the Holy Scriptures Say About...
- Idols and Idolatry - Witchcraft
Divination - False Christians -
Disordered Eucharistic Celebrations
The purpose of this document is to bring to the attention of the
Faithful the very clear admonishments given by the Holy Scriptures
against behavior which many Christians engage in without giving it a
may ask many devoted Christians about what the Holy Scriptures say
sins of the flesh and, most likely, one will hear one hour worth
of preaching.... which may be cut short when the "preacher" remembers
that he/she has not read his/her daily horoscope and it may just be a
day" for preaching; or that he/she forgot to kiss the statue of St. X
while rushing out of Church after a sped through Mass offered to
fulfill a promise which, if not fulfilled right then, would bring bad
luck upon him/her.... etc., etc.
That behavior is quite typical
and it clearly reflects the failed, yet,
very expensive Evangelization effort. Brethren -
paganism lives on and is well, worldwide and, most specially on
Cathedral laden Europe - East AND West - as well as in Africa, the
Caribbean, and Central and South
With that said - let us review just a sampling of what the
Holy Scriptures say about what most Catholics - with a sheepish grin -
"traditions" - then - compare the volume of admonishments against those
"traditions" with the scant and oblique references to sins of the
flesh. Then.... you will
discover another of satan's favorite tricks. (1)
No, this is not an effort to promote certain sexual activities;
this is an effort to make up, to the extent God Wills it, for what a
failed Evangelization did not do while exacting and enormous price in
material goods and sufferings.
The quotations are from the Douay-Reihms on-line Bible (2),
and - as we have said - are just a sampling of what we may find in the
Holy Scriptures regarding these pagan practices.
This is what the Holy Scriptures say.....
and Magical Wands
Daniel 2: 2
2 Then the king commanded to
call together the
diviners and the wise men, and the magicians, and the Chaldeans:
to declare to the king his dreams: so they came and stood before the
2 Chronicles 33: 6
6 And he made his sons to pass
through the fire in
the valley of
Benennom: he observed dreams, followed divination, gave himself up to
magic arts, had with him magicians, and enchanters: and he wrought many
evils before the Lord, to provoke him to anger.
20 Moses therefore took his wife, and his sons, and
upon an ass: and returned into Egypt, carrying the rod of God in his
7: 10 - 12
10 So Moses and Aaron went in
unto Pharaoh, and did
as the Lord
had commanded. And Aaron took the rod before Pharaoh, and his servants,
and it was turned into a serpent. 11 And Pharaoh called the
men and the magicians: and they also by Egyptian enchantments
and certain secrets did in like manner.
12 And they every one cast down their rods, and they were turned
into serpents: but Aaron's rod devoured their rods.
8 And Amalec came, and fought
against Israel in Raphidim.
9 And Moses said to Josue: Choose out men: and go out and fight
against Amalec: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill having the
rod of God in my hand.
10 Josue did as Moses had spoken, and he fought against Amalec;
but Moses, and Aaron, and Hur went up upon the top of the hill.
11 And when Moses lifted up his hands, Israel overcame: but if
he let them down a little, Amalec overcame.
12 And Moses' hands were heavy: so they took a stone, and put
under him, and he sat on it: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands on
both sides. And it came to pass that his hands were not weary until
13 And Josue put Amalec and his people to flight, by the edge of
29 Then he said to Giezi: Gird up thy loins, and take my staff
in thy hand, and go. If any man meet thee, salute him not: and
if any man salute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff upon the face
of the child.
31 But Giezi was gone before
them, and laid the
upon the face of the child, and there was no voice nor sense: and he
returned to meet him, and told him, saying: The child is not risen.
people have consulted their
stocks, and their staff hath declared unto them: for the spirit of
hath deceived them, and they have committed fornication against their
26 You shall not eat with blood. You shall not
divine nor observe dreams.
27 Nor shall you cut your hair roundwise: nor shave your beard.
28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh, for the dead,
neither shall you make in yourselves any figures or marks: I am the
31 Go not aside after wizards, neither ask any
thing of soothsayers, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
6 The soul that shall go aside after magicians, and
and shall commit fornication with them, I will set my face against that
soul, and destroy it out of the midst of its people.
