Secular Definition: From Wikipedia, the word Occult comes from the Latin word occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to "knowledge of the hidden". The word has many uses in the English language, popularly meaning "knowledge of the paranormal", as opposed to science. The term is sometimes popularly taken to mean "knowledge meant only for certain people" or "knowledge that must be kept hidden", but for most practicing occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. The term occult is also used as a label given to a number of magical organizations or orders, and the teachings and practices as taught by them. The name also extends to a large body of literature and spiritual philosophy
Webster’s Dictionary says this: Matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them.
So while the Occult is pertaining to supernatural knowledge and powers, it is not of God. Instead, the powers and knowledge provided through the Occult is of satan and his kingdom. They are imitations of the true knowledge and power of God. The Occult can draw many to the power and knowledge it offers as a forfeit of the real power and truth of God, but it’s final end state is in death.
In the Word of God:
“Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’ And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour.” (Acts 16:16-18)
Divination is the art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge by means of augury (omen) or an alleged supernatural agency. It is the ruling spirit or also known as the “stronghold.” It controls and dictates other spirits such as occult & magic to operate in peoples lives.
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