Great Britain’s Pagan Federation, which represents druids and witches, says the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch have fueled a rapidly growing interest in witchcraft among children. The organization averages one hundred inquiries a month from kids who want to become witches. In September, the federation appointed its first-ever youth officer to counsel young people. A spokesman for the federation said his group is filling a spiritual need, picking up the baton dropped by the Christian church (Tracy Dawn, Plugged In October 2000) In fact, “66% of all teens have experimented with psychic and/or occult activities, e.g. séances, casting spells, consulting mediums, etc” (Foster Letter 2/10/04). With the examples above, it is clear that witchcraft is a serious issue. Therefore, it is crucial that a definition of terms is addressed, followed by a biblical response to these terms/practices, and a look at divination in children's Literature today.
It is first to be noted that a definition of terms is essential for the reader to have an adequate understanding of divination. In the Hebrew text of the Bible the earliest writings one sees is the word Ḳeṣem (קֶסֶם), which is usually rendered "Divination". In the New American Standard translation of the Bible the term occurs twenty times. It comes from the root word divine which is related to a deity or to make out by supernatural insight. However, in the negative, the term also means soothsayer which is synonymous with divination, spiritism, and enchantment. The second term that is necessary to understand is sorcery. The Hebrew verb is kāshaph (כָּשַׁף), from a root denoting “to have a dark appearance,” or to "seek relief by magical means." In the New Testament Greek text the Bible uses the term pharmakeia φαρμακεα. This word denotes a user of drugs, a preparer of drugs, combined with sorcery and magical arts in connection with idolatry and fostered by the very act of it. Furthermore, the word "magic" is derived from the adjective magike, with the noun, techne (art). The entire phrase is "magical art".
According to Merrill Unger, "Magic - like divination is the divinely forbidden art of bringing about results beyond human power by recourse to superhuman spirit agencies (Satan and demons)" (Unger 76). The Bible is very explicit on these definitions. Therefore, it is with absolute assuredness that God is interested in the realm of the "dark arts."
God's word has a significant amount of information regarding the topic of divination. With an adequate understanding of terms, the reader can now delve into deeper passages regarding God's heart on this topic. One of the largest portions of scripture that deals with divination is found in Moses' last book of the Pentateuch. Deuteronomy derives from the Greek word for, "second law". This is Moses' last instruction to God's people before his death. Chapters twelve through twenty-six he gives specific stipulations regarding how God's...