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Satanism and Witchcraft: Is Satanism the Same as Witchcraft?

We sometimes see witchcraft grouped together with Satanism. But are they really the same? The CRI Perspective in a moment.

People put witches in the same camp as Satanists for two main reasons. First, both witchcraft and Satanism have a number of symbols in common — like the pentagram, or five-pointed star. Secondly, they both place heavy emphasis on magical rituals. Despite these similarities, however, witchcraft and Satanism have their own sets of beliefs and practices which are distinct from one another.

SATANISM AND WITCHCRAFT- Beliefs of Witchcraft
Although various traditions can be found in witchcraft, all witches hold a number beliefs in common. For example, they all subscribe to “animism,” which is the belief that the world is really a living, breathing organism. They not only see the world as being alive, they also regard it to be divine, which explains why witches do not involve themselves in animal or human sacrifices. Moreover, witches maintain that there exists a numer or multitude of gods and goddesses, as well as an infinite number of realities. Their primary deities are the Mother or “triple Goddess” and her male consort, the Horned God. Witches attempt to be in harmony with nature by developing what they believe are latent psychic powers.

Now, while witches deny the existence of Satan as a personal being, most Satanists affirm just the opposite. All Satanists believe in, call on, pray to, and worship Satan, although they may differ on their individual conception of Satan. Furthermore, Satanists generally believe that magical rituals, ceremonies, and sacrifices are the keys to increasing personal power. Thus, they regard sacrificial offerings (whether symbolic or actual) as a legitimate and even desirable means to achieve their own ends.

Witchcraft and Satanism are equally satanic in the sense that they both oppose God’s teachings and are demonically inspired (Deut. 18:9-14; cf. Gal. 5:19-20). However, we must draw the distinction between these two religions so that we can respond to them with intelligence and in a relevant manner. On witchcraft and Satanism, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.

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