Halloween is just around the corner and households across America will be stocking up on sweets to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
For Christians who are torn between partaking in a holiday some affiliate with the occult and locking their doors to mostly innocent children, one ministry is encouraging believers to not skip out on the festivities but to stock up on treats that will feed souls rather than stomachs.
“Children show up at your doorstep every year in October, dressed like ghosts and goblins roaming your neighborhood in search of treats. This year when they come knocking, consider giving them something ‘extra’ that will go beyond their ‘physical’ cravings for chocolate and processed sugar,” says evangelist Tim Todd, president of Revival Fires Ministry. more >>
WASHINGTON – Nearly half of Americans report having at least two supernatural encounters, with conservative Protestants more likely than religious liberals to say they had such experiences, according to a survey recently published in a new book.
Among the most common religious and mystical experiences reported by Americans include protection from harm by a guardian angel (55 percent); calling by God to do something (44 percent); witnessing a miraculous, physical healing (23 percent); and hearing the voice of God (20 percent), according to the second part of the Baylor Religion Survey.
Researchers say they did not expect to find such high numbers of Americans reporting supernatural experiences, in particular, the guardian angel result. more >>
According to a study conducted by the Barna Group called Teens and the Supernatural, three out of every 10 teenagers have played the Ouija board, had their palms read, and eight out of 10 have read horoscopes.
Maybe these numbers do not shock you. But while these activities may seem innocuous, below the surface there lurks an extremely dangerous and powerful worldsomething Scripture refers to as the powers of darkness.
Take, for example, the Ouija board, a game young people have played for decades. Manufactured by Parker Brothers, the game combines numbers and letters around a pointer that mysteriously indicates answers to questions players ask. Even Parker Brothers cannot explain how the pointer moves. Thats because the game taps into spiritual forces outside the realm of human control. more >>
Satanic cults are on the rise in an unexpected location Rome, says a Catholic priest.
"There is a greater openness towards the devil," said Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's Chief Exorcist, to the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Father Pedro Barrajon, a Catholic priest in Rome, stated, Satanism and the occult are in fashion. more >>
Most people agree that the wildly popular Harry Potter series has a religious following. But do the stories about a fictional boy wizard contain religion in them?
Danielle Tumminio, a Yale Divinity School graduate student who instructs a course called "Christian Theology and Harry Potter" at Yale would say, "Yes."
Her course uses all seven Potter books to examine Christian themes such as sin, evil and resurrection, a CNN feature story recently reported. more >>
The Vatican offered its latest view on the good vs. evil debate over the immensely popular Harry Potter series in a recent edition of its newspaper, headlining an article by an expert in English literature who calls the teen wizard "the wrong kind of hero."
In the article, "The Double Face of Harry Potter," published by the Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano this week, Edoardo Rialti writes about the harmful effects of the "half-truth" messages presented by JK Rowling in the Potter saga.
Rialtis attack echoes the sentiment of Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who voiced fears in 2003 that the "subtle seductions" contained in the Potter series could "corrupt the Christian faith" in impressionable young children. more >>