I posted a story from Yahoo! news that discussed a claim that a man in Nigeria had turned himself into a goat. Since posting that story, some interesting questions have been raised on this blog concerning the validity of black magic and the powers of evil. Are they for real? What should we think about these things?
I know the Church has always directed its people to stay away from things like tarot cards, palm readers, and ouija boards. You may even remember that many churches were very outspoken against the Harry Potter books because of the inclusion of magic and witchcraft. I remember when I was younger, my church was against the Dungeons and Dragons games (which had just come on the market) for the same reasons.
So, why do we avoid these things? Is it just because of what these things represent? Or, do we believe that there is actually some kind of power in them? If we believe there is a power at work within these things, what is the nature of this power and what are its capabilities? Could a man really turn himself into a goat? Why or why not?