Being A Witch Used To Be Illegal You Know

Even in Roman times people feared witches. It's not surprising because it was common knowledge that they had the ability to fly around at night and make men impotent and eat children.

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that, '...the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.' (10:20). In Deuteronomy 18:10-11 it says, 'Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, 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.' And in Exodus 22:18 it goes so far to say this simple sentence: 'Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.'

Clearly the Bible shows us that the Lord God is very fervent about His witch killing policies. And, in the Middle Ages, his command was put into full effect...

Sometimes cooler heads prevailed. Charlemagne did not believe in witchcraft and even went so far as to impose the death penalty on anyone who accused and burned a witch. But what did Charlemagne know, anyway? All he did was save the Holy Roman Empire.

Plague, bad crops, and even a loss of one's own virility could all be blamed on witches.

King James the 1rst was so smart that he did believe in witchcraft. He knew that as God's chosen monarch he was all that stood between the forces of good and Satan taking over the British Isles. Witches wanted to have him dead because, without an inbred unelected despotic ruler, all kinds of calamity would break out.

When he was getting married to Anne of Denmark, the couple encountered terrible storms at sea. James knew that the witches were at it again.

So you see: There's a cause and effect. Severe weather threatens the life of the King. How do you explain something like that if it weren't for people in line with Satan trying to kill him with magical powers?

Justice prevailed at the North Berwick witch trials and out of all of the people convicted and sent to their deaths, some had been found guilty of sending storms out against the royal ship.  

All is saved...

By the 1640's England had it's own self-appointed, 'Witch Finder General.' Mathew Hopkins was a Christian so pious and cunning that he could just smell a witch. When there was a mysterious illness affecting a respected tailor's wife , he knew exactly who to blame: An 80-year-old toothless woman with one leg named Elizbeth Clarke. After obtaing a confession from the old spinster, Hopkins began a distinguished career ending the lives of those who were in league with the Devil. From 1645 to 1647 more people were put to death for witchcraft then in the previous 100 years.

If Mathew Hopkins were alive today he'd wear a suit like this.
This is how Hopkin's obtained his confessions...  

You have a Witch if they fail these tests...

Witch Pricking: If you stab the offender with a needle and they do not bleed, then you have a witch.

Watching and Walking: The suspect would sit on a chair in the middle of an empty room, kept awake for days. If they got tired they'd be made to walk around the circumference of the room. It was important not to let them sleep and a confession could be obtained through this method after 3 or 4 days.

Witch Swimming: Another popular method to establish guilt. It was scientifically known that water was good and thus from God. The defendant was thrown into water and if they floated they were being rejected by it and therefore a witch. If they sank they were innocent but, often drowned: It didn't matter because they were with God now.

Today the practise of witch hunting has fallen out of favour. Except in...

Countries like Saudi Arabia where witchcraft is still a capital offence. Is it possible that the only thing keeping Satan's minions from overrunning the earth is the Saudi judicial system?

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