27 A man, or woman, in whom there is a pythonical
spirit, dying let them die: they shall stone them: their blood be upon
Deuteronomy 18: 9-14
9 When thou art come into the
land which the Lord
shall give thee, beware lest thou have a mind to imitate the
abominations of those nations.
10 Neither let there be found among you any one that shall
expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire: or
that consulteth soothsayers, or observeth dreams and omens, neither let
there be any wizard,
11 Nor charmer, nor any one that
consulteth pythonic spirits,
or fortune tellers, or that seeketh the truth from the dead.
12 For the Lord abhorreth all these things, and for these
abominations he will destroy them at thy coming.
13 Thou shalt be perfect, and without spot before the Lord thy
14 These nations, whose land thou shalt possess, hearken to
soothsayers and diviners: but thou art otherwise instructed by the Lord
1 Samuel 15: 23
23 Because it is like the
sin of witchcraft, to rebel: and like the
crime of idolatry, to refuse to obey. Forasmuch therefore as thou hast
rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord hath also rejected thee from
Samuel 28: 7-11
7 And Saul said to his servants:
Seek me a woman
that hath a
divining spirit, and I will go to her, and inquire by her. And his
servants said to him: There is a woman that hath a divining spirit at
8 Then he disguised himself: and put on other clothes, and he
went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night, and he
said to her: Divine to me by thy divining spirit, and bring me up him
whom I shall tell thee.
9 And the woman said to him: Behold thou knowest all that Saul
hath done, and how he hath rooted out the magicians and soothsayers
from the land: why then dost thou lay a snare for my life, to cause me
to be put to death?
10 And Saul swore unto her by the Lord, saying: As the Lord
liveth there shall no evil happen to thee for this thing.11 And
the woman said to him: Whom
shall I bring up to thee?
And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
2 Kings 9: 22
And when Joram saw Jehu, he
said: Is there
peace, Jehu? And
he answered: What peace? so long as the fornications of Jezabel thy
mother, and her many sorceries are in their vigour.
2 Kings 16: 3
3 But he walked in the way
of the kings of Israel: moreover he consecrated also his son, making
him pass through the fire according to the idols of the nations: which
the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel.
2 Kings 17: 17
17 And consecrated their
sons, and their daughters through fire: and they gave themselves to
divinations, and soothsayings: and they delivered themselves up to do
evil before the Lord, to provoke him.
2 Kings 21: 6
6 And he made his son pass
through fire: and he used divination, and observed omens, and appointed
pythons, and multiplied soothsayers to do evil before the Lord, and to
Isaiah 8: 19
19 And when they shall say
to you: Seek of pythons, and of diviners, who mutter in their
enchantments: should not the people seek of their God, for the living
of the dead?
Jeremiah 27: 9
9 Therefore hearken
not to your prophets, and diviners, and dreamers, and soothsayers, and
sorcerers, that say to you: You shall not serve the king Babylon.
Ezekiel 21: 21
21 For the king of Babylon
stood in the highway, at the head of two ways, seeking divination,
shuffling arrows: he inquired of the idols, and consulted entrails.
Micah 5: 11
11 And I will destroy the
cities of thy land, and will throw down all thy strong holds, and I
will take away sorceries out of thy hand, and there shall be no
divinations in thee.
Nahum 3: 4-5
4 Because of the multitude
of the fornications of the harlot that was beautiful and agreeable, and
that made use of witchcraft, that sold nations through her
fornications, and families through her witchcrafts. 5 Behold I come
against thee, saith the Lord of hosts: and I will discover thy shame to
thy face, and will show thy nakedness to the nations, and thy shame to
Exodus 20: 4
4 Thou shalt not make to thyself a
graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or
in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under
Leviticus 17: 7
7 And they shall no more sacrifice
their victims to devils, with whom they have committed fornication. It
shall be an ordinance for ever to them and to their posterity.
Deuteronomy 27: 14-15
14 And the Levites shall pronounce, and
say to all the men of Israel with a loud voice: 15 Cursed be the man
that maketh a graven and molten thing, the abomination of the Lord, the
work of the hands of artificers, and shall put it in a secret place:
and all the people shall answer and say: Amen.
images reverenced by the ancient Hebrews and kindred peoples,
apparently as household gods.
The history of the idol of
Michas, and the young Levite.
