Witchcraft is the attempt to acquire knowledge or power by manipulation and control. Scripture is clear that, apart from God and his word, such an act is in fact a headlong plunge into folly. The apostle James reminds us the path to true spiritual insight: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). A humble and faithful plea to the only wise God is the way of wisdom. Any supposed shortcuts are the way of rebellion.
Dr. Jonathan Burnside is Reader in Biblical Law at the School of Law, University of Bristol, and writes in a personal capacity at www.seekjustice.co.uk, on subjects exploring the relationship between law, theology and criminology from theoretical and applied perspectives, His most recent book is God, Justice and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible (Oxford University Press USA, 2010). He holds degrees in Law and Criminology, both from the University of Cambridge, as well as a doctorate in Law from the University of Liverpool.