Magic and Christianity

DISCLAIMER: These are just my thoughts about religion and magic and do not reflect or criticize Church or religious doctrine nor is it intended as more than just a thought piece or springboard for discussion.

If you are offended by questions related to these matters, do not read.

Having issued my warnings, let me get to the heart of the matter. I love urban or romantic fantasy such as the works of Carrie Vaughn, Kristin Painter and Hallie Edwards. The world of werewolves, vampires and necromancers just fascinates me. In my heart, I hope that magic does exist, and I look for it.

I know that many Christians denounce magic and the Catholic Church specifically condemns it as a grievous sin because they are based on “the expectation of interference by demons or lost souls . . . or provides a lack of faith” (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11197b.htm). This is where my quandary lies – how do miracles and requests for intercession differ?

The Bible and many Christian practices and beliefs are like those of white magicians. (Black magic picks up on this by parodying Christian practices). The dead are raised, demons are driven out, there are holy relics (talismans), intercession of saints requested, and transubstantiation is the conversion of the ordinary to the divine (if you are a practicing Roman Catholic). All of these phenomena exist in the world of magic with the only difference being the divine inspiration within the Christian world. That may be why we are warned about false prophets who use tricks of magic to make us believe in them.

Christians we are told to look for the divine in everyday life. That small miracles occur all around us. My problem is that I can’t see much of a difference between that and the idea of magic being all around us.

I would really like to hear from others whether they are Christian or not on this issue. So, feel free to post comments.

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