1 There was at that time a man of
mount Ephraim whose name was Michas,
2 Who said to his mother: The eleven hundred pieces of silver,
which thou hadst put aside for thyself, and concerning which thou didst
swear in my hearing, behold I have, and they are with me. And she said
to him: Blessed be my son by the Lord.
3 So he restored them to his mother, who said to him: I have
consecrated and vowed this silver to the Lord, that my son may receive
it at my hand, and make a graven and a molten god, so now I deliver it
4 And he restored them to his mother: and she took two hundred
pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith, to make of them a
graven and a molten god, which was in the house of Michas.
5 And he separated also therein a little temple for the god,
and made an ephod, and theraphim, that is to say, a priestly garment,
and idols: and he filled the hand of one of his sons, and he
became his priest.
5 "Filled the
hand"... That is, appointed and consecrated him to the priestly office.
6 In those days there was no king
in Israel, but every one did that which seemed right to himself.
7 There was also another young man of Bethlehem Juda, of the
kindred thereof: and he was a Levite, and dwelt there.
8 Now he went out from the city of Bethlehem, and desired to
sojourn wheresoever he should find it convenient for him. And when he
was come to mount Ephraim, as he was on his journey, and had turned
aside a little into the house of Michas,
9 He was asked by him whence he came. And he answered: I am a
Levite of Bethlehem Juda, and I am going to dwell where I can, and
where I shall find a place to my advantage.
10 And Michas said: Stay with me, and be unto me a father and a
priest, and I will give thee every year ten pieces of silver, and a
double suit of apparel, and thy victuals.
11 He was content, and abode with
the man, and was unto him as one of his sons.
12 And Michas filled his hand, and had the young man with him,
for his priest, saying:
13 Now I know God will do me good, since I have a priest of the
race of the Levites.
The expedition of the men of
Dan against Lais: in their way they rob Michas of his priest and his
1 In those days there was no king
in Israel, and the tribe of
Dan sought them an inheritance to dwell in: for unto that day they had not
received their lot among the other tribes.
2 So the children of Dan sent five most valiant men of their
stock and family from Saraa and Esthaol, to spy out the land, and to
view it diligently: and they said to them: Go, and view the land. They
went on their way, and when they came to mount Ephraim, they went into
the house of Michas, and rested there:
3 And knowing the voice of the young man the Levite, and
lodging with him, they said to him: Who brought thee hither? what dost
thou here? why wouldst thou come hither?
4 He answered them: Michas hath done such and such things for
me, and hath hired me to be his priest.
5 Then they desired him to consult the Lord, that they might
know whether their journey should be prosperous, and the thing should
1 "Not received"...
They had their portions assigned them, Jos.
19. 40. But, through their own sloth, possessed as yet but a small part
of it. See Judges 1. 34.
6 He answered them: Go in peace,
the Lord looketh on your way, and the journey that you go.
7 So the five men going on came to Lais: and they saw how the
people dwelt therein without any fear, according to the custom of the
Sidonians, secure and easy, having no man at all to oppose them, being
very rich, and living separated, at a distance from Sidon and from all
8 And they returned to their brethren in Saraa and Esthaol, who
asked them what they had done? to whom they answered:
9 Arise, and let us go up to them: for we have seen the land
which is exceeding rich and fruitful: neglect not, lose no time: let us
go and possess it, there will be no difficulty.
10 We shall come to a people that is secure, into a spacious
country, and the Lord will deliver the place to us, in which there is
no want of any thing that groweth on the earth.
11 There went therefore of the
kindred of Dan, to wit, from Saraa and Esthaol, six hundred men,
furnished with arms for war,
12 And going up they lodged in Cariathiarim of Juda: which place
from that time is called the camp of Dan, and is behind Cariathiarim.
13 From thence they passed into mount Ephraim. And when they
were come to the house of Michas,
14 The five men, that before had been sent to view the land of
Lais, said to the rest of their brethren: You know that in these houses
there is an ephod, and theraphim, and a graven, and a molten god: see
what you are pleased to do.
15 And when they had turned a little aside, they went into the
house of the young man the Levite, who was in the house of Michas: and
they saluted him with words of peace.
16 And the six hundred men stood
before the door, appointed with their arms.
17 But they that were gone into the house of the young man, went
about to take away the graven god, and the ephod, and the theraphim,
and the molten god, and the priest stood before the door, the six
hundred valiant men waiting not far off.
