to have to give this some thought. Atleast I have till next October to figure out where I stand on this:). I really respect my youth leaders and I don't want to be the one to bring it up and ruin the activity for everyone. It is one of everybody's favorite activities. Maybe I just won't go to it anymore or I will go through the one that is not "haunted". Ugh. I don't like to disagree with my youth leaders. I know a lot of really good churches go to them for youth activities so idk. I guess what Laura said about fear got me thinking as well. Thanks for the advice.
    Carissa
    @Summer
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    Summer, I would really encourage you to do that. One thing that might help is a bit of back ground into the holiday of Halloween. I have heard a lot of people talk about how Halloween is a Christian Holiday, but this is not nessasarily true. Holloween was celibrated by the pagan Britons in around the 600s by wearing strange clothing, making human sacrifices in temples, and other aweful things to ward off evil spirits. These acts were popular on Oct. 31st, since thats when they believed this world was the nearest to the spiritual world. When Pope Gregory the Great came in to witness to the Britons, many wanted to tear down these shrines, but he wanted to use these perfectly intact temples to worship the Christian God. So thats how Halloween sorta morphed into a Christian Holiday. But, over the years, people have started dressing up in costumes again. Yes, some are harmless such as princess costumes and the such, but I think we really need to remember that we are deriving this tradition from a very evil religious ritual centuries ago. Many people don't know all of this, even Church leaders. This is all from the book The Ecclesiasticle History of English people BTW. Maybe you could share this with your leaders and see what they think of this. Just a suggestion.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Summer<3
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    Glad you are willing to think this through, Summer<3. My questions were posted to cause you to do just that. I’m confident that as you pray this through and as you read Scripture, God will lead you in whether to participate, whether to discuss with your youth leaders. I’m asking Jesus to give you real wisdom and discernment in this, my friend!
    Summer<3
    Thank you everyone
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    Thanks everyone for your advice. My mind definitely is thinking. :)
    Primrose
    Zodiac Personalities
    on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:27 am
    Hi I am unsure of whether reading Zodiac personality horoscopes (e.g Virgo's aspire to perfection and can sometimes be overly critical) counts as dabbling in satanic activities?

    I do NOT read daily horoscopes because I believe that that is starting to go into fortune telling but I have found that it is easier to get to know a person by looking up their personality horoscope . I use this information to know how to treat that person in terms of ways to communicate and to try and better get along with them.

    Is this wrong?
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Primrose
    on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    God created everyone unique. It’s not based on the time of year they were born, but rather based on His plan for their lives and for how He has created them. The “cookie cutter” personality horoscopes may not be true for all people. For instance, don’t you know people who aren’t Virgo’s who are also perfectionistic and overly critical? I would encourage you to not use the horoscopes for knowing how to communicate or get along with people because they may not be true. Get to know the person first. You can trust God to lead you in the best way to get along with others based on what He says in Scripture. Romans 12:9-21 has some great insights in relationships. Would you take the time to read through those verses today?
    Primrose
    @ Lorree
    on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    Thank You for taking the time to respond :)

    I did indeed read the verses you prescribed..Thank you:)

    I am definitely working on not making assumptions about people before getting to know them. I am working on not judging people as well . Please pray for me though because I very often jump to conclusions about people before I know who they are.

    Once again , thank you for your response and God Bless!
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @Jenna
    on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Hey Jenna, we’re glad you’re a part of the LYWB Blog and we look forward to responding to your questions by email. We’ve chosen to remove your comment based on Ground-Rule #4. Thanks for understanding. You should receive an email this week from the LYWB Team.
    Blessings to you today,
    Carrie

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