Q: It's been a hard year for me, and I'd give almost anything to know what the new year has in store for me. How can I find out? A woman in our town claims to be able to tell your future, and I'm almost willing to give her a try. -- M.K.
A: I sincerely hope you won't go down this path. At best you'd simply be wasting your money -- and at worst you could find yourself getting entangled with occult spiritual forces that are enemies of your soul. The Bible warns us to avoid occult practices, and calls them "detestable to the Lord" (Deuteronomy 18:12).
Only God knows the future; no matter how hard we try, even our best efforts will only be guesses. But this ought to encourage you -- because if God knows the future, then you can trust your future into His hands! Wouldn't it be better to face the future with Him than without Him? God loves you, and you can trust His promise to be with you and guide you. The Bible says, "For I know the plans I have for you... plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). more >>
Another Harry Potter film hits theaters everywhere Friday and Steve Wohlberg, author of the new book Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft: The Menace Beneath the Magic, strongly advises against seeing it.
Wohlberg, a bestselling author, expressed his concern to The Christian Post. He said the trend toward witchcraft, vampirism, and occultism among teens has rapidly increased since the Harry Potter Craze began in 1997 in the United Kingdom. Written by J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series explores sorcery, witchcraft, and Wicca, noted Wohlberg.
He outlined his discoveries of evil themes in the series. more >>
Is America a Christian Nation? Were the founding fathers Christian and was their original intent to found America on the teachings of Christ?
Chris Pinto, founder of Christian film company Adullam Films, rejects the notion of a Christian nation. In the recently released film, The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers, Pinto uses history to show the founding fathers were religious skeptics and often critical of the Bible.
Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, called the book of Revelations “the ravings of a maniac.” “Rights of Man” author Thomas Paine was also prone to penning anti-Christian writings. Scientist and early politician Benjamin Franklin was a member of English occult group The Hell Fire Club, notable for performing satanic rituals. more >>
Halloween is upon us once again and, like the year before, remains to be a date that Christians approach differently – especially as it falls this year on a Sunday, the Day of Sabbath.
While some believers refuse to participate in the annual ritual due to its pagan roots and focus on darkness and evil, others not only take part but host special events as a way to reach out to members of their community and to open new opportunities to share the gospel.
Bethel Church in Modesto, Calif., for example, will be holding a “Trunk or Treat” event Sunday night, during which cars will be decorated and filled with treats and other goodies that youth can pick up as they go from car to car. more >>
Some questions we ask today would simply baffle our ancestors. When Christians ask whether believers should practice yoga, they are asking a question that betrays the strangeness of our current cultural moment - a time in which yoga seems almost mainstream in America.
It was not always so. No one tells the story of yoga in America better than Stefanie Syman, whose recent book, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, is a masterpiece of cultural history. Syman, an engaging author who is also a fifteen-year devotee of yoga, tells this story well.
Her book actually opens with a scene from this year’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama made a few comments and then introduced First Lady Michelle Obama, who said: “Our goal today is just to have fun. We want to focus on activity, healthy eating. We’ve got yoga, we’ve got dancing, we’ve got storytelling, we’ve got Easter-egg decorating.” more >>
The images streaming in from Haiti look like scenes from Dante's Inferno. The scale of the calamity is unprecedented. In many ways, Haiti has almost ceased to exist.
The earthquake that will forever change that nation came as subterranean plates shifted about six miles under the surface of the earth, along a fault line that had threatened trouble for centuries. But no one saw a quake of this magnitude coming. The 7.0 quake came like a nightmare, with the city of Port-au-Prince crumbling, entire villages collapsing, bodies flying in the air and crushed under mountains of debris. Orphanages, churches, markets, homes, and government buildings all collapsed. Civil government has virtually ceased to function. Without power, communication has been cut off and rescue efforts are seriously hampered. Bodies are piling up, hope is running out, and help, though on the way, will not arrive in time for many victims.
Even as boots are finally hitting the ground and relief efforts are reaching the island, estimates of the death toll range as high as 500,000. Given the mountainous terrain and densely populated villages that had been hanging along the fault line, entire villages may have disappeared. The Western Hemisphere's most impoverished nation has experienced a catastrophe that appears almost apocalyptic. more >>