18 So they that were gone in took away the graven thing, the
ephod, and the idols, and the molten god. And the priest said to them:
What are you doing?
19 And they said to him: Hold thy peace and put thy finger on
thy mouth and come with us, that we may have thee for a father, and a
priest. Whether is better for thee, to be a priest in the house of one
man, or in a tribe and family in Israel?
20 When he had heard this, he agreed to their words, and took
the ephod, and the idols, and the graven god, and departed with them.
21 And when they were going
forward, and had put before them the children and the cattle and all
that was valuable,
22 And were now at a distance from the house of Michas, the men
that dwelt in the houses of Michas gathering together followed them,
23 And began to shout out after them. They looked back, and said
to Michas: What aileth thee? Why dost thou cry?
24 And he answered: You have taken away my gods which I have
made me and the priest, and all that I have, and do you say: What
25 And the children of Dan said to him: See thou say no more to
us, lest men enraged come upon thee, and thou perish with all thy
26 And so they went on the journey
they had begun. But Michas seeing that they were stronger than he,
returned to his house.
27 And the six hundred men took the priest, and the things we
spoke of before, and came to Lais to a people that was quiet and
secure, and smote them with the edge of the sword: and the city was
burnt with fire,
28 There being no man at all who brought them any succour,
because they dwelt far from Sidon, and had no society or business with
any man. And the city was in the land of Rohob: and they rebuilt it and
29 Calling the name of the city Dan after the name of their
father, who was the son of Israel, which before was called Lais.
30 And they set up to themselves the graven idol, and Jonathan
the son of Gersam the son of Moses, he and his sons were priests in the
tribe of Dan, until the day of their captivity.
31 And the idol of Michas remained
with them all the time that
the house of God was in Silo. In those days there was no king in
1 Samuel 19: 13-16
13 And Michol took an image and laid it
on the bed, and put a goat's skin with the hair at the head of it, and
covered it with clothes. 14 And Saul sent officers to seize David: and
it was answered that he was sick. 15 And again Saul sent to see David,
saying: Bring him to me in the bed, that he may be slain.
16 And when the messengers were come in, they found an image upon the
bed, and a goat's skin at its head.
1 Kings 11: 5-8
5 But Solomon worshipped Astarthe the
goddess of the Sidonians, and Moloch the idol of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did that which was not pleasing before the Lord, and did
not fully follow the Lord, as David his father. 7 Then Solomon built a
temple for Chamos the idol of Moab, on the hill that is over against
Jerusalem, and for Moloch the idol of the children of Ammon. 8 And he
did in this manner for all his wives that were strangers, who burnt
incense, and offered sacrifice to their gods.
2 Kings 21: 3-9
3 And he turned, and built up the high
places which Ezechias his father had destroyed: and he set up altars to
Baal, and made groves, as Achab the king of Israel had done: and he
adored all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars
in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said: In Jerusalem I will
put my name. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the
two courts of the temple of the Lord.
6 And he made his son pass through fire: and he used divination, and
observed omens, and appointed pythons, and multiplied soothsayers to do
evil before the Lord, and to provoke him. 7 He set also an idol of the
grove, which he had made, in the temple of the Lord: concerning which
the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son: In this temple, and in
Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will
put my name for ever.
Acts 15: 20
20 But that we write unto them, that
they refrain themselves from the pollutions of idols, and from
fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
1 Corinthians 5: 11
11 But now I have written to you, not
to keep company, if any man that is named a brother, be a fornicator,
or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an
extortioner: with such a one, not so much as to eat.
Ephesians 5: 5
5 For know you this and understand,
that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving
of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Current Problems With the
Celebration of the Eucharist
The chalice of benediction, which
, is it
not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread, which we
break, is it
not the partaking of the body of the Lord? 17
For we, being many, are one
, one body, all that partake of one bread. 18
according to the flesh: are not they, that eat of the sacrifices,
the altar? 19
What then? Do I say, that what is
offered in sacrifice to
idols, is any thing? Or, that the idol is any thing? 20
But the things
which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
would not that you should be made partakers with devils.
You cannot drink
the chalice of
the Lord, and the chalice of
devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the
Now this I ordain: not praising you, that you
come together not for the better, but for the worse.
