I have seen people who claim they are witches all over the globe. They go by different names. In Nigeria, they are called Juju men. In England, they were called witches, so we call them witches or wiccan in America. The American Indians called them witchdoctors. I even saw people trying to do magic in Romania. In Korea, we moved into an apartment after a fortune teller moved out, and I often saw fortune tellers at the mall that used those Taro cards. In California, I often saw a big sign where the person claimed to be able to tell your future from looking at your hand. I have heard that crystal balls have become popular in America, but I have never seen anyone use one. Some people try to tell your future by looking at your tea leaves. Can we believe any of this? I have spent my life trying to figure out the mysteries of man. A student who claimed to be a witch once handed me a book on how to become a witch that I read just for information purposes, and she didn’t know I was a Christian until after I had read it. I have read about the secrets of the American Indian witchdoctors too from experts on the subject. After seeing every thing I have seen and reading every thing I have read, I can say without at doubt that there is knowledge passed on, but it isn’t magic, and any magic or mystical powers we think they might have is what gives them magic or mystical powers. They don’t actually have magic or mystical powers; we give it to them. I will explain why I say this.
The witches of old England were part of the Druid religion. They controlled the people through fear. They told scary stories that scared uneducated superstitious people to death! That is how they got these people to do what they wanted. They wanted power over the people. I have seen that fear when I was in Nigeria. In Nigeria, many of them still believe in what they call the Juju man. The Juju man is very happy to keep them believing in him. It gives him power, and he scares them to death! I was at the market place one day, and there was a Juju man there dressed in an animal skin as a lion cloth with a crazy looking wig on throwing puffs of smoke. The smoke was just a show he used to make himself seem mystical. The people were so afraid that they really didn’t want him pointing at them. If he pointed in their direction, they gasped and backed up. My husband had a camera, and he wanted to take the guy’s picture. He saw my husband with a camera and pointed at him and began saying, “Don’t snap! Don’t snap!” The people around us told my husband not to take a picture because the Jujuman could cause something terrible to happen to him, but my husband didn’t believe the Juju man and took his picture anyway, and nothing bad happened. This Juju man was controlling the people with fear, but he couldn’t control someone who didn’t believe in him. There is a lot of power in belief. Those people gave him power because they believed in him, but my husband took the power away by not being scared of him like the people were.
When I read about the witchdoctors the Indians used to have, I learned that there was certain knowledge that was actual medical knowledge passed down from witchdoctor to witchdoctor which is what a Juju man is. On top of this, the witchdoctor was supposed to put on shows to keep the belief going. I read an example of what a witchdoctor did. A witchdoctor was called in because someone was running a fever and very sick. When the witchdoctor examined the man, he could see that the man had a tick. Ticks can make you sick if you don’t know you have them. The witchdoctor knew he had to remove that tick, but he couldn’t just remove it and keep the belief in the magic of the witchdoctor going. He did a ceremony, and during the ceremony, he threw puffs of smoke. During one of the puffs of smoke, he removed the tick when no one could see him. After the ceremony, he told them all the man would get well, and he did. The people thought it was the ceremony, but the witchdoctor knew it was taking the tick off that helped.
A missionary in the southern part of Nigeria told me a story about a man he saw that a Juju man pointed at on a Friday, and by Monday, the man was dead. This is the kind of thing the Nigerians fear. When the Juju man pointed at the man, the missionary saw the man turned white with fear! When the doctor examined the man, he said the man had died of fear. If you have such a deep rooted fear of these people, they have power over you, but that is the only power they have, the power we give them. When Christianity went into England and the people realized that the witches, goblins, and ghosts were not longer true, they truly had something to celebrate when they were celebrating All Halo’s Eve!
Once, when I was in Nigeria, I was sick. On top of that, someone had broken our electric meter. The man who read our electric meter decided that he wanted a bribe to read it lower, and we refused to pay him a bribe, so he broke the electric meter thinking that could bill us anything he wanted and get that extra money anyway. The students from the school were concerned. They didn’t know why our electric meter was broken. They didn’t know why I was sick, so they came to ask me if there had been a dead chicken left at our front door, but there hadn’t. They were actually afraid that a Juju man had cursed us and that if there had been a dead chicken, the Juju man had actually put a curse on us. They were relieved to hear there had been no dead chicken. We knew why the electric meter was broken. I was sick because I had had a miscarriage, but they didn’t know that. They just knew I was sick. However, that Juju man had them tricked and scared. He was controlling them because they believed in his power, but we didn’t.
