3/13/16 Chris about 22
I was on the campus of a highly respected technical university reaching out through Gospel conversations, and I thought it was ironic that an electrical engineering student I talked with, named Chris, told me how he has been conducting experiments in Wiccan magic as part of a required project for a history class. One wouldn’t think that a science-based university would take medieval magic seriously, but his class focused on the development of science from medieval magic practices and beliefs.
Chris said he had been intrigued and inspired by this class, because in the same way that science relies on known physical laws to conduct controlled experiments and predict outcomes, magic and sorcery rely on prescribed spells and incantations said to control the supernatural. God as the “higher power” is believed to be more like an energy source that can be controlled rather than a personality with a mind of his own. In this way, both science and magic give a sense of power and authority to man rather than to God. Man is given the decision to select and use the various rules of science and/or magic to accomplish his own purposes.
But isn’t that also what so many religious rules tend to do? If we make the mistake of viewing religion like a banquet table filled with rules and beliefs for us to take our pick of which we will follow and which we will ignore, we are treating God like an impersonal power to manipulate for our own purposes. We are building our own personal idol rather than worshiping the living God.
Maybe that’s why Jesus said “Follow me” – not just follow his religion; or why He said to “Know me” – not just to know about Him. He invites us to pray from our hearts, as a child to our Father, not just to babble incantations, and He invites us to a relationship, not magical rituals.