Have you ever knocked on wood? Do you know your astrological sign? Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? How about the belief that if you say something negative, it’s going to happen? While many take these things in passing, the fact that they consume any gray matter in our mind suggests we’ve given more than enough attention to the occult. And it’s very prevalent in Christianity (or what passes for Christianity).
I am a solid Christian, yet I don’t attend what people call “church.” The reason I don’t will become clear in this post. Basically, I find too much Baal worship going on in the church system in America. Stay with me, it’ll become clear.
I’m late to this game, but I recently heard about a “pastor” who has a whole series of books published by Zondervan (a Christian imprint, if not company). It’s called The Circle Maker.
There’s a “Circle Maker for kids,” “…for teens,” “…for pets.” Just kidding on that last one. I think.
Basically, the guy claims to be teaching a “secret way” to pray that will enrich your life with your grand dreams come true. There are Christian-ese catch phrases like “what God can accomplish in you” which give it a ring of orthodoxy. But, the book goes on to say that God is actually offended that we’re not bringing big enough dreams to him for our lives.
If this sounds like Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and other Word of Faith folks, that’s not a coincidence. T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and the slew of other false teachers out there project a Christianity that makes God a genie to give you all the things that will make you happy. Those things, by the way do not include suffering for Christ, taking up our cross and turning from the love of this world. Quite the opposite, the Word of Faith movement is attractive because it encourages embracing the love of this world.
I’m not going to review this book any further, but point out a glaring, obvious thing on the cover: The Circle.
Here’s another “Christian” book series:
We have the “Circle” series, complete with a symbol. I read this series a long time ago, and enjoyed the story. It’s basially a fantasy/allegory of Christianity where a guy falls asleep and awakes in a different world that has creepy bats, strange surroundings and some perilous danger. He bounces between the worlds with intrigue on both sides. As I recall, it came out around the time The Matrix was popular, and had that same sort of pseudo philosophy vibe to it.
Then, I noticed that the symbol of the circle bore a remarkable resemblance to symbols from the occult:
Well, circles are circles, right? I mean, what’s next, that the wheel is an Illuminati device and we’re all driving around on Satanic contraptions?
No, exactly. And, it’s possible the occult design of Dekker’s book came from some designer who didn’t put two and two together that the circle with the cross came from an occult symbol.
Yet, that’s not the only occult symbols that have appeared on Dekker’s books:
Tosca Lee, by the way, has written a book from Judas’ perspective, attempting to humanize him. I haven’t read it. But, it seems odd for a Christian book to be rebooting Judas for readers. She also wrote a book about Eve. I’m not a big fan of writing fictional books about real people, so I’ll leave it at that.
Notice this cover, though. We’ve got the circle motif, as well as the big eye in the center. That reminds me that I’m short on cash in my wallet. That’s because we have that eye on our U.S. dollar bill. It’s from Egypt and has occult connotations of the all-seeing-eye, the third eye of illumination, etc.
Then there is this book cover for a novel Dekker wrote about Jesus, in which Jesus becomes a fictional character in a story:
At first, I thought there were ancient language letters on the cover, like Greek or Hebrew. But, they’re not. They are closer to runes:
Here is a chart comparing ancient letters:
Frankly, none of the symbols match perfectly. But, to my eye, they bear a closer resemblance to runes than to Greek or Hebrew. I suspect they are meant to convey some ancient text motif, which they do. My problem is that these images lay in the background and can affect us on a subconscious level. Our cultural lore suggests that if we find some ancient manuscript with strange symbols, we might have stumbled upon a secret code or mystical wisdom that will enrich our lives (materially).
The occult is based upon the notion of “deep secrets” and “higher consciousness” and tapping into the energy of the universe (apart from devotion to God, of course).
All that said, Dekker is a professing Christian. He uses the Bible. I doubt he controls the covers of his books (though I have no way of knowing one way or the other). I am not attempting here to imply he’s part of the Illuminati or some nefarious plot. I’m pointing out how prevalent occult symbols seem to be. The content of his books, as with anyone’s books, should be approached with discernment. To the extent he, or any other author advances spiritual insight, we should use the Bible as our plumb line, not the person’s celebrity or congregation size.
For kicks and giggles, let’s compare the use of these symbols with a character from the Uber Popular Marvel Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange:
Recognize the circle symbol that he’s creating with his hand? It’s witchcraft. Then, there’s the eye that looks like what appeared on Dekker’s cover.
There’s another view of the “Eye of Ogimoto” or whatever it’s called on his chest. He’s also doing an occult image of the triangle and the “W” of Baphomet with his hands.
Here Dr. Strange is walking through one of the circles he makes with his magic.
This shows the circle window in Dr. Strange’s house, along with astrological signs around the rim mixed with what looks like runes and that pattern in the middle which is on a window at a “Spiritual Center” close to my house.
I’ve commented frequently on whether there is real power in the occult. I reject the idea. I believe the power is spiritual and destructive. But, if you think you’re going to create an outcome in the future, affect objects in your room, or levitate or any other nonsense, you’ll be … deceived. In other words, you will believe that such things are happening. You’ll believe that the horoscope is accurately predicting and directing your life. You’ll believe that you have power over things. You’ll think that your words create things, both good and bad. You’ll think you can control the weather, or heal cripples.
See where I’m going there? It’s so easy to slip from the occult to the Word of Faith. Because they are the same.
Should we fear the occult? No. Greater is He that is in me (meaning Christ) than he that is in the world (the spirit of this age). But, should we think it’s all innocent and indulge like kids in a candy store?
No. We should reject any inference of horoscopes on our lives. We should reject the symbols and motifs of the occult. We shouldn’t “knock on wood.” We shouldn’t get freaked out if we say something negative, or cross a black cat on the street.
It’s not that those things have power over us, but that we allow them to influence us away from true faith and dependence upon God. We eat of that forbidden fruit and believe it will give us knowledge or power or make us wise. The result is not wisdom, power or knowledge, but rather shame, bitterness and death.
Those who practice witchcraft pay a steep price. We shouldn’t take that lightly.