“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”1 Corinthians 13.11
Even before I left my New Age and occult practices about a month ago, it was placed on my heart to stop engaging with oracle cards. All throughout the strengthening of my testimony since the fall of 2019, the oracle cards were the one thing I couldn’t seem to rid myself of. Sure, I continued to purge and claim back books, memberships, and connections, but the oracle cards had a real grip on me (pun intended). It was only when I changed my relationship with money that the allure of buying more decks began to subside. I would pass them on the way to the Christian section in Indigo, pause for a moment, and in my mind recite the above verse from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
As I have managed to stay strong in my convictions, probably because I am not being so easily swayed since I am off of social media, I’ve been considering over the past few days why I believe what I believe, and why I value what I value. Why do I believe that the occult is wrong? Why can’t I hone those skills and communicate with the spirit realm and learn to manipulate the elements? Then I remembered how important and necessary it is for me to live simply and humbly. I am not talking about a vow of poverty, if anything one of the reasons I hope to make more money is to tithe and contribute to things that I value even more. Rather, what I am talking about is the true definition of humility: a leveling of pride where I am no less and no better than anyone else. True humility is the recognition that we are all the same, on equal ground, no matter the circumstances. This, I believe, is the attainable and commissioned framework by which all of us might find the peace and harmony that I am confident we all crave and long for.
Therefore, I must instead focus my talents and attention to what truly matters, which I have concluded are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of God. These 7 gifts take probably just as much work to understand and hone than any occult study. It is the ego that wants to be “better than”, that wants secret knowledge and exceptional ability. I know today that being enlightened is to conquer the darkness that keeps us neurotic and isolated; anything that removes us from each other is just one more ploy that the enemy uses to divert us from the path to God’s kingdom, and is what separates us from Him and our service to His creation.
I made a decision very recently that for me, the Bible must be true. I can now to an extent agree with the assertion that the Bible is infallible, but perhaps I interpret that a little differently from my born-again Protestant counterparts. Coming to the profession that the Bible is inerrant was a welcoming revelation, because it simplified the battlefield. Before I conceded that the Bible was authoritative, I was getting sucked into all sorts of obscured teachings, the most recent and influential being the Inner Earth theory. I truly was beginning to believe that I could enter a world of giants through the earth’s poles. Thankfully, by God’s grace, Genesis 1 came to mind once I was prepared to receive it: there is absolutely zero indication that God made an “inner earth”. Therefore, I can dismiss this theory as not only erroneous, I can reject it completely as being New Age false teachings.
We really think that it’s harmless to believe in aliens who are communicating with us, or a race of giants living in the earth, or spiritual gurus assigned to us to move us up the angelic hierarchy with enough “good works”, but really, it’s all a distraction to lure us away from what we really should be striving toward, which is how to get humble and be a true light of the world. A light that can shine in even the most sordid of places. I realize now we do this by cultivating the above mentioned gifts of the Holy Spirit, which in turn produce the fruits of the Spirit that permit the traits of Christ to work through us to comfort all heartache.
That takes dedication, laser focus, time and practice. This is our great work: our masterpiece. There is invariably not enough hours in the day allocated to us to engage in both the occult and the workings of the Holy Spirit. Even if there was enough time, we must never cease from prayer to God (1 Thessalonians 5.17), and it has been my experience that the occult or New Age and Yahweh don’t mix, which means our prayer-life does in fact become compromised.
We want to think we are the exception, that we are more clever than we really are and that we can go off from God’s will for brief intervals here and there, but we really can’t ground ourselves without God’s support. When we try to, we are like a house on sand, vulnerable to attack from the enemy lurking (1 Peter 5.8). It has been my experience, and the experience of countless others, that we must eventually choose. Will we serve God and advance His kingdom, or serve ourselves and only bolster our pride?