For first of all I hear that when you come together in the
church, there are schisms among you; and in part I believe it.
For there must be also heresies: that they also, who
are approved, may be made manifest among you.
When you come therefore together into one place, it is not
now to eat the Lord's supper.
20 "The Lord's supper"... So the apostle
here calls the charity
feasts observed by the primitive Christians; and reprehends the abuses
of the Corinthians, on these occasions; which were the more criminal,
because these feasts were accompanied with the celebrating of the
eucharistic sacrifice and sacrament.
21 For every one taketh before his own supper to eat. And one
indeed is hungry and another is drunk.
22 What, have you not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise
ye the church of God; and put them to shame that have not? What shall I
say to you? Do I praise you? In this I praise you not.
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered
unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed,
24 And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this
is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the
commemoration of me.
25 In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped,
saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as
often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
26 For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the
chalice, you shall show the death of the Lord, until he come.
27 Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink
the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body
and of the blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that
bread, and drink of the chalice.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and
drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
30 Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many
31 But if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But whilst we are judged, we are chastised by the Lord, that
we be not condemned with this world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait
for one another.
34 If any man be hungry, let him eat at home; that you come not
together unto judgment. And the rest I will set in order, when I come.
So they being sent by the Holy Ghost, went to
Seleucia: and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of
God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also in the
6 And when they had gone through the whole island, as far as
Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a false prophet, a Jew,
whose name was Bar-jesu:
7 Who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He
sending for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the magician (for so his name is interpreted)
withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.
9 Then Saul, otherwise Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, looking
10 Said: O full of all guile, and of all deceit, child of the
devil, enemy of all justice, thou ceasest not to pervert the right ways
of the Lord.
And now behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou
shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately there
fell a mist and darkness upon him, and going about, he sought some one
to lead him by the hand.
Then the proconsul, when he had seen what was done, believed,
admiring at the doctrine of the Lord.
11 And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common
12 So that even there were brought from his body to the sick,
handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the
wicked spirits went out of them.
13 Now some also of the Jewish exorcists who went about,
attempted to invoke over them that had evil spirits, the name of the
Lord Jesus, saying: I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a
chief priest, that did this.
15 But the wicked spirit, answering, said to them: Jesus I know,
and Paul I know; but who are you?
16 And the man in whom the wicked spirit was, leaping upon
and mastering them both, prevailed against them, so that they fled out
of that house naked and wounded.
17 And this became known to all the Jews and the Gentiles that
dwelt at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord
Jesus was magnified.
18 And many of them that believed, came confessing and declaring
19 And many of them who had followed curious arts, brought
together their books, and burnt them before all; and counting the price
of them, they found the money to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God, and was confirmed.
If we monitor the Horoscope, then our faith is not strong
enough. We do not need to know the future - we just need to know God.
If we resort to magic and witchcraft - and make no mistake : they
are real - we do not believe that God has power to assist us; in which
case He will not.
If we adore idols - by acts, even if we may deny it - we are
grievously offending God as we are shamelessly breaking the First
Commandment. Make no mistake - if a statue of our beloved
Heavenly Mother is treated as an idol - that is idolatry.
venerate and honor Mary as the most sublime human ever to be Created,
but... adore? No! We must treat her images and statues with
respect but idolize them? No!
The same applies to images and statues of
Jesus Christ. Adoration is reserved for God and God alone and the
closest we can get to the manifestation of God in Time is in the
Eucharist (3) .
Therefore - if you must adore something physically present, run, not
walk, but run to the nearest Tabernacle an prostrate yourself before
Him Who gave all for us - miserable as we really are.
If we are to partake of the Ultimate Grace in time - the Eucharist - we
must do it with all the reverence and thanksgiving that it deserves.
If we are going to call ourselves Christians, we better strive to live
the part with all our heart; empty
talk does not secure anything in
Heaven except ample Justice.
In the end - if the "cafeteria system" is our style - we better
it at the nearest cafeteria at lunch or dinner and not with the
A favorite trick: Obsess a faithful with one type of sin which may not
be even committed by said individual so that much serious
transgressions, which are part of the faithful's day-to-day life, go on
(3) The Real Presence of
Jesus in the
Eucharist - IS NOT a Myth
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