When I read the book my American student at an American university handed me that was telling people how to become a witch, the lady who wrote the book claimed to be an actual witch with powers. She said that her family had come from England, and they had the magic powers in their family. This means she was like the witchdoctor who was schooled to keep the secrets and keep the belief going by putting on shows. Young Americans are able to be influenced by her because their parents were probably hippies and rejected Christianity. She went on to say that not everyone who becomes a witch can have those magical powers, only those who are genetically witches, but she can teach them spells that people with no magic powers can do. She is gathering followers and making money. When I read about the witchdoctors, the current witchdoctor was supposed to look for someone to train who they thought could keep the secrets of the witchdoctors and put on the shows. That is exactly what this woman who wrote the book on how to be a witch who my student was falling into her trap was doing. The woman who wrote the book knew she didn’t have any actual powers, but she had been trained from her ancestors to keep the belief going like the witchdoctors.
When I was in Romania, a horse came up missing in the village. Someone in the village told them they could find the horse, but they had to practice magic to do it. They said they needed four virgins, a cross from the church, the ring of the Orthodox priest, a big tub of water, and a blanket. I learned about what they did because I knew one of the girls they chose, and she told me the story after it happened. They secured everything. I was surprised the Orthodox priest went along with it. They filled the big tub full of water. They put the cross from the church and the priest’s ring in the water. They placed the girls around the tub of water and placed the blanket over the top of all their heads together. They told them they were supposed to look in the water and see where the horse was. The girls were young, and the believed they could actually see where that horse was. By the power of suggestion, or perhaps the girl was lying, one of the girls insisted she saw the horse. She said that it was taken out of the front gate of the people’s house and put into a horse trailer and taken into Sibiu, the larger town. She said she could see in the water where the horse was taken. Everyone believed her and got in the car and went to Sibiu looking for the horse. They drove all around Sibiu. I asked the girl if they ever found the horse, and the didn’t. It was all in that girl’s imagination that she had seen someone take the horse in the water. There was no magical power in that spell, only a show.
When people go and let someone read their palm, read the Taro cards for them, or read the crystal ball, the fortune teller is using the power of suggestion. That person is giving that fortune teller power over their minds. That person believes what the fortune teller says, and they look for it to be true. When I was about four or five years old, no one took me to church, and I didn’t understand so many things. However, they were all telling me that the Easter Bunny was coming. I was with my mother one day as she was at her sewing machine making my Easter Dress. I looked out the window, and I actually thought I saw the Easter Bunny, but of course, when my mother looked, the Easter Bunny wasn’t there. We can conjure things with our imagination when we truly believe and don’t understand. These people who claim to be witches, fortune tellers, witchdoctors, Juju men, people who do Voodoo, etc. know they can control people’s minds, and they do. The only power they have is the power you give them. If you know they are not real just as my husband did when he took the picture of the Juju man, they can’t hurt you.
If you are a Christian, God tries to protect us from ourselves. He made us and understands us. He tells us that practicing witchcraft is a sin. In the Old Testament, it says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fires, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of those detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord” (Deuteronomy 18″10-13).In the New Testament, it says, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry, and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5: 19-21).
You may find those things interesting, but God is your father in Heaven who made you. He loves you, and he knows what is good for you. He knows that we are open to the power of suggestion and can be controlled by unscrupulous people if we let them. He talks about himself as our father and wanting what is good for us in the sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, 6, & 7: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? ” (Matthew 7: 9&10). God made us. He loves us. He is a father who understands more than we do just as adults understand more than children. Parents want what is good for their children, and God wants what is good for us. These verses don’t mean that if we ask for a limousine, God will give it to us. He knows we don’t need a limousine. It means that if we try to put our hand in the fire, he knows that we shouldn’t and he is a good parent, and will keep our hand out of the fire. Maybe we think the fire is fascinating and ask if we can, but he will say “no” because he loves us. It is better for us not to mess with mystical powers because he knows our minds can be controlled. He knows there are wicked people who want power over us. The only power these people have is the power we give to them, so just don’t give it to them, and then the man who dies from fright will not die, people won’t worry themselves into sickness because they think the Juju man put a curse on them, and the lying will not continue. We have freedom if we don’t believe in these things and don’t propagate them.