|It is NOT witchcraft. It is a fantasy. That's all. A fantasy that involves "magic" that cannot really be done, just like the magic that Gandalf does in LOTR cannot really be done. Like the door in the Chronicals of Narnia doesn't exist and cannot exist.
It isn't?? Wow!! What a relief!! I guess calling it the "Hogwart school of WITCHRAFT " Doesn't really mean witchcraft. And casting spells doesn't really mean casting spells, (only latin mumbo jumbo).
|And I would REALLY like to know how communing with and revering nature is so evil?
Do you?? But yet when answers are given to inquires, people choose to ignore, disregard, challenge, or change the meaning of said answers.
Paul, in his "Letter to the Evolutionists" (contained in Romans 1:16-32) says that the invisible God is known because of the visible things which He has made. When you see the Brooklyn Bridge, you know that there was a bridge builder, even if you will never meet him. Paul continues on to show that even though men know that there is a God, they are knowingly unwilling to admit it to themselves or anyone else. He says that they exchange "the truth of God for a lie, and worship and served the creature rather than the Creator."http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache...creation&hl=en
All that we are, and everything we have, ultimately comes from one sourceâ€”God. Paul cautions us "not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Timothy 6:17). The only reliable assurance that our future is secure lies in our relationship with our Creator.
The Bible affirms that our Maker is both living and realâ€”the one and only true God. "But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King . . ." (Jeremiah 10:10).
He created for us a wonderful dwellingâ€”our beautiful planet. He fashioned it to provide us with everything we need for our material well-being and survival. It is His desire that we enjoy and appreciate His gifts to us.
At the same time, He wants us to understand that we must never direct our worship toward anything that He has created or regard it as the source of our life and blessings. Only the Creatorâ€”never the creationâ€”is to receive that honor.The veneration of nature
Man's worship (reverence of) of nature , or some aspect of nature, has been the basis of one idolatrous religion after another
. Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible succinctly explains the underpinnings of religions that were contemporary with and geographically close to ancient Israel. "The great idolatrous cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia closely reflected their physical environment. Their religion, like that of their neighbours the Hittites and Canaanites, focused on nature. They had no real concept of a single, all-powerful Creator-God. And so they accounted for the vagaries of climate, agricultural events and the geography of the world around them by means of a whole array of gods" (1973, p. 10, emphasis added).
The Egyptians and Mesopotamians thought of the forces of nature as powerful spirits ruling over their environment. This superstitious worship of the sun, moon and stars as well as "mother" earth and most of its natural forces, such as lightning, thunder, rain and fire, persists to this day in some parts of the world.
Ironically, this underlying concept has also been adopted by modern-day religions that teach that God is more or less the sum total of the natural powers of the universe. But all have one thing in common: They fail to distinguish the Creator from His creation.
Many people place their confidence in astrology. Whether they realize it or not, in doing so they attribute divine powers to the creationâ€”the starsâ€”rather than to their Creator.
God warns us against this practice. "And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage" (Deuteronomy 4:19). Astrology is a way of looking to the creation instead of to the Creator for supernatural guidance.http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache...creation&hl=en