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Witchcraft and the Inquisition

"When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a shaman, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. " - Deuteronomy 18:9-14

"But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God." And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time... And when Simon saw that through the laying on of apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity." - Acts 8:9-11, 18-23

In 1484 Pope Innocent the VIII, issued a proclamation that decreed all cats as evil and involved with Satan because the Egyptians had venerated cats.

As result anyone seen talking to a cat was charged with witchcraft and burned at the stake. Any cat found was killed.

The Black Death, the bubonic plagues that swept Europe, were caused by the systematic extermination of cats.

Bubonic plague was spread to humans from the bites of fleas that rode in on the backs of rats from the Mongolian steepe.

Without a stable cat population to control the rats, the fleas spread everywhere and carried the infected fleas with them.

The King James version of the New Testament the words "witch", "witchcraft", and "witchcrafts" are used wherever the masoretic text, from which it is translated, has kashaph or kesheph and qesem, and the Septuagint has pharmakeia; similarly in the New Testament it uses 'witch', 'witchcraft', and 'witchcrafts' to translate the pharmakeia of the underlying Greek text.

Kashaph literally means herb user (a compound word formed from the roots kash, meaning herb, and hapaleh, meaning using).

Pharmakeia of the Septuagint translates as potion user. The potion preparer, the one skilled in the use of herbs, is considered to be a practitioner of witchcraft.

Today pharmaceutical manufactures prepare potions - thay are witchcraft practitioners!

The Malleus Maleficarum ("The Hammer of Witches" or the "Hexenhammer") is considered by many to be the classic Roman Catholic text on witchcraft, although it was in fact condemned by the Inquisition in 1490, and never officially used by the Catholic Church.

First published in 1487, the book is notorious for its use in the witch hunt craze of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

The work was originally prefaced by the papal bull Summis desiderantes issued by Pope Innocent VIII on December 5, 1484, the main papal document on witchcraft.

Christian demonology, the diabolical birthmark was an indelible mark that especially Satan, or any other demon, made in the body of those who had made a pact with him.

All witches and warlocks were said to have that birthmark, because the diabolical pact was a necessary condition to be such a thing.

It was believed that this birthmark was made in a hidden place of the person's body, i.e. the armpit, under the eye lip, in the genital zone, inside the mouth.

It often looked like a scar or a spot with a special shape (all this subject to interpretation by the judges that examined the accused).

The other form of the diabolical mark (always present in every accused according to the tribunals that used this test) was a small zone of the body in which the individual could not feel a prick; so it was established the proof of the needle, in which the person's body was stung with a needle until that area was found.

It has been proven that every person has an insensible area in his/her body, so all people put to this 'test' were found guilty of practicing witchcraft.


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