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What Christians need to know about voodoo

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Macumba Priests and others are preparing to use voodoo dolls against the competition in the World Cup; according to a July 5 article in NDTV. One priest credited the dolls with helping Brazil to win the World Cup 5 times. Macumba has multiple definitions including Deity, musical instruments, or magic.

Voodoo, according to Wikipedia, dates back to the 1600’s. Worshippers served a god known as Bondye (meaning: good god). Because their god was unreachable; believers in Bondye made their prayers and requests known to lower deities; known as loa. Historical practices, such as sticking pins into dolls, are thought to come from New Orleans (Creole) hoodoo. In hoodoo, the Bible is used as a tool to break spells.

The voodoo dolls, also known as poppets, were created and prayed over, and at some point became their target. After the ceremony, it is believed that, whatever is said and done to the doll will ultimately be done to the target.

The Holy Bible supports the existence of voodoo and dolls. The book of Leviticus calls on believers to avoid turning to mediums or necromancers, also known as those who seek to communicate with the dead. The book of Ephesians reminds readers and believers that the day to day battle Christians face is not a physical one. It is a mental one. It refers to our tormentors as “spiritual wickedness in high places.”

One Christian teacher was “shocked” to know that the Bible supports the existence of voodoo. “It serves as a reminder that these things are real. We should all be prayerful; but we should also be careful of what we say or believe. What we sometimes write off to a bad day may be us being targeted by the enemy. The alternative is to be under physical and spiritual attack constantly. It is time for all of us to fight back.”

Do you believe in voodoo?